Four Ways to Buy & Win Vehicles at Copart

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When it comes to online auto auctions, bid-to-win is the name of the game. Did you know, though, that there are actually four different ways to buy and win vehicles at Copart? For those of you new to bidding and buying at Copart, here are your options:


By submitting a preliminary bid (also known as a pre-bid), you can bid up to one hour before the auction starts. Your pre-bid is represented during the live online auction. If you’re not able to attend the auction, this is a great way to avoid missing your opportunity to bid on the vehicles you want and need. If your pre-bid ties with the winning live auction bid, however, the live auction bid becomes the actual winning bid. When it doubt, both pre-bid and attend the live online auction!

Live Bid

Bidding in real-time during the fast-moving, live online auction is the preference of many Copart Members. Anyone can view a Copart auction in action, but if you intend to live bid, be sure to register as a Copart Member in advance, as well as submit all necessary business licenses, your government-issued photo ID and a deposit, if needed.

Buy It Now

Has a vehicle caught your eye that you’re ready to snag now? If you see the Buy It Now button on its Lot Details page on, that means you can Buy It Now for a set price. Buy It Now is only available on select vehicles, but there are thousands in our inventory! Why wait when you can Buy It Now?

Make An Offer

Back by popular demand is Copart’s Make An Offer option. Available as an alternate option on all Buy It Now vehicles, Make An Offer lets you enter your offer amount, confirm your contact information and submit your offer. It’s that easy! If you submitted the top offer, the Make An Offer Team will get back to you within two business days to let you know if your offer was accepted.

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