U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF SALE
AUCTION PARTICIPANT’S RESPONSIBILITY. All persons who are participants
in a U.S. Marshals Service auction shall be responsible for reading, understanding, and
complying with the Terms & Conditions of Sale as specified herein and shall be bound
ANNOUNCEMENTS. Special announcements for changes to an auction may be made
up to the time of sale and shall take precedence over previous information announced or
advertised. This shall NOT apply to the terms contained below in the paragraph entitled
“CONDITION, DESCRIPTION, AND REPRESENTATIONS” whose terms may not be
PARTICIPATION. Prospective buyers shall not be charged a fee to review a listing of
property to be sold by the United States through the U.S. Marshals Service, and/or its
agencies, agents, officers, employees, and/or assigns (hereinafter referred to as the
REGISTRATION. To qualify to register as a participant, a prospective buyer must
complete a bidder registration form and produce a state or federally-issued photo
identification card satisfactory to the Seller to obtain a bidder number. No person
described below in the paragraph entitled “DEFENDANTS AND OTHER PROHIBITED
BUYERS,” and who is thereby disqualified from buying forfeited property in an auction
of the Seller, shall be eligible to register as a participant directly or through another.
BIDDER RESPONSIBILITY. Each bidder is responsible for all bids placed against
his/her bidder number.
INSPECTION. Participants are encouraged to inspect the property prior to the auction.
Failure to inspect may not be used by a Buyer as a reason to rescind a purchase.
VALUE AND CONDITION. Participants are responsible for conducting their own due
diligence to determine value and condition.
BIDDING. The auction will be a public auction providing for fair, full, and open
competition. Private sales are strictly prohibited. The purchase of property by a buyer
will not be canceled due to any buyer’s failure to inspect, misunderstanding, or error on
RESERVE. The Seller reserves the right to establish for any auction item to be sold a
minimum dollar amount it is willing to accept to sell the property. The Seller is not
required to disclose this amount and reserves the right to withdraw property at any time
prior to acceptance of a bid.
OFFER TO PURCHASE. Immediately upon announcement at the auction of the
successful bid, the successful bidder may be required to complete and sign an offer to
purchase at the successful bid price without condition, in a form acceptable to the Seller.
ACCEPTANCE OR REJECTION OF BID. Notice by the Seller of the acceptance or
rejection of a bid shall be deemed to have been given at the time written acceptance or
rejection is given to the successful bidder or mailed or faxed to the successful bidder or to
his/her duly authorized representative at the address or telephone number indicated on the
bidder registration form. Acceptance or rejection shall be effective when notice is given
or sent, and does not depend on receipt of notice by the bidder. The Seller’s processing of
a bid deposit shall not constitute acceptance of a bidder’s offer. The Seller may, at its
discretion, waive any minor irregularity in bids received and may reject any and all bids
or portions thereof.
CONTRACT. The offer to purchase and the written notice by the Seller of acceptance of
the offer to purchase shall constitute the contract of sale between the successful bidder
and the Seller. Such contract of sale shall constitute the whole contract, unless modified
in writing and signed by both parties, to be succeeded only by any formal instrument of
transfer. No oral statement or representation made by, for, or on behalf of either party
shall be part of such contract of sale. The contract of sale, or any interest therein, shall not
be transferred to or assigned by the successful bidder to anyone else without consent of
the Seller, and any purported assignment without such consent shall be null and void.
FINANCING. All sales to successful bidders are for cash. The successful bidder is
responsible for obtaining any financing. The Seller offers no financing and recommends
that participants research and obtain financing prior to the sale. Failure to obtain
financing does not excuse the successful bidder from completing the sale.
PAYMENT. A successful bidder shall pay the successful bid amount by BANK WIRE ONLY to Dealers Auto Auction of Idaho. Any other form of payment is not acceptable.
A successful bidder shall have 72 hours from written notice of acceptance by the Seller of the successful bid to make payment in full. Failure to make timely payment in full shall cause the contract of sale to become null & void without further notice or action. A successful bidder who has made timely payment in full shall become the buyer.
REMOVAL. The buyer must remove the property purchased from the property location within 10 days of auction, auction day included. Failure to remove the property within 10
days shall cause ownership of the property to revert to the Seller and the payment,
to be forfeited to the Seller without further notice or action. Buyer is responsible for any storage charges incurred after 10 days.
PROPERTY TITLING. The buyer shall pay all taxes imposed on the transaction and
shall obtain, at the buyer’s own expense, and affix to all instruments and security
documents such revenue and documentary stamps as may be required by Federal and
local law. All instruments and security documents shall be placed on record in the
manner prescribed by local recording statutes at the successful bidder’s expense. Where
applicable, upon acceptance of the offer to purchase, the Seller shall provide the buyer
with a “United States Certificate to Obtain Title to a Motor Vehicle” (Standard Form 97).
The buyer shall be responsible for obtaining property title through the appropriate Clerk
of Court and registering property with the state’s licensing bureau. A Bill of Sale will be
issued for motor vehicles that do not require titling.
DEFAULT. A buyer who fails to tender the required full purchase price or to remove
property purchased within the established time frames, forfeits any and all right, title, and
interest in the property and the property shall revert to the possession of the Seller and
ownership to the United States without further notice to the successful bidder or buyer.
Any monies paid will be forfeited and the transaction will be null and void. In the event a
high bidder fails to consummate the transaction, any payment shall be retained by the Seller as liquidated damages.
CONDITION, DESCRIPTION, AND REPRESENTATIONS. The property offered
for sale by the Seller was either seized by and/or forfeited to the United States under
Federal forfeiture laws. Any buyer of the property acknowledges that the Seller has
acquired the property being sold at auction through seizure and/or forfeiture, and has no
specific knowledge concerning the title, nature, value, source, authenticity, fitness,
merchantability, and/or any other aspect or characteristics of such property.
THEREFORE, the Seller offers the property for sale in "AS IS WHERE IS"
CONDITION AT THE TIME OF SALE, INCLUDING ANY HIDDEN DEFECTS OF
ANY NATURE, KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, with no representations, warranties or
guarantees whatsoever, express or implied, regarding their nature, value, source,
authenticity, fitness, merchantability, and/or any other aspect or characteristics of the
property. No statement anywhere, whether express or implied, shall be deemed a
warranty or representation by the Seller regarding the property. The buyer of the property
agrees that he/she cannot rely on any representation, warranty, or guaranty made by the
Seller, or anyone acting as agent of the Seller, orally or in writing, about the property.
HOLD HARMLESS. The buyer of the property agrees to release and hold harmless the
U.S. Marshals Service & Dealers Auto Auction of Idaho from any and all demands, rights, and causes of action arising from, or to arise from, or by reason of, the U.S. Marshals Service's seizure, forfeiture, ownership, possession, management, use, sale and/or transfer of the property.
DEFENDANTS AND OTHER PROHIBITED BUYERS. By statute, the Seller cannot
transfer federally forfeited property to any defendant convicted of a violation giving rise
to the forfeiture, or to any person acting in concert with, or on behalf of, the defendant.
Further, the Seller will not transfer federally forfeited property to any person whose
conduct gave rise to a civil forfeiture of the property, or to anyone acting in concert with,
or on behalf of, such a person. Buyers will be required to sign the USM-621 Forfeited Property Sales Certification Form & Provide a copy of their Government Issued Identification prior to removal.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS.
Employees of the U.S. Department of Justice and their immediate family members,
vendors under contract with the U.S. Marshals Service to provide contract services for
personal property and their employees and their immediate family members, and
claimants in the judicial forfeiture proceeding and their immediate family members,
claimants’ employees and their immediate family members, and any agent or nominee of
any of the above, are prohibited from purchasing forfeited property, directly or indirectly,
offered for sale and, therefore, are barred from placing bids to buy such property. No
employee of the U.S. Department of Justice shall be entitled to any share or part of the
offer to purchase, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom. Immediate family members
are defined as those who live in the same household or are otherwise financially
dependent upon the U.S. Department of Justice employee, contractor, or contractor’s