U.S. Customs & Border Protection Auctions

U.S. Customs & Border Protection seized vehicle auctions conducted along our nation's Southern border.

Registration:

  1. Select the auction you wish to participate in.

  2. Create an account by clicking "Login/ New Bidder" or the "Register to Bid" button.The user name and password that is created will be utilized for all future online auctions. The information you provide when setting up your online account will be the information assigned on your title work. If you choose to title your purchases in a business name, the business name and address needs to be utilized. At any point should you decide to title your purchases in your person name, your account information will need to be updated to reflect the desired change. This also applies to a change of address or business. This is the responsibility of the bidder. Information will not be verified prior to the execution of the title work. 

Placing a bid:

  1. Once registered, select the lot you wish to place a bid on. You may click the "Bid (amount here)" button for a one time bid of $25, or enter your "Maximum Auto Bid" by selecting the lot and physically typing in the highest you are willing to bid for that item. When placing your "Maximum Auto Bid" the website will bid on your behalf up to the amount you enter by the preset bid increment of $25. High bidder will only pay $25 more than the competing bidder.

 

What to expect once the auction closes:

  1. Once all items in the auction close, email notifications will be sent (from bidresults@appletowing.com) to all participating bidders with the final results. For each lot the bidder bids on it will list "successful" or "outbid." The auction company will be seeking final approval from the U.S. Customs & Border Protection on all lots at this time. 

  2. Once approval is received, high bidders will receive an email (from approval@appletowing.com) with payment instructions. Please check your email (and junk mail) periodically after receiving this notice. Payment must be RECEIVED within 48 hours of acceptance.

  3. Once payment is received, the auction company will execute the title documents and email them to the buyers via DocuSign for electronic signature. 

  4. Once documents are signed by the buyer, Property Release documents will be emailed to the buyer as well as the storage vendor.

  5. Once Property Release email received,  buyer must immediately contact storage vendor to arrange property removal. 

  6. Original title documents will be mailed to buyers. Once originals title documents received, originals need to be processed at local DMV. 

Please note: these assets will remain in the name of the defendant in which they were seized, until the titles

are processed with the state. It is very important that the titles be transferred with local DMV immediately upon receipt.