Before You Bid Onsite

 We want all our potential customers to understand we care about you and want you to have a great experience. Part of this sentiment involves some information that will be obvious to the majority of you, but still important information before you bid. This is a consignment Auction and we do not release the seller’s information due to privacy policy. Most of the vehicles have reserve prices that are usually between 30-60% off the Kelly Blue Book Retail Price. If you choose to bid online or coming person and not take advantage of testing cars before Auction on our property, BUYER BEWARE! This is a Auction not a Dealership with near perfect cars. It is very possible that check engine lights can be on or come on when driving a car home. OUR AUCTION DOES NOT RESET CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS.   Auctions are not for everyone. You need to take this into consideration and understand cars range from poor to great. Coming in person is a key component to assisting you in knowing the difference from one car to another. Relying on Online pictures and our descriptions is not a realistic way to expect a very good car. However, coming in person and testing a car before hand is. If this is your first time buying a car at Auction please pause and imagine yourself buying like a Dealer. The excitement of bidding in the crowd combined with lower prices than anywhere else saving you thousands off the retail price. Of course after you purchase a vehicle it may be time to fix some items; so it's best to have some money set aside for possible fixes. Yes, it is possible that you could get lucky and win a vehicle at Auction that is near perfect without having to put any money into it. 

Before You Bid Online


We try our best, but this is very important for Online customers to understand that interiors and exteriors of cars vary from good to bad. It all depends on who owned the car before you. Interiors can have damage done that the picture will not show such as pet hair, odors, smoke residue, stains, water stains, rips, tears and even as extreme as a seat missing. Exteriors can have cracked windshields, bad patch up jobs, body rot and rust anywhere on the car, worn down tire tread anything is possible. Of course do not forget about the components as well it's possible to have broken door locks, bad batteries, power windows or sunroofs that do not work, windshield wipers that are broken or do not work, radios missing, center consoles missing or broken, heat or ac that does not work spare tire or tire jack missing, and so on as anything and everything is possible. In addition as stated in our how much does it cost to fix the cars portion of the website where we mention check engine lights being on these cars you would also consider that the air bag light, abs light and any other lights can be on as well. So if you are concerned about any of these issues as well as others the best advice is to come in person and inspect the cars yourself. Meaning all these components are your responsibility to fix after purchasing the car. If you choose not to come in person and you are buying a car online, BUYER BEWARE! As this is a Auction not a Dealership.
It's safe to say that customers who follow these suggestions have a great advantage. This is the key to what a dealer does to be successful. You research, buy low, fix the cars issues and save thousands of dollars in the process. This is your chance to turn the tables on the car dealers and stop paying those high retail prices. You can save thousands doing it yourself or pay thousands more and have a dealer do it for you. It's your money, it's your choice.  Only at HammerDown Auctions will you save thousands of dollars when, "Buying Like the Dealers Do". Although this is an incredible opportunity, "Buying Like the Dealers Do" may not necessarily be for all of us. This is because some persons do not contend with the inherent responsibility that comes with buying a wholesale priced vehicle at Auction.

How it works


One of the most important part of auctions is the preview! Preview starts at 8am the day of sale.  The vehicles sold at our auctions range from cars in good condition to "fixer-uppers" or "parts only" cars. During preview, we encourage you to:

  • Complete a full exterior inspection 
  • Turn the car over and let it idle
  • Move the car forward and backwards up to three feet
  • Test window, door, AC and heating systems
  • Connect scanners to engines
  • Open the hood, trunk and get under the car!

If you don't know cars inside and out, bring someone with you who does. To inspect a vehicle, go to the key shed in the lot, present your driver's license, and ask for the keys.  YOU MAY NOT DRIVE the vehicle around the lot or off the lot. 


 This is the fun part! 

Each vehicle will be driven through our auction building. The auctioneer will announce the lot number and describe the vehicle, announcing everything we know about it, whether good or bad. Then the bidding starts. Here’s how it tends to go:

  • The auctioneer will suggest a starting price: "Who'll give me $2000 to start?" If nobody wants to start at that price, the auctioneer will lower the amount until someone bids. “ How about someone give me $1000?”
  • Joe will take the opening price by simply raising his hand and display his bidder number. A ringman may point him and shout, "YES!" The auctioneer will acknowledge the bid. “ I have $1000.”
  • The auctioneer will start asking for higher bids: "I have $1000, do I hear $1500?" Mary wants to bid $900, she will raise her bidder number, the ringman will point to her and shout, "YES!" 
  • The ringman will point to Mary and Joe will be out. 
  • The process continues until nobody wants to bid any higher. The auctioneer will determine to sell the lot based on the reserve. “Going once, twice, third and final call: SOLD! For $1500 to bidder number 268." 

A clerk will write down the winning amount and the buyer number and the bidder will meet the clerk to sign thier ticket. After you sign your ticket, if you are done bidding on vehicles please go to the office immediately to make a deposit or pay in full. If you are not done bidding, return to the arena and feel free to bid on more vehicles. If a vehicle is sold on a “if”, you must check in with the office to see if the seller has accepted your offer. If you do not check on your “if” bids and have multiple sellers accept your offers. You won each vehicle and will be required to pay for all vehicles won.



When you are done bidding for the day, go to the office and present your bidder number to the cashier. You may pay right then with Visa, MasterCard(ALL CREDIT CARD transactions will incur a 4% convenience fee added by the bank) or Cash. A $300 deposit is required for each vehicle at the time of your successful high bid. The balance is due by the business day follwoing the Auction by 4:00 PM (Monday). ALL CREDIT CARD transactions will incur a 4% convenience fee added by the bank.


All titles will be handed out no sooner than the Wednesday following the auction. There is no guarantee your title will be available on that Wednesday. By Nebraska State law we have up to 30 days to get you your title, although it rarely takes that long. We will call you to pick up your title once it has arrived. At this time it is your responsibility to come into our office to pick up the title. If you live more than an 1hr drive time from our office, we will mail you the title.