Every Thursday at 8:45 A.M.

1100 South York Street, PO Box 368

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Phone 717-697-2222

Fax 717-697-2234



This is a Dealer only Wholesale Auto Auction for both buyers and sellers.
We expect that you, as professionals, will represent yourself as such.

The following policies are in place for both your benefit and protection.
These policies may be adjusted to comply with
ever-changing industry, state and federal guidelines and laws.

The decision of America's Auto Auction Harrisburg Management
shall be final on all disputes.



Dealers must be registered at this auction through Auction Access and must be currently licensed by their state before doing business.  No Weapons.

Special note:  NO vehicle over 130,000 miles will be covered under our online arbitration policies.

All bidders are required to have a current bidders badge when bidding.

No vehicle for sale may enter the auction barn without first being properly registered for the auction.  Only auction personnel may drive vehicles through the auction barn.

All vehicles purchased or sold on the premises must be processed through the office.

All vehicles purchased must be test driven, post-sale inspected or arbitrated within the posted time frames.

The Seller is obligated to verify the accuracy of the announced conditions, the condition lights and the accuracy of specified mileage.  Costs on returned vehicles due to misrepresentation are at the Sellers’ expense.

The Seller guarantees all items subject to arbitration on vehicles sold for $2505 or more.

Salvage, flood, lemon law, reissued VIN plates, MSO, CO, altered suspensions, and major damage history brands must be announced.

Flood and water damage must be announced on ALL units, regardless of the light vehicle is sold under.

All gray market and Canadian vehicles must be announced.

The Buyer is obligated to understand and watch the condition lights.  Please verify the VIN number, the model year and the mileage of the vehicle purchased against the issued invoice.  This must be done before leaving the sale.

Any transaction sold other than “under the hammer” is considered an “As Is” transaction.  The auction will not become involved in any arbitration procedures on these sales.

All vehicles sold for $2500 or less or “As Is” must be paid for immediately.

The auction does not guarantee the year of any house trailer, motor home, boat, boat motor, antique car, dune buggy or motorcycle.  This information should be verified before settlement.  The auction will not become involved in a dispute on these vehicles; which will be sold "As is."   The auction does not guarantee the year of any golf cart.

The Auction has until noon on Friday to make final determination on arbitration and/or disputes arising from Thursday’s sale.

If the Auction determines that the transaction is not fair and ethical to either party, the Seller and Buyer agree that the Auction may cancel the sale at the Auctions’ sole discretion.

There are no required announcements for 2WD or 4WD: Buyers be aware.

No weapons.

The auction does not guarantee the year of any golf cart.



OVER 100,000 MILES

OVER 200,000 MILES





PSI and Arbitration Policy Changes

We are making a few changes to our PSI Arbitration policy in regards to the AS-IS dollar amount and also to certain vehicles that are and can be excluded from our Post Sale Inspection Return/Repair Policy.

Any vehicle sold for $2,500.00 or less will be automatically sold AS-IS and will not be subject to Arbitration.

We no longer warrant Land Rover vehicles under our Post Sale Inspection Return/Repair Policy.  Further, Management reserves the right to limit coverage of vehicles that management deems as "Specialty Vehicles". 

If there are any questions as to coverage, please ask before you make your purchase.


Reserved Number Policy Changes

We will no longer reserve numbers for two sales out.  January 6th will be the last Monday that you can call in for numbers at 1:30 p.m. (for the Jan. 16th sale).  We will begin issuing Number Reservations for the following week's sale on Thursdays at Noon at the Registration Counter  (Example:  On Thursday, January 16, dealers will begin reserving numbers for the following week's sale, Jan. 23.)

Title Requirements/Clarifications

Seller must announce all known title brands.

Titles submitted by the Seller must be in the Sellers’ company name.      

When “Title Attached” is not announced on the block, the Buyer has the right to reject the vehicle.

A clean, transferable title must be turned into the Settlement office by the close of business on Sale Day, or announced and sold as “Title Attached”.  Vehicles with a CO, MSO, or Repo paperwork must be announced.

Mileage Exempt Law:  Ten-year and older vehicles are exempt from Federal Odometer Disclosure.  However, Exempt does not cover a TMU vehicle.  Any and all mileage discrepancies must be announced as TMU (Replaced odometer cluster must be announced on all vehicles and branded TMU.)

Titles branded Exempt must be announced by the Seller at the time of sale.

Out of state, “Former Salvage” or “Reconstructed” titles must be announced as such.  Please note:  Out of state “R” titles must have a special PA salvage inspection before applying for PA title. 

No motorized vehicle can be sold without a title, units cannot be sold “No title ever” (ask management for exception).

Please note: If you do not have a boat license you may be liable for unpaid sales tax on your purchase.

PA “Salvage Certificate” and “Salvage Title” must be announced as such and sold “As Is”.

On title problems created by Auction clerical error, the Auction shall be given reasonable time to correct the error.

Subject To Arbitration

The following conditions are subject to arbitration (unless announced):

Arbitration reserves the right to hold any vehicle for Friday determination.  No check or title
will be released until a final resolution is reached.


Please remember, our arbitrators will only check your complaint(s). Please be specific. 

Free and immediate rerun of all arbitrated vehicles. Arbitrated defects must be announced.

Paint work on current model years with less than 10,000 miles (must be announced).

Air condition operation on units for the current model year only.  No air units must be announced.

Cracked or welded blocks: must be reported by the Buyer within 48 hours of purchase.  Seller will be held responsible.

Missing catalytic converter or altered gas tank filler. (Sale Day only)

Defective brakes or steering if declared unsafe to drive.

Missing or deployed air bag safety systems (must be arbitrated on Sale Day).

Any item that can be repaired for $500 or less cannot be arbitrated unless the Auction declares the vehicle unsafe to drive.

Excessive valve train noise – guidelines vary, due to make & model tendencies.

Manual transmission clutch operation is limited to "slipping". Vibration and roughness in clutch operation must be excessive.

After any adjustment is accepted, the unit becomes "As Is" and is not subject to further arbitration

Dealer to dealer transactions: complaints must be registered within 1 hour of time of sale.

Fleet to dealer transactions: complaints must be registered within 90 minutes of the close of the Lease lanes.

Not Subject to Arbitration

The following conditions are not subject to arbitration:

Any item that can be repaired for $500 or less.

One year and older windshield and windows, body and paint work.

"As is" transactions are NOT subject to arbitration for any physical and/or mechanical defects including unibody frame damage and rust.

Warning lights and gauges; except for temperature, oil and airbag.  Check engine lights are NOT subject to arbitration – unit must experience drivability issues.

Upholstery, headliners, mats and convertible tops.

Any vehicle sold for $2,500 or less will be automatically sold AS-IS and will not be subject to Arbitration.

Inoperable, jumpy or erratic speedometer needle.

Any unit sold off the block.

Jeep-drive line noise

Oil leaks, unless excessive

Ford Cam-Phaser noise on 5.4L motors.

Visable defects

Cold start motor noise (unless excessive)

Chevy Astro van driveline noise

We no longer warrant Land Rover vehicles under our Post Sale Return/Repair Policy.  Further, management reserves the right to limit coverage on vehicles that management deems as "Specialty Vehicles."  If there are any questions as to coverage, please ask before you make your purchase.

All vehicles 20 years of age and older are considered antique, classic, and special interest. These vehicles are sold “As Is”.

“R” branded title or vehicle history, cannot be arbitrated for unibody damage… assume it may have damage.

“As Is” vehicles cannot be arbitrated for No Air Condition.

The decision of the arbitration manager is final in all disputes.  Management reserves the right to reject any arbitration complaint if the unit in question appears to be tampered with. Any dealer caught tampering will be subject to suspension of arbitration and/or trading privileges.

America's Auto Auction Harrisburg accepts no responsibility for items stolen from vehicles (i.e. radio faceplates, key fobs, etc.).

We no longer warrant Land Rover vehicles under our Post Sale Inspection Return/Repair Policy.  Further, management reserves the right to limit coverage on vehicles that management deems as "Specialty Vehicles."  If there are any questions as to coverage, please ask before you make your purchase.


Light System

  Green Light -- "Sound"  

The Seller attests that the vehicle is subject to all arbitration policies. Any misrepresentation of this policy may result in transportation as well as other expenses.

 Yellow Light -- "Listen" (or defect) 

The Seller must announce all items he wishes to be exempt from arbitration, including vehicles with a defective odometer, or actual mileage different than the odometer reading.  Also, non-standard motor, transmission, and major exceptions to original production specifications (items added or deleted) must be announced.

Logo and/or decal misrepresentations must be sold under the Yellow light.

 Blue Light -- "Title attached" 

There is a fee of $45 on all units sold ”Title Attached” (when the Seller does not have the title to the vehicle being sold).  The auction must receive the title from the Seller within ten (10) business days.

The Buyer is cautioned not to excessively drive, repair, or sell any title attached vehicle until the auction receives the title.  Buyers who, in the opinion of the auction management, put excessive mileage on title attached vehicles; may forfeit their right to return the vehicle in question.  Other than reasonable transportation charges (1 way), there will be no refund of expenses on the returned vehicle.

If the auction does not receive the title within the ten (10) day period, the Buyer has the option to return the vehicle.  The auction must be notified twenty-four (24) hours prior to the return of the vehicle. If the title has been received by the auction prior to said notification, the vehicle cannot be returned.  (Seller is responsible for Buyer fee and reasonable transportation expenses from the Buyers’ dealership to the auction on vehicles returned for no title)

  Red Light -- "As is"  

Vehicles that have Junk or Salvage titles must be sold "As Is" regardless of price.
*** Salvage and/or reconstructed history is NOT the same as a Junk or Salvage title and
therefore, NOT required to be Sold "As Is".

“As Is” vehicles are sold with no arbitration, including frame damage and frame rust.  They are sold unconditionally for both physical and mechanical defects.  All vehicles sold for $2,500 or less become "As Is" units.

All vehicles represented by Seller as green light and becomes “As Is” because of a sale price ($2500 or less) will continue to be “As Is” with the following exception-Vehicle must start, drive in forward and reverse, and be able to leave the secure auction area under its own power.  

Police, taxi, municipal, fire, salvage, and junk vehicles are sold "As Is."  All title brands, odometer discrepancies and defaced titles must be announced, regardless of price and/or "As Is" sale status.     

White Light -- "Over 100,000"

           Over 100,000 miles must be announced.

TMU must be announced separately. (TMU is yellow light)


Cancellation of Numbers

All cancellations for Lanes A-B-C-D must be reported by Noon on Tuesday prior to Thursday's sale.  Failure to cancel your numbers within the allowed time will result in a cancellation fee for each vehicle.  This fee will be deducted from your next vehicle sold.

All reruns will be charged a rerun fee and will run at the end of the reserved lane.

Any number not cancelled and is a "no show" will be charged a fee.  This fee will be deducted from your next vehicle sold.

A third week registration fee will be charged.

Cancellations for Lanes A-B-C-D must be completed by Noon on Tuesday.  Dealers cancelling numbers after Noon on Tuesday will incur a $40.00 charge per vehicle.  Cancellation numbers will be issued, by phone only, from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.  All calls will be handled in the order which they are received.  After 2:00 p.m., you may receive a cancellation number by phone or in person.  Dealers are limited to five (5) cancellation numbers per call.  Calling more than one (1) time is acceptable.

Numbers that are not cancellations will also be issued if the Dealer chooses them, with no limit.  All Cancellation Numbers will be issued on a first-come, first served basis only.


Registration and Settlement

All persons signing a bill of sale must be registered, in writing, with the auction as an authorized representative.

Dealers are responsible for all business transacted by representatives under the company name at America's Auto Auction Harrisburg unless terminated in writing. 

All changes of ownership, authorized representatives, banking information, addresses or telephone numbers must be reported to the office at the time of change.

Only company checks in the business name will be accepted.  Buyers checks will be deposited immediately.

There will be a service fee charged on all returned checks.

Any price adjustment eliminates further arbitration for any defects.


Time Limits for Auction Involvement

Catalytic converter - Sale Day only

Odometer operation - Sale Day only

Missing or deployed air bags - Sale Day only

Frame damage - 7 days

Police car, taxi - 7 days

Flood cars - 7 days

Documented mileage discrepancy - 14 days

Title brands - 14 days

Salvage history - 14 days

Lemon Law - 14 days

Vehicles returned for the above reasons may be subject to transportation and buyer fees and for other reasonable expenses (excluding profit, commissions and detail charges).


Diesel Policy

All Post Sale Inspected units and units arbitrated for any motor related complaints that are identified by the Auction to be diesel will be held at the auction in a pending status until Noon of the following day to be properly inspected.


Airbag Policy

Any vehicle arbitrated for “Air Bag Light” will be subject to further review by a repair facility.  During this review, buyer will be obligated to the purchase until determination as to the cost and/or repair of the defect is complete (arbitration requires $500. repair). A final decision on this arbitration issue will be determined by 5:00 PM on Monday following the respective sale day.  There will be NO check or title issued on the deal until arbitration review is finalized.


Gas Policy

It is the Sellers’ responsibility to make sure each unit has an adequate fuel supply.  If the auction must provide fuel, there will be a fuel and service charge applied to the vehicle.  The Buyer is responsible for gas requested after purchase of vehicle unless deemed necessary by Auction Staff.

Miscellaneous Policies and Best Practices





Please have your vehicles on the premises early Thursday morning to avoid delays.  Please represent your vehicles accurately and fairly.  To expedite the check issue and title reassignment process, please turn in titles within one (1) hour of a sale.   All returns are subject to reasonable expenses on misrepresented vehicles.  Seller is obligated to verify the accuracy of the printed information on the Auction Sales invoice for representation made by auctioneer.  Information displayed on the vehicle-including year, model, mileage, announced conditions, and the corresponding lights-is Seller's responsibility. 

Auction markings are a guide only.  It is the Sellers’ responsibility to verify the accuracy of these markings.


Buyer will inspect the vehicle prior to and immediately following the sale and will verify price and announced conditions prior to signing the invoice.  The Buyer must verify the Seller's representations (including VIN, year, model, mileage, odometer operations, announcements, etc.) and notify the Auction of any discrepancies within the current, adopted time frame.  It is the Buyer's responsibility to know and understand the announcements as a condition of the sale.  Do not test drive any vehicles on the lot.  Buyer assumes responsibility for mechanical failure after leaving the Auction.  All vehicles must be settled for prior to 5PM, failure to do so may result in the assessment of late fees.

Any vehicle misrepresented by advertisement, logo or decal, is arbitratable on sale day only.  Logo and/or decal misrepresentation must be sold under Yellow light.  


Return Vehicle Guidelines

Any return vehicle must be in same or better condition as when it was sold.  All return vehicles must have a 24-hour notification to the main office.  The vehicle should be parked by arbitration with the key in the ignition.  The Auction's liability under our policy shall never exceed the Auction sale price of the vehicle.  Per Auction Insurance Agency guidelines; Seller shall be solely responsible for repurchase of any vehicle sold through the Auction found to be stolen.  It is the Auction's option to assess depreciation of 2% per month from sale date on return vehicles.

Maximum cap on transportation on Return Vehicles is $650.00.  Reimbursement will be issued, one or both ways, depending upon reason for return and up to $.90 per mile, only when proper documentation is provided when the vehicle is returned.


Outside Sales & “IF” Sales

Outside sales are strictly between the Seller and the Buyer and not binding on either until the sale is finalized.  Please settle all outside sales within the hour. The auction will not become involved in any arbitration procedures or be responsible for any defects on units sold outside.  These vehicles are subject to arbitration on mileage and title brands only.  All "Auction Backed Sales" must be requested and designated on the sales invoice.  

“If” sales in all lanes are binding on the Buyer for one hour.  An approval of the bid price by the Seller, within one hour, constitutes a sale.  The Buyer may then test drive for Arbitration. 


Auction Access

Auction Access ID cards are required in order to receive your Bidder Badge.  Worn cards should be replaced and can be requested at the auction or online.


Odometers  & VIN

The Seller must announce if an odometer is broken, replaced, altered, or in excess of 100,000 miles.  The auction will not become involved in mileage disputes.  Any irregularity in an odometer must be brought to the attention of the auction management on the day of the sale.  An odometer statement must be signed at the time of sale.  Seller and Buyer agree that the Auction is not responsible for odometer mileage.

All cars registered are subject to inspection by the State Police or the National Auto Theft Bureau.  Vehicles will not be registered for sale without a VIN plate.

Mileage Exempt Law:  Ten-year and older vehicles are exempt from Federal Odometer Disclosure.  However, Exempt does not cover a TMU vehicle.  Any and all mileage discrepancies must be announced as TMU (Replaced odometer cluster must be announced on all vehicles and branded TMU.)

Titles branded as Exempt, must be announced by the Seller at the time of sale.



All vehicles are now sent through AutoCheck for title and VIN verification. All history discrepancies must be announced.  The Auction solely honors AutoCheck due to data based accuracy.


Abandoned Vehicles & Tampering

Vehicles that are not re-registered or removed from the sale lot within three (3) days of the last sale will be removed from the sale lot.  Dealer assumes full responsibility for vehicles parked outside of the sale lot.  After 10 days vehicles will be towed and charges will be assessed.  Vehicles not removed after 30 days will be considered abandoned and disposed of as such.

Any person found tampering, stealing or vandalizing any vehicle will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest       extent of the law.  Harrisburg Auto Auction security personnel reserve the right to search and inspect any vehicle and its contents leaving the premises.


Frame Disclosure Standards

America's Auto Auction Harrisburg uses the industry accepted "NAAA Structural Damage Policy" as its standard.  Copies are available upon request.


Online Policies

Online Sale Process and Vehicle Pickup

America's Auto Auction Harrisburg (AAAH) seeks to maintain the highest standards for the representation and sale of used vehicles online.  In order to provide the easiest transaction for our buyers and sellers, the following procedures are in place:

Upon notification of a winning bid by an online buyer AAAH will send, by fax or email, a PURCHASE CONFIRMATION notification form to the buying dealership.  The Buyer is required to specify the method of PAYMENT or FLOORPLAN information as well as the name of the TRANSPORTATION COMPANY authorized to pick up the vehicle(s). 

Upon receipt of confirmed funding, AAAH will marshal vehicles for release.  The Buyer’s payment must be received prior to the vehicle(s) being released for transportation.

The BUYER must advise the TRANSPORTATION COMPANY to contact the AAAH INTERNET SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, to check the status prior to the arrival of a carrier, transport truck or company drivers.  The auction cannot be held responsible for transport delays due to failure to confirm vehicle(s) ready-to-release status.

IMPORTANT:  The transporter/driver, prior to the removal of the vehicle from the INTERNET LOT, must inspect the vehicle(s) for damage and/or missing items.  Previously existing tie down damage must be noticed prior to loading a vehicle onto the carrier.  An INSPECTION FORM will be available for use in this process.  A representative of America's Auto Auction Harrisburg will acknowledge any noted damage by the transporter and a signed copy will be placed on file at the auction.



Online Arbitration Policies

America's Auto Auction Harrisburg standard sale day arbitration policies will be recognized for all ONLINE SALE UNITS.  The auction retains the right to adhere to separate additional arbitration policies and procedures.  Buyers should review these policies prior to purchasing a vehicle online.  Due to the nature of ONLINE PURCHASING, these additional practices apply and may supersede our standard Arbitration polices: 

Special note:  NO vehicle over 130,000 miles will be covered under our online arbitration policies.  Any vehicle bought on-line without a condition report is sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS. (NO EXCEPTIONS).  Photos DO NOT constitute as a condition report.

All AS-IS vehicles (designated by announcement or sale price of $2500 and under) will be exempt from both mechanical and cosmetic arbitration regardless of condition report disclosures.

Any vehicles purchased online, with less than a single $500 cosmetic/ $500 mechanical defect will not constitute a valid complaint.

Arbitration claims for any missing vehicle equipment will be void unless documented by the transporter and a AAAH representative at time of release by AAAH (to transporter or agent)

It is the Buyer’s responsibility to review all announcements, vehicle representations in the condition report, and condition light under which the vehicle is sold.  No arbitration complaint will be accepted if the proper representation was made at the time of sale.

Vehicles are sold as mechanically sound unless otherwise announced.  America's Auto Auction Harrisburg does not guarantee reconditioning cost for non-visible wear and tear.  This includes brakes, exhaust or maintenance items required by some manufacturers to pass used car certification programs, or those which may be required by the Buyer’s state vehicle inspection guidelines.

Inoperative, inaccurate or replaced odometer must be announced.  America's Auto Auction Harrisburg uses the industry accepted AutoCheck as our reference.

FRAME DISCLOSURE STANDARDS:  AAAH uses the industry accepted NAAA Structural Damage Policy as its standard.  Copies are available upon request or visit

The BUYER will provide necessary documentation, estimates and/or third party inspections as required by the Auction in order to satisfy the complaint.  After any accepted adjustment, the vehicle automatically becomes an AS-IS deal with NO FURTHER ARBITRATION.

The Internet buyer must notify the AAAH INTERNET SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE of any arbitration issues within ten (10) days of purchase of vehicle or three (3) days after receiving the vehicle (whichever one comes first).  Notification includes any mechanical deficiencies, additional damage complaint and title brands/mileage issues.

All arbitration claims must be confirmed and documented by the Auction within the specified time allocation.  Any claims presented to America's Auto Auction Harrisburg after the time limit will not be honored even if the Buyer’s claim is valid.



Online Return Policies

No vehicles are to be returned without written authorization by the AAAH Internet representative or Arbitration manager.

Any vehicle authorized for return must be transported to America's Auto Auction Harrisburg within ten (10) days of the authorization to return.

The Buyer is responsible for the return of an authorized vehicle, its negotiable title and all applicable receipts.  The vehicle, negotiable title, and applicable receipts must be received by the AAAH INTERNET REPRESENTATIVE prior to reimbursement of purchase price to Buyer.

The Buyer has ten (10) days from the date of the vehicle(s) authorized for return to submit transportation receipts to AAAH INTERNET REPRESENTATIVE for reimbursement.  These receipts must verify TRANSPORTATION OF VEHICLE from AAAH to the Buyer and from the Buyer to AAAH.  Transportation reimbursement must be at or below reasonable industry accepted rates.





From the desk of: Dan G. Murphy, III, Chairman
PA State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers,
Dealers and Salespersons
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

To: All Pennsylvania Dealer-Only Auto Auctions
Re: Reiteration of Regulations of Vehicle Board and Pennsylvania Code

As Pennsylvania State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers, Salespersons, and Auto Auctions, Individuals participating in vehicle and/or auction sales MUST BE LICENSED by the State of Pennsylvania or another state.
No Exceptions!

The Pennsylvania State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers, Salespersons-and-Auto Auctions will prosecute to the full extent of the law in accordance with the Board of Vehicles Act and the Pennsylvania Code.

Unlicensed Sales WILL NOT be tolerated.

Questions regarding practice of this profession may be directed to the Office of the State Board:
Board Administrator
State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers, and Salespersons
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA, 17105-2649

Vehicle Board Mission Statement  The State Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers, and Salespersons serves to protect the public interest in the purchase and trade of vehicles so as to insure protection against irresponsible vendors and dishonest or fraudulent sales practices. The Board regulates the licensure of salespersons, dealers, vehicle auctions, manufacturers, factory branches, distributors, distributor branches, and factory or distributor representatives in the vehicle industry. Also, the Board determines whether a manufacturer may establish a new vehicle dealer or relocate an existing new vehicle dealer within or into a relevant market area where the same line-make is then represented. In addition, the Board investigates complaints and allegations of wrongful acts of any licensee or person required to be licensed by law. The Board also supplies a list, to be posted at all vehicle auctions, containing the names of all licensees who are currently revoked or suspended and persons who were penalized for unlicensed activity within the last year.