Auctions

AUTHORITY:

Tenn. Code Ann. Sections 55-17-102 and 62-19-101

DESCRIPTION:

An “Automobile Auction” can be conducted under several different scenarios:

  • A “Public Automobile Auction” can be performed by any licensed motor vehicle dealer, who is also licensed as an automobile auctioneer by the Tennessee Auctioneer Commission
    • The dealer is required to complete an application giving the auction permission to complete paperwork on the dealer’s behalf
    • No public automobile auction shall otherwise limit the auctioning of used motor vehicles exclusively to licensed motor vehicle dealers or their duly authorized agent
  • A “Law Enforcement (Seizure) Auction” is an auction conducted or sponsored by a law enforcement agency, where vehicles previously owned by the agency or seized or confiscated by the agency are subsequently sold to members of the general public

REQUIREMENTS:

An application for title and registration for a vehicle purchased at auction, requires no special supporting documentation.  The applicant will need to provide the following

  • Ownership document, including but not limited to:
  • A bill of sale or an auction sales receipt
  • A Lien agreement (if a lien is to be noted)

NOTE:  If the vehicle is auctioned as a result of the abandoned vehicle process, additional documentation is required.  

FORMS:

Certification of Sales Under Special Conditions

RELATED TOPICS:

ABANDONED VEHICLES

GARAGEKEEPER’S LIEN 

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