OF CHICAGO - ONLINE AUCTION TERMS AND CONDITIONS
PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY. SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, SEND THEM TO AUCTIONS@CITYOFCHICAGO.ORG.
PART I - GENERAL AUCTION AND PAYMENT TERMS
Online auctions are opened to the general public, unless otherwise stated in the auction description. However, City of Chicago employees and their relatives will not be permitted to bid. Buyer must be of legal age to enter into a contract with the City of Chicago.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL. There are no refunds or exchanges. All property is offered "As Is, Where Is".
The City of Chicago reserves the right, to reject any and/or all bids considered, if the public interest may be served thereby. The City of Chicago also reserves the right to withdraw an item at any time - including during the bidding process.
THIS ITEM IS BEING SOLD "AS IS", WITH NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
At the conclusion of bidding, the successful bidder must submit full payment within five (5) business days of the auction close. Cash, cashier's checks, certified checks money orders, and credit cards will be accepted as payment. Failure to submit payment within the specified time period may result in the bidder being blocked from future auctions. For auctions requiring a bid deposit, should the bidder default due to failure to pay in full by the specified time, the bid deposit will be forfeited.
Credit card payments are available online through the Public Surplus auction site. Login to the Public Surplus site;. Click on "My Stuff" and then click on "Past Bids". Click on the description of the auction and then click on "Pay Online" link located on the right hand side of the screen. Follow the steps to complete the transaction. A receipt will be emailed to you once the payment has cleared. This receipt must accompany you to have the property custodian release the item.
Payments made in person are only accepted at the Department of Revenue payment centers listed at this link:
Cash payment will not be accepted at the inspection site.
Please include a copy of the email notice of award with your payment to ensure prompt processing of the sale.
Buyers are required to complete and submit the Surplus Equipment Public Auction Affidavit. The Surplus Equipment Public Auction Affidavit is in PDF format, and can be found in the attachment section of the specific auction. The completed affidavit is to be directed to the Department of Procurement Services, 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 403, Chicago, Illinois 60602, Attn: Salvage Operations or provided to the Salvage Operations Yard personnel at the time of merchandise pick-up. All affidavits must be signed by the winning, registered User/bidder on PublicSurplus.com.
PART II - SALE DOCUMENTATION
The Bill of Sale (available upon request) and, if applicable, the title to the equipment/vehicle, will not be issued to the successful bidder until the funds have been collected by the Department of Revenue and have cleared the bank.
PART III - INSPECTION AND CONTACT INFORMATION
The auction item description has been included to assist in identifying the sale item. This information has been compiled from the information that is presently available to the City and is not warranted to be accurate. All interested parties are encouraged to inspect the sale item as directed in the item description to verify the accuracy of the described item information. The City of Chicago is not responsible for any omissions or errors in the description and condition of the property.
Bidders are to take note that not all auction items will have the option to inspect. Caution should be taken to review the item description, submit accurate questions to the auction contact and research the item prior to submitting a bid. We want this to be a successful program, so please use good judgment when bidding on auction items.
PART IV - ITEM REMOVAL TERMS
Upon the payment of the auction item, and submittal of the Surplus Equipment Public Auction Affidavit, the bidder must remove the purchased item within five (5) business days. Bidder must furnish the labor and equipment to remove the auction item. Should the bidder use a third party to remove the purchased item, bidder must ensure that the third party has a copy of the bill of sale and written authorization for the third party to remove the purchased item.
If the bidder fails to meet the deadline to remove the purchased item, the City may charge the bidder a storage fee of $25.00 per item per day, payable prior to pickup of the purchased item. The City may remove the item to another location and bidder will be responsible for the costs incurred by the City to dismantle, transport and store the item. In such an event, the City shall not be responsible for any item damaged by such removal and, if the bidder has not made arrangements to pick up the item within thirty (30) calendar days and pay any and all applicable storage fees, the bidder shall be deemed to have ceded ownership to the City. Thereafter, and the City may dispose of the item as the City deems reasonable and retain any proceeds therefrom.
PART V - INDEMNIFICATION
Bidder agrees for and on behalf of bidder, bidder's heirs, successors and assigns that bidder shall indemnify and hold the City of Chicago harmless from and against any claim, demand or cause of action arising or alleged to have arisen out of the sale or failure to sell any item of surplus property including claims for personal or bodily injury, death or contract damages.
PART VI - BIDDER DISQUALIFICATION
The City reserves the right to disqualify and block bidders submitting frivolous bids. Bidders may also be disqualified from bidding due to late payment, failure to remove sold item as directed, incomplete and/or inaccurate registration information or any behavior deemed disruptive to the auction process. Bid deposits will be forfeited should the bidder default on a specified auction(s) due to non-payment.
Good luck and thank you for supporting our Surplus Asset Auction Program.