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Bidding tools

What they are and how they work

The tools you’ll discover on this page help you increase your chances of winning OPENLANE auctions: 

1. Ultimo (Continental European customers only)
2. Price guidance 
3. My Bids
4. Bid agent
5. Consumer market price
6. Notifications (Continental European customers only)

Click here for a full overview of the OPENLANE bidding tools!

1. Ultimo (Continental European customers only)

After an auction closes, Ultimo gives you five minutes to submit your best and final offer.
• Maximize your chance to get the car assigned by the seller!
• You’ll receive an email or browser notification with a link to the car detail page. Only you have access.
• The car detail page shows whether Ultimo is available for an auction. It’s not available for x-Time auctions.

More information regarding Ultimo

2. Price guidance

Continental European customers

price barometer The Price Barometer shows how attractive your bid looks compared to the estimated sales price. 
• Bid your way from the red zone, through the yellow zone and into the green area for your best chance of success. 
• You’ll find the price barometer on the right of the car detail page.
• It’s not available for ‘Buy now’ auctions.

More information regarding The Price Barometer

UK customers

The Price Barometer isn’t accessible from the United Kingdom, so to help you make the best bidding decisions, you’ll find the current estimated value of every vehicle on the bottom right of the car details page. 

‘CAP clean’ indicates the vehicle’s top trade value and lets you know if it’s ready to be sold and has a current MOT, complete service history, all documents and spare keys.  

‘CAP average’ is applicable if the vehicle is in reasonable condition given its age and mileage but is not in the best possible condition. 

‘CAP below’ indicates the trade value of a vehicle that’s in below-average condition considering its age and milage. 

‘CAP retail’ provides an estimate of the vehicle’s current retail value. 

3. My Bids

mybidsKeep track of all your bids in different auctions and maximise your chance of winning with price guidance tools. 
• A full overview makes it easier to win auctions. 
• Go to ‘My Bids’ via the navigation menu at the top of the website.
• The Bid Agent is not available from ‘My Bids’.

More information regarding My Bids

4. Bid agent

bid-agentEnter your maximum bid. The Bid agent bids for you - never more than is necessary to keep you in the highest bidder’s seat.
• You’re free to work, knowing you’ll bid no more than is absolutely necessary and will never go beyond your limits.
• Activate it using the switch on the car detail page. You can set it as your default bidding method from ‘My account’.
• Pressing the ‘Buy now’ button always wins the car, even if you set the bid agent first.

More information regarding Bid agent

5. Consumer market price

market-price Continental European customers can see the consumer market price. This is the average price for a particular vehicle on the consumer market in your country.
• This helpful guide tells you how little or how much to bid. It includes VAT, but doesn’t take damage into consideration.
• You’ll find the consumer market price on the right of the car detail page.
• Please note that it’s not available for all cars in all countries.

Customers from the United Kingdom can rely on ‘CAP retail’, which provides an estimate of the vehicle’s current retail value. 

More information regarding Consumer market price

6. Notifications (Continental European customers only)

notifications-icon A message that pops up in your browser or on your mobile phone, to let you know what you need to know.
• You’re free to go about your business, knowing you’ll be informed about the most crucial auction events.
• You’ll need to allow your browser and phone to show these pop-ups. Adjust the settings in ‘My account’ to make sure you only receive the notifications you want.
• Available for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, iOS and Android.

More information regarding Notifications

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