- How does JE Robison Service make sure they buy me a good car at auction?
- How do I buy a car using your services?
- How long does all this take?
- What if you go to the sale and don’t buy me anything?
- Will you buy whatever I request?
- How do I pay for the car?
- How does the car get registered?
- What about taxes and other fees?
- What warranties do I get with the car?
- What guarantees does the auction give buyers?
- What do I have to pay for in terms of service?
- How is the car checked out after I buy it?
- I live far from JE Robison Service. How do I get my new car?
- I have a trade-in. What do I do with it?
- In what states is JE Robison Service a licensed dealer?
2. Once you have decided what you want
advise you of upcoming auctions likely to offer vehicles you want. We
will send you a purchase to order agreement
spelling out our mutual obligations. You send us a bid deposit ranging
from ten to twenty percent of the anticipated bid, depending upon vehicle.
The day before the sale our appraiser will call you to reconfirm your
order. Once we are at the sale, our appraiser will inspect the cars,
discuss choices and probable prices with you. We will bid according
to our discussion. Following a successful bid we recheck services and
title histories to avoid problems. Once we have bought you a car it
will be trucked to our facility for inspection and service. You can
decide what service to have done based upon our inspection report. The
car will be made ready for delivery to you.
3. Once we buy the car it takes 2-5
days for the car carrier to deliver it to our shop. Two or more days
are then required for inspection and service. If warranty or paint repairs
are required there may be further scheduling delays. Cars are usually,
but not always, ready for delivery within two weeks of purchase. Many
vehicles are ready sooner.
4. The great thing about this is that
the sales never end. There are always more cars and more sales. Most
people choose to have us continue the hunt at the next auction. However,
if you wish we will cancel the purchase to order
agreement and refund 100% of your deposit.
5. If we accept an order we will do
our best to fill it. Certain cars are very difficult to find, and several
months may be required to locate a vehicle. Examples of difficult-to-find
cars are late model Rolls Royce or Ferrari products. When accepting
an order, we impose limits on age, mileage, and condition. We will not
accept orders for cars we believe will be substandard. We would rather
buy nothing than buy a car that will give you nothing but trouble. These
limits vary with market conditions and the vehicle selected. For example,
we can buy fifteen-year-old Ferrari cars in near-new condition. However,
buying a near-new four-year-old VW Jetta is a real challenge.
6. You must deliver a bid deposit
of 10% to 20% prior to our bidding for you. The balance of the vehicle's
price must be paid within two weeks or delivery of the vehicle, whichever
comes first. Service costs, sales tax and registration fees must be
paid prior to registration or delivery of the vehicle. We offer loan
and lease financing to qualified customers. There may be different deposit
requirements for customers obtaining financing through us. Advance approval
is required. Financing is limited to residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts,
Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Contact our
office for details.
7. We usually register vehicles by
mail in your state of residence. If you wish, you can register the car
yourself. Most buyers choose to have us do it. Depending upon your state's
regulations you may be required to have the vehicle inspected before
permanent plates are issued. Residents of states with inspection requirements
may have to complete the registration process upon receiving the vehicle.
Contact your state's motor vehicle department or our office for more
8. You are responsible for all tax
and registration costs. When we sell a car in Massachusetts we collect
6.25% sales tax for our state. This tax is not paid to us. Rather, it is
paid directly to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. They issue
a receipt that will be accepted by your state as proof of 5% sales tax
payment. If your state has a higher tax rate you will pay the difference
there. You will not be taxed twice. If you choose to have us register
your car you will be responsible for state registration and title fees.
In some cases there will be mailing and documentation charges to process
these papers. Such charges rarely exceed $100.
9. JE Robison Service is committed to
delivering top quality cars and standing behind them 100%. We do our
best to ensure every car is serviced and fully functional before it
leaves our premises. Most vehicles are sold subject to the Massachusetts
Used car lemon law warranty,
which you will receive at no charge. This warranty covers defects affecting
safety or usability for a period of 30 to 90 days or 1,250 to 3,750
miles. In addition, you receive the balance of manufacturer new car
warranty at no charge.
10. Auction policies vary from location
to location, but all auctions we attend offer a buyer these important
- The auction guarantees a clear title to the car. They do not pay
the seller until a clear title has been delivered to them.
- The auction guarantees the odometer accuracy. Unless the car is represented
as "true mileage unknown" the auction stands behind the odometer.
If, at any time, it is proven that the mileage on the vehicle at the
time we purchased it was misrepresented, the auction will buy the car
- The auction will also buy the car back if undisclosed title brands
are discovered. These include recovered theft, salvage, reconstructed,
taxi, police car, lemon, flood, and other defect brands.
- For cars represented as good or green light, the
auction has an arbitration system which allows us to adjust the purchase
price of the car or reject it entirely if it is found to have undisclosed
frame damage, or undisclosed major mechanical problems upon inspection
within 3 hours of purchase.
You will have to pay a basic charge ($360 for most
cars) for cleanup, inspection, and basic service. This charge covers these
- Change oil and filter, set all fluids, make sure antifreeze is good
- Make sure all exterior lights, wipers, and horn are working properly.
- Clean, polish and wax the exterior.
- Clean and detail the interior, engine compartment and trunk.
- Generate a list and cost estimate for any other work needed. Most
cars we buy are covered by manufacturer new car warranty. On such cars
you will generally not have to pay to repair defective components. You
will have to pay for any non-warranty repairs necessary to make the
vehicle safe and usable in accordance with state law. Examples of items
you might have to pay for are new tires, replacement brake pads, or
repairs to safety systems like light bulbs or wipers. You may also choose
to pay for optional services, such as scheduled maintenance or installation
of accessories. Some items, like worn tires or a chipped windshield,
are visible when we look at the car in the auction yard. We will consider
these items when arriving at a bid price and may discuss them in advance
with you. Other items, like worn brake pads, cannot be seen until the
vehicle has reached our service department. Before accepting your vehicle
order, we will give you an estimate for service costs for the particular
vehicle you are requesting based upon our extensive experience buying
12. The car is checked in our service department for
problems in these key areas:
- We check to see if all scheduled service is up to date, and if not,
what needs to be done. This includes fluids, tune-ups, timing belts,
fan belts, hoses, and all other items serviced as part of the manufacturer's
recommended maintenance schedule. Engine oil and filter are changed
as part of this service. In addition, any low fluids are topped off
and antifreeze is set to -30° as part of this service.
- The car is put through an enhanced emission test in accordance with
the 1999 Federal standards to ensure all emission control and engine
management systems are working as designed.
- Brakes, steering, suspension, and all under car components are checked
for wear and proper operation.
- The undercarriage is checked for excessive leaks and other damage.
- Wheels and tires are checked, and alignment or wheel balance is checked
- All safety equipment is checked for proper operation (lights, wipers,
- All accessories are checked for proper operation (radio, cruise control,
power windows, etc.)
- All body panels and the vehicle's unibody structure or frame are checked
for concealed damage.
- Any cosmetic damage both inside and outside is noted.
- The vehicle is checked for accessory items extra keys, remotes
(if supplied), manuals, spare tire, jack, tools, etc. Missing items
- The vehicle is road tested for to identify any other problems. In
addition we check the vehicles title history, the manufacturer service
history if available, and we check for and complete any outstanding
recalls. Our service advisors will discuss the results of this comprehensive
check with you. Some items may be covered by manufacturer new car warranty.
Those items will be repaired at no cost to you. Other items may be repaired
at your expense. By law, we are required to repair all items that affect
the safety or usability of the vehicle prior to delivery to you. This
service, if needed, is at your expense. Most customers also choose to
have us repair additional non-critical items or perform any scheduled
preventative maintenance as well. We have a large service department
and are fully equipped to perform any needed work.
have relationships with several excellent auto transporters. Not all the
truckers we use have websites. Two that do are here: Intercity
L Castine Movers
. Both firms above are headquartered near JE Robison Service,
and have provided excellent service to our customers. They use enclosed
trailers, so your new vehicle is protected from the elements on its way
to you. Of course, you may also arrange your own transportation. Movecars
We offer three options for trade-ins. First,
we will establish a tentative wholesale value for your vehicle based upon
your description of it. We will find buyers willing to purchase your trade
and present you with their offers. If you accept the offers we will dispose
of your old car as soon as it is delivered to us. Of course, its value is
contingent upon your describing it accurately. Second, we will send your
trade to auction after delivering your new car to you. You will be charged
our costs for cleanup, shipping, auction entry, and auction sale and given
the net proceeds. We do not charge a commission to dispose of customer trades
in this manner. Third, if you have a special interest car, we can sell it
on consignment at our facility. If the car does not sell we can send it
to auction as described above. Contact us
for more information on consignment
We hold a Massachusetts Class II dealer