Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions

Please note that each auction/sale can have special/unique terms and conditions, please double-check each auction’s specific terms before bidding.  (can be found in the catalog under auction details)

Buyer Premium Tier

Online sales:
16% HiBid: Bids $1.00 – $50,000.00
10% + 2% HiBid Internet Fee: Bids $50,001.00+
*Select Municipal Items as Indicated in Lot Description*
10% HiBid

Live sales:
$1.00 – $50,000.00
13% Onsite
16% HiBid
18% Proxibid
10% Onsite
+2% HiBid Internet Fee
+3% Proxibid Internet Fee
*Select Municipal Items as Indicated in Lot Description*
10% Onsite
+2% HiBid Internet Fee
+3% Proxibid Internet Fee


All payments are due within 2 business days.

New Buyers: Credit cards will be processed 2 business days after an auction for invoices under $500.
Returning Buyers: Credit cards will be processed 2 business days after an auction.

Checks exceeding $500 must be accompanied by a letter of credit from the banking institution.

Bank wires are subject to a $35 transfer fee (domestic bank wires) or a $100 transfer fee (international bank wires). If the transfer fee is not included in the wire, Buyer gives Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC permission to charge the card on file for the amount due.

All major credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover. Credit card transactions incur a 3% processing fee. No chargebacks are permitted.

A $50.00 fee shall be assessed to the Buyer for all returned checks and interest may be charged at the rate of 3% of the total invoice weekly plus, any additional costs, labor, or fees incurred to pursue collection.

If payment is not received, Compass Auctions may choose to void a Bidder’s invoice and forfeit all items. Bidder will be banned from all future auctions associated with Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC and reported to its affiliated online bidding platforms. All legal fees, collection fees, and any other charges arising from nonpayment will be paid by the Bidder.

Item Removal/loading & unloading items.

Items remaining in the warehouse more than 5 business days beyond the final date of removal will incur storage fees.

Removal appointments can be scheduled Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 10:30AM & 12:00PM – 3:30PM EST. Warehouse staff stops loading at 4:00PM EST. No items may be removed from the warehouse after 4:00PM EST.

Buyers causing damage, harm, creating environmental issues, dumping, destroying, abandoning refusal, or any other act to cause monetary expense to be incurred to a Consignor/Seller’s property, auction site location, or property of any kind will be held liable for all damages, cleanup, or repair and may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Neither Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC nor Consignor/Seller is responsible for damages incurred due to loading, unloading, or during shipment/transport of items. All items are sold ‘As Is, Where Is’. Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC. nor Consignor/Seller will, in any way, be responsible for any damages or injuries while providing a lift, tools, equipment and/or loading services. Lifts and loading may be provided as a service to Buyers where available. Buyer acknowledges responsibility for any personal injury or damages to property caused by themselves and/or his/her agent.

If Buyer does not make the necessary arrangements for shipping or have items removed by the designated Final Removal Date, Buyer shall have no claim against Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC or Consignor/Seller and will forfeit the merchandise with no refunds or recourse.


At request of the Buyer, Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC can provide shipping assistance. Small and medium-size items can be shipped via FedEx or USPS for the cost of shipping (custom material cost or HAZMAT fees may apply). Compass can provide basic consolidation and pallet wrapping for a charge of $75.00 per pallet; transportation arrangements are the sole responsibility of the Buyer. Transporters must provide a Bill of Lading prior to pick up.

Invoices must be paid in full BEFORE items will be submitted for shipping preparation.

Compass reserves sole discretion to determine appropriate shipping methods.

Buyer is fully responsible for arranging shipping, transportation, logistics, rigging, and removal and any associated costs.

See Firearms Shipping for specific shipping

Buying vehicles

$99 Document Fee: applies to items sold on documentation (Title, Bill of Sale, etc.)

Vehicles, trailers, watercraft, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, large equipment, etc. sold on a Bill of Sale are subject to sales tax.

Vehicles sold on title will not incur standard sales tax. Vehicles sold on title to be registered in the State of Tennessee will be charged vehicle tax required for registration. Vehicles sold on title to be registered outside Tennessee are not subject to sales tax.

If the Buyer plans to register a titled vehicle in an area that requires an emission or other test, emissions and/or other tests are not guaranteed. All vehicles are sold “As Is, Where Is” unless stated otherwise in the item description. All titled vehicles are sold “As Is, Tow Away” in regard to emissions tests. It is the Buyer`s sole responsibility to determine if a titled vehicle is legal and able to be registered where the buyer is registering the vehicle.

Titles for vehicles will be mailed within 21 business days.

Auction items

All property is sold ‘As Is, Where Is’. Statements, conditions, descriptions, weights, and measures on or about items are provided in good faith and only matters of opinion. Neither Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC nor the Consignor/Seller make no guarantees and/or warrantees, expressed or implied about the merchantability of items and/or fitness for a particular purpose.

Conditional sales

Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC will contact the Seller with the High Bid. The Bidder will be notified of the Seller’s decision by close of business on the day of the auction. Conditional Sale bids that have been accepted by the Seller are considered winning bids and cannot be retracted.

Inspection of property

Bidder acknowledges having inspected the property, whether in person or online, and to be satisfied with the same prior to bidding. Bidder is solely relying upon their own expertise when choosing to make a purchase. Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC has attempted to provide the correct item description and/or pictures, however any errors or omissions in any provided format, description, or picture does not affect/void the sale in any way.

International Bidders

International bidders may be required to place a bidder deposit prior to approval.

Bidding process

Buyer agrees that under no circumstances whatsoever will Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC or Consignor/Seller ever be liable to any Buyer for an amount greater than the purchase price of the item purchased and only when in agreement that statement materially was intentionally incorrect.

Under no circumstances shall the Bidder have any claim against Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC in the event of any technical issues.

Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC accepts items with undisclosed reserve prices. The Consignor/Seller and Compass Auctions & Real Estate reserves the right to bid on behalf of the Consignor/Seller items on which there is a reserve.

Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC may reject or cancel a bid for any reason. The record of the auction made by Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC shall be conclusive. This is a Public Auction and as such, all qualified Bidders may bid including Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC owners, family members, employees, and any Consignor company, group members, or employees. Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC reserves the right to refuse service at its discretion.

Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC reserves the right to withdraw or re-catalog items in the auction.

Firearms laws and regulations

Bidder acknowledges and assumes responsibility for adhering to Federal Firearms laws and those set forth in his/her State of residence and agrees to bid accordingly. Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC will not be held liable for purchases in violation of a respective State’s law or Federal law, nor will any refunds be given.

California Residents: ALL items MUST be shipped to an FFL dealer. BEFORE BIDDING, please review the laws of your state to ensure that the firearm is acceptable in California. Any items won that cannot be shipped to California, will still require payment and have to be re-consigned for resale in the next available auction.

Firearms have not been test-fired by Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC. Buyer is solely responsible for the functionality and safety of their purchases

Firearms Shipping

Firearms, frames, receivers, and ammunition (in applicable states) must be shipped to an FFL (Federal Firearms License) holder. The buyer is responsible for providing a copy of the FFL prior to shipment. FFLs can be emailed to: Items will be shipped within 14 business days of customer confirmation of shipment address. FFL shipments will be shipped within 14 business days of FFL verification.

Each firearm/frame/receiver in a shipment is subject to a $15 handling fee.

Firearms, frames, and receivers will be shipped for the cost of postage and insurance. If multiple firearms are purchased, items can be packed and consolidated to reduce shipping costs.

Hazmat shipments are subject to a minimum hazmat charge of $70 per package (includes hazmat fee and hazmat packaging) + the cost of shipping. (Price not controlled by Compass.)

No straw purchases.


Onsite pickups and background checks

Onsite pickup:
Firearms/frames/receivers purchases will not be released until buyer passes a TICS background check. The cost of the transaction, pass or deny, is $10. In the event that TICS denies a background check, Buyer may file an appeal with the State of Tennessee.

As a result of the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) of 2022, background check results for persons between the ages of 18-20 will be delayed up to 10 business days after submission. Please visit for further information.

If an appeal results in a ‘Conditional Proceed’, Compass Auctions reserves the right to not release firearms/frames/receivers. Buyer may submit a new background check after the original 30 day wait period is complete. Buyer is responsible for the cost of each background check.

If an appeal results in ‘Denied’, Compass Auctions & Real Estate, LLC will not refund the purchase and/or background check fee(s). Buyer may choose to re-consign won firearms/frames/receivers with no reserve; standard sales fees will apply. If Buyer does not choose to re-consign, items will be considered forfeit with no refund.