Is there a preview for the sale?
Yes vehicles can be previewed the day before the auction, from 9:00 am to 4:00 and the day of the auction starting at 8:00-am. You can also preregister on the preview day if you like
Is the sale open to anyone?
YES. The only restrictions are: (1)You must be eighteen years of age or older to purchase a vehicle; (2)You must have valid photo identification.
Can you provide further information regarding (Car, Truck, Motorcycle)?
Sorry, with hundreds of cars available at each sale we cannot provide specific information regarding individual items.
Where do these cars come from?
Martin Edwards has a contract with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the storage and auctioning of seized vehicles of repeat offenders of Driving while impaired. MEA also has a similar contract with the US Marshal’s Service and North Carolina Department of Revenue for the storage and auctioning of their seized vehicles and personal property.
Other vehicles at the sales include: financial institution vehicles (repossession, lease terminations, fleet liquidation); corporate fleet liquidation; private vehicles; other government agency fleets and seizures.
Why/When are the cars sold at auction?
The NCDPI vehicles are sold at auction when the towing and storage fees exceed 85% of the Bond value of the car. Determined by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. The proceeds from the sale of DPI vehicles are distributed to the school boards of the county of which the vehicle was seized in. Other agency US Marshals and DOR share their proceeds with local police agency involved with the seizure.
Can I buy (xx) number of vehicles at a sale and pick them up later?
Yes. You can buy as many vehicles as you wish – you will have up to three (3) days to pick-up the vehicle(s). If you need more time than three days to pick-up the vehicles you must make those arrangements with MEA prior to the sale.
Do I need proof of insurance to buy a vehicle at the sale?
Martin Edwards & Associates, Inc. will NOT verify insurance coverage at/during/after the sale. The State of North Carolina requires that all vehicles operated on the road be insured. You should discuss your options with your insurance agent prior to the sale.
Is there Sales Tax on auction vehicles?
No. Martin Edwards does not charge sales tax on vehicles. Vehicles taxes are handled through the NCDMV and the County of registration.
What if it rains, snows, etc?
Unless the weather is severe all sales will occur on schedule. In instances of severe weather warnings (flood, tornado, hurricane, etc) the auction will be rescheduled for another day. Information will be available as soon as possible at this web site about delays.
Do I get the title with the vehicle?
Yes. The buyer receives a North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles Form LT265 at the completion of the sale. A blank title application is attached to the LT265. The buyer takes the application and LT265 to the DMV to receive the title of the vehicle. For US Marshal vehicles receives a SF97.
Can I pay with a Credit or Debit Card?
Yes. However, the following must be considered before using a credit/debit card:
- We currently only accept Visa and/or MasterCard.
- Debit cards must be branded (Visa or MasterCard) and will be processed as Credit Cards, not as PIN authenticated debit cards.
- Effective Sept. 1, 2015: A 4% Administrative Fee applies to payments by any means other than cash or check.
Does Martin Edwards & Associates, Inc. remove items from the sale?
MEA does not keep any item listed for auction – we do not under any circumstance list items for sale as ‘leaders’ or ‘draws.’ There have been items ‘pulled’ from the auctions by some Local School Boards. The State or Federal Government can remove listed items from the sale at any time.
A [Year Make Model] vehicle was listed for sale, but was not seen at the auction?
At any time (even during the sale event) the State of North Carolina or US Marshals can have items removed (‘pulled’) from the sale. This happens for various reasons, including – but not limited to:
- Court Order (owner has petitioned courts, paid bonds, etc)
- Claim/Retention by Local School Boards
- Book/Bond Value Corrections
- Incorrect paperwork
- other reasons not known to MEA
My Vehicle was Seized and M.E.A. has it. How do I get it back?
Please read the following:
Procedures for Releasing a Seized Vehicle
- Contact the Clerk of Courts in the county where the vehicle was seized to attempt to obtain a release.
- Once you have a release from the Clerk of Court, call MEA at 910-897-6382. Releases are available by appointment only (and NO contact through our website(s) or email will be accepted).
- At your appointment we need: the original release from the Clerk of Court with notarized state seal; proof of ownership, such as title, registration, or insurance documentation; driver’s license or picture id.
- If the owner of the vehicle is not present then a notarized letter from the owner must be present with ID.
- All towing and storage fees must be paid before the vehicle is released.
- We accept cash, certified funds, Visa & Master Card( w/ 4% handling fee).