Terms - General Auctions




    Bidder/ Purchaser must be registered, and in good standing with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (Metro).


    Bidder/ Purchaser must be of legal age (18 years old) to submit a bid and enter into a contract with Metro.


    All property is offered for sale "AS-IS, WHERE-IS" with no warranty or guarantee as to its fitness for any use or purpose offered or implied. Please note that ALL SALES ARE FINAL.


    Every effort will be made to accurately describe the items offered for sale. However, the bidder is cautioned that the items presented are used and may contain defects not immediately detectable. Items are available for public inspection prior to your bidding. Please use your best judgment when bidding.


    The measure of Metro’s liability, in any case where liability of Metro to the Buyer has been established, shall not exceed refund of such portion of the purchase price as received by Metro.


    Metro reserves the right, at its absolute discretion, to reject any and/or all bids considered as not in its best interest. Metro also reserves the right to withdraw an item at any time – including during, or after the bidding process.


    Upon registration, a one dollar verification fee may appear on your bank statement as pending. You will not be charged to register. The verification fee will drop from your statement in 3 -7 business days depending on your financial institution.


    Metro reserves the right, at its absolute discretion, to rescind an award when Metro determines that such award was made in error or as the result of technical problems with the electronic process. Metro Government has the right to re-post any auction (open/closed) due to technical problems with the electronic process for a time period not less than 24 hours.


    Metro reserves the right to refuse any and all bids and/or awards.


    Payment for all merchandise must be made as one of the following for the exact amount of purchase:

    Bank Drafted - Cashier’s Check (to Metropolitan Government of Nashville)
    Postal Money Order (to Metropolitan Government of Nashville)
    Visa Credit / Check Card
    MasterCard Credit / Check Card
    American Express


    A 2.30% convenience fee will be charged for all credit and debit card transactions. The fee is assessed by the electronic processing company, and no part of the fee is retained by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville. There will be no fee for bank drafted Cashier's Check or Postal Money Order payments.


    Only after full payment has been received can your merchandise be claimed at the eBid Auction Surplus Warehouse or other designated location. Items will not be shipped by eBid Nashville.


    Registration on eBid Nashville requires a Visa , MasterCard, American Express, or Discover to verify account information. A valid credit card number must be entered. The credit card information is used to verify name, address, and other information provided during the eBid Nashville registration process. Credit card information is only used as a form of identity and account verification when registering. Your privacy is very important to us. The transfer of the financial information is protected by a secure 128-bit encrypted SSL connection. Depending on the credit card company, a temporary $1 charge may appear on your statement. This charge will be removed, and your credit rating will not be affected by the verification process. The personal credit card information you provide for registration purposes is not retained or stored by eBid Nashville.


    Items must be paid for and claimed within five (5) Metro business days from the date of the winning auction. If Items are not paid for and claimed within the aforementioned five (5) day period, Metro reserves the right to resell, in its sole discretion, any such items.


    If you are the purchaser of an auctioned item and someone other than yourself will be picking up the item, you must print, complete, and send the Property Release Form along with a printed copy of your paid receipt with your authorized agent. Persons that have been disabled from the eBid system for any reason will not be allowed to claim items for another buyer.  The disabled user can not be named as the buyers agent on the Property Release Form. Bidder/ Purchaser or agent must provide a valid form of identification for verification to claim purchased items.


    If an item is not paid for and claimed within five (5) Metro business days from the date of the winning auction, the item will be re-auctioned and the bidder disabled as a registered user of this site. The defaulting bidder will also be liable for a relisting fee of sixty-five (65) dollars per item, plus the monetary difference between the winning bid of the original auction and the winning bid of the relisted auction.


    For items paid for and not claimed within five (5) Metro business days from the date of purchase, Metro reserves the right to forfeit the winning bidder's payment and resale the item on the sixth (6th) Metro business day from the date of the purchase. Storage fees may apply if delinquent. If applicable, storage fees will be posted in the Special Instructions section of the items bid page.


    Sales Tax will be not be added to the total amount of the purchase.


    On Metro purchased vehicles, good and marketable titles will be issued when the vehicle is paid for, in full. Vehicles must be picked up in Nashville, Tennessee. Open TITLES cannot be issued. (Metro will issue replacement titles for an administrative fee of $25.00)


    The completion of a form 8300 is required by the Internal Revenue Service if a payment is made in the amount of $10,000.00 or more by check card.


    Bidder is not an employee of Metro that has any direct involvement with the disposition of Metro surplus property, nor is the bidder the supervisor of such an employee or a person living in either such an employee's or supervisor's household. Bidder is not an employee of Metro that has personal or first-hand information regarding the condition of any item available for auction on the eBid Nashville site, nor the bidder supervisor of such an employee or a person living in either such an employee's or supervisor's household. Personal or first-hand information includes knowledge of an item's condition beyond that acquired through the same pre-bid inspection available to the general public.  All other Metro employees are eligible to bid on eBid Nashville auction items.


    Bidders may be barred from participation in Metro sales for any of the following:

    Failure to observe these Terms and Conditions
    Failure to make good and timely payment for the item(s) awarded.
    Failure to claim purchases.
    Intentional disruption of the auction process.


    Registered users may be disabled from participation in Metro sales for any of the following:

    Suspicious registration information.
    Re-registration under an assumed name or entity
    Inaccurate or fraudulent registration information.


    These Terms and Conditions may change at any time without notification. Some auctions will have additional special instructions located on each item's bid page. These are additional terms and conditions with which bidders agree to comply.