What is Recreationalsalvage.com?

TS Recreational Inc. / Recreationalsalvage.com is a live public auction where members can bid on recreational items that have been identified as total losses by insurance companies, theft recoveries, repossessions and/or contract sales.

Do I have to be a dealer to register?

No. Members can be dealers or private parties. Dealers will be required to provide additional information.

What do I need to do to bid on an item?

You’ll need to register on the Register Page.

How soon can I bid once I've registered?

Once you’ve created an account, you can start bidding.

Can I change my password and or other account information?

Yes. Once logged in, you can change your password under Your Account and the click on the Password tab. You will need to know your current password in order to change to a new password.

Does Recreationalsalvage.com sell parts?

No. We only sell the whole item “as is.”

Can items be bought outright?

All items are ran through the website except new trailers, docks and lifts, which can be purchased through TS Dock & Lift. You can purchase an item without bidding by click on the “Buy Now” button on that specific item.

How often do you hold auctions?

Online auctions will begin on the first Monday of the month in February, March, July, August, September, and October. Auctions may include items from any or all categories, depending on supply.

How does the auction system work?

Recreationalsalvage.com uses a proxy bidding system. This system allows you to place a maximum bid amount that is kept confidential from other bidders and only increases bid amounts when you have been outbid. The system will bid up to your maximum amount and then you will be emailed if the bid amount exceeds your max. However, if no other bidder has a greater maximum, you will be the winning bidder.

Do you send out outbid notifications?

Yes. An email will be sent every time you are outbid. Please keep in mind that at the end of the auction these notifications may not come in time before the auction closes. It is a good idea to be available to view the auction closing to ensure that you get a chance to bid.

How do I know if I am the winning bidder?

You will be notified via email after the auction for the item closes. You will be contact by our office within 24 hours to have exact sales totals provided shortly after the auction for the item closes. Remember, Recreationalsalvage.com has no buyer’s fees but is required to collect Minnesota tax in most situations. You will have 5 business days to pay for an item (cash or money wire is accepted) and 10 business days to pick up the item. If you choose to send a money wire, please call or email with the date it is sent so we can watch our account for it.

What forms of payment are accepted?

We accept money wires (preferred) and cash ONLY! No bank drafts, cashier’s checks, credit card, personal checks, money orders, or travelers checks.

Bank Wires!!!

It’s been brought to our attention that on “some” money wires there is a middle bank that processes the wire transaction, this bank takes a fee of $15 to $30 out of your total money wire so when we receive the money in our account it is short that amount. In this case the buyer will owe us the shorted amount at the time of pickup of the item. This is the bank taking this fee, NOT US!! Please contact your bank if you have any questions on this.

When do the auctions close?

Each individual item has its own posted closing date and time.

I bid on an item but it closed, how could I see what the item went for?

The only way you can view what an item sold for is to track it in your watch list. The item will still be available to view there for 24 hours after the auction closed. After that time period, the amount will no longer be disclosed.

Do items have a reserve price or minimum bid?

Occasionally, units may be subject to a reserve by the seller. In most cases, Recreationalsalvage.com isn’t the seller. If an item doesn’t meet reserve, it will be offered to the high bidder for the reserve amount or relisted at a later date.

I know an item received bids on an earlier listing and now it is up for auction again. Why?

Occasionally, the insurance companies expect a greater return out of an item. In that case, the item is relisted and often times will have a reserve removed or reduced. Items do not always sell – even on a second listing.

Do I pay sales tax if I am out of state/country?

Yes. Sales tax is 7.38% on non-highway items and 6.88% on highway items.

Minnesota Taxes?

MN residents are required to pay the MN sales tax on all items.

Dealer Tax Requirements

Dealers will need to provide dealer’s license and sales tax exemption forms. Canadian dealers need to have a Minnesota sales tax ID number (that is very easy to obtain). A drivers license number is not an accepted form of tax exemption identification for Canadian bidders.

Are there any other fees to consider before bidding?

Recreationalsalvage.com has no bidders or buyers fees. However, if you are a MN resident, registration, document and transfers fees are charged just like any other dealer. Document fees are $50 per item, so if you buy a boat on a trailer, you will pay $100 in document fees. We do handle all of the paperwork for MN residents so no waiting in line at the DMV!

Trying to save a marriage: won an item but can't afford it, had a family emergency? What can I do?

We understand that sometimes “life happens,” so we do offer the means for a winning bidder to back out. The only way you can back out of a winning bid is to pay the $500 non-refundable relist fee. This fee will also be applied in the event that you fail to pay for the item in the allotted time. Also, even if you cancel your credit card that $500 will remain on your account until paid. If you still fail to fulfill the terms, you will be sent to collections. Placing a bid is a contract, so please be sure before you place a bid. This is all to ensure fair bidding for all buyers.

Can I pick up the item myself?

Yes. We encourage individuals, if it is at all possible, to pickup items themselves due to expensive shipping costs, additional paperwork and the fact that we want all buyers to be able to inspect the item before signing off on the paperwork.

Do I get to inspect the unit before purchase?

Yes. We encourage anyone to come and inspect units before listing or during the auction. We don’t allow starting or running of the unit in advance by our customers. We do allow winning bidders to inspect items before pick-up to ensure accurate descriptions. If an item isn’t described accurately, we do allow the winning bidder to back out. Recreationalsalvage.com will determine if the customer is allowed to back out. We strive to have very accurate descriptions! We have been told by many successful bidders that we have the best descriptions in the state!

When does the item need to paid for and picked up?

The item needs to be paid for within 5 business days by bank money wire or cash ONLY! No credit cards, personal checks, cashiers checks, money orders or travelers checks. The item needs to be picked up within 10 business days! After that you will be charged $5.00 per day for storage!

If the item isn’t paid for in five-business days, then the $500 fee will be applied to your card. You will then be allowed a maximum of up to 14 business days to complete payment. Otherwise, the $500 fee is forfeited. Winning bidders will be allowed a maximum of up to 10 business days to pick-up the unit before a $5 a day storage fee is applied. If you have additional questions or abnormal circumstance, please contact the main office before bidding.

When can I pick up an item?

You can pick up an item during our normal business hours at least one half-hour before close. Hours vary throughout the year. Please check the Contact Us page to see current hours. We also require 24 hours notice before an item is picked up, so please send us an email or call with your desired pick up time.

What do I need to pickup the item?

Payment, unless already sent previously. Vehicle, trailer, straps and covers to secure the load. We don’t allow any dumping or parting out of the unit at our facilities. If you are unsure of the load, please contact our main office and they can assist in selling you the right trailer for the load or make recommendations for what would be the best means.

Will you help me load?

Yes. We have staff and equipment on hand to assist in loading. Our staff will assist for the first 15 minutes free of charge. After that, it will be a $25 charge per 15 minutes and per employee. Our equipment can load most pontoons under 22′ and boats under 18′ without any additional fees. If you have questions regarding loading, please contact our main office. Recreationalsalvage.com is not liable for damage occurring during loading. Recreational Salvage will not strap down any load!

Do you ship items?

No we do not ship items.