Interpreting Vehicle Start Codes on SalvageBid


Salvagebid is a trusted IAA broker that offers a wide range of new, used, and salvage vehicles at an online auction. Salvagebid gives individual members the chance to bid on and buy vehicles at auction, including cars, SUVs, motorcycles, and boats at fantastic prices. All without a dealer license.

Before bidding on a vehicle from IAA, one thing you may be interested in learning about is whether, when the vehicle was accepted at the IAA auction lot, IAA was able to get the vehicle to start and drive. Below, you’ll find a review of Start Codes given to Salvagebid by auction facility personnel. This will help you to find the best deals and minimize possible issues. 

It is important to note that IAA makes no guarantee that the vehicle will be able to start or move forward under its own power when picked up by the buyer. Salvagebid only provides the information as received from the auction, as of the date the auction received it. 

You should always inspect a vehicle yourself or hire a licensed inspector to perform an evaluation for you, so you know what you’re bidding on. For more details on these issues, please refer to our Terms and Conditions.

Run and drive

When a vehicle arrives at the IAA yard, it undergoes a basic evaluation. The auction facility personnel test the vehicle to see if it starts and if it’s able to move under its own power. If the result is satisfying, then it gets the “Run & Drive” start code. 

A vehicle listed as “Run & Drive” means that it was started, placed into gear, and drove forward by its own power when it arrived at the auction yard. 

Vehicle Starts

Sometimes a vehicle that arrives at the IAA yard can start but is not able to drive. In this case, an auction facility worker denotes it as, “started” and it gets the “Vehicle Starts” code. As noted above, Salvagebid cannot guarantee that the vehicle will start, this is a representation of the car’s condition when it arrived at the yard as noted by the yard’s staff.

If the vehicle was started only after being jumped, it gets the “Starts w/Jump” code. 

Can’t Test

If auction yard personnel are unable to test a vehicle for any reason, it will be marked as “Can’t Test”. 

Won’t Start

When the vehicle won’t start at all, it will be listed as “Won’t Start”. Vehicles like this may require serious expenses for repair, or sometimes, it’s as simple as a dead battery.  

Final words

It’s important to remember that all the above verifications are made by action personnel at the time the vehicle was accepted at the auction lot, which may be some time before the vehicle is actually auctioned. Because Salvagebid doesn’t take possession of the vehicles, doesn’t inspect the vehicles, and doesn’t research the history of the vehicle, we can’t guarantee that the Start Code the auction facility listed will still be accurate at the time of sale. Again, we strongly recommend you conduct an inspection on your own or hire somebody to do so for you.

Now that you know how to interpret Starts Codes on Salvagebid, you’ll have the confidence to bid and win. Create a free account with us and buy your perfect vehicle online right away!

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