Purple Wave Auctions Reviews

Purple Wave Auctions
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Purplewave will not back what's right
November 19, 2022
Purple Wave Auction Buyer beware... They don't back misrepresented items. Bought an item and the seller knew there were safety issues and admitted it to them. They won't do anything about it. Offered $150 for my inconvenience. And won't let me re-list it because of the safety issues. BEWARE SCAM COMPANY.

When Does An Auction End?
June 29, 2022

I really don't care for the fact that the auction "close" time isn't really a close time. My first time going thru the bid process...they kept extending the time by 5 minutes to drive the price up.

And who even knows if it is actually another bidder or the seller themselves. If the auction ends at 10 then end it. If I am the highest bidder at that time then I should win.

Corrections August 25, 2022

Bid time increases to simulate a live auction. Like any other LEGITIMATE auction, when a bid is placed, the “auctioneer” extends the time to close (or bang the gavel if you will) to account for any new potential bids. Seller has no control over the time clock or the extension of asset close time.

Legitimate auction service; responsibility lies with the buyers
May 5, 2022

I have purchased 3 pickups through PurpleWave and all 3 were exactly as stated/shown. If you cannot examine a vehicle in person, make sure you only bid on ones with videos where you can hear the engine and see them drive. I did go inspect a vehicle once that had heavy hail damage not mentioned in the description and not visible in the camera angles (hence 4 stars).

If you can inspect it, take an OBDII reader. Because PW is a 3rd-party intermediary, you get a neutral look at items rather than just seller descriptions. You are buying used equipment that people/companies are getting rid of for a reason. Find out from the owner what that reason is and you save a lot of headaches.

All the sellers I have called gave honest answers to my questions. But that's not on PurpleWave, that's on the prospective buyers.

There is a shill in the Purple Wave Auction House.
January 17, 2022
When they say absolute what they really mean is they set the price you pay. Beware there is a shill in their house. Also they do not necessarily take the highest price.

Corrections August 25, 2022

Do your research before slandering an honest business please.

Hurts my heart to read such preposterous words about a company and community beloved by so many.

Great website
November 7, 2021
I stole a 55' lift boom truck through this website and I couldn't be more happy with the price, representation, and experience. I do recommend that you verify that the wire transfer has completely cleared before you drive out of state for 5.5 hrs each direction and rent a hotel room hoping that the next day the banks would straighten out their mistake. But it ended well. I have the truck and I love it

Purple wave lie about the equipment
November 24, 2020
Keep your money and stay far away from the con artist at purplewave. They badly misrepresent the equipment and will do nothing about it. You can believe nothing you read about the equipment chuck at purplewave told me to send the invoice to repair it and then they refused to pay it.

Purple Wave Auction....Beware of what they tell you
October 26, 2020
These people have learned a way to make money selling other peoples junk. In a pinch at end of harvest had to grab some deals fast.....no deals here. If you cannot go look at what you are buying know that you will have to fix before you leave the lot or on the way hone!!!

Ron November 24, 2020

I bought a Tractor from purple wave auction co on line they said point blank that the hydraulics were in working condition but wen I got it the lift was froze in the all the way up and would not move. I complained sand was told by chuck to send them the bill from John Deere it was 2,025.00 they offered me only 250.00 witch i have not seen . They totally miss represent the tractor in the add and are wiilling to do nothing about it, KEEP YOUR MONEY IN YOUR POCKET AND STAY AWAY FROM PURPLEWAVE THEY ARE CON ARTEST RONALD SESLER

Corrections August 25, 2022


Don’t believe everything you read folks

Be Ware!!!!!!!!!
August 17, 2020

I purchased 3 items from Purple Wave. All 3 items had undisclosed issues that lowered their value. Item 1 was a 2006 diesel f350. It had been altered previously rendering it unable to be registered and pass emissions. Questions and complaints to Purple Wave resulted it "too bad." Item 2 was a 2016 F150. In the listing it noted AC as one of the included options. However, the AC compressor was seized, along with several other AC issues that cost $1500 to repair. Complaints to Purple wave resulted again in "its risky to buy at auction, because there are no guarantees." Item 3 was a 2000 track loader. It had numerous issues that were undisclosed resulting in $3000 in repairs.

Bottom line is people sell crap at auctions that they could normally not push on people who are present, without disclosing the issues. Since purple wave cannot hold them to the descriptions, buyers will almost always get something that has problems that prevent a normal sale. In all, the undisclosed repairs cost me $6,000. Best to buy local where you can examine the items and sue if they conceal important issues.

Corrections August 25, 2022

“But local” = spend more money in a lot of cases.

If you’re planning to buy something, you’d better be willing to check it out first.

Sorry but auctions can be risky. Purple Wave does their best to accurately represent their assets, but when a deal seems too good to be true it probably is.

A lot of sites are a lot worse, so be careful not to ruin a site who, in my opinion, is redefining what an auction truly is.

Purple Wave: You don't always get what you pay for.
September 21, 2019

Purple Wave is a legitimate auction house, but purchases there can be risky.

Since the equipment is located at the owner's place of business, not the auction yard, the purchaser must trust the auction house and also trust the equipment owner.

In my case, the owner felt that the equipment did not sell for the amount that he had expected.

To make up for this, the equipment owner withheld several valuable components.

Purple Wave asked the owner to produce the items. The owner admitted that he still had them, but refused to give them up.

Purple Wave has very little power to enforce the sale and delivery of their auction items; their service is limited to arranging the sale and collecting a percentage, the same percentage that a regular full-service auction house collects.

Since any Purple Wave auction item may involve a disgruntled owner, a purchase through Purple Wave Auction involves that additional risk.

You bid online on their website, then you pay your money to Purple Wave. When it's time to take possession of your item, you're on your own.

Corrections August 25, 2022

Purple wave is simply acting as the auctioneer of the asset. They take on the risk to utilize their resources in listing the asset, usually losing more money than the buyer or seller when there is a problem in a sale.

You are not “paying your money to purple wave,” you’re paying your money to the seller, with whom you should have communicated with prior to buying an asset as stated in terms and conditions.

They do their best to accurately represent their assets but ultimately it comes down to the buyer and seller to honor the fair and honest buying/selling community purple wave strives every day to represent.

Red February 20, 2023

How is purple "losing more money than the buyer or seller when there is a problem in a sale" when purple's cut is a percentage, not the actual whole sale amount? The buyer is the one who is out all of their money, not purple. And the seller at one point has both the sale item and the money, so the seller is holding all of the cards.

It is only when the buyer attempts to retrieve what they have paid for is the field leveled. If they can retrieve it at all. At no time was purple out more than either the buyer or seller.

Purple still got their percentage, so purple is way ahead in the game over the other two.