Uniting a like-minded community of dealers and arming them with tools that make the pragmatic collaboration of resources realistic and actionable is the goal behind everything Double Clutch does. We view uniting like-minded dealers as our most important goal as it represents the best and most viable solution to leveling the playing field between dealers and buyers.
Today’s buyer is better equipped with information, access and insight than ever before and the result is a more challenging retail environment with lower margins. Double Clutch was created with the sole purpose of leveraging the power of community and pairing it with a host of technological tools designed to increase dealer-to-dealer efficiency, communication and collaboration. It is our sincere desire to infuse efficiencies and cost saving measures into our distinctive segment of the marketplace so that our members are equipped to tackle todays consumer centric marketplace and can go about doing their jobs better, faster and with more profit.
Double Clutch has been developed to cater specifically to the needs of the highline and exotic marketplace, a sector of the industry that we feel has largely been ignored by todays technologies. It is our belief that this segment requires its own solutions to combat unique challenges, and the DCA is a community based platform comprised solely of dealers specializing in non-commoditized, highline inventory. Our efforts focus on providing our community with a wide array of tools that help our members can go about doing their jobs better, faster and with more profit.
Central to virtually all DCA products is a fundamental philosophy that feels todays buyer is better equipped with data and resources that hinders the ability of dealers to affect transactional prices in a meaningful way. As such, the sole focus of the platform is geared toward ways dealers can increase profit margin by acquiring quality inventory in the most cost effective manner possible.
Double Clutch reduces inventory costs by removing as many friction points that separate dealers and inventory as possible. By utilizing solutions designed to increase trade conversion, promote dealer to dealer cooperation and tackle old problems such as aging inventory in a modern way Double Clutch members benefit from proven technologies that decrease the costs in which they have to pay for pre-owned inventory.
Double Clutch’s arbitration policy has been specifically designed to adhere to all the formalities of a traditional auction. However, being as DCA is a member based community of like-minded dealers, and DCA is not party to the sale- it is expected and encouraged that members work together to resolve post-sale disputes. In the event that resolution cannot be achieved, DCA members can take comfort in knowing that formal arbitration always remains an option. The Full Arbitration Policy can be found on the footer of the page.
DCA is an inventory exchange and auction platform that matches dealers as buyers and sellers of inventory. DCA auctions adhere to all the formalities of a traditional auction, but differ in that we are not party to the transaction and thus do not collect a fee.
Double Clutch appraisals are specifically tailored to the highline and exotic market where typical book values don't exist, and where auction data is to sparse to rely on. DCA appraisals are the first in kind to account for option content, seasonal and regional elements and many other factors unique to the top end of the market
The Double Clutch Marketplace is designed to bridge the gap between dealers and inventory. The Marketplace promotes intra-industry communication and cooperation by making the process of finding and acquiring available inventory easy and fast. Vehicles listed for sale on the Marketplace represent vehicles that member dealers have indicated a desire to sell based on specific aging policies or any other reason. Members are free to make offers on these vehicles as they see fit.
No. DCA limits membership exclusively to highline and exotic dealers and wholesalers. Additionally, proposed members are required to pass a formal review process before being granted access.
DCA is an inventory exchange and auction platform that matches registered dealers as buyers and sellers of inventory. DCA is not a party to any vehicle sale contract between Buyers and Sellers originating on the platform.
No! There are no auction fees. Double Clutch Automotive is a member based community of like minded highline and exotic car dealers. The no-fee auction model is intentionally designed to lower dealers inventory acquisition costs and thus does not think highly of traditional “auction fees”. Members are encouraged to buy and sell as many cars as they wish.
We charge a flat monthly subscription fee. A subscription is all-inclusive and gives members access to all facets of the DCA platform.
DCA’s platform offers a host of technological tools that have been specifically designed to help make the lives of highline and exotic dealers easier. Members are granted access to the entire suite as the concept of up-charging for various features runs contrary to our core philosophies. The DCA suite ranges from real-time appraisal data, trim specific market comps and includes appraisal, auction and marketplace access.
Once a Seller lists a vehicle and the auction commences, Seller shall be obligated to complete the auction process. No auction may be cancelled once begun. No Seller or Buyer shall sell, offer to sell, purchase or offer to purchase a vehicle in a live auction outside of the auction. No Party shall be permitted to sell an auction vehicle “off the block” once an auction has begun until the auction conclusion.
Vehicles listed via a Timed Auction are subject to DCA exclusivity and may not be listed simultaneously via any other auction platform.
Members are provided with the ability to manage and market their inventory at their sole discretion. Placing a Buy It Now number is a function of a dealer’s choice to do so.
The DCA platform is designed as an exclusive dealer-to-dealer trading marketplace and vehicle pricing is intended to be stated at wholesale. As such, we monitor our auctions and reserve the right to reject listings with pricing deemed unrealistic to the market.
Each Buyer and Seller recognizes and agrees that each bid submitted via the DCA platform is binding in respect to applicable terms of the auction. Each Buyer and Seller recognizes and agrees that each bid submitted via the DCA platform is binding in respect to applicable terms of the auction Once an auction is concluded with a winning bid, a binding Contract of Sale shall be deemed created between the Buyer and Seller which may be enforced as a binding contract.
Once a Seller lists a vehicle and the auction commences, Seller shall be obligated to complete the auction process. No auction may be cancelled once begun. No Seller or Buyer shall sell, offer to sell, purchase or offer to purchase a vehicle in a live auction outside of the auction. No Party shall be permitted to sell an auction vehicle “off the block” once an auction has begun until the auction conclusion.
Online auctions are often susceptible to “bid sniping” whereas a user and/or software is used to bid in the last seconds of an auction. During the last several minutes of an auction, DCA extends its auctions following each bid. This is done to ensure fairness throughout.
Once an auction is concluded with a winning bid, a binding Contract of Sale shall be deemed created between the Buyer and Seller which may be enforced as a binding contract. In the event either Buyer or Seller shall be forced to file suit to compel the Sale of the successful auction vehicle, the prevailing Party shall be entitled, in addition to recovery of the vehicle and/or damages, to reasonable legal fees incurred.
If Buyer is the successful bidder, Buyer shall pay Seller directly for said vehicle within two business days, and no later than 5PM EST upon conclusion of auction and production of title. In the event that payment is not made within two business days seller is free to re-sell, or re-list at their discretion.
In the event that a vehicle listed for auction is sold by the listing dealer while an auction is in progress and the reserve has been met, DCA withholds the right to charge your credit card a penalty fee of $500. We do this in order to maintain the best interests of all parties involved, in the event that a car is no longer available while an auction is in progress we ask that you contact us to avoid potential confusion.
It is typical for shipping to be the responsibility of the buyer to pay for and arrange. However, users of the DCA auction platform acknowledge and agree that shipping facilitation and fees is a matter between buyer and seller. DCA is able to recommend shipment options but bears no responsibility in doing so.
Users acknowledge and agree that DCA, or its subsidiary entities bears no risk associated with purchasing of a vehicle posted on its platform. All vehicles listed for auction are responsible to have a completed condition report. Vehicle inspections are addressed within the DCA arbitration policy and DCA involvement in post-sale disputes is defined and limited to said arbitration rules.
The reserve price is a hidden minimum that represents the lowest price that the seller has committed to selling the car for. If an auction expires without the reserve being met, the seller is not required to sell. Sellers are free to lift their reserve price at any point, in the event that they elect to do so the current high bid does not represent a binding offer, but the subsequent bid will represent a binding offer. DCA does not disclose the reserve price, but will indicate when the reserve has been met.
As a buyer you will not see the reserve price. However, take note of the “Reserve Label” which will indicate if the reserve has or has not been met.
The DCA appraisal price automatically pulls from the DCA appraisal software and serves as wholesale valuation guide. Users are encouraged to click the “Appraise Vehicle” button to conduct further market research prior to bidding on a vehicle.
DCA uses a sale light system which allows selling dealers to define and outline the condition and announcements of their vehicles.
Sellers are responsible for auctioning vehicles under the correct light as well as stating all relevant announcements.
Buyers are responsible for observing and understanding what the various lights indicate as well as reading and acknowledging any announcements stated in the vehicle’s “Condition Report”.
Typically, vehicles on the DCA platform are offered for sale using one of two formats: fixed price & timed.

Fixed Price Auctions:
Fixed price auctions allow auctioneers to market their inventory, (or trades, etc...) using a specific dollar amount and do not allow for bidding. Fixed price auctions will always contain a Buy It Now button and interested parties can purchase the vehicle using this button. Auctioneers are required to sell the vehicle at the Buy It Now Price listed and participants are obligated to purchase the vehicle for the same Buy it Now Price upon submission.

Timed Auctions:
Timed auctions allow for auctioneers to put their inventory (or trades, etc...) to bid using a predefined time limit. When the auction expires, the high bidder is determined the winner and is obligated to purchase the vehicle provided that the auctioneer’s pre-determined “reserve price” is met.
Inventory auctions represent vehicles are owned by the listing agent. In the event that an Inventory auctions reserve is met, the seller is required to sell to the winning bidder and the winning bidder is required to honor their high bid amount.
Trade auctions represent vehicles that are not owned by the listing agent. Typically Trade auctions are shorter in duration than Inventory auctions and do not contain reserve amounts. The listing agent is warranting that they are attempting to make a deal and are requesting formal bids to do so. The listing agent is only required to sell to the high bidder in the event that a Buy It Now Price is posted and achieved.
Trade Auctions last 2 hours and last for a maximum of 6 blind bids. The listing dealer can commit and accept bids at any time. Committing to a bid will end the auction immediately.
Trade auctions are designed for when customers are shopping their trade and you need buy bids to avoid losing an opportunity. DCA views Trade Auctions as the perfect tool for leveraging the power of community.
Trade Auctions should be used when you don’t control a car with certainty, you dont have a commit value or you genuinely don’t know what a vehicle is worth.
Trade Auctions should not be used when you have already made your deal- this makes the car Inventory. TA’s also should be avoided when the car is already committed to a buyer.
Consignment auctions represent vehicles that are not owned by the selling dealership, but have been placed within their care for the purposes of selling. In the event that an Inventory auctions reserve is met, the seller is required to sell to the winning bidder and the winning bidder is required to honor their high bid amount. However, deal completion is contingent on the selling dealer securing a title free of liens and encumbrances. In the event that clean title cannot be produced the auction is null and void.
Standard bidding allows users to bid any price greater than the predetermined starting price, or the current high bid. Upon auction completion, Standard bids that exceed the Reserve Price are the binding transaction price between buyer and seller.
Proxy bidding allows bidders to set a maximum bid that they’d be willing to pay for the vehicle. DCA will automatically place bids on the users behalf representing the minimum amount required to outbid other bidders. The automatic bidding will stop when either the auction is won or the Proxy Bid is eclipsed by other bidders.

Proxy bidders are encouraged to submit the absolute most they are willing to pay for the vehicle and will only be required to pay the price of the second highest bid plus the pre-determined price increment defined in the auction.

Please note that when a Proxy Bid is submitted that is greater than the auctions reserve price, DCA will default the Proxy Bidders first bid to the reserve price.