Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world. It also links to a brochure, but I found myself on a USA Publications page where a search would be needed to get to the auctions brochure. Payment for personal property acquired at the Surplus Property auction, 1700 National Drive, Sacramento, CA 95834. They also provide solutions for state and local governments as well ‘ normally for law enforcement, firefighting, and rescue equipment. GSA Employees (including members of their immediate households) are prohibited from purchasing, either directly or indirectly, any government property being sold. In some cases, state, county, and city auctions can be held in conjunction with the GSA, although they tend to be separate in most cases. GSA Fleet reserves the right to reject any or all bids including bids under which a bidder would take unfair advantage of the Government or other bidders.
If you get to an auction early, you can jot down the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of any car you are interested in and use your laptop to quickly run a check with Carfax () to find out whether there is anything unusual in the car’s past – such as evidence of odometer fraud, flood damage, major accidents, and so on. With online auctions such as eBay, this is much easier as the auctions typically run for several days at least, giving you ample time to check the VIN.
The people that pick up their repossessed vehicles already go into the place with a negative attitude and most of the time they are ahead of their scheduled appointment than the person helping you has to wait for a release from the lender and that is out of the auctions hands.
I think it’s worth a shot to see if you can put in a low-ball bid and see if they’ll take it. I’m guessing that GSA will not put any effort into maintaining these properties they are trying to offload, so the government being what it is would rather take some money instead of no money.
US Auctions is the Southern California Auction House for State of California surplus automotive equipment. You can always look online or follow the local newspaper to watch for public auctions and when they are open. If I clicked the bid button on one of these places, I’d want to know the results sooner rather than later. The bad news for bargain hunters is that the bulk of these auctions are for dealers only. Some of the vehicles sold through the GSA have body problems but the engines are in great shape. If you can’t wait that long, they also hold public auctions of other used vehicles every week. The General Services Administration takes fleet vehicles that are no longer in use for all branches of government and splits them up into auctions which are held in every state.