It is easy to overlook Cincinnati GSA auto auctions as a way to buy cheap government owned cars because most people look to other areas in Ohio. Last March, Ayers held the first of four planned GSA Fleet Region 9 AFV auctions per year, events which the Coalition can attend and help educate consumers on public, state, and federal AFV benefits. GSA being a federal agency, offers a wide variety of vehicles in many auctions. Only deal with websites that give you valuable information regarding where auctions take place in your area. He worked through the ranks to become the General Manager of South Seattle Auto Auction in 1986 under GE Capital, and later under Manheim ownership.
A smattering of consumer auctions are scattered around the country, including the Mason Dixon Auto Auction of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and Interstate Auto Auction of Salem, New Hampshire. To ice the cake on this adventure my husband (who was a mechanic for 15 years) popped the hood today to discover Norwalk Auto had done some unneeded engine work. In 2011, the two partners also founded El Paso Independent Auto Auction in El Paso, Texas. Government seized-property or surplus auctions are held all over the country at various locations and on various schedules. Across the United States, thousands of cars that have been retired by various agencies are auctioned off by the GSA. The GSA sales are typically the 3rd Tuesday of a given month and start promptly at 10:30. The GSA is the General Services Administration for the United States government.
Some better deals can be had through dealer targeted auctions (Manheim and Adessa) but sometimes these companies require registration fees or a dealer license. Auctions are a great place to purchase a vehicle below the car’s actual cash value or book value. The Marshals use brokers such as Skipco ( ) of Canal Fulton, Ohio, to peddle their misbegotten wares; these brokers list descriptions and photos of the goods online and handle the auctions.
Whether the traditional kind or the online variety, auctions have a number of advantages over the used car lot or the classified ads as well as a couple of potential disadvantages to be aware of. CarCo charges a fee to bid on your behalf, but once again, the deals you can find at these auctions make the fee well worth it. Once their leases are up, the GSA sells them, to the tune of about 35,000 cars and trucks a year.
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.