Periodically, the US Government’s GSA department replaces vehicles from all branches of the government. Employees (or their agents) of all other Commonwealth agencies and members of their immediate families are prohibited from purchasing vehicles at Commonwealth used vehicle auctions that were assigned to, or surplused by, their employing agency if the sale price exceeds $100.00.
They pull out our brand new gold seal battery and the safety case it was housed in, knocked a line loose for the cooling system lose, drained the gas tank, pulled the door panels off thus disconnecting a speaker and took the auto safety kit stored under the spare tire.
Most official government auctions are regularly announced in national newspapers (such as USA Today) or local newspapers as part of the legal requirements for conducting the auction. While purchasing a car at a government auto auction can be an excellent way to take advantage a great deal on a used car, buyers will want to prepare themselves in advance to ensure the best possible GSA auto auction experience. I’ve already learned that what the GSA says isn’t necessarily what will happen.
Payment for parking by a State Employee while out on extended leave such as maternity or medical leave where a warrant is not issued. Each year, up to 40,000 vehicles that have been cycled out of commission by various government agencies are auctioned off by the GSA.
If you live in a metropolitan area large enough to maintain and liquidate their own fleets of police, fire, and administrative vehicles, municipal auctions are another way to go. One example is New York’s Department of Citywide Services, which is sort of like the GSA of NYC.