You wouldn’t know it from the road, but there are typically around 4000 vehicles tucked away awaiting sale at the Copart auction facility in Newburgh, New York. He pointed out the contradiction between the GSA and NHTSA, which issues recall notices and encourages the public to get cars with defects fixed because of the safety risks they pose. Some government auctions are surplus property auctions that sell everything from computers, furniture, forklifts, to motor vehicles. Since Cincinnati is the largest Metro area in Ohio, it becomes an ideal place to hold government auctions for federal property. For most government-run auctions there are no buyers fees or registration charges. Most of the vehicles in GSA auctions were purchased new and driven by Government employees for official purposes.
Currently serving as KCI Kansas City’s general Manager, Greg is active in the auto auction industry and has served as a member of the National Auto Auction Association’s Western Zone Board. Since its inception, DAA Northwest has become one of the nation’s premier independent auto auctions. The second way of finding government car auctions is through an online auction directory service that does the legwork for you — for a fee. Clarence Ditlow, director at the non-profit auto safety group, Center of Auto Safety, told the Circa news site said he was shocked” to hear that potentially dangerous cars were being sold to unsuspecting buyers. The auction will call you upon sale confirmation from GSA to discuss pick up arrangements for the vehicle. GSA also provides us with a wide variety of other vehicles including cars, light trucks, and often ambulances and buses. These are the only two forms of payment allowed for the GSA sale from the public.
If you don’t have a clean, transferable title, the car is useless no matter how little you paid for it. This is especially critical with online auctions conducted at a distance. Details and photos of GSA vehicles are available prior to the sale on our web site or at Inspection of the vehicles is encouraged and welcomed two days prior to the sale from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Banks and lending institutions also repossess property and automobiles from non-paying customers, and sell the goods through public auctions (see Repo Car Auctions ). In most cases (excepting rare, antique/classic, and special interest vehicle auctions) the winning bidder will pay less for a given make/model of vehicle than he would to acquire a similar vehicle at a used car lot.
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.
But when it comes to the government’s own fleet of vehicles not only have they failed to make repairs, the General Services Administration (GSA) is actually auctioning off cars to the general public that still have open recalls. Auctions typically move very fast, so you should attend a few just to learn the pace and bidding techniques. If that sounds like a deal, Skipco tells us they hold Marshal’s auctions quarterly.