Each year approximately 300 government auto auctions are conducted throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Government seized and surplus autos and other vehicles are sold by internet auctions, live auctions, sealed bid auctions, negotiated price, fixed price and drop-by sales. Accepted forms of payment include cash, credit card, cashier’s check, or money order. Anyone who is a licensed driver and at least 18 years of age is eligible to bid at government car auctions. Registration to participate in any Government Vehicle Auctions is free.
On October 26, 2005 in Del Rio, Texas a government seized 2000 Mitsubishi Galant was sold at a government auto auction for $900. A 2001 Ford E-350 van was sold at a government auto auction for $1,800 on October 8, 2005 in Laredo, TX. A bidder at a government auto auction in Nogales, Arizona picked up a 2005 Chevy Astro with less than 21,000 miles for $4,000 on November 10, 2005.
The U.S. Government General Services Administration will auction approximately 35,000 surplus cars and trucks this coming year. GSA Fleet auctions surplus cars, trucks and other vehicles with low mileage and only one previous owner. The public can acquire well maintained Federal government vehicles at significant savings. These vehicles have been well maintained. Vehicles are carefully detailed before auction and come loaded with most options consumers typically prefer.
The U.S. Marshals Service offers cars and other vehicles for auction to the public which have been seized by federal law enforcement agencies. More than 14,000 items of seized cars and property are sold annually with gross sales of $200 million. Revenues are used for law enforcement activities and for restitution to victims of fraud.
Government auto auctions are quite different from traditional used car sales. If you know how to bid to buy, you could drive away with a steal of a deal.