Later, I worked at the kind of place where cars that were worth more dead than alive were sold by the lowest of used-car dealers. Many of these cars would literally spill their precious remaining fluids as they rolled through the block, and at least one or two a night would die from an overheating engine and become a rolling paperweight -- right there on the block. Automotive garbage was collected by the ton at this place. Which brings me to my $25 car.
This is about auctions where the cars are the most ordinary of ordinary vehicles: Ford Crown Victorias coming off six years of patrol duty with the county sheriff's department. Toyota Tercels with so much mileage that their odometers have worn off the printed numerals. Plain sedans, base model pickups and early '90s Pontiac Firebirds confiscated in drug stings. Cars you can get cheap—maybe.
Redline Automotive Tire Pros will be closing their doors after 5 years of service and selling their remaining assets at public online auction. Items will include: Hunter RX16T-IS 16,000Lb Alignment Lift, Hunter Hawkeye Elite Alignment Machine, Rotary Lift 12,000lb 2-Post Lift, Challenger Lifts 10,000lb 2-Post lift, (2) 9,000lb 2-Post Lifts, (2) Rotary Lift 7,000 lb 2-Post Lifts, Hunter TCX535 Tire Changer, Hunter GSP9700 Wheel Balancer, Hunter BL505 Brake Lathe, Coats Rim Clamp Tire Changer, Brannick 7400 Strut Spring Compressor, Lincoln Handy Mig Welder, Tool Cabinets, Automotive Machines and Equipment, New Tires and Rims, Shop Equipment, Office Equipment, Waiting Room Furniture and More!
Due to the various governmental units that supply the vehicles for auction, there's no single reason for vehicles being brought to auction. Some of the vehicles are confiscated due to the former owner's involvement in drug dealing, smuggling, or fraud, while other vehicles were simply just abandoned. On exception, separate auctions will sometimes be held for very large seizures.
#LOL Auctions invites you to bid in this weeks' Fantastic Online Auction! Included in this Sale is an Incredible Seiko Men's Kinetic Wrist Watch, Large Collection of Pocket Knives, Vintage Lionel Trains, Cabbage Patch Astronaut Baby in Original Capsule/Box, Medical Equipment, Art Glass, Vintage Baseball Cards, Sinclair Gasoline Oil Bottle with Filler, Costume Jewelry, Toys, Mounted Longhorn Steer Horns, Tools, Collectibles, Home Décor and More!
FINAL LIQUIDATION ONLINE AUCTION: Name your price on the entire remaining *BRAND NEW INVENTORY* of Menswear & Womenswear, including; Suits, Sportcoats, Pants, Dress & Sport Shirts, Overcoats & Outerwear, Leather Jackets, Sweaters, Shoes, Ties and Accessories, and more. Name-brand designers, in dress to casual styles, include: Hart Schaffner & Marx, Austin Reed, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Hardwick, Palm Beach, Harris Tweed, Barbour, Madison Creek Leather, Missani Leather, Remy Leather, Ballin, Berle, Ascot Brown, Bills Khakis, Damon, Enro, Forsyth of Canada, Cutter Buck, Southern Tide, Bobby Jones, Lacoste, Oliver Ridley, Zian Neckwear, Shoes by Sperry Topsider, Johnston Murphy, Cole Haan, Bass, Shirts & Jeans & Embroidered College wear for Virginia, Virginia Tech, VCU, U of R, East Carolina, and more, Ladies wear by Brighton For Ladies, Tribal Sportswear for Ladies! Also liquidating all Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment! and MUCH MORE!
These programs are meant to benefit taxpayers as a whole, but could they benefit you, the individual taxpayer? Can you bag a bargain at a government auction? "GSA's goal is to maximize return to the federal government," the GSA spokesperson said. So they're not giving this stuff away. In fact, the government sets "reserves" or minimums for the most valuable property it auctions off. But judging from a wide tour of current government auctions and bids, there are still opportunities to walk away with valuable goods for a great price. Here's a look at who's selling what, where, and for how much.
Do your research. Check Kelly Blue Book for the proper price for the vehicle, including its mileage and apparent condition. Always downgrade the condition by one ranking for government auctions. Also, do some smart used-car research, such as checking Consumer Reports for reliability and the frequencies of particular repairs, and checking our road test information if it's a recent model vehicle.