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.
The Enterprise Services Surplus Operations program leads the state’s efforts to redistribute items state agencies, local governments and public organizations no longer need. Although agencies may no longer need these items they may still have usefulness and can be purchased by other government organizations or the public. This allows the state to save taxpayer dollars and resources by extending the life of items and minimizes the amount of waste sent to landfills.
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HM Customs & Excise often enter items for auction seized from smugglers, fraudsters and racketeers. Executors may enter the assets of individuals dying in testate (i.e. without leaving a will) or in debt. The official receiver handles the liquidations of companies that have failed. Bailiffs will enter goods into auctions which have been seized for various reasons such as non-payment of bills or failure to keep up payments to finance companies.

Auctioneers are normally contracted by the different organisations within their local area. An auction at the centre of London for example, will deal with the assets of companies whose bankruptcy proceedings are being dealt with by courts in Greater London. An auction in Leeds will handle the assets of companies in Yorkshire that are being dealt with by Leeds City Court.
Keep in mind that tow impound and police auctions in NC & SC have smaller inventories than the larger public auto auctions in NC & SC(click for a list). However, it is possible to get some really great deals at these public surplus auctions. Most of these vehicles are impounds, abandoned, or government surplus. Contact the auction beforehand to verify when their next sale is scheduled. These auctions are all public and located in North Carolina and South Carolina.

HM Customs & Excise often enter items for auction seized from smugglers, fraudsters and racketeers. Executors may enter the assets of individuals dying in testate (i.e. without leaving a will) or in debt. The official receiver handles the liquidations of companies that have failed. Bailiffs will enter goods into auctions which have been seized for various reasons such as non-payment of bills or failure to keep up payments to finance companies.


There are auction homes where you can go and bid for the important things of your taste. The auction homes have a calendar holding the sale on a specific style. You have to send information such as name, address, phone number and banking or credit info as is defined by the salesroom where you are going to bid. A special number, referred to as the Customer Number, is going to be allocated to you. A paddle is a plastic card bearing a number that is signed up at the auction. The paddle is raised to bid and the auctioneer calls out the paddle variety of the effective bidder at the time of offering each lot. When the gavel falls the auctioneer reveals the hammer rate. The hammer cost is the last quote rate, which does not consist of a purchaser’s premium. The purchaser’s premium is the cash that is paid independently by the purchaser to the auction house. It is a portion of the last quote rate.

The General Service Administration is the biggest national sales agency and you can check out fleet sale cars and trucks on their website. Online versions of the auction can be located through the GovSales website. Finding former police cars for sale is down to how often those local auctions are held, but you can also try eBay Motors. Government car auctions are there in the motors section for you to search through. You can search by ZIP code, type of car, miles from your destination or make and model of the car you require.
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HM Customs & Excise often enter items for auction seized from smugglers, fraudsters and racketeers. Executors may enter the assets of individuals dying in testate (i.e. without leaving a will) or in debt. The official receiver handles the liquidations of companies that have failed. Bailiffs will enter goods into auctions which have been seized for various reasons such as non-payment of bills or failure to keep up payments to finance companies.
If you are unable to claim your property, you may designate another person to the claim the property for you. In this case, you must provide your agent with a notarized letter authorizing that person to claim your property for you. The agent must present the notarized letter and proper photo identification to the evidence personnel in order for the property to be released.
HM Customs & Excise often enter items for auction seized from smugglers, fraudsters and racketeers. Executors may enter the assets of individuals dying in testate (i.e. without leaving a will) or in debt. The official receiver handles the liquidations of companies that have failed. Bailiffs will enter goods into auctions which have been seized for various reasons such as non-payment of bills or failure to keep up payments to finance companies.
Real property - Primarily, this consists of developed land with buildings, usually acquired by the federal government for a specific purpose, such as a military base or office building. This also includes some U.S. Forest Service properties, which usually consist of administrative sites and facilities. The General Services Administration (GSA) is the federal agency responsible for selling developed surplus property.  
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