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The Office of the Sheriff seizes vehicles to satisfy judgment debt incurred by the nonpayment of parking tickets or violations imposed by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. If the vehicle is not redeemed by the registered owner, or released to the title or lien holder, the Sheriff's Office will sell the vehicle at auction.

The Sheriff's Office holds Sheriff Auctions of seized and condemned property. Most of the property is seized as a result of drug investigations. Items may range from gold to very expensive vehicles.

Auctions are scheduled a number of times during the week at various locations throughout the City. Specific information regarding the auctions can be found on the day preceding the sale. In addition, this information is posted at the Sheriff's Offices, online, and other public places.

(Sample) Sheriff's and Auctioneer's Terms of Sale for Public Sales

Set forth below are the Sheriff's and Auctioneer's Term of Sale, for Public Sale for vehicles sold at public auction by the Office of the Sheriff:
Pursuant to authority given to me by the Sheriff or his or her designee, I am selling these motor vehicles at auction under the following conditions:

The vehicles will be sold "AS IS and WHERE IS" and without recourse against the Sheriff or Auctioneers. I will sell by Lot #.

We sell right, title and interest only, subject to any and all recorded liens. You are not responsible for any of the summonses on the car at the time of sale.

We make no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the quality of fitness of any vehicle or the year of same.

No claim will be considered for allowance of adjustment on this sale based upon the failure of the vehicle to conform with any representation, express or implied.

The vehicle will be sold to the highest bidder and the sale will be come final upon the acceptance of the highest bid by the Sheriff or his Designee.

The bidding will start at no lower than $100 for any vehicle.

The bidding will increase at the following rate:

A) $101 to $500: at $25 intervals.
B) $501 to $1,000 at $50 intervals.
C) $1,001 and up: at $100 intervals.

Full payment, in cash, must be made at knockdown

Purchaser is required to pay sales tax on all vehicles or submit a resale certificate.

Vehicles must be removed by 5:00 PM of AUCTION DAY or there will be a storage charge of $20.00 per day. Ninety-six (96) hours thereafter, the vehicle will be deemed abandoned and subject to appropriate disposal methods.

Once removed from the tow yard, no vehicle shall be parked on the street without the proper registration and license plate(s) as required by the New York City State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

You are prohibited from buying your own car back.

Should a dispute arise regarding the highest bid between two or more bidders, the vehicle will be put up again immediately and resold.

The bureau and/or the Sheriff or his or her designee reserves the right to refuse or reject any bid at any time, and or the right to cancel sale.

Do not bid unless you have all the money with you in cash.

Vehicles cannot be driven unless insured and properly registered by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

You must be 18 years of age to bid on or purchase a vehicle.


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