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What do you think gets sold at police auto auctions? If you answered "police cars", then you're partially correct. While police auto auctions are frequently used to dispose of police surplus vehicles, the biggest block of cars are likely to be police seizures.
You see, police auto auctions moved into the big time when state and federal laws were passed that authorized law enforcement agencies to seize vehicles that were either used in crimes, or were purchased with money that came from a crime.
This means that some drug dealer, or racketeer, who uses his car to deliver drugs, or dispose of murdered bodies, can have that car snatched away from him by the police if it can be proven that the car is part of the criminal's crime spree. When that happens, the car frequently ends up at a police auto auction. The police department sells the car to the highest bidder and the proceeds of the sale goes to the government.
Police auto auctions are either held on a regular basis, in the case of big city departments who have a lot of seized vehicles to dispose of, or once in a blue moon in the case of smaller agencies. Sometimes a group of small departments will pool their autos together and have one big police auto auction.
Regardless of the frequency of the police auto auction, you can bet that the event will be published in the local newspaper that serves the police department's location.
This notice of police auto auction will list the date, time, and place of the auction as well as a list of cars that will be auctioned off.
You usually have the opportunity to inspect any car that is being sold at a police auto auction so you can see what you are buying ahead of time.
1. Cars that are sold at a police auto auction are sold "as is" with no warranty or guaranty at all.
2. Even though the car was seized by the police, and taken away from the original owner, the bank or finance company may still have a lien on that car. Even though you buy that car at a police auto auction, you will still have to make some arrangement to pay off the finance company unless the police do that with some of the money that they receive.
If you're looking for a good deal on a car, it's worth your time to see what's available at your next police auto auction.
Some of the more common auction items include:
used autos • marine vehicles • jet skis • aircrafts • homes • real estate • commercial property • farm equipment • industrial • business • electronics • computers • antiques • art • coins • stamps • appliances • guns • travel • collectibles • clothing • crafts • boats • bikes • motorcycles • mobile homes • jewelry • toys • cars • trucks • mopeds • bicycles • cameras • televisions • clocks • furniture • unclaimed property • abandoned property • personal property • office furniture • condominiums • town homes • commercial property • vacant land • single family homes • machinery • tools • hardware • building supplies
and much, much more...
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