If you’re looking for a great deal on things such as electronics, mobile phones, bikes, jewellery and even cars then you may want to check out police seized goods auctions. Police departments, as you of course know, end up with lots of goods that are seized for one reason or another, proceeds of crime, recovered items, and also, lost and found items. All this stuff gets sold off at regular auctions, and that’s your chance to grab a bargain.
What Can you find at Police Auctions?
The bread and butter of these types of auctions are pretty much mostly everyday kind of goods. As you could imagine it’s all those things that are easy targets for thieves and once it enters Police hands if it remains unclaimed it must be sold. The most common things I see at this type of sale are jewellery and electronics. But you can come across just about anything including rare coins, collectibles, vehicles, and machinery.
Who visits and buys from Police Auctions?
Mostly regular auction buyers who will be made up of second-hand dealers, eBay traders, and people who are chasing specific specialized items that have been listed. Most everybody at these sales knows what items are worth and are bidding with the intention to resell for a profit.
What are the tips for buying at these sales?
These are all public auctions, there are no closed dealer only types of sales. But do read and be aware of the conditions of sale paying attention to when the payment must be finalized, any auctioneer and sale fees, plus when and how items must be removed after the sale.
Diligence, like at all auctions, is the key to success. Goods can quite possibly be damaged, so do inspect everything. From personal experience, I have always had good success with a simple strategy, that is, only valuing the item at what it could be sold for as parts unless there was a really good reason to do otherwise. With this strategy, I got lucky on a regular basis and avoided dishing out cash on a used item that needed money spent on repairs beyond its value. What I didn’t use myself, I tested, repaired, and sold on eBay for a profit.
Where to find Police Auctions?
Most US Police department auctions go online through third-party auctioneers such as:
Currently claiming to handle goods from 3000 agencies. Bid on automobiles, jewelry, watches, iPhones, coins, fine art, electronics, bikes, collectibles, and more.
A Liquidity Services, Inc. marketplace conducts auctions of city assets such as vehicles, police automobile accessories, computer equipment, radios and other communications equipment, office furniture and other supplies through its online marketplace.
Exactly as the name implies, these are surplus goods from government agencies across the country. Items are diverse. www.publicsurplus.com
Other Police Auctions, direct from the department or through third party auctioneers:
Metropolitan Police Department District of Columbia auctions
The District of Columbia now auctions its surplus property online through GovDeals, a Liquidity Services, Inc. marketplace.
Property & Auto Auctions – Police – Cincinnati
The public is invited to an auction sale of unclaimed automobiles, which have been in the Cincinnati Police Department’s possession for more than 45 days. Auction participants must be at least 18 years old.
Auction – Los Angeles Official Police Garages
City of Los Angeles Official Police Garages (OPGs) holds Lien Sales Auctions. The auctions are open to the public. All vehicles are sold “AS IS, WHERE IS” and with all faults.
City of Boston Auction
Abandoned and impounded vehicles are auctioned by the Boston Transportation Department & Boston Police Department.
City of Los Angeles Police Auctions
The Los Angeles Police Department contracts with Property Bureau to conduct the auction of police property. The auctions typically include bicycles, radios, jewelry, and other valuable items that could not be returned to the owner.
City of New York Police Auctions
The City regularly auctions seized property. Vehicles are normally sold through public auctions, while general property is now sold online.
Vehicle Auction – Houston eGov
The Houston Police Department conducts the public auction of unclaimed vehicles in vehicle storage facilities as required by Chapter 683 of the Texas Transportation Code.
Waterford Township, Michigan Auction
“Citizens Online Police Property Auctions” (COPPA), designed to provide our Citizens with the ability to bid on property that has been authorized for disposal.
Auctions – Police department of San Antonio
Asset Seizure Auctions and Vehicle Auction from the police department of San Antonio are held throughout the year.
City of Maple Grove online Police auction
Notice is hereby given that the police department of the City of Maple Grove will be auctioning surplus, found, unclaimed and seized items in an online auction.
Colorado Springs Police Department Impound Lot
CSPD Vehicle Auctions occur on the third Saturday of every other month (odd numbered months) at our Impound Lot facility located at 2725 East Las Vegas.
Lincoln Police Department Auctions – Lincoln, Nebraska
The Lincoln Police Department utilizes two avenues for the disposal of abandoned property. In-person auctions are held for abandoned/unclaimed vehicles and bicycles.
Burnsville Police Auction, MN
Burnsville Police Auction The City of Burnsville will auction surplus, found, unclaimed and seized items in an online auction.
Surplus Auction – The City of Tulsa Online
The City of Tulsa holds surplus auctions each year to sale unused items. If the Police have unclaimed property, it is usually sold at these auctions. Confiscated vehicles are also sold at these auctions.
Denver Auction Gallery
Auctions and bids for the sale of government surplus and confiscated property are presented throughout the year by the City and County of Denver.
Auto Pound Auction – Dallas Police Department
Every other Monday, the City of Dallas Auto Pound auctions off all vehicles declared abandoned according to the Texas Transportation code Section 683 and the Dallas City Code,
City of Naperville Auctions
The City of Naperville holds annual surplus vehicle and equipment auction.
Oakland County Sheriff Auctions
Impounded vehicles and more, see here for sale notices oakgov.com/sheriff/Pages/auctions.aspx
If you know of any more auction centres then let us know, even if you have a story about an experience at a police/gov auction, feel free to share it.