When I asked recently about auto auction stories, one person mentioned they knew someone who had gotten a good deal from Michigan’s state auto auction. When I Googled for it, I found auctioneer Gary M. Berry who actually serves as an auctioneer for these state auctions.
State auctions of “excess vehicles” occur 4 to 6 times a year. According to Berry, a person could expect a price of between $2500 and $5000 for a decent, well-maintained vehicle, although one that hasn’t been cleaned for sale. So, the bargain price may require a bit of elbow grease. Cars available range from 4 to 6 years old and are low mileage.
Mr Berry says some “satisfied customers” return every 2-3 years to buy cars and trucks through the Michigan State Auto Auction. Some purchase cars for sons and daughters heading to college, and others are just buying a family car.
Berry recommends visiting an auction and seeing how things work before participating in one. The next auction, noted on his web site, will be September 8 at 10 a.m. Inspection of vehicles to be auctioned is available from 8-3 on Friday, September 7, and the morning of the sale from 8-9:30. The auction will be held at 731 N. Canal, which is the MDOT garage located on Canal, just north of Saginaw in West Lansing. Berry’s web site provides sale arrangements.
The State of Michigan also hosts an on-line auction which, at the time of this writing, had 6 cars and 2 motorcycles available. For those who may be interested, numerous other items are available for bidding on the same site.