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Where Do Ex Government Vehicles at Auction Come From?

Every year more people are learning about the benefits of attending auto auctions and searching for government surplus vehicles.  However, most people still do not entirely understand where ex government vehicles actually come from.  Fortunately, there is a simple answer to this question.

What Do Ex Government Vehicles at Auction Come From?

There are two fundamental reasons that an ex government vehicle will show up at auction.  The first reason is that the government has replaced that particular vehicle within the fleet.  Most government fleet cars will only stay in service for 4 to 6 years.  The other reason that a government vehicle will be added to an auction is because the size of the fleet has been downsized.  When this happens, a large number of ex government vehicles will be made available simultaneously.

When searching for ex government vehicles, one of the best places to refer to is the GSA or General Services Administration.  They are responsible for managing the fleets for a variety of different agencies.  GSA fleet vehicles sales is a division of the Federal government and offers quality ex government owned cars, trucks, SUV’s, and vans to the general public at a substantial savings.  Additionally, all of the vehicles are American-built and many are Alternative Fuel Vehicles.  Additionally, no buyers fees are added to the price of the auto.

To give you a better idea of what to expect, here is a look at a variety of vehicles that were found at through the GSA auction website.

A 2004 Chevy Tahoe with 90,000 miles is up for auction with a bid of $6.000.  It was previously used by the USDA Forest Service at the San Bernardino National Forest in California.  A 2004 Ford Explorer with 95,000 has a starting bid of only $2,000.  It was used by the United States Marshall Service and was located in Delaware  A 2005 Dodge Caravan with less than 60,00 miles started at only $1,000.  It was used by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Division of Migratory Birds) and was located at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.

This is just a small sampling of the vehicles that can be found across the entire country and all through the GSA fleet management.

Ex government vehicles that are found at auto auctions may also come from state and local governments as well.  These autos do not normally go through the GSA, but rather are auctioned off by the state or locality themselves.  In order to find these auctions, state and local government websites often have some information available.  At minimum, they can normally provide the name of the auction house that the vehicles have been consigned to.  They may also be auctioned off during seized property auctions.

It doesn’t matter if they were part of the National, State, or Local governments, all of these vehicles are sold “as is”, however they are all in working order, unless otherwise noted.  Now that you know where ex government vehicles at auctions come from, it is time to take advantage of the great savings that is being made available to you.

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