California auctioning off unused vehicles

August 12, 2011 11:27:50 PM PDT
If you're interested in buying a state vehicle, now's your chance. And you could even be getting a pretty good deal.

Gov. Jerry Brown has asked that all unnecessary state vehicles be returned and auctioned off next month. There are about 38 hundred of them.

Right now, the Department of General Services controls the lot. It holds a monthly auction at a yard in Davis; everything is open to the public and it's pretty straightforward.

"You come you pay a registration fee, you get a paddle to participate in the auction if you don't buy anything you get your money back," Department of General Services spokesperson Eric Lamoureux said. "So, it's a pretty good deal for the public and some great car deals."

This could save the state more than $11 million and the auctions could bring in an additional $5 million. This could just be the beginning as Brown is looking to cut another 1,700 state cars.

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