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City looking for auctioneer to sell excess cars, equipment

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Ever wonder what happens to city vehicles that have outlived their use?

They land on the auction block.

Now the city is seeking fresh bids for an auctioneer to unload its old cars, trucks, vans, scrap vehicles and equipment such as lawnmowers and trailers.

A request for proposals was put out March 14 for the two-year auctioneer contract. Bids are due next month.

According to the request, “licensed and qualified auctioneers” are invited to submit proposals. Locally based Kesler-Schaefer Wholesale Auto Auction Inc., currently holds the contract.

The city historically has disposed of its rolling stock through auctions. Separate sales are held for different types of vehicles, such as those weighing less than 19,500 pounds and heavy trucks and equipment over that threshold.

From 2008 to 2010, the city auctioned off more than 1,400 vehicles and received $1.2 million from the sales, said Kara Brooks, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works.

City officials anticipate selling about 485 vehicles and pieces of equipment each year over the next two years.

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