More under-utilized state vehicles are going on the auction block Saturday.
The Louisiana Property Assistance Agency will sell 83 state vehicles as the state tries to generate revenue to fill a $1.6 billion budget hole.
Last month, the sale of 214 used vehicles generated $751,700 for the state.
This time around, two- and four-door passenger vehicles, small trucks and vans, as well as heavy trucks will be up for sale. Examples include a 2007 Dodge Ram, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2004 Ford Explorer.
The vehicles range from 1991 to 2010 models.
“We encourage people to register and inspect the vehicles early to save time,” Steve Bice, director of LPAA, said in a news release announcing the auction.
The auction will also include computers, printers, file cabinets and various pieces of office furniture and decorations. All of the items up for sale can be viewed at http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/lpaa/auction listing.htm.
The auction begins at 8 a.m., while bidding on the vehicles begins at 10 a.m. To avoid long lines, bidders can register before the auction during business hours at the LPAA office, 1059 Brickyard Lane, which is off of South Boulevard in downtown Baton Rouge between St. Philip Street and River Road. Bidders need to bring a valid driver’s license – businesses also need a tax identification number – and should register under the name the car title will be in.
Winning bids can be paid with cash, check or a credit card. A 5 percent processing fee for credit cards and checks will be applied. However, those planning to pay with a check can visit Brown’s Auction website to find out how to avoid the processing fee. Title services will be offered at no additional charge, and two notaries public will be on site to assist with the sales and title transfers.
The vehicles will be available for inspection from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday at the Brickyard Lane facility, as well as from 7 to 9:15 a.m. the morning of the auction. A valid driver’s license will be required to get keys to the cars and crank them; test driving is not allowed due to insurance reasons.
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