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The state of Louisiana is putting 709 “underutilized” vehicles up for sale.
Jindal administration officials said Thursday they hope to raise between $700,000 and $1.4 million for state coffers.
The vehicles range in age from 2 to 30 years old, with the majority between 6 and 11 years old. They include Dodge Caravans, Ford Fusions, Dodge Ram trucks and Chevy Impalas, among others.
The cars and trucks will be sold through the Louisiana Property Assistance Agency.
“These vehicles are not being used often enough to justify the cost of maintenance,” said Ruth Johnson, deputy commissioner of administration. “We continuously evaluate state inventory to ensure we are spending taxpayer dollars appropriately. At this point, it just doesn’t make sense to retain these vehicles.”
Of the state’s more than 11,000 vehicles, 1,421 are currently considered underused. That means they have been driven less than 15,000 miles over the last year. State analysts have calculated that it costs more to maintain a vehicle that is driven less than 15,000 miles than to compensate employees for other methods of transportation when necessary.
All underused vehicles will not be sold. Half of the identified vehicles will remain in their agencies to assist with the needs of each division.
Agencies with underused vehicles were notified this week to deliver the vehicles to the Property Assistance Agency.
The vehicles will be evaluated and sold at auction in early 2015. Depending on how the vehicles were originally purchased, up to 90 percent of the sale could be returned to the state.
Information about public auctions can be found at www.doa.louisiana.gov/lpaa .