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Daily Local News: West Chester auctioning off old vehicles online

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By JENNIFER MILLER, Staff Writer

Among the vehicles offered for bid is this 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser, which had 33 bidders as of 5 p.m. Friday and a top bid of $1,900. The starting price was $100.

WEST CHESTER — For motorists who’ve dreamed of driving a police car, now may be your chance.

The borough is auctioning off old police cars and other unwanted vehicles through municibid.com, an online auction site for municipalities.

The auction started Dec. 11 and will end at 2 p.m. Jan. 11.

Items offered for bid include a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser, which had 33 bidders as of 5 p.m. Friday and a top bid of $1,900. The starting price was $100.

Municibid.com spokesman Greg Berry said 90 percent of police vehicles on the site are sold to the public as opposed to another municipality. He said government agencies remove light bars, sirens, radios and other emergency equipment before selling.

Among the 10 other borough vehicles up for bid are:

a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera,

a 1995 Ford F250 pickup truck,

a 1995 Dodge Ram passenger van, and

a 1999 Ford F550 dump truck.

Borough Manager Ernie McNeely said local officials have found the auction site to be beneficial.

“Our experience using the service has shown that it generates more bidders and therefore better prices for sale of used equipment,” he said.

The vehicles will be sold in “as is” condition. Interested bidders can inspect the vehicles between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Public Works Department at 205 Lacey St.

Tredyffrin is holding a similar auction, which started Monday and will close Jan. 17. The township is auctioning off several police vehicles as well.

“The township periodically sells used or surplus equipment,” said Public Works Director Stephen Norcini. “When vehicles or equipment are being replaced or found to no longer be utilized, the equipment is sold.”

Previously, the township sold equipment via sealed bid, Norcini said.

“We chose to use municibid to determine if we could reach a greater number of prospective bidders and hopefully receive more money for the vehicles and equipment than was received via sealed bid,” he said. “If the township is more successful using municibid than the sealed bid process, we will continue with e-bidding.”

Municibid.com is a Pottstown-based company.

 

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