June 22

Cool Items Sold in New Hampshire Government Auctions


Last Updated on June 22, 2022

If you’re living in places like New Hampshire, you may be surprised to learn that you and other residents could be missing out on some worthwhile opportunities. Within the past year, there were 10 items sold on Municibid in New Hampshire government auctions.

And by items, of course we mean things you can’t buy just anywhere.

State government auctions offer a unique chance to acquire things like police cars or even fire trucks. As technology upgrades year after year, the state has to discard out-of-date vehicles and equipment. The government also has to dispose of cars and similar items forfeited by the public.

If the government wants to make money, then they send these items to auction. Some things that New Hampshire government auctions sell will be done privately, possibly to other municipalities. However, there are public auctions too, that are indeed open to the public.

Where to find New Hampshire government auctions

Like other state governments, New Hampshire offers residents information about their auctions through their website. There residents can read and take note about hours, bidding procedures, and other helpful information, whether they are interested in an in-person or online auction. The more you know, the smoother the bidding process.

And the more information you have on an item before you bidded, the more secure you will feel about your purchase.

Aside from accessing the New Hampshire site directly, users have the option of going through Municibid as well and viewing a list dedicated solely to New Hampshire commodities.

Government Surplus in New Hampshire Currently at Auction

Who can buy New Hampshire government surplus

Who can buy New Hampshire government surplus simply depends on the type of auction. Sometimes the government sells to neighboring government bodies. At other times, civilians can take part in public auctions.

What residents find at state auctions can truly come as a surprise, such as a vintage jukebox. A perfect item for some nostalgia and motivation to dance. This particular purchase is a great reminder of what people should expect at auctions. Despite not being aesthetically pleasing, the jukebox is in working condition. 

All auction items have experienced wear and tear over the years. Some more than others. However, wear and tear does not always equate to being unusable. People who get the most out of auctions know this.

Auctions require a bit of give and take, but if you have the right plan going in, you too can make the most of the experience. Whether you’re buying a jukebox, a dresser, or even a car, we have guides to help steer you in the right direction.

Cool Items in New Hampshire Government Auctions

2004 Neoteric Hovertrek Hovercraft Model 1874 12ft.

Considering what New Hampshire has to offer as a state, seeing this hovercraft on the list isn’t the least bit odd. The 2004 Neoteric Hovertrek Hovercraft sports some signage from the fire department it was once used by. This machine is an example of surplus the government no longer uses. Once newer equipment is brought in, the old machinery gets retired. 

Then either new departments or the public can acquire the old items through auctions.

However, legally operating machinery like this will require the owner to remove signage. Only emergency services can brand themselves with the corresponding logos. Moreover, for a craft such as this, knowledge in hovercraft operation is a must. As the seller notes, “Inexperienced (untrained) pilots may put themselves or others at great risk of injury or death.”

1995 31’ Inboard Down East Work Boat

Another watercraft to make the New Hampshire listing is the 1995 Inboard Down East Work Boat. The vessel comes equipped with GPS, a radar, a VHF radio, and runs on diesel fuel. Such a purchase would be great for someone interested in fishing or boating. 

One of the great advantages to buying government surplus, aside from the cheaper prices, is the bidder’s ability to use their purchase for whatever hobby they choose. Some people convert buses and trucks into recreational vehicles to drive on trips. In this case, a boat would be great for an activity out on the water.

1960 Maxim 85′ Ladder Truck

Another example of government vehicles that have exceeded their prime is this 1960 Maxim Ladder Truck, undoubtedly former property of the government. The product notes confirm, but so does the truck’s bright red paint and signage. The Hinsdale Fire Department has no doubt upgraded their equipment since 1960. A vehicle that old is no longer viable for efficient public service, though the ladder is still usable.

1952 Mack Fire Truck

New Hampshire has a lot of fire-related auction items to offer, including a 1952 Mack Fire Truck. The interior of the truck is in good condition along with a suitable gas 6-cylinder engine, which runs using manual transmission. Items in good condition are not a guarantee when buying from government auctions. However, inspecting in person before bidding can assuage any concerns, as can asking questions of the seller. When you can find a nicely priced item and in good condition, you’ve found a steal.

1989 Grove Crane Rt 760

Deviating from the fire assembly on this list is the 1989 Grove Crane RT 760. All sorts of public service items wind up on the auction marketplace, not just fire vehicles or police cruisers. Something like this Grove crane won’t be legally permissible on public roads, or make the best souvenir vehicle. However, someone managing a private business could make good use of this equipment.


If you’re still not convinced New Hampshire’s government auctions have something to offer you, then have a look for yourself. No charge, no hassle. And once your mind has been changed, experience seamless bidding transactions when you choose to bid through Municibid.


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