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Useful Items Sold at Connecticut Government Auctions

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Last Updated on October 13, 2022

The northern state of Connecticut is similar to other states in that the government from time to time will need to divest of equipment and vehicles they no longer want or use. This happens on a state and local level. While these items, like police cars or ambulances, could be taken to the dump, oftentimes there is still some utility left in them, plenty in fact. Instead of throwing something useful in the trash, municipalities give these items new life by selling them at auctions.

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There, buyers can rebuild and repurpose former emergency vehicles, repossessed cars, or even lost and found computers. The variety of items you can find at government auctions is as odd as it is cool.

If you’re a resident of the state then keep reading, and learn about some useful items sold at Connecticut government auctions on Municibid.

Where to find Connecticut Government Auctions?

One way to find out more about Connecticut government auctions is to visit the state’s official website. The Department of Administrative Services manages the surplus through what they call the Surplus Property Program. On their website, they include information about regulations, what items are found at auctions, and how to make your own profile to sign up for the next one. And maybe most importantly, they explain what to do if you place the winning bid.

The other way to locate Connecticut government surplus is through Municibid. Our website lists auction items by category such as landscaping or kitchen equipment, but also by state, that way you can focus just on the items near you.

Who can buy Connecticut Government surplus?

Most Connecticut government auctions will consist of two types of buyers – small business owners and private citizens like yourself. Those in the former category will typically oversee businesses like taxi or landscaping companies. Dealerships are also in this category. 

Government auctions are a big draw for small businesses because companies benefit from having vehicles that are the same. Municipalities themselves typically employ vehicles of the same make, model, and year for police cruisers, even construction equipment. Once upgrades occur, the municipality again strives for uniformity. This is not just for visual similarity, but also so that when mechanical issues arise, they will largely be the same.

That means less hassle, and time and money saved. Small business owners have the same idea in mind.

Private citizens usually view auctions as a way to buy cheap and useful things like a new car or a new mower to operate around the house. Uniformity is not a concern, but price sure is important. 

Once you locate an auction, consider using our vehicle surplus guide before making your first bid. The more you know going in, the more satisfied you will be with your results!

Useful Items Sold at Connecticut Government Auctions

2009 Maritime Center Console

Connecticut Government Auctions - 2009 Maritime Center Console

The first item on this list is a 2009 Maritime Center Console, and more generally, a former police boat, once used by the Ellington Marine Patrol. Now, the seahorse will be useful for someone’s boating or fishing trip.

Cruisers aren’t the only vehicles police employ, especially when living near bodies of water. And as is the case with any car or truck, when private citizens come into ownership of any emergency vehicle, all decals relating to previous use must be removed for legality reasons.

1979 Pierce Mini Pumper

Connecticut Government Auctions - 1979 Pierce Mini Pumper

The next item listed comes from Windsor, Connecticut, a 1979 Pierce Mini Pumper. This emergency fire vehicle came totting some signage from the local fire rescue team. Once the decals get removed, someone’s going to have a nifty truck to ride around town in. Aside from the markings, the pumper also came equipped with a 400 GPM pump, a top mounted hose reel, and a 250 gallon tank. If you own a business like a car wash, such a vehicle could prove useful if you ever wanted to make your business mobile.

That’s one of the benefits of buying municipal vehicles. Aside from the price, their utility is limited only by your imagination.

1971 Mack Tanker

Connecticut Government Auctions - 1971 Mack Tanker

Another fire rescue vehicle coming out of Connecticut, and again out of Windsor, is the 1971 Mack Tanker. At a glance, the truck is larger than the previous and came equipped with a 750 GPM pump and a tank that can hold 2000 gallons. 

Whenever purchasing a used car, including those from municipal auctions, always do your due diligence to find out more about the vehicle’s history. Many government cars will be well preserved, but that doesn’t mean they are free of issues entirely. The Town of Windsor noted in this sale that the tank had a small leak, the rear tandems were not aligned, and that the front brakes failed inspection. They also said that deciding if the truck was roadworthy was up to the winning bidder’s discretion.

Find out all you can about a vehicle even before placing that winning bid. That way, no surprises will catch you off guard.

1986 John Deere 2350

Connecticut Government Auctions - 1986 John Deere 2350

Less fire related, but plenty useful, a 1986 John Deere 2350 makes this list thanks to being sold by the Middlefield Public Works. The 55 horsepower tractor drives well and has a motor that runs just fine. And while the cab offers heat, the same is not true about air conditioning. Albeit not perfect, this tractor can still offer good use by being employed in someone’s landscaping company or for private use on a farm.

2005 Freightliner M2 Dump Truck

Connecticut Government Auctions - 2005 Freightliner M2 Dump Truck

Additionally, Middlefield Public Works sold a 2005 Freightliner M2 Dump Truck through Municibid. Despite some rust, the behemoth came in working order. In fact, the dump truck has new rear tires and had noted brake work down in the rear. Recent maintenance, affordable pricing, what is there not to like? That’s certainly what the winning bidder asked.

In total the vehicle has amassed 3500 hours, and 16,327 miles. Sometimes municipalities don’t get to extensively use equipment before they upgrade. This is good news for ordinary citizens who can then purchase these affordable and underused items.

2010 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

Connecticut Government Auctions - 2010 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

Just like fire rescue services divest of vehicles, so too do police precincts. That explains why a 2010 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor was sold to a lucky bidder. Whether upgrades are reached or a vehicle is considered no longer viable, precincts take out the old to bring in the new. Citizens are not legally allowed to drive these vehicles with markings indicating their former use, not in public anyway. Movie producers, on the other hand, sometimes purchase from government auctions to acquire vehicles for their films. That’s where signage will prove useful, albeit, with some redesigning of course.

One common issue to look at before purchasing police vehicles is damage done to the seats and center console. If handiwork is not your forte, do not be dismayed or surprised to see scratched seats or a missing center console. Police officers often have computers installed in their vehicles, which are removed upon selling. The original console that was there prior to the computer is seldom replaced. And the seats get damaged due to carrying equipment, and hopping in and out of the car repeatedly.

If you aren’t intimidated by these issues, then a police vehicle could be just the thing for you.

2014 Ford Taurus

Connecticut Government Auctions - 2014 Ford Taurus

This four-wheel ride was used by detective and administrative personnel working in the Old Saybrook Police Department. A Whelen Warning Package and a couple of Motorola radios are all features of this 2014 Ford Taurus. Also noteworthy – the sedan only has 78,000 miles to its name! Buying used vehicles at Connecticut government auctions doesn’t have to mean purchasing for a small business. Sometimes you just want a nice affordable car to handle the everyday chores of life.

1980 Superior Generator 150 kw

Connecticut Government Auctions - 1980 Superior Generator

Aside from cars and trucks, other government auctions include less mobile items like this 1980 150 kw Superior Generator. The generator comes courtesy of the of the Town of Montville, which they note was put on sale after being replaced by a newer generator inthe Spring. Despite being put to use on a weekly basis, the generator is still plenty useful, provided you have the diesel fuel to run it.

Conclusion

If you live in the state, don’t miss out on what useful items may be on sale near you. There are even some current listings right now. Head on over to the Connecticut surplus catalog, peruse, and bid on something that’s a perfect match for you today!


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