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Iowa DOT vehicle auction set for June 1

iowadotlogoAMES, Iowa – May 21, 2013 – More than 200 vehicles and pieces of equipment will be sold by the Iowa Department of Transportation at an auction Saturday, June 1, beginning at 9 a.m.

Photos of some of the items up for auction have been posted on the Iowa DOT’s website at A more complete listing of items can also be found on this site, along with a form to request an auction handbill via email.

The sale will be held at the Iowa DOT’s auction lot, located at South Fourth Street and Oak Avenue in Ames. Vehicles and equipment to be sold are from the Iowa DOT, Iowa State University, cities and counties.

Cars to be sold include Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Crown Victoria, Chevrolet HHR and Ford Focus sedans, and a 2009 Zenn electric car.

Minivans that will be auctioned include Dodge Grand Caravans, a Toyota Sienna and a Chevrolet Venture. Also included in the auction are several Chevrolet Express 15-passenger vans.

Pickups to be sold include Chevrolet S10s, 1500s, 2500s and Silverados; Dodge Ram 150 and 1500; Ford Rangers, F150s, F250s and F350s; and a GMC Sonoma and Sierra.

Trucks to be sold include single- and tandem-axle International 4700s and 4900s and a 1986 Chevrolet with a Peabody with a dump box and 10-foot western plow.

Other equipment includes tires, toolboxes, mowers, sprayers, wheel loaders, pavement breakers, street lights, utility carts and much more.

The auction items may be inspected at the sale site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 31, and from 7 to 9 a.m. June 1. All items are sold “as is” with no warranties or guarantees. When needed, “in transit” paper license plates will be furnished by the Iowa DOT after final settlement has been made.

Bidders must be at least 18 years of age and will be assigned a permanent bid number that must be displayed when purchasing an item. Persons who already have permanent bid numbers should bring those numbers to the auction.

Each successful bidder must furnish a $200 deposit for each vehicle that is not paid for in full on the day of the sale. Payment can be made with cash, personal or company check, traveler’s check, postal money order, cashier’s check or bank draft. The Iowa DOT reserves the right to request certified funds. Political subdivisions can use requisitions or purchase orders.

Buyers are encouraged to make final settlements on the day of the sale. Final payment must be made no later than 3 p.m. Friday, June 7.

Lynch Auction Co. of Boone will conduct the sale. Coffee, sandwiches and cold drinks will be available at the auction site.

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