DOT surplus vehicle auction set Wednesday

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If you don’t mind yellow as a vehicle color, there might be a good deal for you at the N.C. Department of Transportation surplus vehicle public auction Wednesday at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

“The fairgrounds has turned yellow,” said Debbie Hill, manager at the county fairgrounds, where long lines of NCDOT surplus equipment has been arranged for sale.

“There’s pickups, dump trucks, excavators, motor graders, tractors, backhoes, air compressors, asphalt equipment, rollers, service trucks, a fuel truck, about any kind of surplus equipment DOT has got,” said Jimmy Williamson, NCDOT fleet support specialist. “We’ve got two boats, a 20-foot center console and a 14-foot jon boat.”

According to Williamson, all vehicles are being auctioned by the State Surplus Property Agency and equipment is from eastern North Carolina from Durham to the Outer Banks and points in between.

The auction will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday and continue until the last vehicle is sold.

The fairgrounds will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today for potential buyers to inspect the vehicles and kick the tires. Prospective bidders will also have from 8-9 a.m. Wednesday immediately prior to the auction to have a look at the vehicles.

Most of the vehicles are eight to 10 years old. A full list of the auction inventory is available online at www. ncadmin.nc.gov

About 160 trucks are being sold. Most are standard pickup trucks with high mileage.

“We will start with No. 1 and go on down the line,” said Jim Adams, another fleet support specialist. “You have to be here to bid. There is no buyer’s premium and no taxes. What you bid is what you pay.”

The auctions, held once every two years in Wilson, usually draw between 300 and 500 people.

Buyers must be registered to participate in the auction.

Payments can be made by certified check, cashier’s check, money order, cash or personal check with a letter of guarantee from the bank. Wire transfers, credit cards and overnight mail payments will not be accepted.

For more information, call Gail Watson at 919-835-8008, Jim Adams at 336-620-1366, Mark Brooks 336-465-0879 or James Williamson at 252-245-0953.