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About U.S. Government Auto Auctions

Buying used vehicles from the government  

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It's easy and economical to purchase a pre-owned vehicle from the U.S. government. Join the thousands of people who buy at government auto auctions.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is the federal agency that buys fleet vehicles new and leases them to other federal agencies. When these vehicles complete their lease term GSA sells them to renew the government fleet.

All vehicles offered for sale at government auctions are clean, detailed and ready to drive away. The vehicles will typically no more than thee model-years old, will have been used for ordinary transportation by government agencies, and will not be specialized military or repossessed vehicles.

Vehicles sold at GSA auctions typically feature:

  • Low mileage
  • Excellent maintenance
  • Popular styles and colors
  • Power steering, A/C, power windows, AM/FM cassette decks

The vehicles are sold as is, so inspect the vehicle before making a bid. Complete Terms and Conditions are available on the GSA Website or at the sale.

Most vehicles sell at wholesale prices and there are no buyer's fees.

Finding Cars and Auctions
A current list of vehicles for sale, locations and times of auctions, and complete description of the bidding and buying process can be found on the GSA's Website at: http://www.autoauctions.gsa.gov/].

You can also call any of the more than 50 auction houses listed on the Web site and simply ask, "When is the next GSA Auction?"

While sales representatives at the GSA local auction houses cater mainly to auto dealers, they are happy to help the general public in buying government fleet vehicles at GSA auctions.

Bidding and Buying

Register and preview the vehicles: As soon as you arrive at the auction house, register for the sale, and use the inventory list to inspect vehicles on the lot. You may turn on the engine, but test-driving is not permitted.

Making a successful bid: New to the auction process? Ask the auction staff how it works. Prior to the sale, you may practice bidding in a mock auction.

Pay without any buyer's fees: Buyers typically pay by credit card, debit card, cashier's check or money order. Ask the sales representatives what is accepted.

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