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Government Auctions and Sales

GovSales.gov visitors: You’ve come to the right place. This is the new home for the government sales center information you used to find on GovSales.gov. Please visit each auction site to see its listings.

GSA Fleet Vehicle Sales sells thousands of government-owned vehicles each year by auction.  All vehicles are well-maintained, low-mileage, detailed, and ready to drive. And they’re available at significant savings. 

Vehicles for sale include: 

  • Cars

  • Trucks

  • Buses

  • Vans

  • Alternative fuel vehicles

Sales are conducted:

  • Live: On the , enter your zip code and a radius to find a nearby auction site. Or check out the to see upcoming auctions by date and location.

  • Online: Search the site for the vehicle you’re looking for. You can specify make, model, mileage, fuel type, and more. Or search by location. Though bidding is online, you can visit the auction site ahead of time to inspect the vehicles. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other federal agencies list vehicles for auction at . These vehicles are for sale "as is" and may need extensive repairs. They must be towed from the site. They should not be considered safe for driving until checked by a licensed mechanic.

Đang chơi bàiVehicles include:

  • Light and medium-duty pickups and vans

  • Sport utility vehicles (SUV)

  • Đang chơi bàiVarious size sedans

Đang chơi bàiSales are conducted using:

  • Live auction lane. These auctions are held throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.

  • Proxy bids

  • Đang chơi bàiInternet auctions

Federal Auctions with a Variety of Property Types (formerly listed on GovSales.gov)

Đang chơi bàiGSA Auctions is an easy-to-use site with extensive listings in a wide range of categories. Items for sale are government-owned excess property. They’re located or stored all over the country, and include:

  • Real estate

  • Airplanes, vessels, and vehicles

  • Travel trailers, manufactured housing (mobile homes), and park models

  • Đang chơi bàiOffice equipment and office furniture

  • Đang chơi bàiScientific equipment

  • Heavy machinery

Auctions are conducted completely online. You can view most items ahead of time by visiting the facility where the item is stored. 

The U.S. Treasury holds about 300 public auctions each year throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Property sold at auction was forfeited by owners for tax evasion or other violations of Treasury law.

Treasury auctions sell:

  • Đang chơi bàiNew or used cars, aircraft, and boats

  • Đang chơi bàiReal estate

  • Đang chơi bàiJewelry and clothes

  • Electronics

  • Industrial equipment

Sales methods vary.  

  • Property seized by the Internal Revenue Service for tax violations may be sold by mail-in bid or live auction.

  • Đang chơi bàiReal estate sales are conducted using online auctions. Bidders can see properties in person by appointment.  

  • Most other property is sold by online auction. 

The U.S. Marshals Service manages the U.S. Department of Justice’s . The program serves to identify stolen property and return it to its owners, and to compensate victims with the proceeds from sales. It helps deter crime by depriving thieves of the goods they stole.  

Seized and forfeited items for sale can include:

  • Đang chơi bàiReal estate

  • Cars, boats, and planes

  • Commercial businesses

  • Jewelry

  • Art

  • Đang chơi bàiAntiques and collectibles

Sales are conducted by third-party companies and sales methods vary. Check the site for the property you’re interested in to see how auctions are managed.

Federal Auctions of Real Estate

You can bid on real estate for sale through the following federal agencies’ websites:

State Auctions

Many states and even some local governments sell surplus property. Contact your state's surplus property divisionĐang chơi bài to find out if it operates an auction program.

Tips for Participating in Government Auctions

  • The general rule for auctions is that the highest bidder wins, and cancellation is not possible. Check with the auction site ahead of time to find out if you can cancel a bid.

  • Đang chơi bàiEach auction website operates differently. In some cases, the government agency itself runs the auctions. In other cases, the agency operates the shopping site, but a third-party company handles the auction itself.

  • Find out what forms of payment auctions accept. There is no uniform payment policy across all the different auctions. Some auctions accept credit card payments or personal checks. Others, such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), don't accept either of these. Most auctions accept cashier's checks.

  • For real estate auctions, you may need to work with a broker or real estate agent to bid or make the purchase. Also, for real estate auctions, find out if financing is permitted. Many times it is not and the full purchase price is due when you win the bid.

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  • Real property is also listed on .

  • Federal Public Land for Sale

    Đang chơi bàiPublic land is undeveloped land with no improvements. It's usually part of the original public domain established during the western expansion of the United States. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees this land.

    • To buy public land,  for the area you're interested in.

    • Đang chơi bàiSome public land is listed on .

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    Last Updated: September 23, 2020

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