The government has long had a reputation of accumulating far more of everything than it needs. But let us not be unfair: the government surpluses often occur because to the strict life cycle and replacement policies, both at the federal and state levels. Because of the policies, there are always a number of vehicles that the government cannot use or no longer needs and which it must sell off. The majority of these cars are what are called â€œgovernment fleet vehiclesâ€; government service cars (domestic cars with often low mileage) and those used by police departments and other such government agencies: these will have higher mileage but will have been well maintained.
Those who are particular about knowing all about a used car they are planning to buy will be pleased to know that many of the cars for sale at these surplus auto auctions have a car history available with them. Many of these cars and trucks have years of life left in them and are only being sold because government policy demands it and so are extremely good buys. Also to be found in surplus auto auctions are vehicles that law enforcement agencies have seized in the course of their work and which the government needs to dispose of. It is not only cars and trucks that are available at the surplus auto auctions: motorcycles, ATVs, and other vehicles are all up for bids.
Families who need a second car and do not want to spend too much or need to buy one for a child who is now old enough to drive will find that a surplus auto auction will offer a number of economical options. These auctions are also places to by luxury cars that would normally be beyond the reach of many people: cars seized from big time criminals form part of the surplus auto auctions. As everyone knows, these crooks always travel in expensive sedans: and since the government has no use for them, they are sold off for whatever the auction brings in. And this is one factor that must never be forgotten when bidding at a surplus car auction: the government must sell these cars as having them laying around costs money for storage so the pressure is on it to sell these surplus cars fast. That is why cars are often available for incredibly low prices:the government is happy to cut its losses.