Old Macon police cars to hit auction block Saturday

Saturday morning sale has city items and more

jgaines@macon.comJune 14, 2013 

Ever wanted to own a police car?

Now’s your chance, sans blue lights and siren. Macon Police Department cars are up for auction Saturday at T. Lynn Davis Realty & Auction Co., 4459 Broadway.

Twenty Ford Crown Victoria patrol cars and 11 Ford Tauruses, from 1998 through 2003, are to be sold along with miscellaneous city equipment and items from several other sources.

“We just put new vehicles on the road within the last four or five days, so we’re just getting rid of the surplus vehicles,” said Sam Hugley, vehicle maintenance director for the city.

The Crown Victorias are newer, but the Tauruses were used by detectives and didn’t get the same heavy wear, said Jim Davis, sales manager for the auction company.

Nonetheless, Hugley said, the cars have all seen plenty of use.

The city “gets its money’s worth out of them,” he said.

“They’ll make somebody a pretty good second vehicle, third vehicle, something like that,” he said.

Based on previous sales, the city will probably recoup about $50,000 from the cars, Hugley said.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday, Davis said. The sale starts at 9 a.m., but the city cars won’t be first on the list. Smaller items such as TVs, computers and motorcycles will sell first, with the cars being auctioned about noon. That should give potential buyers plenty of time to look them over, he said.

The company’s website, www.tlynndavis.com, shows a wide variety of items: fire trucks, pickups and heavy equipment, a 1999 Lincoln Town Car and a 1990 Chevy Caprice.

“We’ve got about 60, 70 pieces from the city of Macon,” Davis said.

The Macon Water Authority is selling four pickups and a Saturn through the same auction. From other agencies and private individuals there’s a motor home retrofitted as a mobile office, miscellaneous cars, two Sea-Doos and a WavewRunner, a hay baler and other farm equipment and about 60 firearms.

Davis said the auction company takes personal checks with a bank letter, credit cards or cash. There’s a 10 percent buyer’s fee on sales, and vehicle buyers will also pay a title transfer fee at the license-tag office, he said.

To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.

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