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Fire truck, office equipment and more up for auction

Anyone looking to start a small business or a fire department can get hooked up Thursday in Perry.

Houston County is having one of its periodic surplus auctions, and among the items is a large amount of office equipment and furniture, many Ford Crown Victorias and a fire truck.

The auction will start at 10 a.m. Thursday at the county warehouse at 2022 Kings Chapel Road. Items can be inspected from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday.

Mark Baker, the county purchasing agent, said some of the cars run and some don’t. Potential buyers will be able to see if the cars crank but cannot drive the cars.

A 1989 Ford D80 fire truck with 93,236 miles is likely to be one of the star attractions. Baker said it runs but will not pump water. It might be usable for a small fire department willing to spend a few thousand to fix the pump, he said. But also, he said, fire trucks are often bought by groups that want to use them in a parade. Baker noted that the truck also has some storage compartments, so it could make for a unique work truck.

Fifteen Crown Victorias, averaging about 150,000 miles, are for sale. Most are former sheriff’s department cars and are among the last Crown Victorias the department has because it has moved toward Dodge Chargers in recent years. Baker said there are still a few Crown Victorias on patrol.

Don’t expect to get a steal on a car. Baker said several hundred people typically come to the auction, and he guessed a Crown Victoria about 10 years old with about 150,000 miles would go for about $2,000.

Many computers, printers and other electronics are for sale, as well as desks and other office furniture.

All of the items are sold as is, and many are sold in lots of numerous items grouped together.

For additional information, call the purchasing department at 218-4800. For a full list of the items, go to www.houstoncountyga.com, click on the “Business” tab at the top, then “Purchasing Department” and scroll down to the auction link.

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