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November 8, 2012

City to auction off 25 surplus vehicles

By Mike LaBella mlabella@eagletribune.com
The Haverhill Gazette

---- — If you’re in the market for a 1987 Hahn fire pumper truck, the city has a deal for you.

The good news is you might be able to get it real cheap if you’re the lucky bidder in an online auction that is now underway.

The bad news is the pumper truck does not run. But, it’s not the only vehicle you can bid on, as the city is disposing of police cruisers, SUVs, pickup trucks, heavy-duty trucks like the Hahn pumper truck, as well as a 1985 Simon duplex ladder truck.

Some of the 25 surplus vehicles being auctioned off do start, some need a boost to get going, while others are only good for parts. Also being auctioned are six, 30-yard recycling Dumpsters. Mayor James Fiorentini said the city is using govdeals.com to auction off 31 surplus items.

Bidding for the online auction opened Oct. 26 and closes Nov. 26, 27 and 28, depending on the item, the mayor said. Bidding starts at $100 to $200 for most items, and all of the items will be sold to the highest bidders, the mayor said.

“Online auctions give us the ability to sell surplus items to the highest bidder anywhere in the world,” Fiorentini said. “It is inexpensive to facilitate and is easy for bidders to participate.”

Vehicles being auctioned include a 1994 Ford F-150 S regular cab short bed with two-wheel drive. Bidding starts at $200 for this truck, which does not run and needs repairs to its fuel pump and gas tank, as well as a tune up. A 2008 Dodge Charger SE with 150,000 miles on it starts with a boost. Bidding on the Charger begins at $100.

Items will be available for public viewing Nov. 13 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Highway Department, 500 Primrose St. No vehicle is to be started or moved, the mayor said. All bidders are strongly urged to inspect the items they plan to bid on, he said.

Fiorentini said Haverhill is one of the first communities to participate in online auctions and that previous auctions were a great success for the city.

”This is our third time using Govdeals,” Fiorentini said of the Internet site. “We’ve sold $94,000 in surplus items in the previous auctions, most of which were vehicles. And pretty soon we’re also going to try it with land.”

He said Govdeals is an online government auction website designed specifically for the sale of surplus, forfeited and seized goods. To view and bid on the items, visit.govdeals.com and put Haverhill in the search box. All of the available items will be displayed. A link to the auction site is also available on the city’s website at ci.haverhill.ma.us.