There are many thousands of such court orders issued each year, and items that can't be returned to their legal owner are auctioned off at local auction houses all over the UK. Police auctions are an established route used by regional police forces across the country to dispose of proceeds of crime, lost and found, seized, and unclaimed stolen and confiscated property.

Goodwill Columbus - Auto Auction Public Welcome Over 30 great vehicles sold in a fast, efficient, and fun auction, rain or shine. The public is always welcome. Often including cars, SUVs, boats, motorcycles, motor homes, boats and trucks. Good deals, Great cause; Goodwill. The auction is located east of Downtown Columbus at 666 South Nelson Road,   [ View Full Listing ]
The New York City Police Department regularly holds online auctions to dispose of seized, unclaimed property and vehicles. The Property Clerk Division works with an outside auctioneer, called Property Room, which specializes in items seized by law enforcement agencies across the country. Online auctions include many high-end items, such as jewelry, rare coins, brand-name clothing, and consumer electronics. Vehicles are also available. Participation in online auctions is free and open to the general public.
After 2 years in business the owner of this Grabbagreen franchise location has decided to close its doors to focus on other health industry business ventures. All assets will be sold via public online auction and will include: Juicers, Blenders, Refrigeration, Under Counter Refrigeration, Convection Oven, Exhaust Hood, Food Processor, Indoor/Outdoor Tables and Chairs, Revel POS System, Smallwares and more.
Lots at police auctions range from brand new or graded from A down in used condition, or goods may be slightly marked. A good example would be high quality white goods. All items listed in any police auction are available for viewing and inspection prior to the sale. Faulty or damaged goods should be clearly marked, and faults are outlined by the auctioneer during the auction.
Consolidation of furnishing from numerous Fortune 500 companies. Local dealer is consolidating furniture assets from several large companies and selling via online public auction. Grade A manufactures including: Steelcase, Herman Miller, Haworth, Teknion and More! Auction will include items such as: Conference Tables, Desks, Ergonomic Task Chairs, Leather Conference Seating, Reception Furniture, Training Room Tables & Chairs, Dry Erase Boards, Appliances, Sit/Stand Desks, Filing Cabinets, Storage Cabinets, Break Room Furnishings, Secretarial Chairs, Executive Chairs, Stacking Chairs, and Much More! Have questions on space planning, installation services, etc? For potential large volume purchasers dealer is willing to discuss this prior to auction.
The goods you buy from government auctions are “as is.” Look on the “Terms and Conditions” page before bidding to understand the process. A typical auction page states, for example, that the auction site doesn’t guarantee the quality of the product in any way. Once you bid, you enter a legally binding contract, and you need to follow through with your bid. 

In recent years, public auctions have become commonly referred to as “the mechanic’s auction,” where lots can quickly become a money pit for novice bidders. There is no guarantee on the authenticity of the mileage on the odometer here, and since it’s an auction, you can’t drive the vehicle prior to bidding on it. This is a place where flood vehicles sell for top dollar after being hastily reupholstered in the hopes of duping amateur bidders, and cars with bad engines come loaded with heavy-duty oil in order to ensure it doesn’t belch smoke or leak on the auction block.
Sitting on the couch, craft beer in hand, we salivate over the parade of shining classic cars rolling across the auction block at Barrett-Jackson, changing hands for ungodly globs of cold, hard cash. It’s places like this where you can pick up cars like custom built Singer Porsches, old-school hot rods, vintage Ferraris, and soon to be released, serial #001 supercars, and as the drinks get stronger, so too does the bidding. 

People were on their cellphones taking bids from afar, others were desperately eyeing the cars to see if the panels and bumper covers were in decent enough shape to make some cash at the current bidding price. Though there were only a handful of folks at this little auction, the dynamic—the subtle things people did to make sure they made a sound buying decision—was enthralling.
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