New York State Puts Up Cars, Trucks for Auction on eBay

The state's digital auction site went live Tuesday, listing unused state-owned property for sale to the public

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    New York State Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn M. Destito and NYS Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara J. Fiala cut the ribbon to open which links to more than 450 state surplus vehicles and other items being sold on eBay. The eBay sale concludes at 8:00 a.m. on April 13.

    New York state is once again selling used surplus items on eBay but for the first time offering up more than 450 cars and trucks for auction.

    The state's digital auction site went live Tuesday, listing unused state-owned property for sale to the public. Vehicles were listed with a minimum bid of $500, most of them older models with hundreds of thousands of miles racked up.

    Newer vehicles up for auction attracted bids immediately, like a blue-gray 2008 Toyota Prius with 91,000 miles on it and a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo.

    Others have failed to attract much interest, like the mustard-yellow Chevrolet pick-up trucks, the bright red Dodge Rams and  the eggplant purple Chevrolet vans.

    Other items up for bid include stainless steel prep tables, giant food warmers, industrial refrigerators and panini grills.

    A 1971 John Deere bulldozer was put up for auction at $10, as was a portable radio tower.

    Items on New York state's eBay page were designated as surplus by the state agency that used it, then turned over to the Office of General Services, according to OGS spokeswoman Heather Groll.

    The state has been selling surplus items on eBay for several years, but this is the first time it is conducting a vehicle auction online, said Groll.

    The money from the sales either goes back to the agency that "surplused" the item or into the state's general fund, said Groll.

    To see more items up for bid by the state, visit

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