City: Online Auctions Popular, Boost Revenue

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The City of Wichita, looking to get rid of surplus vehicles, equipment and office furniture, is taking advantage of the popularity and ease of online auctions.

City officials expect its current auction, which runs until Sept. 18, to fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Wichita has been hosting its auctions online for seven years now, Lee Ann Hendricks, a purchasing agent for the city, said.

"It's a lot nicer for the city because it gives us exposure over a greater number of days," she said.

Buyers still have 14 days to look over the old police cars, dump trucks, skid steer loaders, desks and office equipment up for bid. Hendricks said moving the auctions online has boosted their participation and revenue.

"This allows us to do several during the year if we actually need to because we have a greater amount of time that the items are online," she said.

Past auctions have been popular.

"The last auction we had netted approximately $298,000," Hendricks said.

She expects this auction, which features more items, to be no exception.

Though the equipment and furniture are surplus, Hendricks said the city is not trying to make money by selling junk.

"A lot of individuals will buy these items and utilize them for school cars for kids," Hendricks says. "Some of the wrecked cars, organizations will buy and use them for parts."

Everything on the auction is being sold "as is" and "where is," which means the city will not be making any repairs and each buyer will be responsible for moving every item purchased.

Bidding closes at noon Sept. 18. The public can view the vehicles and equipment on the auction block from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday or from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.

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