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Oct. 12, 2004

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Mike Holl

DOT vehicle auction Oct. 23

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 12, 2004 - More than 200 vehicles and many other pieces of equipment will be sold by the Iowa Department of Transportation at an auction Saturday, Oct. 23, beginning at 9 a.m.

The sale will be held at the auction lot at South Fourth Street and Oak Avenue in Ames. Vehicles and equipment to be sold are from the DOT, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, state vehicle dispatcher, cities, and counties.

Included in the sale are approximately 58 cars, 26 vans, 80 pickups, 17 trucks, and other pieces of equipment.

The cars to be sold include 13 Ford Taurus sedans, 28 Ford Crown Victoria sedans and several Ford Contours and Escorts.

Vans that will be auctioned include Dodge Grand Caravans, Ford 15-passenger vans and Ford Econoline cargo vans.

Pickups to be sold include Dodge BR1500 one-half tons, Ford F150s, Ford Rangers, Chevrolet S10s, and Chevrolet C1500s.

Also for sale will be one Chevrolet Suburban and one Ford Explorer XLT.

The trucks include several International F1954s tandem truck, one International 4900 tandem truck, one Kenworth W900 semi and two Ford L8000 tandem axle trucks.

Other equipment includes several motor graders, wheel loaders, V-plows, tractors, trailers, tires, mowers, and much more.

The auction items may be inspected at the sale site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22, and from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Oct. 23. All vehicles and other items are sold “as is” with no warranties or guarantees. When needed, “in transit” paper licenses will be furnished by the DOT after final settlement has been made. Bidders must be 18 years of age or older. Bidders will be assigned a permanent bid number that must be displayed when purchasing an item; those who already have permanent bid numbers assigned should bring their numbers with them.

Each successful bidder must furnish a $200 deposit for each vehicle that is not paid for in full on the day of the sale. Payment can be made with cash, personal or company check, traveler’s check, postal money order, cashier’s check or bank draft. The DOT reserves the right to request certified funds. Political subdivisions can use requisitions or purchase orders.

Buyers are encouraged to make final settlements on the day of the sale. Final payments must be made no later than 3 p.m. Oct. 29.

Kellner Auction Services from Rutland, Iowa, will conduct the sale. Coffee, sandwiches and cold drinks will be available at the auction site. A listing of the items included in the auction is also available on the DOT’s Web site,