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State announces surplus state vehicle auction, May 12

The Department of Buildings and General Services will be auctioning a large assortment of state vehicles and equipment to the public beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018. It is expected to be very well attended.“This is an ABSOLUTE auction with no reserves. All vehicles will be sold to the highest bidder rain or shine,” said Terry Lamos, the state’s surplus property manager. “This auction is on many calendars across New England and Quebec. It has become a destination event for many who come year after year in hopes of obtaining a good deal on a vehicle or piece of equipment,” said Lamos.

There are 16 paddle boats available at this year’s auction. In addition, the public will be able to enter the $1-per-ticket raffle to win a paddle boat on auction day.

The auction will be held at the Agency of Transportation Central Garage located at 1756 US Route 302, in Berlin, across from the Wayside Restaurant.

A major collection of state vehicles and equipment including dump trucks, plow trucks, pick-up trucks, police cruisers, fleet passenger vehicles, cargo vans, box trucks, boats, four wheelers, snow mobiles, kayaks, riding mowers, tools, tires, generators, miscellaneous parts and more will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

In addition to the auction, there will be a sales booth set up for surplus airport sharps. These include a selection of hand tools, hunting knives, pocket knives, pocket tools, and corkscrews.

Auction registration and vehicle previews will be held on Friday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and again on Auction Day, May 12 from 8 a.m. until finished.

“These auctions are designed for the state to recapture some of the funds invested in this equipment by taxpayers over the years,” he said. “Finding new homes for this equipment is a win-win for the state and countless communities, contractors and members of the public who have saved money by obtaining some valuable equipment and vehicles at auction prices. Vermont remains one of the last states in New England to host live auctions” said Lamos.

For more information and pictures of surplus equipment to be auctioned this weekend, visit the website

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