Monday, December 5, 2016

Play the Abandoned Auto Auction Game!

According to the NMS schedule page there is one more abandoned auto auction coming up at the Norfolk Naval Base on December 7th. Just a coincidence that this is on Pearl Harbor Day I'm sure. Yes sir, 35 fine fine fine automobiles being sold AS IS, WHERE IS! I'm planning to attend the auction during my lunch break that day, so it should be some fun and cheap entertainment as long as I don't bid on any cars! Since I've still got that non-running 2000 Mustang from the summer auction sitting in my garage and taking up space, it would not be prudent or helpful to my marriage to come home with another fixer-upper any time soon!

A quick glance at the cars up for sale show the usual mix of beat up and some wrecked sedans, some full size pickup trucks, and a couple of more interesting vehicles. A 2011 Toyota Yaris looks like it's in really good shape if you need a little car. There is also a 1988 Nissan 300Z that looks to need a lot of work, but just might be a bargain, or be a parts car for your Nissan collection. There is a Saab up for grabs for about the 3rd auction in a row, still looking for a buyer.

Here's some photos from the preview on Monday, and my estimate of auction selling price Wednesday:

2003 Nissan Titan

This looked to be in pretty good shape, a little worn on the inside as you might expect from a 13 year old truck.

Lots of cool stickers on the rear window too!

Estimate: Sells for $2,000
2005 VW Jetta

It's a VW

It's a Jetta

No noticeable damage

Estimate: Let's go with $850
1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue

Wow, a  brand they don't make anymore.

How Intriguing is that?

Not very!

No clue on value, maybe some will buy it.

Estimate: $200
1998 Saturn SL

Well Gooooooo--Leeeeyyyyy!

Another brand they don't make anymore.

And it's 18 years old, old enough to vote!

Man, tough to guess, lots of kinda blah cars.

Estimate: Maybe $300

2003 Pontiac Grand Am

Three in a row, another car  brand they don't make!
Pontiac used to be pretty cool.

Grand Ams were pretty cool long ago.
Red cars are cool.

Estimate: $250, not so hot.
1992 Mitsubishi 3000 GT

I'm thinking I saw this at the auction a few months ago, but not quite certain.

Unique "paint job" on the hood.

Looks kind of rough. It's old.

Estimate: Another $300 special.

2007 Ford 500

I'm still convinced that at some point the Ford people that named their cars were crazy, causing confusion about the Taurus, the 500, Taurus 500, and whatever else they came up with!

Looks like a full size, not so old car, in reasonable shape.

Estimate: $1,800
1998 Chevy S10

Ye Olde Small Pick-Em-Up truck from the 20th century!

Another truck I didn't check out much, but hey, it's got a tree air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror, so that counts for something.

Estimate: $275
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Hey Eclipses are cool.

Convertibles are definitely cool.

The car looks to be in pretty good condition.

Hmmmmmm. 13 years old.

Estimate: $1500

1990 Chevy Impala


They still make Chevrolets!
Chevy still makes Impalas!

They don't make 'em like this anymore, and they never made them with wheels this big.

Estimate: Go Big or go Home: $2,000
1988 Plymouth Sundance

Oh brother here we go again.

Plymouth? Out of business

Sundance? Ohhh, kind of an  updated Duster (like the 75 Duster we drove in high school)
On the other hand, I had no issues with a Plymouth Voyager mini van, and a Plymouth Neon too.

Estimate: $300
1995 Ford F250

Ford still makes the F150, F250, etc.

There are even more big trucks in this auction, so this one might sell a bit lower than you'd think, unless an entire posse of big truck lovers shows up on Wednesday for the auction.

Estimate: $1,750
1996 Acura Integra

Some Acura Integras are cool.

Some are fun to drive.

This. Is. A. Pile,  of Parts.

Estimate: No Sale
2003 Dodge Ram

Judging by the outside condition, and the couple of other guys checking this thing out, I think this big Ram is going to go big.

Estimate: $4,500
1995 Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep brand is still going strong, and basically keep FIAT alive business wise.

Shoot, this one even has cool lights and extra battle damage built in, so you know it's been used.

But maybe too much.

Estimate: $300
1993 Geo Storm

Thunderbolt and Lightning!

Very Very Frightening Me.

Missing window.

It's a GEO METRO for cryin' out loud!

Estimate: No Sale
1994 Ford F150

That's not an aluminum truck boys and girls.

This is all about 'MERICA! right here!

The tool box looks brand new!

The bed is in great shape.

It's a big honkin' TRUCK

Estimate: GO BIG: $4,000

1979 Ford F150
See comments on previous truck and same selling price!

1988 Mercury Cougar

Mercury: Not any more

Cougar: Sometimes it was like a Mustang, and other times it wasn't.

This one: Not even close to a Mustang, and it's from the 80s.

Estimate: Uhhhh, no idea: $500
2007 Saturn Ion

OK, a second Saturn in this auction, this should REALLY bring out the Saturn fans! If there are any.

Saturn had a cool marketing scheme when they came out, they claimed there was no haggling and that you just paid the listed price.
They're out of business now, so we're stuck haggling.

Estimate: $400


2002 Nissan Pathfinder

As auctioneers might tell you, "The rear end is in GREAT shape!"

Estimate: $125

2003 Ford Taurus

OK, I have to admit that I bought a new 2003 Taurus in this color. In 2003. In America.

No, I don't know why.

A year later I traded it in on a 2004 Mustang GT Convertible, and that's about as cool as it gets in my house!

Estimate: $600

1998 Cadillac DeVille

It's a CADDY!

You could drive it to the Caddy Shack!

Or not.

Estimate: $800

2003 Chevrolet S10

A second Chevy S10.

In exciting tan color!


Estimate: No sale

2002 Mitsubishi Lancer

Well well well.

What do we have here?

A yellow car.

I do not like yellow cars.

Yellow trucks? They're OK!

Estimate: $200 for scrap

2000  Honda Civic

Honda makes great, dependable, reliable, automobiles.

They've been making the Civic foreEVER, which translates to about the early 1970s, you know, back before there was electricity.

Estimate: $400

1996 Acura TL

Sorry I didn't really look at this, but hey, it's an Acura. And Acura is for people that think Hondas are too cheap!

No idea, seriously, the Acura TL has a great reputation.

Estimate:  $1,400
2011 Toyota Yaris

Other than the big honkin' trucks in this auction, this one might be the highest priced seller, because it certainly looked to be in the best shape.

It's bright red, small, and cute. The interior looked like it was still in good shape, and the exterior all looked undamaged.

Estimate:  $4,000

1997 Saab 900

Here it is again, for about the third auction in a row, this same 97 Saab that has not sold! You can see some front end damage, and the right rear tiny window is missing.

But Saabs were always so cool, but then again they went out of business.

Estimate: No Sale = Three in a row.


2004 Cadillac DeVille
Man, a second Caddy
Estimate: $3,000

1988 Nissan 300ZX

I was pretty excited to see an old Z car listed in the auction, and HERE IT IS!

There is a collection of wheels and tires on the inside, but if I'm not mistaken, that's not exactly where they usually go.

Maybe you need a parts car for your 88 Z collection?

Estimate: $500
1997 Toyota Corolla

Sorry I didn't check this one out much at all either.

On the positive side, it still has a license plate!

Estimate: $4,000
2000 Cadillac DeVille

Yes, Caddy #3, "gleaming in the sun, there to greet a workin' man when his day is done", as Bruce Springsteen sang in his song Cadillac Ranch.

Estimate: $2,100

Last, but not least, check out this fine

2002 Mazda B3000 Pick Up Truck!

Notice how the cab sits about a foot out of line with the bed back there?

Huh. I wonder how that happened.

Oh well, let's walk around the other side...

Oh, there was a bit of damage into the passenger side of the cab, and now the cab is about a foot farther to the left then it should be!

On the other hand, this era of Mazda trucks and Ford Rangers are nearly unstoppable, at least judging by the guys I've talked to that owned one and are still driving them today.

However, all good things must come to an end, and maybe this truck has reached that point.

Estimate: No sale.

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