Near the NMS-North HQ is the Norfolk Naval Base, and once a quarter they just HAVE to get rid of any automobiles that have been abandoned. They do this by selling these vehicles "as is" in a live auction. If nothing else, I'm a sucker for free entertainment, and it's always fun to hear the auctioneer and see how the crowd reacts to various trucks, cars, sometimes a trailer, or even a boat. There is no reserve on these vehicles, and I've seen them go for as low as 50 bucks, and some of them don't even sell at that price. If you are handy, and have your own truck and trailer, you could probably buy any of these for 50 bucks and at least get your money back by selling it to a junk yard or your local Pick-N-Pull type place.
The other fun part is the fantasy of actually buying a car at a huge bargain. So far I've only bought the one Mustang at a bargain, but until we get it running (hopefully next weekend), it's not quite in the "huge" category as far as bargains go. So far it's in the "could just about break even by junking it as is right now if I had to but who who wants to do that" category. With a few fuel pump arriving soon, we'll see if it fires up soon.
Back to the auction! We'll take a guess at the selling price before the auction on Wednesday, and then report later on how well we did. At the last auction we had a bad hair day and were off on more than we go right, so maybe we can do a little better this time.
Here's the list of vehicles from the auctioneer, Gene Daniels Gene Daniels Auctions The auction is open to military ID card holders only. I think the top sellers will be the Toyota Tacoma, a Dodge Ram, and a 2007 Mustang GT. Some car brands for sale that you can't buy new anymore include Isuzu, Saturn, and Oldsmobile. Marks that start getting into the luxury crowd include an Acura TL and a Lexus. Most unusual vehicles in this auction are some small school buses, so there's something for everyone!
Heck, maybe it's really great, let's get things rolling here and estimate it selling at:
Looking a bit, um, rough.
Plus, on the negative side, there are some other Jeeps, and some sweet looking other pickups in this sale.
I'm going to say it's not a hot seller, but someone will take it home for:
The tail gate was missing the top piece of trim, but other than that seems to be in reasonable shape. Tires weren't very old either.
Hard to say, but let's go with:
Was the engine underwater?
Heck, let's back off that estimate to:
Uh, boy is that out of focus!
Let's just throw out:
Hmmm, front bumper and paint looking rough, passenger mirror not in good shape.
I don't feel the love for these, so let's just say someone will scrap it, so it will sell for: