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City announces abandoned vehicle auction

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 New Orleans, La.- The city announces when it will hold its next abandoned vehicle auction. The following is a press release sent from the City of New Orleans on Monday.

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS TO HOLD ABANDONED VEHICLE AUCTION

On Thursday, April 11, 2013, the City of New Orleans Department of Public Works will hold its second abandoned vehicle auction for 2013. The auction, located at Almonaster Auto Pound, 10200 Almonaster Avenue, will begin at 9:00 a.m. Vehicle preview day and buyer registration is Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No one will be admitted after 3:30 p.m. for security reasons.

Since May 2010, the City of New Orleans has held 13 vehicle auctions, selling 1,315 abandoned cars and contributing over $870,631 to the City's General Fund.

As in prior auctions, the buyer will pay a $50 administrative fee which gets the buyer a notarized title at time of payment. This feature has been extremely well received by the public as the buyers no longer have to take all of the documentation to the Division of Motor Vehicles to apply for a new title. This process has proven that it saves the citizens time and streamlines their purchase.

The current auction will have 64 vehicles for sale, all of which have been discarded on neighborhood streets or left unclaimed by residents with excessive parking fines and fees.

Abandoned vehicles take up parking spaces needed for traffic circulation, contribute to a sense of neglect in neighborhoods, and can become junked harborages for rats and mosquitoes. To combat this quality of life nuisance, the City of New Orleans Department of Public Works has towed 3,132 vehicles in 2013.

Online Bidding: Introduced in March 2009, the City will continue use of its online bidding feature. Residents interested in online bidding need to register with Proxibid prior to the auction start time by visiting
http://www.brownsauction.com. The online bidding feature allows residents to preview and pre-bid on any vehicle prior to the live auction, get vehicle information online by entering the vehicle information number (VIN), and bid on vehicles from anywhere in the world as the auction proceeds live from the Almonaster Auto Pound.

All prospective buyers must register before viewing. A refundable $50 fee is required to view and/or bid on any vehicle during the auction. The fee will be applied to any purchase made or refunded if no purchase is made.

Brown's Auction Company from Lafayette, LA, is the State of Louisiana's licensed, authorized dealer and conducts auctions on all City of New Orleans equipment.

Individuals interested in purchasing a car are encouraged to pre-register today and to arrive early on Thursday as many cars sell within the first few minutes of the auction.

Quick Facts

  • All vehicle information is currently on Brown's Auction Web site, http://www.brownsauction.com .  Per the terms of the contract, the available vehicle list includes the VIN, make, model, and lien holder information. Any auction-related questions should be directed to Brown's Auction Company at (337) 457-4919.
  • The current auction will be advertised on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
  • Prior to the auction, attempts are made to contact the vehicle's owner or lien holder before the vehicles are added to the auction list. Vehicle owners or lien holders that pay all fines and fees are able to retrieve their vehicles prior to the auction.
  • Purchasing a vehicle
    • Cash or cashier's check required
    • Payment must be received on the day of the auction. If payment is not received, the purchased vehicle will be placed on the list for the next scheduled auction, the buyer's $50 deposit is forfeited and the bidder is barred from participation in future auctions.
    • A $50 administrative fee will be added for each purchased vehicle which gives the buyer a notarized title to that vehicle
  • City employees and relatives of City employees are forbidden from purchasing any vehicles at the auction.

 For more information, visit Brown's Auction Company's Web site at www.brownsauction.com

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