City plans to auction off abandoned vehicles

City plans to auction off abandoned vehicles
Source: City of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The city of New Orleans Department of Public Works will hold an abandoned vehicle auction on Tuesday, November 29.

The auction, Located at Almonaster Auto Pound on 10200 Almonaster Ave., begins at 9 a.m. Vehicle preview day and buyer registration will be Monday, November 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The city wants to auction 63 vehicles. All of them were discarded on neighborhood streets or left unclaimed by residents with excessive parking fines and fees.

The city of New Orleans has held 31 vehicle auctions since May of 2010. It sold 3,055 abandoned vehicles, which contributed over $2 million to the city's general fund.

The buyer pays a $50 administrative fee to obtain a notarized title at the time of payment. The feature allows the buyer to skip bringing the documentation to the Division of Motor Vehicles to apply for a new title.

Quick Facts:

All vehicle information is currently on Brown's Auction Web site, 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 Friday, November 25.

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.

Residents can also bid online at Brown's auction Company of Lafayette is the State of Louisiana's Licensed, authorized dealer and conducts auctions on all City of New Orleans equipment.

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