12 October 2021

Wagga Wagga's abandoned cars will be sold to the highest bidders

| Katrina Condie
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Ken Astrup with abandoned vehicles

Wagga Wagga City Council ranger Ken Astrup with some of the vehicles that will soon to be sold to the higher bidder. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

If you’ve been on the hunt for a cheap, secondhand car, a cheeky auction bid could see you driving away in a new set of wheels thanks to Wagga Wagga City Council.

Council has accumulated 14 vehicles in its impound yard during the past 12 months and the time has come to move them on.

A variety of vehicles – ranging from small cars and hatchbacks to station wagons and large sedans – are available, with expressions of interest (EOI) invited this week and next week.

Council’s environment and regulatory services manager, Mark Gardiner, said it’s time for anyone after a cheap car to make him an offer he can’t refuse.

“People can make an offer on the vehicle they are interested in, and if that offer is the highest at the end of the EOI period, the car is sold to that person,” he said.

All cars are unregistered, have clear titles – meaning they’re not under finance – and come with a bill of sale certificate.

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“All the cars are listed on council’s website, along with the EOI form,” said Mr Gardiner.

“There is also the opportunity to view the cars firsthand during one of the viewing times in the next two weeks.

“If you are still interested after having a look, then submit your offer.”

While the buying process is simple, purchasers will need to arrange transport to take their vehicles home as they do not come with keys.

“It is encouraged that potential purchasers wanting to register a vehicle, organise a mechanical check prior to sale,” said Mr Gardiner.

Any car or vehicle that has been deemed to be abandoned or unregistered, and parked on council-controlled land, including roads and parks, may be removed and impounded by council before being sold.

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A currently registered vehicle can be parked on a road for two months before it can be declared to be abandoned.

If a vehicle is currently registered to an address in close proximity, it will not be declared abandoned.

Expressions of interest from potential buyers for the cars for sale by Wagga Wagga City Council are open until 5 pm on Monday, 25 October, 2021.

Vehicles can be viewed from 3 pm to 5 pm on Wednesday, 13 October; Friday, 15 October; Monday, 18 October; Wednesday, 20 October; and Friday, 22 October in the precinct of the Glenfield Road Animal Shelter.

For more information, visit Wagga Wagga City Council.

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Thomas Barnes11:54 pm 12 Oct 21

How can you check out the mechanical side of the vehicles if they do not have keys. Bloody dumb if you adk me

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