One more live auction before county turns to eBay

LAWRENCEVILLE - On Saturday, citizens can come out for what may be the last live auction in Gwinnett County history.

Soon, the county will turn to the World Wide Web to peddle its wares on the Internet auction site eBay.

To prepare for cyberspace, officials are holding an abbreviated auction this weekend.

According to KellyAnn Davis of the county's fleet management department, the amount of equipment for sale is much smaller than the annual October auction, but it will help give officials an idea of how to set minimum sale prices on eBay and how much to expect.

On the auction block are a number of Chevy Luminas and Impalas as well as Ford Tauruses, as well as a generator and some John Deeres.

Davis said most of the 107 pieces of equipment are vehicles retired by the county because of age and mileage or cars confiscated by the police.

The auction will also help create room for new cars, as the county is preparing to purchase a number of vehicles as part of its annual replacement package.

Last week, when commissioners approved the eBay option, Chairman Charles Bannister said the county wanted to try the Internet to see if it would yield even more money.

"If this can increase the return on our investment when we dispose of old vehicles and other equipment, I'm all for it," he said.

Davis said the annual auction could come back if eBay doesn't work.

"We're still researching if the best way is to put it up on eBay," she said. "Ultimately you want to make the same amount of money."

The auction will take place at the County Fleet Management facility at 620 Swanson Drive in Lawrenceville. Prospective bidders can preview the items from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and on auction day from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The auction begins Saturday at 10 a.m.

Payment for purchases must be cash, cashier's check or a check accompanied by a bank guarantee. County employees will not receive preferential treatment. Questions about the items or the auction itself should be directed to Wayne Evans Auction Company Inc. at 1-800-282-8460 or www.weaci.com.