Auctions making more cash

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's annual auction won't be as big as in the past, but officials say they are making more money by selling used and confiscated cars on the Internet.

With the vehicles getting disposed of in a different manner, today's auction will only feature old furniture and office equipment, which should sell for about $15,000, Accounting Director Pete Frank said.

Last year's half million total was almost all from vehicles, he said. Only about $23,000 came from furniture.

According to Michael Lindsey, director of the county's fleet management office, eBay sales have brought in $233,082 for 45 vehicles, whereas last October's auction brought in $500,000 for about 250. Lindsey said the county is taking in about 50 percent more per vehicle online.

"Because we're reaching a much broader audience, we're getting a higher price for the vehicles," he said. "It's going fantastic."

On eBay, all of the feedback has been positive, and Lindsey said he's sold equipment to people as far away as Oklahoma.

In the past, the county has hauled all of the old furniture and equipment from storage units to the fleet management department, but because the cars aren't included, the auction will be held at the storage units.

The calling will begin at 9 a.m. at a Buford facility at 2334 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Once that equipment is sold, the auction will continue at the Gwinnett County Central Services Building at 455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville.

Although he said the used office furniture market is flooded now, Frank said he didn't expect the lack of vehicles to cause a drop in furniture prices. The two did not bring the same audience to the auction, he said.

Despite eBay's success, Lindsey said the fleet department would once again get involved in the auctions. In the scheduled March event, more complicated merchandise such as construction equipment and ambulances would be on the market.

Payment for purchases must be cash, cashiers check, or check accompanied by bank letter of guarantee. For more information, call Wayne Evans Auction Company at 800-282-8460 or go to www.weaci.com.

n What: Gwinnett County surplus auction

•When: 9 a.m. today

•Where: Bidding will begin at a storage facility at 2334 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Buford and will continue at the Gwinnett County Central Services Building at 455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville.