What is an Arizona Police Auction? Learn and Save Money!

April 9, 2010

So what happens when the police make an arrest?  Well, somebody usually goes to jail and, depending on the crime, so does all of their stuff!  What happens to case evidence when no one claims it?  And what happens to unclaimed luggage at the airport?Well, most of this stuff gets sold at an Arizona police auction!  The average person may not realize it, but police agencies, including local police departments, county sheriff departments, as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies end up with a lot of confiscated goods, lost items or abandoned property. These things end up in the agency’s possession as the result of arrests, forfeitures and carelessness on the part of the property owner.  Eventually, these items may end up at an Arizona police auction.Going to an Arizona police auction is like walking into the living room Christmas morning.  What are you going to get?  You never know until you get there!  At an Arizona police auction, you can find just about anything and it changes every time you go.  You don’t know what’s been confiscated.  You don’t know what has been stolen.  You don’t know what’s been left at the airport. You have no idea unless you show up and find out.Police auctions feature items from a multitude of places – a lot of government agencies, police departments – and can include items like cars, tools, electronics, jewelry, sporting goods and coins, commercial heavy equipment, real estate, antiques, guns and more.  For example, forfeited property is usually the result of drug arrests where it was determined that the seized property was either used in the commission of drug-related crimes, or was purchased with money that was received as the result of a drug-related crime.  Forfeited property can be anything from motorcycles and cars, to boats, airplanes and homes!When you bid on this type of property at an Arizona police auction you are agreeing to accept the item “As-Is.” “As-Is” means there is no warranty on the property and the bidder is responsible for removal from the auction location.  It also means that the bidder must rely on their own information to make bidding decisions – the bidder is responsible to inspect the property!  Most states have specific laws that deal with how police auctions are to be conducted. The agency conducting the police auction is usually required to publish a full description of the items that will be auctioned, as well as the date, time and location of the auction. The agency will also publish additional terms such as what types of payment they will accept, how long you have to remove the property from the auction site once you win the bid, plus legal disclaimers if there are any. This information is generally published in at least one major newspaper that serves the area within the law enforcement agency’s jurisdiction.Police auctions require that you register as a bidder and in most cases, you are allowed time to inspect the goods before the actual police auction begins. You should take advantage of this time because it is a very bad idea to bid on anything that you haven’t had time to inspect.  Once the auction starts, you simply bid on the items that you want. Have a budget in mind and don’t bid more than you’re willing to pay. It’s easy to get caught up in the bidding frenzy and end up paying far more than originally intended.Police auctions can be fun and save you a ton of money on great items like cars, electronics and real estate!