GovDeals.com is kind of like E-bay in the sense that it's an online auction, but the items for sale are surplus or confiscated items, being sold by government agencies. Boats, cars and many other items are for sale on govdeals.com. The company has been around for nearly a decade; currently 72 counties in North Carolina participate. "Once an item like a vehicle has been declared a surplus item by the county commissioners, then it does go to auction,” explained Mark Boyer. In New Hanover County, the money collected from these auctions goes back into the county's general fund. Anyone can bid, but only government agencies can sell. The items aren't in mint condition, but that doesn't mean they're not useful. Many of the vehicles up for auction used to belong to the Sheriff's Office. Now the cars about ten years old and have about one hundred thousand miles on them, so they're not good patrol cars, but they would make a great vehicle for mom and pop to just drive around town. "We service them every 5,000 miles, they meet certain criteria, when they meet that criteria, we take them out of service,” said NHC Vehicle Supervisor Tom Wilkinson. Boyer stated, "It's beneficial for people who are looking for a good deal, it also benefits the county and in the long run the taxpayer." New Hanover County has made about $100,000 through GovDeals.com. They have auctions twice a year. Their current auction ends October twelfth. Brunswick and Onslow have auctions going on right now too. It's free to join GovDeals.com, just make sure you have a valid e-mail and home address.
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