The preview and pre-registration period for the first government surplus auction of the year opens Wednesday, Feb. 26, through Friday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily on site at the same location as Saturday's auction, 4320 Stephanie Street, off East Flamingo Road near Dog Fancier's Park.
Saturday's sale starts at 8 a.m. and features about 300 vehicles and 420 lots of miscellaneous items used or acquired by area police departments, local cities, the state of Nevada, and other government agencies. Popular items to be sold include furniture, computers, bicycles, electronics and unclaimed property from McCarran International Airport's Lost and Found division. Anyone interested in participating on site at the auction must register as a bidder in person at the TNT Auction trailer set up on the lot. There is no cost to register. One unique item is a boat formerly used by the Southern Nevada Water Authority to collect water quality samples from Lake Mead. It comes equipped with two Chevy engines, air conditioning and a heater.
"The boat was in use since 1999 and is a pretty unique piece of equipment because of its size and power," said David Johnson, manager of the County's Automotive Services Division. "We encourage people to come to the preview period so they can preregister and beat any lines they may encounter on Saturday at the registration trailer."
Clark County contracts with TNT Auction to manage the surplus sales three times a year. Catalogs listing vehicles and miscellaneous items being sold are posted on TNT's website at www.tntauction.com. Many items are moved to the auction site in advance of the sale and can be looked at during the preview period. Interested buyers can sit in vehicles and ask for them to be started up during the preview period.
Upon winning a bid on auction day, payment is due in the form of cash, cashier's checks, credit cards, debit cards, traveler's checks or money orders. YouTube videos in English and Spanish are posted on the County's website at ClarkCountyNV.gov to walk interested participants through the process. Miscellaneous items are sold during a live, separate auction that is conducted at the same time as the vehicle auction. An exception for on-site registration is if you plan to participate in the online portion of the vehicle auction, which is conducted at the same time as the on-site vehicle auction. Anyone who plans to bid for vehicles online must register in advance of the sale online through TNT's website. If you register online for the vehicle auction, you must bid online.
Auctions also will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, and Saturday, Nov. 21, at the same Stephanie Street location. In 2019 the auctions raised $5.8 million for participating governmental entities, including $3.2 million for Clark County agencies. Each auction drew an average of 1,800 bidders.