The preview and pre-registration period for the spring government surplus auction is Wednesday, May 8, through Friday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 27, 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 304 vehicles and 580 lots of miscellaneous items used or acquired by area police departments, local cities, the state of Nevada, Clark County School District 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. Saturday's auction has 16 hybrid SUVs for sale (mostly Ford Escapes) and 28 hybrid sedans including Hondas, Toyotas and Chevys. Most of the hybrids have 50,000 to 100,000 miles on them. Additionally, the Public Administrator is selling a 1960 Thunderbird and 1976 Chevy Step side pickup, and a 2008 Saturn Sky Turbo as part of some estate sales it is managing. The Thunderbird and pickup don't run. All the vehicles sold at the auction are purchased in as-is condition.
"Vehicles, in particular, tend to be very popular items at our auctions," said David Johnson, manager of Clark County's Automotive Division, which oversees the sales. "If you visit the lot during the preview period you can sit in the vehicles and you can start them up."
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. Participants are encouraged to register in advance during the preview period so they don't miss any action on auction day. Payment is expected upon winning a bid. Cash, credit cards, debit cards, cashier's checks, traveler's checks and money orders are accepted.
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. Clark County has an instructional video in English and Spanish posted on its website at ClarkCountyNV.gov and on YouTube to show people how the registration, bidding and payment process works. The vehicle auction is conducted online and on site at the same time. 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. Miscellaneous items are sold on site only during a live, separate auction that occurs at the same time as the vehicle auction.
Auctions also will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, and Saturday, Nov. 23, at the same Stephanie Street location. In 2018 the auctions raised $6.9 million for participating governmental entities, including $4.4 million for Clark County agencies. Each auction drew an average of 1,927 bidders.