How do you find police auctions of seized cars?


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Find police auctions of seized cars online on the official United States government website at USA.gov, and search by vehicle model and location. CarsDirect suggests calling local police departments to find out when and where seized vehicle auctions are taking place to shop for cars in person.

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The sales section of the U.S. government website has listings of all recently seized property ranging from clothing to jewelry and cars. Enter a ZIP code or state into the search bar to find seized cars in a specific neighborhood.

Government auction sites list information about when and where physical car auctions take place, according to CarsDirect. To find listings for seized cars in one particular area, contact the county police department, and ask for information about impounded vehicle sales. These cars typically sit in towing lots and may need extra maintenance.

Police departments seize vehicles when a driver fails to claim a vehicle after police tow it, according to the Scottsdale Police Department. Towing may occur in DUI cases or in the event of another type of crime. To get a car back after the police impound it, the owner needs to provide proof of ownership and identification. Failure to provide the information within the required number of days results in seizure of the vehicle, which is then sold at a police auction along with any items left inside the car.

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