NYS auctions off vehicles, equipment

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The state will be auctioning off surplus vehicles and equipment on Wednesday and Thursday.

The office of General Services is hosting the auction. On Wednesday, it was held at the Harriman State Office Building Campus. The auction included surplus vehicles, highway equipment and other property.

The money raised helps the state stay up-to-date with its equipment.

“Well, we do this for the state, and the state gets the money and they put it back into the fund to buy new equipment and new cars, so that’s pretty much what’s going to make it worthwhile to do that,” auction coordinator Paul Drinkwalter said.

Drinkwalter said a lot of work goes into a car auction before crowds come rushing in.

“We go through and start them up and see which ones run,” he explained. “Then we put stickers on the windows to ID them, so that everybody has an idea which particular car we’re auctioning off.”

When the heat rolls in and the hoods are popped, Drinkwalter said it can get tiring testing out car after car.

“You basically have to make sure there’s no importance left in the cars,” he said. “You have to make sure the keys work in the cars, the car starts, whether you can move it or can’t.”

Drinkwalter has been running car auctions for 42 years. He said the work makes him happy; just like the variety of cars, he said it is the variety of people that show up.

“Well, you don’t have to be a dealer,” he said. “Anybody is welcome to come and bid on them, and it’s just how the state of New York gets rid of their surplus vehicles.”

Thursday’s auction will start at 9:30 a.m. at the State Department of Transportation on Ninth Street in Waterford.

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