Abandoned Vehicle Auction

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CODE-INQUIRY: Abandoned Vehicle Auction

Abandoned vehicle auctions are held in order to sell abandoned vehicles that have been impounded and not claimed within 20 days.  It is a silent bid auction. Viewings for the vehicles are held the Friday and Monday before the bid opening on Tuesday.  At the viewings, bid forms are handed out to prospective bidders. The bid forms are to be filled out and returned to the Board of Public Works in a sealed envelope prior to the meeting. A notification is sent to the winners who will receive an application for title to be taken to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  Vehicles need to be removed within 5 business days of the award date.  After that date, a $15.00 daily storage fee is charged up to 15 days. At that time the bid will be automatically rescinded.

When is the next upcoming auction?

The next auction will have viewings on Friday, April 6, 2018, and Monday, April 9, 2018, from 3:45PM to 4:30PM at Paul’s Auto Yard, 201 W Sherwood, South Bend, Indiana. 

Sealed bids need to be turned in to the Board of Public Works by 9:30AM on April 10, 2018. 

Where and when are the bids reviewed?

The opening of the bids for the vehicles and the announcement of the winners occur during Board of Public Works meetings.

What City departments are involved in an Abandoned Vehicle Auction?

The Department of Code Enforcement and the Board of Public Works are involved.

How often to Abandoned Vehicle Auctions occur?

Auctions occur an average of twice a year.

How do I get more information on Abandoned Vehicle Auctions?

To obtain more information, please call 311.

For 311:

If specific questions or requests regarding the auction, please transfer to front office staff ext. 9486