The City of New York auctions vehicles and property under certain circumstances. These auctions are conducted by the New York City Sheriff’s Office and the city marshals.
The City of New York will auction vehicles that have been seized or abandoned.
The vehicle’s owner must pay all tickets that are in judgment, plus penalties and interest, to redeem the vehicle. Vehicles are sold at auction if they are not redeemed within 10 business days of being towed.
Proceeds from the auction, after expenses, are used to pay the judgment debt. All vehicles are sold "as is” and the purchaser must pick them up where they are located.
The Sheriff may sell real or personal property to satisfy an unpaid judgment. This is known as a “private asset auction.”
Auction dates are advertised in New York City newspapers and posted in each county's Sheriff's and county clerk offices. The money from the auction goes to the creditor.
Bidders and purchasers must be at least 18 years old.
Bidders must be prepared to pay for any vehicle they purchase as soon as they make the winning (highest) bid. Payments must be made in cash. Anyone not prepared to pay immediately should not bid.
The Department of Finance and the Sheriff’s Office make no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the year of any vehicle or any vehicle's quality or state of repair.
The Sheriff makes no representations on the functionality, safety, or recall status of the vehicles auctioned. Potential purchasers are strongly encouraged to conduct their own research, such as a VIN search, on any vehicles they wish to bid on.
Purchasers have no legal recourse against the City, including the Department of Finance, the Sheriff’s Office, and the auctioneer.
The price of a vehicle will not be changed after sale due to the vehicle's condition.
Yes, in some cases, vehicles with liens are sold at auction. Purchasers buy the right, title, and interest to a vehicle, subject to any and all recorded liens. A vehicle subject to a lien remains subject to the lien after sale. Any vehicle with a lien may be subject to repossession by the lien holder. The Sheriff is not responsible for notifying bidders about liens on vehicles.
Purchasers are not responsible for any outstanding parking tickets that were issued to the former registered owner of the vehicle.