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Public Sales

After property is held for a period of time to allow eligible organizations an opportunity to purchase it, it is sold to the public. Items are sold through public auctions, held three times each year, or online sales.

The items are very diverse - automobiles, boats, tools, trailers, computers, office equipment, furniture and much more.

The auctions are held at the Surplus Property Division warehouse in Montgomery.


To be notified of upcoming auctions by email, get on the email notification list. Send an email to to be added.



For more information on public sales, please see the following sections:



4590 Mobile Highway in Montgomery

 Click here for printable directions to our warehouses 


Terms and Conditions

Please read all of the following sections regarding public sales auctions:



The auction begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and continues until the last lot is sold.  All property is sold "as is, where is" with no warranties or guarantees as to its condition or utility.

Property can be viewed two days prior to the auction and the morning of the auction.

A picture ID and social security number or federal ID number are required to sign up as a bidder.

Note: If bidding on a vehicle, you need to register in the  name that the title will be issued in.



All lots are sold to the highest bidder. Do not bid and then claim a mistake was made. There will be no rebids. Know what you are bidding on before entering a bid. Three people verify the bidder number and price bid on every lot.


High Bidder:

The high bidder must come to the table next to auctioneer to pick up the bid ticket(s). Show your bidder’s number and state lot number of each lot on which you were the high bidder. Take the bid ticket to cashier to pay for the lot and obtain a Bill of Sale.



Cashiers are located in the cashier's booth next to registration. Payment may be made by cash, cashier’s check or company or personal check if accompanied by a bank Letter of Credit. The letter must specify the amount of credit and period of validity. If no period is specified it will be assumed to be good only for the date of the letter.

We accept credit cards. There is a convenience fee on credit card purchases.

Payment must be made within 48 hours of the sale. Anyone not paying will be barred.


Removal of Property:

Loading of property is the responsibility of the bidder. Show the gate guard your Bill of Sale before exiting. No outside property can be removed until the last outside lot is sold. All property must be removed within seven days of auction date except for off-site property, which must be removed within 15 days.



All bidders wishing to resale their property must take it off the premises to do so.


Unpaid Lots:

All lots remaining unpaid by the close of business on the Friday following the auction will be sold the following Monday and Tuesday for the bid price on a “first come first paid” basis. You need not be a registered bidder to purchase an unpaid lot, however, the payment rules in the above "payment" section apply.


Vehicle Titles:

Titles to all vehicles located on site will be issued at time of payment. Titles for off-site vehicles will be at vehicle location. The name on the title must agree with the name on Bidder Registration Form (no exceptions). 

Requests for replacement titles will cost $65.00.


For a printable PDF version of the above "Terms and Conditions," click here.


Online Auctions

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