Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa DOT vehicle auction Nov. 10

Posted on: October 26, 2012

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 26, 2012 – Nearly 300 vehicles and pieces of equipment will be sold by the Iowa Department of Transportation at an auction Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. 

Photos of some of the items up for auction have been posted on the Iowa DOT’s website at A more complete listing of items can also be found on this site, along with a form to request an auction handbill via email.

The sale will be held at the Iowa DOT’s auction lot, located at South Fourth Street and Oak Avenue in Ames. Vehicles and equipment to be sold are from the Iowa DOT, Iowa State University, cities and counties. 

Cars to be sold include Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Crown Victoria, Chevrolet Impala and Ford Fusion sedans. 

Minivans that will be auctioned include Dodge Grand Caravans and Chevrolet Ventures.

One vehicle of note in this auction is a 1986 Winnebago motor home on a Ford E350 chassis that had been used as a mobile communications center.

Pickups to be sold include Chevrolet S10, 1500s, 2500s, C3500s, Silverados and Colorados; Dodge Ram 150, 1500s and BR1500s; Ford Rangers, F250s and F350s; and GMC Sonomas and Sierras. 

Trucks to be sold include single- and tandem-axle International 4700s and 4900s, an International 1954, a GMC RX8500 dump truck and Sterling LT7500 tandem with a dump box. 

Other equipment includes a Vermeer tree spade and Vermeer stump grinder, tires, toolboxes, mowers, chainsaws, trailers, brush cutters, snowplows, a 1997 Clark forklift and much more. 

The auction items may be inspected at the sale site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 and from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Nov. 10. All items are sold “as is” with no warranties or guarantees. When needed, “in transit” paper license plates will be furnished by the Iowa DOT after final settlement has been made. 

Bidders must be at least 18 years of age and will be assigned a permanent bid number that must be displayed when purchasing an item. Persons who already have permanent bid numbers should bring those numbers to the auction. 

Each successful bidder must furnish a $200 deposit for each vehicle that is not paid for in full on the day of the sale. Payment can be made with cash, personal or company check, traveler's check, postal money order, cashier's check or bank draft. The Iowa DOT reserves the right to request certified funds. Political subdivisions can use requisitions or purchase orders. 

Buyers are encouraged to make final settlements on the day of the sale, which are due no later than 3 p.m. Nov. 16. 

Lynch Auction Co. of Boone will conduct the sale. Coffee, sandwiches and cold drinks will be available at the auction site.


Contact: Mike Holl at 515-239-1576 or

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