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January 31 10:54 AM

U.S. Marshal adds seized Mercedes to City of Bossier and Caddo Sheriff’s auction

A large multi-jurisdictional government surplus vehicle and equipment auction has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, consisting of over 150 vehicles and lots of surplus equipment.

The City of Bossier City, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, the United States Marshal’s Service, and the U. S. Bankruptcy Court along with other various businesses and individuals have commissioned Lawler Auction Company to auction off the assets to the highest bidder, according to Lawler Auctions project manager David Doiron.

“This auction consists of just about anything and everything that you can imagine,” said Doiron. “We’ve got motor homes, passenger cars, SUVs, ATVs, office equipment, furniture, a modular office building, restaurant equipment, computers and all kinds of stuff.”

Many of the vehicles being auctioned off include retired cars, trucks and vans from the City of Bossier City and the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to auctioneer Danny Lawler. However, the auction also includes seized vehicles from the United States Marshal’s Service as well as vehicles consigned by private parties.

Doiron said there were already over 140 vehicles consigned to the auction as of Tuesday, and they expect well over 160 vehicles to be included in the auction by Thursday afternoon.

So who is allowed to bid at these auctions?

“Anyone with cash and a driv er’s license is welcome to participate in our public auctions,” said Doiron. “Our auctions are always open to the public, and you never need a dealer’s license to participate in our auctions” Lawler Auctions has scheduled a preview and inspection time for Friday, Jan. 31, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. where bidders can get an up close look at what will be available for Saturday’s auction.

The bidding will start at 10 a.m.

CST on Saturday, said Lawler, and they will continue until all the items are sold.

Lawler Auctions is also offering absentee bidding online via prebidding or by using their new webcast live Internet bidding platform, where bidders can actually hear and see the auction live from their computer screens using a broadband connection.

Although patrons attending auctions at the Lawler Auction Facility enjoy a climate-controlled heated and cooled auction building already, now bidders will be able to register in advance and participate in the auction by an Internet connection.

“Our bidders who register for the auction in advance will be able to bid online using their computer from the comfort of their home or office,” said Elizabeth Morace, who manages the new webcast auction services offered by Lawler Auctions. “You should be able to hear and see the auction live and place your bids over the computer in real time.”

Lawler said it’s always better to be at the auction. “We have to pass along a 5 percent convenience fee for placing Internet bids; however, our Internet bidding has become extremely popular. People who don’t wish to come out can watch a football game on their TV and place bids in the auction online at the same time, so needless to say, we have many bidders who choose to do their bidding that way.”

All of the assets being sold in the auctions are sold “as is” without warranties so Lawler encourages prospective buyers to come out and inspect the vehicles and equipment up close before placing a bid.

For more information about the auction, click on www.lawlerauction.com or call (318) 929-7003.

The Lawler Auction Facility is located north of Shreveport at 7781 Highway 1 North, Shreveport, La.

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