Police Auctions in Australia

Police auctions are held to dispose of vehicles and surplus/obsolete equipment. They are also held for such things as recovered items, unclaimed or stolen goods, seized items and much more.

The Police departments own equipment, such as cars, communication equipment, cameras and more that ends up at auction. The equipment is generally well maintained, having strict maintenance schedules, although they may not receive the T.L.C that a private owner/operator would give.

Ex-police interceptors/highway patrol vehicles have an almost cult like following that makes them popular at auction, one reason for their popularity is that the vehicles often have increased performance specifications, such as better suspension, higher engine output, more robust drive-train etc. There are also a lot of other vehicles types, like divisional vans, trucks, buses and plain standard vehicles that go up for sale. Most of this equipment/vehicles will end up at ex-government auctioneers such as Pickles and Manheim.

Police seized and unclaimed goods auctions are a place to find diverse array of various property, which may be proceeds of crime, unclaimed goods, seized goods and so on. Commonly seen items at these sales include things like:

  • Sporting equipment
  • Motor vehicles
  • Auto accessories
  • Furniture
  • Electrical goods
  • TV’s, video/DVD, stereo, CD players etc.
  • PlayStations, Xbox and game consoles
  • Mobile Phones (usually lots and lots of phones…)
  • Jewelry (again, usually there is lot of it..)
  • Power tools and equipment
  • Bikes of all types

Police Auctions are not generally run by the Police station itself, the auction will be handled by a third party auctioneer in many cases. Notices for these auctions can usually be found in the Saturday edition of the major news paper in your region. Also see (hat tip to the comment from Henson):

WA Police Auctions see: Ross’s Auctioneers & Valuers

NSW Police Auctions see: Pickles and Manheims auction centers

VIC see Breen Auction Group, vehicles are sold via Manheim, jewellery via Leonard Joel, online auctions via Grays Online

QLD Police Auctions see the Public Trustee and Slattery Auctions in Brisbane and Lloyd Auctions on the Gold Coast.

If you know of other destinations, or have experiences to share, please pop them in the comments section below….

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9 replies to “Police Auctions in Australia

  1. JD

    In Queensland also check the Public Trustee who auction off gov surplus and often have ex-police equipment and unclaimed goods

  2. Sam G Brisbane

    Most police seized goods, recovered goods and proceeds of crime are disposed of by third party auction rooms. In Australia always keep an eye on your local paper classifieds, unlike the US where some police stations will hold their own auctions.

  3. Brayden

    When’s the next
    One is Brisbane ?

  4. mick f

    looking for up incoming car auctions

  5. Henson

    Police and Sheriff seized goods auctions:

    In Victoria check out the Department of Justice website which says chattels are sold via Breen Auction Group, vehicles are sold via Manheim, jewellery is sold via Leonard Joel, internet auctions are conducted via Grays Online.

    In WA it’s Ross’s Auctioneers & Valuers.

    In QLD it’s the Public Trustee.

    Not sure about other states…

  6. Frank


    Where are the police car auctions in Sydney?

  7. Rodney (Post Author)

    @ Frank – in Newcastle I believe it’s Pickles auctions and for Sydney I believe they go through Manheim, see the auction center details here

  8. Josh

    Breen – Registration fee is so unreasonable…

    A $250 (CASH ONLY – NO EFTPOS/CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION) Registration Fee applies to the sale, fully refundable if no purchases are made

  9. Adele Klingberg

    Hi, im wondering if there is a CAR auction coming up in Dec 2013 or at the start of Jan 2014?

    Also anyone who has bought a car in the past, could you leave a comment or any advice about the auctions. Thank you from adele

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