Buying a quality government owned vehicle has never been easier! State &
Local Governments across Australia must dispose of over 100,000 vehicles every
year. These vehicles are available to all members of the public and are not
limited to dealers or trade buyers.
The first step in assisting you to purchase at auction is visiting this site.
Here you can perform a detailed search for the exact vehicle you are looking
for, or simply choose from a complete catalogue for the upcoming Government
Vehicle Auction at your local Auction Complex.
If you are unfamiliar with the auction process, we suggest attending your local
auction house as an observer to get a feel for the way an auction is conducted.
This way, when you are ready to buy, you will feel comfortable in the auction
environment. - It’s also a good way of getting an idea of the types of prices
vehicles are selling at.
Vehicles are on display prior to auction day, Tuesdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm and
Wednesday from 8:00am.
Alternatively, you can also attend some of our regional sites every weekend and
buy before auction at a pre-auction price. To see which Government Auction
locations offer weekend pre-auction sales, click on the Pre-Auction Sales tab
How to Register
To be able to purchase a vehicle at auction, you must complete a buyer’s
registration card and produce your valid Australian Driver’s Licence with your
current address. If you are purchasing a vehicle on behalf of another person,
you must supply their date of birth. If you are purchasing a vehicle for
business purposes you must supply an ABN number. The Registration Form enables
us to issue you with a Bidder Number for this auction, which is valid for the
duration of the day’s auction sale.
At the Auction
All vehicles will be lined up in our auction complex, selling in Lot Number
order. At the beginning of the auction, the auctioneer will announce the terms
and conditions under which the sale will take place.
Each lot is sold as a separate unit and is sold in numerical order. All vehicles
have a Reserve Price set by the vendor (government or statutory authority) and
the auctioneer will call for a starting bid. The bid usually rises in
increments of $500, $250, $200 or $100 – no less. To bid, raise your bidder’s
card in the air in full view of the auctioneer or his “spotters” until you have
been acknowledged by the auctioneer. From this point, continue bidding as you
see fit as the auctioneer will make it plainly clear where the current bid
There are only 3 possible outcomes once the bidding has stopped on a particular
If the vehicle reaches reserve it is sold to the highest bidder.
If the bidding stops just short of reserve, that price will be referred back to
the owner of the vehicle and negotiations will only take place with the highest
bidder. This is called a referral. If a bid is referred to your buyer
number, you have the option of purchasing the vehicle at the reserve.
If you are waiting for an answer on such referrals, you may bid &
purchase any other vehicles in the sale.
If the bidding stops too far below reserve, the vehicle will be passed in and
will go in the following week’s auction sale.
If you are a successful bidder, you will be required to leave a 10% deposit
(cash or bank cheque) on the fall of the hammer, and pay the balance within 24
Congratulations, you’re the highest bidder
Now comes the business of paying. Acceptable payment methods are cash, bank
cheque, BPAY, EFT or finance. Only once cleared funds are in our bank account
will we release the vehicle to you. If you choose not to go ahead with the
purchase of the vehicle you will forfeit your deposit. Included in your Invoice
may be a Buyer’s Administration Fee, and a Handling Fee – there are no other hidden
administration costs or fees and no invoicing fee (reprints only). If you choose
to pay by cash or bank cheque,
present your funds to the cashier and drive away today. If you choose to pay by
EFT, BPAY or Finance, please understand the vehicle will not be released to you
until those cleared funds enter our account (which can be an overnight
Do you need finance?
If you require finance on your vehicle, we have finance facilities based at our auction sites
provided by carloans.com.au. We suggest contacting them before attending auction so you are
pre-approved and know how much you can spend.
To contact carloans.com.au, call 1300 889 669 or
click here to apply for finance
What to do once you have purchased your vehicle
You are now the owner of a Government vehicle. Some of our Government vehicles
are sold with current registration. If this is the case with your vehicle, you
have 14 days to proceed to the VicRoads (RTA) and transfer the registration
into your name and pay 4% of the purchase price in Stamp Duty. If your vehicle
was sold as unregistered, please see the State specific details on this
website, and contact the relevant body to confirm all costs associated with the
re-registration of your vehicle.
Don't forget to organise vehicle insurance