Abandoned Vehicle Auction

Throughout the year, our agency is involved with selling abandoned vehicles, boats, snowmobiles and ATV's pursuant to 300-1949-II-SPECIAL-ANTI-THEFT-LAWS.  Our auctions are open to the public and consist of open auction bidding.  Law requires our agency to hold auctions not less than 5 days after public notice of the sale has been published at least once in a newspaper having a general circulation within Grand Traverse County, which is typically the Traverse City Record Eagle.  The public notice provides a description of the vehicle for sale and the time, date, and location of the sale.

The starting bid of each vehicle is based upon the towing and storage charges due.  These charges may accrue between the time a vehicle is initially towed/stored and the date of a sale.  For this reason we do not publish minimum bid amounts.  It is suggested if you have interest in determining the approximate sale amount of a vehicle, contact the tow company who has custody. The legal notice published in the paper will indicate who the current custodian is.

Note: Any one of the vehicles listed in a legal notice may not be available the day of the sale. This is due to the fact that any of the vehicles listed in a notice may be claimed by the registered owner or the LEIN holder prior to the time of the auction. 

If you have questions regarding abandoned vehicle auctions, please contact Sgt. Roy Raska at rraska@gtsheriff.org or 231-995-5030.

Additional resources are available on the Michigan Secretary of State Website
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