Colorado Springs police ask city council to move online auctions of seized vehicles to city’s website

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – The police department’s impound vehicle auctions, for which public notices currently appear in the newspaper, would move from two outside websites to the city’s website, at the proposal of the police on Monday.

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Police said such a change would save the $5,000 spent each year posting notices in the Colorado Springs Gazetteand generate greater interest and participation in auctions that are usually only attended by people who know them or know them well.

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The proposed change may help sell more unclaimed vehicles and create more space in the lot – located next to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office on Las Vegas Street – which has been at or near capacity for several years.

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“We do about 250 vehicles a month that are displayed publicly – and of those, only about 15 to 20 actually go through the process of being sold to an individual,” Police Commander John Koch said. “The others are in such a state of disrepair that they end up being scrapped.

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About 1,000 vehicles, including cars, trucks, RVs and bicycles, are crammed onto the 13-acre lot.

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Police completed the land expansion last year and are currently exploring a second expansion to create more space, but no details have been announced.

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After hearing the proposal, Council members decided to place the matter on their consent schedule, meaning it will likely pass without discussion at their two regular meetings next month.

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Councilor Bill Murray is skeptical of the idea and prefers to continue posting notices in the Gazette.

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“Add to your ability to sell these vehicles at the highest value,” he said. “I want to make sure the business diary and the India (two local publications) have the same opportunities; and not everyone is on the internet.”

But Councilman Wayne Williams disagrees.

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“I don’t think it makes sense to continue spending on the existing journal or expand it to multiple publications,” he explained. “And for those who don’t want to be connected to the internet, there are free service options in our libraries.

The proposal includes the ability to include personal notifications about future citizen auctions.

Last year, police said auctions of seized vehicles generated $425,000 in revenue and $900,000 in scrap transactions.