MANHATTAN, Kan. (March 7, 2012) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is liquidating more than 560 surplus assets including backhoes, tractors, pickup trucks and dump trucks, among others. Manhattan-based Purple Wave is selling the items in an Internet auction that ends at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 13. Bidding is currently under way at purplewave.com.
KDOT has used Purple Wave to auction assets numerous times since 2008, resulting in $3.13 million in proceeds for the agency.
“Bidders have responded well to previous KDOT auctions, resulting in the return of significant dollars to the agency. Bidders can view photos of each asset, read a detailed description, and learn about personal inspection opportunities on our auction website. After the auction, the final prices are published. This transparency gives people the confidence to bid,” said Jerrod Westfahl, Purple Wave’s chief executive officer.
The auction will include at least 92 pickup trucks, 32 dump trucks, 19 tractors, and scores of other pieces of machinery previously used for state road construction and maintenance.
“All items are selling where they sit, so KDOT doesn’t have to spend taxpayer dollars transporting items to and from an auction site,” said Westfahl. “This also adds to the convenience for bidders around the state, who can inspect items in their area without traveling to a central location.”
Items are on display in Norton, Almena, Chanute, Garden City, Hutchinson, Salina, Topeka and Ulysses. Details of exact items and locations are available at purplewave.com, where individuals may also place bids.
Purple Wave currently delivers complete auction services as the on-call service provider for all state agencies, school districts, townships, counties, cities and others. “It’s a true honor to serve the Kansas taxpayers. As we have demonstrated the effectiveness of our auction services, we have had opportunities to provide similar services to agencies in Iowa, Missouri and other states,” said Westfahl.