CLEVELAND, Ohio — Along a bumpy Bradley Road in Cleveland, and up a steep grade, sits a barbed wire-lined gate. It's the Cleveland Police Impound Lot number two.
All's quiet now, but Saturday morning, "We're going to have one of our vehicle auctions", says Cleveland Police Lt. Andrew Desatnik, who is with with the Property Division.
That gate we told you about will open between 8 and 8:30 a.m. so potential bidders can check out the vehicles. Desatnik says, "I tell people just come on down, take a better look at them in person. You might find something that you see has potential."
Bidding opens at 9 a.m. sharp on the 30 impounded and abandoned vehicles. There's Fords and Chevy's and a Dodge Ram. Honda's, Hyundai's, and VW's. There are also several Jeeps, including a Compass, Patriot, and Grand Wagoneer. Plus, you'll find an Audi, Cadillac, and Mercedes SUV. There are bargains to be had, and Desatnik says if people see something they like, "They usually get bidded up 5 or 6 times before it's sold."
But buyer beware. Lt. Desatnik says there are stipulations. "As is. No type of warranty. Cash only. If you have the winning bid, to secure your purchase, you have to have 10% down." In cold, hard cash. That gives you one week to get the title and registration taken care of and get the car off the lot.
"Everything's non-refundable", says Desatnik. That means you lose your deposit along with the vehicle. His best advice? "Make sure you want it if you're going to bid on it."