Gear up for the Oakland County Auction

Successful bidders at the annual Oakland County Auction on Saturday, May 19, in Pontiac will be able to pay by credit card for the first time. Some of the items up for bid include summer fun such as a 24x30-foot Treasure Island inflatable and a 2004 Monterey 180 FS boat with an EZ Loader trailer. In addition, 75 vehicles including multiple heavy-duty trucks will be available.

“Many look forward to the Oakland County Auction because of the opportunity for the highest bidder to grab a great deal on a unique item,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “We’re looking forward to hosting over 2,000 of our closest friends so we recommend pre-registering online for the auction.”

Among other items on the auction block will be Sony PlayStation 4s, widescreen televisions including a 65-inch Samsung Curved SUHD TV, laptops and tablets, a Louis Vuitton belt, a Michael Kors purse, silverware, assorted power tools, and more. Then there’s the 20-ton hydraulic press for the individual who collects every tool imaginable.

“There’s a buzz in the air once the bidding starts,” said J. David VanderVeen, director of central services whose department oversees the auction. “It’s truly a spectator sport to watch others compete for an item at auction.”

On-site registration will begin Saturday, May 19, at 7 a.m. at the county’s Vehicle Operations Building, 1200 N. Telegraph, Building 16 East, in Pontiac. The general auction gets under way at 9 a.m. followed by the vehicle auction at noon. Gates close at 3 p.m. Those who wish to inspect vehicles up for auction may do so Friday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Go to for auction details and to register. For more information call the County Auction information line at 248-858-1015.

All auction items are confiscated and recovered stolen property from local law enforcement agencies or used equipment and vehicles from the county. Last year, the auction brought in more than $600,000 which all went back to the government units which provided the auction items.