WICHITA FALLS, TX - If you're in Texoma looking to get a used car at a lower than average price you might want to head down to Big Daddy's on Armory Road in Wichita Falls this Saturday. The Wichita Falls Police Department will be auctioning off more than 100 vehicles this weekend. The lot is a mix of cars, trucks, and motorcycles that were either abandoned in the city or seized by the local WFPD.
If any car has been parked in the same spot for more than 72 hours it is then towed away big Big Daddy's and the owner will be informed by a letter. If the owner does not come forward in 21 days, then the city owns the vehicle. If a car, truck, or bike is seized by WFPD for anything from a DWI to drug bust the owners have to go through the court system to get their vehicle back.
"Normally we hope to get a good price for them and models from 2007-2005-2003 looking to get higher prices for those vehicles," said WFPD Impound Co-ordinator Billy Williams.
Many who come to the impound auctions are looking for a bargain because the bidding presented by the auctioneers on the vehicles, all of which do run, usually starts out fairly low. As long as a buyer is not out priced by another the vehicles can sometimes be significantly cheaper than what you would find searching elsewhere.
"You see auctioneer will set a starting bid for them, then it is up to the public to navigate, the prices from that point," said Williams.
All the money made off the vehicles is split between both the District Attorney and the Wichita Falls Police Narcotics Department 60%-40%.