This weekend’s Salvation Army Auto Auction might be a little unusual as auto auctions go.
For one thing, about 80 percent of the vehicles on the auction block Saturday are in running shape, which is much higher than the typical 60-65 percent.
“We’re pretty excited because we’ve got some really, really nice cars,” said John Sebby, Salvation Army director of development.
There are more than 54 vehicles up for bid, and donations are always accepted. Any donations that are not used in the auction will go up for bid in the next one, and all are tax-deductible, Sebby said.
Included in Saturday’s lineup are a 2004 Toyota 4Runner, a 2002 Dodge Durango, and a 2002 Mazda 626 with a sunroof.
Sebby said the auction often draws fathers and sons looking for a project to work on together, and the auto auction doesn’t disappoint. How about a sporty 1978 Datsun 280Z to restore?
“The nice thing about the auto auction is you can get a really nice car for a pretty reasonable price,” Sebby said.
Another benefit for this auction is the variety of vehicles offered. There are a golf cart, two recreational vehicles, four boats and a school bus up for grabs.
“We have some different varieties of vehicles that I think make this an unusual auction,” Sebby said.
At the previous auto auction, a 1996 Pace Arrow motorhome was a big seller, and organizers are thrilled to have another one to offer, a 1997 Pace Arrow Vision with 78,000 miles. The air conditioner has been replaced, and the tires are new.
“It’s in pretty good shape,” said Max Williams, the auto auction sales coordinator.
A 1995 GMC minibus was donated by a day care center in Grovetown that was closing.
The Salvation Army holds three auto auctions each year, generally in February, June and October. Profits stay in Augusta and fund the Salvation Army’s substance abuse program.