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Aug 1, 2014 5:46 PM by Caroline Flores

CCPD Auto Auctions Help Taxpayers

CORPUS CHRISTI - If you're looking for a new car, one option is the CCPD auto auction. The auction offers more benefits than you may know.

Lynn Jarbeaux has been attending the CCPD auto auction for the past 10 years.

"I've bought several cars out here, and uh had good luck with a lot of them," said Jarbeaux.

But in the 10 years he's been buying cars from the auction, there is one thing he's never known. Where the money goes.

So far this year the city has made $810,939.10 from the auctions. That money goes into the city's general fund. That funds the city departments, like Fire and Finance, that generate little to no revenue for the city.

"They have to use, what we would call general resources, like property and sales taxes to operate," said Assistant Director of Budget and Management Eddie Houlihan.

In other words, if the city didn't have this revenue property taxes would likely be raised to make up for it. So in the end, the city says buying a vehicle at the auction is a win-win for everyone.

"That's good. I think that's probably a good thing," said Jarbeaux.

The vehicles are impounded for reasons varying from drug raids, DWI's, and drivers with no insurance.

Some of them are totaled and don't run. But CCPD says salvage dealers will buy those, take them apart, and sell the parts.

Saturday, August 2nd, the city will auction 105 cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Corpus Christi Police Vehicle Impound Lot located at 5485 Greenwood Drive. The auction will begin at 10:00am.

People can still register for the auction the morning of the event from 8am to 10am. People can look at the vehicles for auction online and download an auction list - here.

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