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Information Specific to the Seizing Agency

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U.S. Customs &

Border Protection Auctions

seized vehicle auctions conducted

along our nation's Southern border.

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U.S. Treasury Auctions

seized vehicle auctions conducted throughout all 50 states including

Puerto Rico & Guam. 

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U.S. Marshals Auctions

seized vehicle and vessel auctions conducted throughout 83 districts across the nation. 

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The Evolution of Government Auctions in the United States: A Journey with Apple Auctioneering Co.

In the vast and dynamic landscape of government asset liquidation in the United States, one name stands out as a beacon of excellence and expertise: Apple Auctioneering Co. With a storied history deeply intertwined with the evolution of government auctions across the nation, our journey reflects a relentless commitment to service, precision, and unparalleled success in the liquidation of seized assets for an impressive roster of federal agencies.

A Legacy of Service and Excellence

At the heart of our operations lies a rich heritage of facilitating seamless government auctions, catering to a broad spectrum of federal agencies. From the expansive reaches of all 50 states to the unique territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, our services are as widespread as they are comprehensive. We take immense pride in our role as the trusted liquidation partner for 83 districts of the U.S. Marshals Service, the entirety of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the critical operations along our nation's Southern border for U.S. Customs & Border Protection, and a myriad of law enforcement agencies throughout Texas.

The Pillars of Care, Custody, and Control

Our unmatched ability to manage over 13,000 federally seized vehicles positions Apple Towing as the nation's premier custodian of seized assets. This distinction is not taken lightly; it is a testament to our rigorous adherence to the principles of care, custody, and control. Each vehicle, each asset, is handled with the utmost respect and precision, ensuring its integrity from seizure to sale. This meticulous approach has solidified our reputation as a pillar of reliability and trust among federal agencies, setting a gold standard in the industry.

Pioneering the Future of Government Auctions

The establishment of Apple Auctioneering Co. in 2010 marked a pivotal moment in our history, signifying a strategic expansion of our capabilities and a deepening of our commitment to excellence. By bringing auction operations in-house, we've not only streamlined the liquidation process but have also elevated the efficiency and effectiveness of government auctions. Over the years, our innovative approach has led to the successful execution of more than 1,900 government auctions, facilitating the sale of over 60,000 seized vehicles and generating over $325 million in revenue. These funds play a critical role in supporting federal forfeiture programs, providing restitution to victims, and funding a variety of law enforcement initiatives.

A Commitment to the Future

As we look to the future, Apple Auctioneering Co. remains steadfast in our mission to serve our federal partners and contribute to the success of government auctions across the United States. Our history is not just a record of past achievements; it's a beacon that guides our ongoing efforts to innovate, excel, and expand our impact. With each auction, with every asset liquidated, we are not only contributing to the vital programs that protect and serve our nation but are also setting new benchmarks in the industry.

Our journey through the evolution of government auctions in the United States is a testament to the power of dedication, expertise, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. At Apple Auctioneering Co., we are more than just a service provider; we are a key player in the fabric of federal asset liquidation, proud of our past and excited for the opportunities that lie ahead. Join us as we continue to make history, one auction at a time, ensuring the legacy of government auctions in the United States is marked by success, integrity, and unparalleled service.

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The auction history of the United States government is a rich tapestry that spans several centuries, reflecting the nation's growth, changes in policy, and technological advancements. From the sale of public lands to the disposal of surplus goods and the digital revolution in auction platforms, the evolution of government auctions mirrors the broader historical trends of the United States itself. In this comprehensive exploration, we will explore this fascinating history, uncovering the milestones that have marked the evolution of government auctions in the U.S., including the pivotal transition to leveraging government contractors, such as Apple Auctioneering Co., for specialized auction services.

The Early Days: Land Sales and the Expansion Westward

The inception of government auctions in the United States can be traced back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a period marked by rapid expansion and the need for a systematic way to distribute land. The Land Ordinance of 1785 and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 laid the groundwork for the public land survey system and the sale of land to settlers, respectively. These early auctions were pivotal in funding the fledgling government and facilitating the westward expansion of the nation.

Surplus Sales:

From Civil War to World War Surpluses

As the United States faced various conflicts, including the Civil War and the two World Wars, the government found itself with an excess of military supplies and equipment. The solution? Auctions. These surplus sales not only helped recoup some of the government's expenses but also supplied businesses and individuals with valuable goods at reduced prices. The tradition of surplus sales has continued to this day, with everything from office equipment to vehicles being sold to the highest bidder.

The Digital Revolution:

GSA Auctions and Online Bidding

The advent of the internet brought a significant transformation to government auctions. The General Services Administration (GSA), responsible for managing government assets, launched GSA Auctions, an online platform that made bidding for government surplus more accessible than ever. This digital revolution has democratized access to government auctions, allowing citizens from across the country to participate in bidding with the click of a button.

Transition to Government Contractors: Enhancing Efficiency and Expertise

In a bid to enhance the efficiency and scope of government auctions, there has been a significant shift towards the utilization of government contractors. Companies like Apple Auctioneering Co. represent a new era in government auctions, bringing specialized expertise and innovative technologies to streamline auction processes. This partnership between the government and private contractors has expanded the reach of auctions, enabling the government to leverage the latest in auction technology and marketing strategies. The collaboration ensures that the government can maximize returns on surplus and seized assets, benefiting the taxpayer and contributing to the efficiency of government operations.

The Impact of Government Auctions

Government auctions have had a profound impact on the U.S. economy and society. By providing a means to dispose of surplus goods, auctioning off valuable assets like land and spectrum licenses, and making these processes more accessible through digital platforms and specialized contractors, the government has created opportunities for businesses, contributed to the national treasury, and facilitated technological and economic development.

The auction history of the United States government is not just a series of events; it's a reflection of the country's growth, technological advancements, and economic strategies. From the early days of land sales to the digital transformation of auction platforms and the strategic use of government contractors like Apple Auctioneering Co., these auctions have played a pivotal role in shaping the nation. As we look to the future, it's clear that government auctions will continue to evolve, reflecting changes in society, technology, and the economy. The fascinating history of government auctions in the U.S. is a testament to the nation's adaptability and innovative spirit, marking its journey through time.

By exploring the past and present of government auctions, including the pivotal role of government contractors, we gain insights into the mechanisms of governance, economic strategy, and the ever-changing landscape of the United States. Whether you're a history buff, an economics enthusiast, or just curious about the inner workings of government, the story of government auctions offers a unique perspective on the nation's development and its path forward.


How to register:

  1. Select the auction you wish to participate in.

  2. In the menu bar, create an account by clicking "Login / New Bidder" or by clicking "Register to Bid" button. Click the "New Bidder? Click Here" button. Enter your email address when prompted. A new window will pop up instructing you to complete your account information. The username and password that is created will be utilized for all future online auctions. Important: The information provided when setting up the bidder account will be the information automatically assigned on the title work.

  3. Once your account has been created select the auction that you wish to participate in by clicking on the title of the auction or by clicking the "View Catalog" button. Click on the "Register to Bid" button. Enter your user name and password then accept the Terms & Conditions. You are now ready to place your online bids. 

How to place a bid:

  1. Once registered, select the lot you wish to place a bid on. You may click the "Bid (amount here)" button for a one time bid, or enter your "Maximum Auto Bid" by selecting the lot and physically typing in the highest you are willing to bid for that item. 

  2. Technical bidding details to understand and consider: 

  3. Soft Close: All lots end with a "Soft Close." A "Soft Close" means that if any bid is placed within the last three (3) minutes of the close of the Auction, the bid will automatically extend the closing time an additional three (3) minutes. Example: If a bid is placed at two (2) minutes before close, it will extend the closing time to five (5) minutes. This feature protects Bidders from being outbid without the opportunity to be notified, and therefore allows a Bidder to place another bid before the close of the Auction.

  4. Placing a "Maximum Auto Bid": Please be aware that when placing your "Maximum Bid", the website will bid on the Bidder's behalf at the preset bid increment until the Bidder’s "Maximum bid" is exceeded. At that point, the Bidder will be notified that they have been outbid (if that option is selected when registering). High Bidder will only pay one increment more than the competing Bidder. Please watch the Auction’s closing time stop-clock to determine exactly when the lot will close.

"I've placed a bid, but it says Pending." Now what?

Pending Bids are bids that are placed that are not immediately accepted or put into effect by the Auction Company. Typical reasons for pending bids are as follows:

  • First-Time Bidder: New accounts or first-time bidders that have never participated in our auctions will be thoroughly analyzed and vetted. 

  • Bidder Reputation: We are part of a nationwide network of auctioneers that utilize the Hibid bidding platform. Hibid has developed a rating system for Bidders to protect auctioneers. Bidders accrue points placing bids and registering for auctions. Any time a Bidder is permanently declined by an auctioneer, the bidder loses 20 points. If a bidder has a negative score, he or she may not be able to bid with other auctioneers on the Hibid platform.

  • Dealer Only Salvage Auctions: Additional bidding qualifications on assets offered with salvage/ dismantler notations must be met prior to the auction closing. Salvage dealers that wish to bid on these assets must submit a current copy of their State issued Salvage Dealer license for review. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT LICENSE. Once approved, the Auction Company will update the Bidder's account and any bids that are Pending will be approved/ accepted. This must take place prior to the auction closing. These bidding privileges will remain in effect until the expiration date on the license. It is the Bidder's responsibility to resubmit a new license upon renewal to avoid Pending bids.

  • Asset Requires a Deposit: When a deposit is required, see Section (6) of the Terms & Conditions for step-by-step deposit instructions.


You've won! What to expect once the auction closes:

  1. Once all items in the auction close, email notifications will be sent (from to all participating bidders with the final results. For each lot the bidder bids on it will list "successful" or "outbid." The auction company will be seeking final approval from the U.S. Treasury on all lots at this time. 

  2. Once approval is received, high bidders will receive an email (from with payment instructions and our bank account information (options: wire, bank deposit, or cashier's check overnight). Please check your email (and junk mail) periodically after receiving this notice. Payment must be RECEIVED within 48 hours of acceptance.

  3. Once payment is received, the auction company will execute the title documents and email them to the buyers via DocuSign for electronic signature. 

  4. Once documents are signed by the buyer, Property Release documents will be emailed to the buyer as well as the storage vendor.

  5. Once Property Release email received,  buyer must immediately contact storage vendor to arrange property removal. 

  6. Original title documents will be mailed to buyers. Once originals title documents received, originals need to be processed at local DMV. 

Please note: these assets will remain in the name of the defendant in which they were seized, until the titles are processed with the state. It is very important that the titles be transferred with your local tax office immediately upon receipt.  

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