Buy Surplus Items

The City of Santa Ana has surplus items that may be auctioned to the public. These items include vehicles, office furniture, business machines and other miscellaneous goods. Auctioned vehicles may include street sweepers, crane trucks, fire trucks, paramedic vans, and any other type of specialty equipment.

The City contracts with an auction company to manage the public bidding process.

All bidders must register prior to bidding on surplus items.

Auctions generally take place online at:

If you have specific questions regarding City surplus vehicles, you may contact Cesar Gonzalez at: (714) 647-3354.

Frequently asked questions

Can I phone in to bid?

Phone bids are not accepted.

Does it cost me anything to register?

There is no fee to register. However, there is a buyer premium, which is 15% of the selling price of the item.

What are the requirements if I win the bid?

For all auctions, payment is required the same day. Items purchased must be removed by appointment only by contacting the personnel/location specified on the hauler slip.

How do I register to bid?

Bidders must register online at . All bidders must be over 18.

What forms of payment are accepted?

Certified Funds (money orders, wire transfers, cashiers and traveler’s checks).

Personal or Company Checks – Valid driver’s license is required.

Credit and Debit Cards – Note: Credit and debit cards can be used for purchases up to $10,000 per customer per sale.

Can I get a refund or exchange on the bid item?

No. All items are sold as is. All sales are final.

When can I see the surplus items auctions?

Bidders may view the items online the date of the scheduled auction.

Who can bid on the surplus items?

Any registered bidder over 18 years of age may bid at the auction.

If I want to bid on a vehicle, can I drive it before I bid on it?

No. Due to insurance regulations, bidders are not permitted to drive the vehicles.

How often are auctions held?

To confirm surplus item availability and auction times, please see

Where are surplus auctions held?

The auctions for both vehicles and surplus are held at

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