Nassau residents could be one mouse click away from buying their very own county police car.
The county is hosting its fourth online auction of county vehicles to dispose of 75 battered — and occasionally undrivable — vehicles.
The cars include Ford Crown Victorias, Jeep Cherokees and old-school Chevy Caprices from the police department, public works and the sewer treatment plant.
“The cars are removed from active rotation when it no longer makes financial sense to continue repairs,” said Brian Nevin, spokesman for County Executive Edward Mangano. “Usually this is the case when the car is of advanced age or mileage, or when the car has been damaged during the course of normal activity. Once the cars have been surplused, but before they are advertised for auction, they are used for parts.”
All lights, sirens, radios, stickers and identifying marks that could cause confusion between the cars and their official counterparts are removed before sale, Nevin said. But many still have the distinctive orange and blue “racing stripes.”
The three previous auctions were July 2010, December 2010 and June 2011. They brought in $241,238 through the sale of 182 cars.
But don’t necessarily count on driving the vehicles home the day of the sale.
Take, for example, the description of this 2007 Crown Victoria: “4-Door Police Interceptor with 4.6L V8 EFI gas engine. Auto transmission. Does not start or drive. 2WD. 225/75R17 tires in poor condition. Poor body, passenger side doors missing. Poor interior, missing parts. Poor mechanically ...”
The starting bid was $25 and is now up to $355.
The final auction ends Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Visitors can begin their shopping at http://www.auctionsinternational.com/display.cgi?categories=2225.