Public Auctions

While the sealed bid process is the primary method used to sell surplus property, in special circumstances, the State Surplus Property Agency may utilize public auctions to sell property. Determination to utilize public auctions as a method of sale varies with the type and quantity of items made available by various state agencies.

All sales will be advertised on the NC State Surplus Website. Other media sources may be used to advertise such sales. Notice of upcoming sales will be listed on the website at least 30 days prior to the sale date. Specific sales information will be posted no less than 14 days prior to the sale.

Due to the different circumstances related to the sale of property by public auctions, Instructions, Terms and Conditions of Sale and Payment Terms will be provided with individual advertisements and will be announced at the start of the sale.

DOT Surplus Equipment Auctions

The Department of Transportation uses public auctions to sell surplus equipment. Auctions are held at different locations across the state approximately three times per year, depending on equipment location and availability.

Equipment that may be available, but is not limited to, includes: pick-up trucks, dump trucks, flat bed trucks, maintenance trucks, snow plowing equipment, salt spreaders, water tanks, trailers, asphalt patching and paving equipment, sweepers, tractors, bulldozers, backhoes, road graders, pumps, sprayers, etc.

Upcoming Auctions


October 14, 2015 (9:00 AM until the last item is sold)

NC DOT Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Auction Fleet and Material Management Unit will conduct a surplus vehicle and equipment public auction.


The auction will be held on:

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015 (9:00 AM until the last item is sold)
  • Pitt County Fairgrounds from 9:00 AM until the last item is sold.

The Fairgrounds is located at:

  • 3901 Greenville Blvd.
  • Greenville NC 27834

All items can be previewed on location:

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015 (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015 (8:00 AM to 9:00 AM)

A list of all items to be sold along with registration and payment requirements will be on this web site approximately two weeks before the auction date. (

Payments: Payment can be made by certified check, cashier’s check, money order, cash, or personal check with a Letter of Guarantee from your bank. We do not accept wire transfer, credit cards or any other form of payment.

For further questions about this sale contact Peggy Badders at 919-733-2220.

Auction Terms and Conditions:

All property is sold "As is" and "Where is" with “All Faults” and “No Warranty, Written or Implied”.
Bidders are invited to and should inspect property of interest prior to the auction.
The successful bidder is to assume all liability for the property after an award is made. The State will exercise its usual care for protection up to the time of removal, but will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to the property after an award.

The description of property offered has been compiled from available data, and there is no guarantee or warranty on the part of the NCDOT or the State Surplus Property Agency as to the condition or quality of the property offered. Refunds or adjustments will not be made for property not coming up to the standard expected by the bidder, nor will failure to inspect the property be considered grounds for a claim. Verbal comments by the custodians concerning the condition of property are not grounds for disputing an award of property.


Should you have questions regarding upcoming auctions, please feel free to contact the State Surplus Property Agency at 919-854-2160.