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Pittsburgh pulls in $197K a year selling used vehicles, equipment

Bob Bauder
| Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
City of Pittsburgh garbage men collect refuse along Lamont Place, an alleyway in Shadyside Wednesday August 31, 2005.
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City of Pittsburgh garbage men collect refuse along Lamont Place, an alleyway in Shadyside Wednesday August 31, 2005.
A Pittsburgh Police car crosses the Clemente Bridge, Monday, August 4th, 2003.
A Pittsburgh Police car crosses the Clemente Bridge, Monday, August 4th, 2003.
This 1997 Ford, City of Pittsburgh ambulance sits for a break job in the Pittsburgh Municipal Garage in the Strip District Thursday August 15, 2001.
This 1997 Ford, City of Pittsburgh ambulance sits for a break job in the Pittsburgh Municipal Garage in the Strip District Thursday August 15, 2001.

Pittsburgh is pulling in cash by the truckload through online auctions of used city vehicles and equipment, the Mayor’s Office said Friday.

The city has received $771,971 since starting the auctions through the company GovDeals in November 2014. The biggest sellers are used garbage trucks, which have generated $170,662 in total sales, followed by police vehicles, totaling $147,818.

“GovDeals has proven to be a useful tool and allows for a fairly simple process to dispose of a wide variety of unused items, from art supplies to old fire trucks,” city budget Director Jennifer Presutti said.

It has a 2014 Ford Explorer police vehicle, 2007 Chevrolet ambulance and a 2008 Harley-Davidson police motorcycle posted for sale on the auction website .

Former City Councilman Dan Gilman, now Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, sponsored legislation in 2014 that created the online auction. Gilman said at the time that the city was losing out on “tens if not hundreds of thousands” each year in potential sales.

The auction has so far averaged $197,276 in sales each year, according to the Mayor’s Office.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-765-2312, bbauder@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobbauder.

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