The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office currently disposes of forfeited vehicles through public auction on eBay. The department's seller ID is SHERBCOSHERIFF. The vehicles are listed for the longest period allowed on eBay. Unless otherwise noted, the vehicles are listed with no reserve price, meaning the highest bidder wins the auction. Auctions typically start at $1 unless there is a lien outstanding on the vehicle requiring us to start the bidding higher.
Vehicles are forfeited for a wide variety of reasons, from drunk driving and drug sales, to abandoned property and fleeing a police officer. The vehicles also display a wide range of maintenance and repair (or disrepair, as the case may be). The Sheriff's Office does not have a mechanic on duty, nor do we claim to know vehicle's maintenance status. For that reason, you are strongly encouraged to view the vehicle in person or arrange for someone to look at the vehicle for you prior to sale. From the time it comes into our possession, it gets towed or moved by flatbed. We don't drive the vehicles. As such, we can't attest to their operability.
Because each vehicle listed for auction on eBay was forfeited, it is unregistered and unlicensed. Both details must be taken care of before the vehicle can be driven off the lot. Out-of-state buyers can purchase 31-day permits at the local license bureau, which would allow the vehicle to be driven. Minnesota residents must handle license and registration transfer prior to the vehicle being driven.
As for the title, when we seize a vehicle a rather lengthy paper chase begins. The end result of that paper chase is that the Sheriff's Office becomes the legal owner of the vehicle and our name is on the title. We do not begin an auction until we have that title in our possession. At the end of the auction, the title is transferred from us to you. You will leave our office with the vehicle, keys and the title in hand.