Community - Sheriff Sales/Auctions

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.

Please Note:

  • Unless otherwise stated, the condition of this vehicle is unknown.
  • This item is being offered "AS-IS, WHERE-IS" with no warranty or other guarantee as to its condition or fitness for use. As mentioned above, we don't drive the vehicles and can't attest to their operability.
  • Purchaser is responsible for transportation to and from the Sherburne County Government Center in Elk River, MN.
  • Unless otherwise specified, the vehicle will be available for public inspection/pick-up at 13880 Business Center Drive, Elk River, MN 55330 weekdays from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Central Standard Time.
  • Full Payment is due within 7 calendar days from the end of auction.
  • None of our vehicles come with license plates. Purchaser should check with local license bureau for licensing requirements.
  • Vehicle listed is offered on a competitive bid basis and must be removed within 20 calendar days from the end of auction.
Sheriff Contact:

Sherburne County Govt Center
ATTN: Sheriff
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Suite 100
Elk River, MN 55330-4668

Office Location & Hours

Zimmerman Public Safety Bldg
26750 5th Street West
Zimmerman, MN 55398

Phone: 763-765-3500
Fax: 763-441-7303
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