Buying a car at a fraction of the listed price could prove to be a risky endeavor. That is, if you are buying it at the monthly police auction at Lubbock Wrecker. Every month the Lubbock Police Department holds an auction to sell seized and abandoned vehicles. And two brothers from Lubbock spent the day trying to find a gem in a sea of lemons.
"The people have no idea what condition these cars are in when they are buying it," said Corporal Chris Bell from the Lubbock Police Department.
"Pretty much when you come out here to bid on a car its all a gamble. You see what you get, and you get what you pay for, and you hope you get a car that runs and that actually rolls off the parking lot," said Jake Llewellyn.
Jake and his brother went to the police auction to try and find a good deal on a car. And after bidding on several different cars the Llewellyn brother finally got one in their price range.
"It is a Mitsubishi we got it for two-hundred and seventy-five dollars, not a bad deal, I don't think. It is in fairly good shape it looks like it could roll," said Llewellyn.
And after winning a bid at the police auction many people don't know what they are going to get. But one mans trash could always be another mans treasure.
"Hopefully we can at least get a key made today and hopefully drive it home," said Llewellyn. But, after opening the hood to their new car they quickly saw that it was going to take a little bit of work before starting it.
"You get what you look at you know," remarked Llewellyn.
The money that is raised from the auction will go to different wrecker companies. They then use the money to help in paying the expenses of towing and storing the vehicles.