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  • There are stories behind the 10 vehicles—including a 2015 Mini Cooper S, a 2002 BMW 530i, and the 1999 Nissan Maxima pictured above—that people just left behind at the Pittsburgh airport last year, but sadly, we don’t know them. What we do know is that they are all going on the auction block this weekend.
  • If used vehicles aren’t your thing, how about industrial-strength snowplows? Get your winter work done in mere moments with the same tools the airport used to keep the runway clear.
  • In 2020, in an online-only auction, most of the abandoned vehicles found new homes, but some didn’t, like a 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara and a 2004 Saturn Ion.

    Enough people simply abandon their vehicles at the Pittsburgh International Airport each year that the Pittsburgh Airport Authority holds an annual auction to get rid of the growing collection. This year, the auction is set for this coming weekend—Saturday, October 23, at noon—and it’s the place to be if you’re looking to snag someone’s old, unwanted vehicle.

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    Ten passenger vehicles, all of which at some point were parked in the public parking lot and never picked up, will be up for sale this weekend. They include, in addition to the 2009 Nissan Titan and 2002 BMW 530i pictured above, a 2007 Chevy Impala, a 2015 Mini Cooper S, and a 2007 Pontiac G6. For those of you looking to really up your snowplow game this winter, the airport is also auctioning off some of its old equipment, including six Oshkosh Sweepster Snow Eliminators and a KME 2002 Runway snowplow with over 1100 hours of service. A few unclaimed lost-and-found items are also part of the auction this year.

    Since these are not your usual used-car sales, don’t expect to drive away in your new used car should you win an auction. As these are abandoned vehicles, the Airport Authority needs to apply for a title for each vehicle with PennDOT, and it can then take 90 or more days to get that title, and more to transfer it from the Airport Authority’s name to the name of the successful bidder.

    Due to COVID-19, the 2020 edition of the airport’s annual auction for around 30 pieces of retired equipment and abandoned vehicles was held online only (with an internet premium of 15 percent). This year, Joe R. Pyle Auction Services is accepting online pre-bidding for the various vehicles up until the live auction starts, but there is no online live component for the auction, although there’s a livestream to view it.

    While we don’t think last year’s sales offer up much of a preview for what might be in store for bidders this year—used-car prices are a bit different now compared to a year ago—it is still interesting that in 2020, a 2006 Nissan Murano with around 150,000 miles sold for $1100, a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado with 57,000 miles sold for $18,250, and a JLG Model 260 MRT scissor lift sold for $12,750. All bidders passed on a few vehicles that were up for auction last year, including a 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara, a 2004 Saturn Ion, and a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.

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