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State vehicles rake in $131,000 at auction

Pittsford, N.Y. No one would mistake them for top-of-the-line models, but dozens of state vehicles were sold at a Pittsford auction, Thursday.

Buyers purchased forklifts, salt trucks, even wrecked pickup trucks.

The items sold Thursday brought in $131,303, according to OGS.

Sometimes you get some good buys, said Larry Fugle who runs a salvage yard in Livonia.

The high-mileage vehicles are offered to all state agencies and municipalities before they are brought to auctions like this one.

Its a good way for us to maximize use of items, said Heather Groll, spokesperson for The New York State Office of General Services.

One of the pet peeves is, we pay for them once with our tax dollars that we pay to the state and now were here buying them again, joked Fugle.

The Department of Transportation maintaining the highway system in the seven county Genesee Valley Region has spent $3.5 million for 2013 on heavy duty vehicles, according to spokesperson Lori Maher.

Evan White, 13WHAM-TV
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