PUBLIC AUCTION OF UNCLAIMED IMPOUNDED VEHICLES
The vehicle of an unlicensed, suspended, or revoked driver is impounded for a period of 30 days in addition to any court actions that may be taken against the driver. In order to secure the release of the vehicle once the 30 days is up, the registered owner or their agent must pay all fees associated with the impound. Vehicles unclaimed at the end of the 30 day impound are subsequently sold at auction to recover costs associated with the impound (per California Civil Code Sections 3071 and 3072). When an auction bid exceeds $4,000 on a vehicle that was previously processed for lien sale under California Civil Code Section 3072, all bids become invalid and the vehicle shall be processed per California Civil Code 3071 before any sale can occur.
When: Alternating Mondays, except on holidays (Refer to Auction List for next auction date)
Viewing: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Auction: 1:00 p.m.
Payment Method: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, or cashiers check are accepted for vehicles purchased at auction.
Location: Montclair Police Department impound lot. The lot is located on the south side of Richton Street, west of Monte Vista Avenue. Enter the west gate at the very end of Richton Street. Signs are posted.
Auction List: Available online and in the Police Department lobby ten days prior to the auction. Auction List
The following guidelines SHALL BE ADHERED TO AT ALL TIMES by the general public while participating in the viewing of vehicles for auction at the Police Department impound lot:
NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18-YEARS IS PERMITTED IN THE IMPOUND LOT
No private vehicles shall be driven into the impound lot.
All public participants are to meet at the gated west entrance to the impound lot promptly at 12:00 p.m. No one shall enter the impound lot without the expressed permission of the Police Department personnel conducting the viewing.
All participants entering the lot shall have a valid identification in their possession.
All participants will be given a list of the vehicles scheduled for auction.
All participants shall view the vehicles as a group only. No one is permitted to leave the group to view other vehicles in the impound lot by themselves.
No one shall enter the vehicles, open doors, or otherwise physically handle any vehicles. Viewing of the vehicles shall end promptly at 1:00 p.m.
All persons placing a bid on vehicles must be at least 18-years of age and have a valid driver's license.
The person winning the bid on a vehicle may pick up the vehicle on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. only.
Any vehicle that is not paid for and removed from the impound lot by Thursday at 5:00 p.m. will be placed back on a pending auction list. Furthermore, the Montclair Police Department may permanently exclude an individual from further participation in all public auctions when they bid on a vehicle and do not make any attempt to pay the bid fee or pick up the vehicle within the prescribed time.
ALL PUBLIC PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO ADHERE TO THE ABOVE NOTED GUIDELINES. ANYONE NOT FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE IMPOUND LOT.