Of the hundreds of people who showed up at the state vehicle auction in Davis Wednesday, not all did their homework.
The morning-long auction featured vehicles from many California departments, more than 400 in all, but every one of them had the same thing in common, they can’t be driven as is.
The cars are considered “non-runners”, meaning in their current condition you can’t register them, but not all knew that when they eagerly showed up looking for a good deal.
“This is kind of a waste of time,” said Omar Sawyer who came from the Bay Area.
The Department of General Services runs the auction, Deputy Director Eric Lamoureux says most vehicle auctions do feature cars you can drive off the lot, just not this time.
“It is what it is, but I’m a little disappointed,” said one man who thought he could drive the car home.
Many auction goers complained of the coverage this particular auction had been getting in local media, wishing for the days the crowds were much smaller.
“All these people are coming here and bidding us up, they see it on televisions and think they know how it all works,” said James Tucker of Natomas.