LMPD Holds First-Ever Live Pound Auction


Despite a rainy Wednesday, the Louisville Metro Police Department held its first-ever live auction to help clear the overcrowded impound lot. For months now, Mayor Greg Fischer’s office and the police department have s are working to resolve overcrowding at the impound lot near Frankfort Avenue. The problems on the ground were compounded by the pandemic – as police weren’t towing as many vehicles – and people weren’t coming to pick up their vehicles. So the idea for the live auction came about as an effort to clean up those abandoned cars. The police department coordinated with Auctions ASAP to hold the auction on Wednesday. It ran until about 5:30 p.m. And although it was raining most of the day, people still showed up to check out available vehicles, which included cars, SUVs and trucks. The live auction began at 10 a.m. Background: Louisville executives say they are making progress in cleaning up abandoned cars Auctions ASAP and Louisville Metro TV have released videos of the vehicles available for auction. The Metro TV one showed several people walking around the pound with raincoats and umbrellas looking at all the available inventory. The live auction comes just weeks after the LMPD and town hall acknowledged efforts to clear the land. It’s part of an overall effort to get more abandoned cars off the streets as well. The city hasn’t said whether it plans to hold another live auction after Wednesday. An LMPD spokesperson said that all 60 vehicles had been sold, while six bidders failed to take their vehicles to be re-auctioned. Officials said 260 bidders participated.

Despite a rainy Wednesday, the Louisville Metro Police Department held its first-ever live auction to help clean up the overcrowded impound lot.

For months now, Mayor Greg Fischer’s office and the police department have been working to address the overcrowded pound issues off Frankfort Avenue. The problems on the ground were compounded by the pandemic – as police weren’t towing as many vehicles – and people weren’t coming to pick up their vehicles.

So the idea for the live auction came about as an effort to clean up those abandoned cars. The police department coordinated with Auctions ASAP to hold the auction on Wednesday. It lasted until about 5:30 p.m.

And even though it rained most of the day, people still showed up to check out the available vehicles, which included cars, SUVs and trucks. The live auction started at 10 a.m.

Background: Louisville leaders say they are making progress in cleaning up abandoned cars

There were certain requirements for bidding on a vehicle, including having to pay within 1.5 hours of the sale and having to pay certain fees in advance.

ASAP Auctions and Louisville Metro TV released videos of the vehicles available for auction. The one from Metro TV showed several people walking around the pound with raincoats and umbrellas, all looking at the available inventory.

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The live auction comes just weeks after the LMPD and town hall acknowledged efforts to clear the lot. This is part of an overall effort to get more abandoned cars off the streets as well.

The city did not say whether it plans to hold another live auction after Wednesday.

An LMPD spokesperson said all 60 vehicles had been sold, while six bidders did not take their vehicles to be re-auctioned.

Officials said 260 bidders participated.

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