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Toledo Surplus Fleet Vehicle Auction November 2020

Updated November 6th, 2020.

I went to the auction preview this morning. It looks like they added a few more units to the sale. 

The maintenance records are in most of the vehicles I looked at. 

The vehicles are in a variety of conditions. Typical rust belt problems. Blown brake lines, or replaced, dead batteries, transmissions that won’t engage, and of course, corrosion. 

If you’re planning on going, do your due diligence. 

I’m super excited for the November 2020 Toledo surplus fleet vehicle auction

City fleet auctions are absolutely my favorite. I have gone to several over the years and have always been happy with what I brought home. 

The city of Toledo will conduct a public auto auction of excess fleet vehicles and heavy equipment on Saturday November 6 2020 at 10:00am EST

John Whalen and his crew have been doing the Toledo fleet vehicle auction for several years and they do a good job with it.

My wife and I have been going to Toledo city fleet auctions since the early 2000s when they were conducted by Mike Gaiser from All American Auctions out on Elmdale Boulevard. 

Some of my favorite vehicles came from Toledo fleet vehicle auctions

There was the Chevy Paddy wagon van that my wife and I lived in for a summer, the P71 Crown Vic Interceptor, a dozen blazers and jimmy’s, the nearly indestructible XJ, I’m sure I’m forgetting something. 

If you’re planning on bidding at the Toledo fleet vehicle auction you have to put in your due diligence

Plenty of these vehicles are ready to be scrapped. I have been very fortunate over the years most of what I brought home has served me well.

If you’re planning on buying a vehicle at the Toledo city fleet auction you can count on it needing a battery and probably tires. Don’t expect it to come with the spare tire. 

In previous years they have had vehicle service records available the day of the auction. Once you purchase the vehicle you can collect the service records that go with it. There is a treasure trove of information that will help you to appreciate what your new toy will need. It has been my experience that every vehicle that I have brought home has had regular routine maintenance.

The city of Toledo is good about routine maintenance. They change oil on a regular basis and I have yet to bring home a vehicle that had a motor problem. That being said, I make No Guarantees. All vehicles at this public auto auction are sold as is, where is.

Traditionally the city will hold fleet vehicle action every two to three years. Some of the vehicles had been sitting 24 to 36 months in a gravel parking lot slowly decaying.

John Whalen and his crew conducted a fleet vehicle sale in March of 2020 just before the pandemic shutdown. Knowing that I’m assuming that most of the vehicles that will be in the November 2020 city of Toledo fleet vehicle auction have been decommissioned within the last 6 months and have not been exposed to the rot damage from setting on damp gravel in the rust belt for two plus years. 

I missed the Fleet Auction in March 2020. I was busy with taking care of the family and dealing with the pandemic shutdown. I found out about it after the fact and I was sad.

I’ve got a short list of things I’m interested in. I’m planning on going to the inspection, and will post an update to this post on the evening of Friday November 6th. Bookmark this post and check back for a last minute pre-auctiion update. 


Passenger side front 3/4 view of large red fire truck.
Remember when you were a kid, and you wanted a Fire Truck? Here’s your chance.
driver's side front 3/4 view of Chevrolet Ambulance.
It wouldn’t fit in my garage door.
3/4 front driver's side view of red Jeep Cherokee.
Red Jeep XJ Cherokee.
3/4 front driver's side view of red GMC Suburban.
Red GMC Suburban.
Several white Chevrolet Tahoe SUV's.
Several White Chevrolet Tahoes to choose from at this public auto auction.
Passenger side front views of four white Chevrolet Tahoe SUV's.
More Tahoes.
driver's side front 3/4 view of two White Jeep Cherokee SUVs.
Two White Jeep XJ Cherokees.
Driver side view of two blue Jeep Cherokee SUVs.
Several Jeep Cherokee (XJ)’s to choose from.
Driver's side view of big yellow bulldozer.
Who doesn’t need a Cat Dozer??? 2001 Cat D8RII
Driver's side view of yellow front end loader.
Cat 924F front end loader.
Passenger side front 3/4 view of 2 Case Backhoes.
2019 590 Super N backhoe, only 238hrs
Several tractors with mowing decks parked in a row.
A large assortment of tractors with mower decks.
Large air compressor mounted on a trailer.
LeRoi 185 Air Compressor
Red generator.
Winpower Portable Heavy Duty Generator
Passenger side front 3/4 view of white Mack garbage truck.
What are you going to do with a retired garbage truck???
Passenger side front 3/4 view of standard cab Ford pickup with a contractor style cap.
Ford F250 Standard Cab pickup with service cap.
Driver's side rear 3/4 view of black Ford sedan.
Crusty P71 Crown Vic.
Passenger side front 3/4 view of silver Jeep Liberty.
Silver Jeep Liberty
Passenger side front 3/4 view of green Jeep Liberty.
Give Me Liberty…
Passenger side front 3/4 view of three large Ford trucks with service bodies. It's like a shop on wheels.
Three Ford F-350 service trucks, diesel
Passenger side view of older Ford pickup with a flatbed.
Crusty Ford F350 Stakebody.


This no-reserve auto auction will be held at the City of Toledo Facility and Fleet Operations Garage located at 555 N. Expressway Drive.

North Expressway Drive is one-way westbound. Enter from Stickney Avenue.

Preview Inspection

The lot will be open for vehicle inspection on Friday November 6th from 9:00am until 3:00pm EST.

Vehicle Pickup

Vehicles can removed from the lot until 3:30pm the day of sale; Vehicles may also be picked up Monday the 9th through Thursday the 12th. Hours 9:00am-3:30pm.


This auction conducted by Whalen Auction. Let them know you found their sale on my site.

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