• The Montgomery County Department of Police Vehicle Recovery Section (VRS) hosts a monthly auction to sell abandoned and seized vehicles.
  • Due to the ongoing pandemic, auction rules and requirements have changed.  Please read this entire webpage to become familiar with the new auction rules and requirements.  
  • Please note that the auction is limited to 50 attendees.  Potential attendees are encouraged to pre-register via the new pre-registration system.


To assist with the 50 attendee limit, potential attendees are instructed and encouraged to pre-register for the event to enhance their chances for admittance.  Pre-registration instructions are provided below. Potential attendees who have pre-registered and present a ticket no later than 8:45 am on the day of the auction will be provided entrance prior to any other individuals who have not pre-registered for the event.  Guests who do not pre-register are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis until a maximum of 50 participants is achieved.

Residents who do not pre-register are encouraged to call the VRS or email to inquire if the 50-participant limit has been met through pre-registration. Residents are discouraged from coming to the event if all pre-registration spaces have been filled.

Auction Details

Next Auction Date: March 27, 2021

305 Metropolitan Grove Road
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
(We are just behind the MVA in Gaithersburg)

The gates open at 7:30 am and the auction begins at 9:00 am. You must be admitted and registered before 9:00 am to participate in the auction. Pre-registered participants must be on-site and present their entry ticket no later than 8:45 am. No one will be allowed to enter after 9:00 am unless authorized by the Vehicle Recovery Section Officer-in-Charge (OIC).

Vehicles for Sale: Current List of Vehicles

VRS phone number : 240-773-6411, dial “0” at the prompts for a representative during business hours of M-F from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Email address : Abandoned.Vehicle@MontgomeryCountyMd.gov

Please note that there are no guarantees that all of the listed vehicles will be sold. All vehicles are subject to withdrawal from the sale up to and including at the time of the auction for any reason.

Pre-Registration Instructions

Those interested in attending the auction are encouraged to pre-register as the event is restricted to the first 50 attendees. Pre-registered participants with a ticket will be given priority entrance to the event.  

Pre-registration will open on March 22 at 9:00 am. 
**Please note that past auction registration spots have filled very quickly.**

To pre-register online,

  • Go to the Eventbrite event page
  • Click on Register
  • Only one ticket is allowed per registration.  Click Register again.
  • Enter your contact information.  Your name is required on your ticket for entry to the auction and must match the identification you present on the day of the auction.  Click Register.
  • You will receive a page with a confirmation number.  Click View Tickets.
  • Click on the banner for the Montgomery County Department of Police Auction 3/27/2021.
  • An option page will appear where you will be able to print the ticket.  Print the ticket.
  • Bring a copy of the ticket on the day of the auction.  Arrive  no later than 8:45 am for admittance to the event.
  • Failure to arrive by 8:45 am with your printed ticket will forfeit your guaranteed entry into the auction.
  • Reminder: Only the first 50 individuals to register will be provided a ticket.

Auction Rules and Requirements:

  • Attendees will abide by the following rules in the sections outlined below. Failure to comply with auction rules will result in admittance being denied and/or an attendee being removed. Attendees who violate the auction rules are subject to being banned from the property for future auctions.
  • Please note that the Vehicle Recovery Section reserves the right to refuse any person admission to an auction.
  • Face coverings and social distancing of at least six feet will be required for all attendees at the auction. Face coverings for attendees will need to cover the nose and mouth of the attendee and must be hands free.
  • Failure to abide by any rules to include those regarding social distancing and face coverings will result in removal from the auction.
  • All attendees are encouraged to utilize hand sanitizer regularly which will be provided at various locations.

There will be no parking for attendee vehicles on-site due to space limitations. The only exception will be for vehicles with a valid disability registration plate or placard. Attendees are encouraged to utilize the MARC train vehicle lot for parking.

  • VRS personnel will monitor and direct entry onto the facility grounds to ensure safety and compliance with auction rules and procedures.
  • Due to the pandemic, efforts will be made on the day of the auction to avoid unnecessary crowding of potential attendees in-line for entry.
  • A designated waiting line for entry will be established with marking on the ground where individuals will be directed to stand.
  • Potential attendees waiting in line will be required to maintain a minimum of six feet of distance at all times.  Potential attendees should stand on an "X" that has been painted on the ground to maintain six feet of distance from the next person in line. 
  • Pre-registration will be made available and is highly encouraged as it may be the sole means to secure entry to the auction (see instructions above).
  • Check-in will begin at 7:30 am with announcements beginning at 9:00 am.
  • The auction will be restricted to the first 50 attendees. All pre-registered attendees will be allowed entry first. Any remaining non-pre-registered individuals will be allowed entry on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the auction until the maximum of 50 attendees is reached.
  • Preregistered participants will need to be on-site and present their ticket no later than 8:45 am on the day of the auction. Failure to present a pre-registration ticket by 8:45 am will result in the ticket becoming ineligible for admittance and a non-preregistered individual will be provided admittance.
  • A wait-list voucher will be provided on a first-come basis on the day of the auction for non-pre-registered individuals beginning at 7:00 am. These vouchers will correspond to a line placement in the event fifty pre-registered attendees is not achieved and/or do not arrive for entry in the timeframe allowed.
  • Pre-registered attendees will need to print and display their Eventbrite ticket for admission. There is no cost for entry and only one person per printed ticket will be admitted. The name of the pre-registered individual appearing on the ticket must correspond to the identification presented at the time of entry.
  • All attendees will be required to present a valid government issued pictured identification. A VRS staff member will screen all potential attendees against the VRS “No Entry List”. If a pre-registered individual is on the “No Entry List”, their ability to attend the auction will be denied.
Bidder Check in:
  • VRS personnel will monitor and direct entry into the lobby area.  The lobby floor will be marked where attendees are to stand to maintain social distancing. Office personnel will additionally instruct attendees where to stand.
  • An attendee will provide his/her government issued picture identification and a phone number (preferably a cell phone number  where they can be reached on the day of the auction).
  • An attendee will be provided with a bidder number after which he/she will exit the lobby and be directed by VRS personnel to the area of the storage lot where the auction will be held.
  • After the first  50 attendees have been checked in, additional attendees may be allowed access only on a one-for-one basis if any individual from the initial group of fifty leaves the auction site prior to 8:45 am or if a pre-registered attendee fails to check in by 8:45 am.
  • Due to concerns regarding the spread of the virus, no entry will be allowed into the vehicles prior to the auction. The vehicle may only be entered by VRS personnel and the winning bidder for the vehicle. In an effort to reduce the spread of the virus, attendees may look, but not touch the vehicle.
  • Any vehicle behind police tape or with an orange cone on the vehicle is not for sale.
  • Preview hours will be from 7:30 to 9:00 am.
Auctioning of Vehicles
  • There will be no crowding around the vehicles during any part of the auction process.  A line utilizing police tape will be set up to separate bidders from the vehicles and auction personnel.
  • At the discretion of the OIC, some vehicles will be sold individually, and others may be sold in multiples.
  • Attendees are required to stand behind the designated police line during the auction maintaining at least six feet of distance from other bidders.
  • Those individuals interested in bidding on a vehicle will step forward to bid on a vehicle while maintaining appropriate social distancing.
  • Vehicles for sale are sold “As is, where it sits”. There is no guarantee that the vehicle is operable, is repairable, or that a title will be made available.
  • There will be no refunds after payment, unless authorized by the Vehicle Recovery Section Officer-in-Charge (OIC).
  • There is no implied or expressed guarantee that a key to open or operate the vehicle is available, even if there is a “K” marked on the vehicle.
  • There will be no miscellaneous sale of items.
  • An auction receipt will be provided to the winning bidder which will be used to make payment in the VRS office.
  • During the announcements and throughout the auction, winning bidders who do not intend to bid on any other vehicles will be advised to proceed to the payment line at the front of the building.  This will be the same line where attendees lined up for entry.
  • Bidders winning a bid to purchase a vehicle will not possess ownership of the vehicle until all payment for the vehicle has been finalized.
  • Bidders must have the ability to pay for a vehicle won at auction without leaving the premises.
  • Payments for purchased vehicles must be made no later than 12:30 pm on the day of the auction or the sale is void.
  • A vehicle purchased at auction may not be started or removed until the auction is complete, payment has been rendered and an auctioneer’s sales receipt has been provided.  
  • A bidder may remove their vehicle purchased at auction at no additional expense if removed by 2:30 pm on the day of the auction or on the following day, Sunday, between the hours of 7:00 am until 2:30 pm. 
  • Beginning the Monday after the auction, storage charges of $30.00 a day will accrue for a maximum of five days.  If the vehicle has not been retrieved by 2:30 pm on the following Friday after the auction, the sale becomes void and the purchaser forfeits their payment for the vehicle.
  • Acceptable payments methods include cash, Visa, Discover, American Express, Mastercard, or if an existing check relationship exists. 
  • There is no guarantee that the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) Auction Sales Receipt will be accepted by a state other than Maryland.
  • A VRS team member will be assigned to monitor the payment line and restrict access to the building of no more than three individuals at a time. Those in line will maintain a minimum of six feet of distance.
  • Residents will again be instructed to utilize the hand sanitizing station upon entry into the lobby.
  • Masks and social distancing will continue to be maintained at all time while payment is completed.   
  • Office staff will monitor those individuals in the lobby to ensure compliance. Tape markings will be placed on the counter and floor to alert patrons where to stand.
  • Failure to pay for a vehicle after winning the bid may result in the bidder being banned from future auctions.
  • Once a vehicle is won at bid, the vehicle and the contents are the sole responsibility of the winning bidder’s secure.  All trash, vehicle parts and any materials are the responsibility of the winning bidder.
  • Trash receptacle are available on-site, however tires, batteries, and other hazardous materials will need to be dispose of by the winning bidder off site.
Removing Vehicles After Payment
  • A VRS team member will be stationed at the access gates to the storage lots after the auction has begun.
  • Bidders may only exit the controlled area to leave permanently; smoke (just outside of the County property line), to a make payment for a winning bid or to use the lobby restrooms.
  • After the auction is completed, only those bidders with a paid receipt will be allowed back into the facility.  Exceptions will be made for one additional individual assisting with retrieving a vehicle purchased at auction, such as a tow truck operator. 
  • Residents exiting the lot with a vehicle purchased at auction must stop at the designated check-out/inspection area and exit their vehicle.  The paid receipt must be presented to the assigned VRS team member for check-out. Appropriate social distancing will be maintained at all times.
  • The VRS team member will then take the receipt and inspect the vehicle being removed from the facility to ensure the vehicle matches the marked paid receipt.
  • The Vehicle Recovery Section recommends that all buyers seek a Maryland Salvage Title.
  • The responsibility for recording the odometer reading prior to any required inspection of the vehicle will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
  • The buyer may, by legal means only, transport the purchased vehicle to the VRS for verification of the odometer reading prior to any required inspection.
  • Paperwork for the vehicle will only be issued and notarized after payment. The vehicle must be titled within ninety days of the purchase for registration purposes. The Vehicle Recovery Section will not issue a duplicate MVA Auction Sales Receipt.
  • The MVA Auction Sales Receipt will be in the name of the winning bidder. No transfers will be made.
  • Vehicles purchased at auction may only be removed from the property by legal means such as: temporary registration plates for that vehicle, a tow truck, a tow dolly, a trailer with appropriate GVW rating, dealer plates (if the vehicle is registered to the dealer using those plates).