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September 6, 2006

Public can purchase State’s used vehicles at September 13 auction

MC COOK – The State of Illinois will auction 30 used vehicles from its fleet including cars and pick-up trucks on Wednesday, September 13, as part of the Department of Central Management Services’ (CMS) ongoing efforts to raise revenues by selling surplus state property.  The auction will take place at the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Stevenson Maintenance Facility, located at Joliet Road and First Avenue in Mc Cook.  Interested bidders can inspect the vehicles from 9 a.m. to noon; ignition keys will be available.  The auction will begin at 1 p.m. 

The cars and trucks generally have high-mileage and are sold in ‘as is condition’.  To learn more information or to see a list of vehicles, please contact 1-217-782-7786 or visit www.cms.illinois.gov.

“As state agencies upgrade their fleet vehicles, CMS is tasked with selling the older vehicles to generate a return for the state.  Often times, Illinois residents can find older model and high-mileage vehicles at rock bottom prices,” said CMS Director Paul Campbell.

In 2004, CMS began allowing winning bidders to pay for vehicles by credit card (MasterCard or Visa). Successful bidders may also pay with cashiers check, money order, traveler’s checks, or even business or personal checks provided they are supported by a letter of credit from a financial institution (sample letter available at www.cms.illinois.gov).  To register, bidders must provide valid driver’s license or state identification card.  All sales are final and as/is; there are no refunds or exchanges.

Three years ago when Gov. Blagojevich charged CMS to better manage the state’s fleet, the agency eliminated nearly 1,600 underutilized vehicles and raised more than $1.1 million by selling them; in addition, the State avoided $5.3 million in fuel and maintenance costs for those cars and trucks.  Since early 2003, the State has auctioned more than 2,100 surplus vehicles, which has generated more than $2 million in sales.

List of Vehicles

About Central Management Services (CMS)
In 2003, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich instructed CMS to streamline the state’s operations, share resources and save taxpayer money while improving the business services of state government.  By bringing private-sector discipline to its public-sector mission, the department leads the cost-effective administration of purchasing, property management, information technology, telecommunications, internal audit and outside legal services for the state's executive agencies, personnel and benefits for all state employees and retirees, and the state's employee and vendor diversity programs. 

Deloitte Consulting validated that CMS achieved $529 million in savings through its efforts in FY04 and FY05 alone as the agency implemented new technologies, reduced waste and rethought many of the administrative operations of the state.


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