London Council using eBay to sell abandoned cars

In what is believed to be a first for Local Government, a London Council is selling abandoned cars on eBay. The online auction site has been used by many private sellers and now Local Governments are using it to improve selling results.

The City of Westminster is using the auction site to get more money for the vehicles abandoned on its streets.

Around 30 cars are dumped every year and Westminster Council has already sold a Range Rover for more than 6,000 (about $15,000). More cars are expected to follow if the trial is a success.

It is part of a more cost effective way of disposing of cars that have been abandoned. Previously, Council sent the cars off to an auctioneer, but that involved paying a commission.

EBay charges a far lower commission than most auctioneers.

Currently Westminster is auctioning an historic 1962 Rover P5 four door saloon which has only had one owner in the last 43 years. The engine runs fine but having been dormant for some years, a new battery will be required - though it runs nicely when jump started. The reverse gear is currently not functional, according to the eBay listing.

The classic car, which was left in a Council car park for six years, has 65,355 miles on the clock and slight damage to front, the listing adds.