Auctions and Sales
The Texas Facilities
Commission (TFC) has the statutory responsibility for the disposition of
surplus personal property items from state agencies. The Commission delegates a
portion of their authority to larger agencies in order to accelerate the state's
disposal efforts. Currently, TxDOT holds delegated authority to conduct local
sales and dispose of salvage materials.
TxDOT's surplus property must first be offered to other state
agencies, political subdivisions and assistance organizations during
a 10-day advertisement period (see
Advertisement to Public Entities). The Department may sell its
surplus items to a public entity during this period through a direct
transfer. Once the advertisement period is complete, unsold items
can then be offered to the general public through one of the
following competitive bidding methods:
Important Facts to Know:
- All surplus property is sold "as is, where is" with no expressed or
implied warranty or guarantee of merchantability.
- Each sale contains specific terms and conditions which must be followed
- Except for direct transfers to a public entity, a 6.5 percent
purchaser's fee is collected on all surplus sale transactions.
- In addition to the purchaser's fee, a buyer must pay any applicable
state sales and use tax unless the buyer provides a resale or tax-exempt
- Failure to abide by the terms and conditions of the sale or retrieve any
surplus property you purchased may result in the forfeiture of your funds
and the item(s) reverting back to the state of Texas. This action may
negatively impact your ability to receive any future TxDOT surplus property
- The department does not offer computers or computer-related equipment
items to the general public for sale. In accordance with state law, these
items are transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Computer
Recovery Program where they are refurbished and offered to charter schools
and independent school districts in the state of Texas.
- TxDOT policy prohibits department employees from buying the Department's
surplus property. However, this restriction does not extend to surplus
property sold by other state agencies or political subdivisions.