Drive a hard bargain as gardai sell off seized cars

Clodagh Sheehy

Bargain Christmas presents ranging from prestige cars, cameras, power tools or even a pair of silver champagne flutes will be sold to the highest bidder at an auction this weekend.

Hundreds of bicycles, a jeep, cosmetics, toys and poker chips will all come under the hammer at the all-day auction of seized cars and items recovered by gardai.

The end-of-year extravaganza, which caters for all tastes and budgets, is being held at the Merlin Car Auctions premises in Naas, Co Kildare from 11am tomorrow.

A 2005 Bentley Continental GT, a 2005 Bentley Continental Flying Spur and a 2008 Porsche Cayman S are all up for grabs.


At 1pm there will be a special auction of "Gimme 5" cars which will all go for less than €5,000 including all fees.

The bikes and a range of other items being sold on behalf of the gardai will have no reserve selling price and will go to the highest bidder allowing lucky customers to pick up a bike for less than €50. The bikes include a range of mountain bikes for men, women and children.

The other items include clothing, handbags, baby items, suitcases, a child car seat and a selection of shoes.


A bench mitre saw, Panasonic camcorder, a couple of PlayStations and a set of poker chips, die and two decks of cards in a case will be sold.

The unclaimed items haul also includes several sets of tools, a food processor, umbrellas, a McClaren buggy and car seat, a McClaren stroller and an Odyssey twin stockpot.

Bargain hunters could also come away with fake nails and beauty products, children's scooters or a Buckingham Electric stockpot.

Dave Byrne, managing director of Merlin Car Auctions, said: "This auction is just in time for shoppers to pick up a fantastic deal before Christmas.

"We find that many of our bidders walk away with much of their shopping list crossed off."