Government Sales of Seized and Surplus Property Several government agencies sell items to the public through both live and online auctions. These auctions, especially online ones, let you purchase government-owned assets across the country and U.S.-owned territories. Agencies sell many types of items such as vehicles, computers, and real estate. Public online auctions of local government surplus. Specialized in police vehicles and government agencies vehicles and heavy equipment. Municibid is a convenient and easy-to-use online auction service for government agencies, schools, authorities and utilities to sell their surplus and forfeitures directly to the public. All auctions take place online and are available to bid 24 hours a day.