Throughout the year, UW Surplus presents online timed auctions featuring items such as vehicles, computers and parts, tools, industrial equipment, water vessels, sporting equipment, athletic memorabilia, laboratory equipment, or items too large to come into our warehouse. Previous online timed auctions have included: cargo vans, food trucks, laptops, servers, hard drives, wire for scrap, air compressors, DNA sequencers, lathes, outboard motors, live potted trees, professional looms, weightlifting equipment, and one-of-a-kind Rose Bowl football shoes.

Timed auctions are conducted online only through Interested bidders may set up an account directly on’s registration page. The best way to keep informed about upcoming timed auctions is through our email newsletter or by periodically checking our current listings on


All bids are placed online.

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Auction ending times

An auction will end at its stated time unless the item is subject to an auto-extension. If the auto-extension applies, please note the following:

  1. It will be listed on the asset details page, directly beneath the “Remaining” time left.
  2. If a bid is placed during the final three minutes of an auction, the auction’s current end time will automatically extend for an additional three minutes. This will continue until no bids are placed during the last three minutes. Since most bidding occurs during the final minutes of an auction, this allows all bidders a sufficient amount of time to continue bidding.

Viewing items in person

While many timed auction items are located at the UW Surplus warehouse, in some cases the items up for bids are located across the UW’s Seattle campus as well as at our satellite facilities. Each listing on GovDeals will include the location of the equipment and contact information for an onsite person acting as point of reference for interested bidders who have questions or would like to arrange for a viewing appointment.

Vehicles up for auction are typically parked across the street from the UW Surplus store in the E02 parking lot.