REVEALED: 50+ abandoned Mackay vehicles in need of owners
SAVVY shoppers can pick up a car for as little as $1 tomorrow at the council's abandoned cars auction.
But buyers have been warned that surprises may lurk under the hood.
Dozens of people picked through the ruins of once great cars at the Mackay Regional Council Ness St depot in search of something that was at least salvageable.
With surgical precision they poked through cars with missing engines, weeds growing through the gears and smashed windows.
North Mackay resident Shaun Dooley, 29, said he bought his car at a council auction last year for just $90.
The white 2003 Holden Astra took a month, and $600 worth of repairs and registration fees, to get it road worthy again, Mr Dooley said.
But after a year on the road, he said his car needed a tune- up. This year Mr Dooley had his eye on two Holden Astras going under the hammer at tomorrow's auction. The wrecks would be stripped down for parts to keep his original car rolling for another two or three years, he said.
Other potential buyers inspecting the 55 abandoned vehicles were not as enthusiastic about their prospects.
But North Mackay resident Robert Cholava described a Blue Honda Accord Sedan he inspected as in "reasonable" shape. "Here you're lucky if you get reasonable," Mr Cholava joked.
Council local laws officer Rod McBride said some cars looked like they were reasonable but "you don't know what's wrong underneath".
"Some are lucky enough to find a set of keys and drive onto the back of a truck - but it's not many," he said.
Mr McBride pointed to a boat, which was abandoned in Bucasia, and said, "You'll only get it for $5 - but go out to sea and see how far you get."
Abandoned car auction
Begins at 9am, Tuesday, November 19, at the council's Ness St Depot with entrance through the Hume Stside gate.
Gates will open at 8.30am for a viewing prior to auction.
Attendees must wear enclosed footwear and sign in prior to auction commencement.
Children under 16 years are not permitted into the compound.
How much would you pay for these vehicles?
1 White Ford Territory Wagon from McIntyre St, East Mackay
2 Silver Nissan Maxima Sedan, Bruce Highway, Balberra
3 Gold Holden Commodore Sedan, Gorman Street, Bakers Creek
4 Silver Holden Rodeo Dual Cab, Bluewater Court, Bucasia
5 Black Holden Barina Hatchback, Malcolmson Street, Mount Pleasant
6 White Holden Commodore Utility, Deveraux Creek Road, Marian
7 Grey Holden Commodore Sedan, Vezzoli Court, Walkerston
8 Silver Holden Commodore Sedan, High Street, North Mackay
9 Blue Peugeot 206 Hatchback, Field Street, West Mackay
10 Silver Mazda 3 Sedan, Sologinkin Road, Rural View
11 Silver Daihatsu Sirion Hatchback, Gorman Street, Bakers Creek
12 Red Subaru Impreza Sedan, Hillend Road, Glenella
13 Blue Ford Falcon Sedan, Mount Bassett-Cemetery Road, Mackay Harbour
14 Blue Holden Astra Hatchback, Eungella Dam Road, Eungella
15 Blue Toyota Corolla Hatchback, Yakapari-Seaforth Road, Seaforth
16 White Ford Laser Sedan, Hollack Street, North Mackay
17 Gold Hyundai Elantra Sedan, Shuttlewood Drive, Richmond
18 Silver Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe, Grosskreutz Ave, Marian
19 Silver Honda Civic Hatchback, Marlborough Street, Ooralea
20 Silver Holden Astra Hatchback, Paulette Street, West Mackay
21 Black Nissan Pulsar Sedan, Margaret Street, Walkerston
22 Silver Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan, Connors Road, Bakers Creek
23 Green Holden Barina Hatchback, Monash Way, Ooralea
24 Green Toyota Camry Sedan, Endeavour Street, East Mackay
25 Blue Ford Falcon Sedan, Don Wright Court, Andergrove
26 Blue Ford XR6 Sedan, Gregory Street, Mackay
27 Green Toyota Camry Sedan, Manuel Street, North Mackay
28 Black Hyundai Accent Hatchback, Water Tower Road, Koumala
29 Gold Holden Commodore Sedan, Coles Road, Andergrove
30 Gold Holden Commodore Sedan, Hume Street, West Mackay
31 Orange Chrysler Neon Sedan, Gorge Road, Finch Hatton
32 Green Hyundai Excel Hatchback, Banyan Street, Andergrove
33 Gold Holden Calais Sedan, Piccolo Street, North Mackay
34 White Mitsubishi Magna Sedan, McKinley's Road, Balnagowan
35 Maroon Mitsubishi Magna Sedan, Wellington Street, Mackay
36 Blue Honda Accord Sedan, Canberra Street, North Mackay
37 Boat and Trailer, Bluewater Court, Bucasia
38 Blue Mazda Bravo Utility, Perkins Street, North Mackay
39 Red Ford Falcon XR6 Sedan, Canecutters Drive, Ooralea
40 Gold Holden Commodore Station Wagon, Edmonds Street, Mackay
41 Green Mitsubishi Pajero Wagon, Hill Street, Sarina
42 Gold Holden Captiva Wagon, Wellington Street, Mackay
43 Silver Toyota Tarago Van, Sunbird Lane, Andergrove
44 White Mercedes MB100 Van, Bridge Road, West Mackay
45 Gold Citroen C5 Station Wagon, East Gordon Street, East Mackay
46 Maroon Ford Falcon Sedan, Mackay-Bucasia Road, Richmond
47 Green Ford Falcon Utility, Florence Street, Eimeo
48 White Nissan Navara Utility, Bothwick Street, East Mackay
49 Grey Kia Carnival Van, Repulse Esplanade, St. Helen's Beach
50 Orange Ford Falcon Utility, Coles Road, Andergrove
51 White Toyota Hilux Dual Cab, Kuttabul-Mt. Jukes Roads, Mt. Jukes
52 Gold Mitsubishi Challenger Wagon, James Street, Mackay
53 Blue Holden Rodeo Dual Cab, Crichton's Road, Paget
54 White Holden Commodore Sedan, Peak Downs Highway, Walkerston
55 Silver Ford Fiesta Hatchback, Norris Street, Mackay