RUTLEDGE – The Rutledge Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) approved a motion to sell three surplus 2012 Dodge Chargers at its meeting Thursday, September 10. 

Rutledge City Mayor Fred “Speck” Sykes said the City needed to set a reserve price for what it is willing to accept for the vehicles. The vehicles will be posted on first for other government offices to place bids. If the vehicles do not meet the price the BMA requests, it will pull it from the website to advertise in a newspaper. 

Rutledge City Police Chief Jesse Jarnigan said vehicle 101 has an estimate of 106,000 miles, vehicle 103 has an estimate of 150,000 miles and vehicle 104 has approximately 120,000 miles. Jarnigan said vehicle 104 has a six cylinder that does not work. 

Jarnigan researched prices with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), used under license by J.D. Power, to determine what the City could list as a reserve price. He said rough trade-in vehicles were selling for approximately $4,550, average trade-in vehicles are selling for $5,675, clean retail vehicles are selling for $9,250 and clean trade-in vehicles are selling for $6,625. 

City recorder Stacy Harbin said the City has the option to accept the highest bid with if the reserve price is not met. 

Alderman Jason Day suggested setting the reserve price for vehicle 104 at $5,000 and vehicles 101 and 103 at $6,500. The board agreed with Day’s suggestion.

Day made a motion to sell the Dodge Chargers as surplus equipment at $5,000 for vehicle 104 and $6,500 for vehicles 101 and 103. Alderman Martha Ann Cameron seconded the motion. It passed in a three to one vote. Alderman Ed Boling was absent.