Maui Discussion

Ask the Mayor: Why Have the County Vehicle Auctions Been Repeatedly Postponed?

September 27, 2015, 11:57 AM HST
* Updated October 5, 7:38 AM
Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio... Article will play after ad...
Playing in :00

junk vehicle truck car license plate

Why is the county car auction in such disarray? Photo: Debra Lordan.Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Dear Mayor Arakawa,

Q: Why is the county car auction in such disarray with cancelled auction dates and a jam-packed storage area? Why not one every month instead of every two months, and now, who knows after the latest cancellation?

A: The Abandoned Vehicles Auction scheduled for Sept. 18, 2015, was postponed to Sept. 25, 2015, but was later canceled due to unforeseen staffing shortages. Maui County strives to provide this non-mandatory public service on a regularly scheduled basis, although all dates are subject to change.

Every auction requires that a minimum number of trained staff be available to run an auction, and unfortunately, we were not able to guarantee that number on these previously scheduled days. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The next Abandoned Vehicles auction is scheduled for Nov. 20, 2015. Please be sure to call the County’s abandoned vehicles office at (808) 270-6102 or check the “Abandoned Vehicles Auction” webpage at for the most up-to-date information on these auctions. 


Want to Ask the Mayor?


Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email, by phone at 270-7855 or by mail to 200 S. High St., 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.


Make the most of your Maui vacation with these top-rated activities: Maui Top 20: Maui Visitor & Tourism Information
E-Mail Newsletters Receive daily or weekly updates via e-mail. Subscribe Now
News Alerts Breaking news alerts on your mobile device. Get the App


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Maui Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments