Here's how $10,000 gets you 23 cars and a boat
IT was heaven for recyclers at the auction of 23 clapped out cars and one boat at Riverview yesterday.
You'll be lucky to see many of the formerly abandoned cars, auctioned by Ipswich City Council, on the road any time soon.
The council collected $10,600 from the auction as most of the cars were picked up for a song by two bidders - both from recycling businesses. The Nautiglass boat sold for just $50 while the most paid for any car was $1700, a silver Toyota RAV 4.
There were 27 registered bidders, but 22 of the 24 items were bought by two bidders - who were holding up the number 43 and 34 cards. The QT caught up with number 34, who was Russell Ali of a Brisbane recycling firm.
Mr Ali bought the RAV 4, while a burnt out Commodore for which he paid just $100 was also on the list of eight cars he took home.
"I buy the vehicles for recycling businesses and we export metal," he said.
"We make money out of every single thing, so we recover the battery, radiators, the motor and wheels. I have been to more than hundreds of these auctions."
Mr Ali is a real pro when it comes to bidding. You could hardly see him move a muscle throughout the entire bidding process in the drizzling rain.
"You just shake your ticket or nod your head or wave a hand," he grinned.
Mr Ali's main opponent - the guy with the number 43 card - is no stranger to him.
"He bought a lot, but he's a recycler too and good luck to him," he said.
"I'm happy with what I got. Eight cars is more than enough."
A Holden Statesman was picked up for just $175 by one bidder, although based on a conversation the QT heard we are not sure if the purchaser realised it had no engine.