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That’s right. Come one, come all, to one of the biggest sales of mostly, sorta, never used trailers in the history of the world!
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A year and a half after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, FEMA is auctioning off at fire-sale prices thousands of trailers used by storm victims, raising fears among mobile-home dealers that the government will flood the market and depress prices.
Mobile home dealers are finding that some potential customers would rather wait to make a deal on a used FEMA trailer than drop $25,000 to $40,000 for a brand-new one.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?People think theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re just going to get to buy them for nothing,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? said Gale Crews, owner of Diamond State Mobile Home Sales in Hope, where FEMA is storing 20,000 trailers at the cityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s airport. Some of the FEMA trailers will sell for less than half of what they cost new.
But again, they’re not just used trailers…
Some critics of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the sale of emblematic of the way FEMA botched its handling of Katrina: FEMA ordered more trailers than it needed, it let many of them sit out in the open, exposed to the elements, and now, some fear, it is about to double-cross the trailer dealers.
FEMA spokeswoman Debbie Wing defended the agency, saying it ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?wanted to be prepared to house as many victims as possibleÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? when it bought the trailers. She said the agency is now trying to lower its storage costs by reducing the number it is holding in reserve for the next disaster.
Honestly, buyer beware on these. I’d go with the used ones before I’d go with the ones that just sat around near the Hope, Arkansas airport for a couple years. A lot of those got royally screwed up.
FEMA is now offering to sell these trailers to the people who were living in them…
Apparently, the public wants FEMA to be out from under the Department of Homeland Security.