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Migden’s Caddy fetches $23,000

A state-owned Cadillac once used as the legislative vehicle for Senator Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, was sold at auction.

Once the bidding was done, the off-white 2005 Cadillac STS V6 sold for $23,000 at a Department of General Services auction on Wednesday–just under Kelley Blue Book value.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported the state originally paid just under $54,000 for the car.

But here’s hoping the car came with an accident report. The car exactly fits the description of the vehicle Migden was driving when she had a minor accident with a bus in San Francisco last June.

“I couldn’t tell you if it was the same car the mishap occurred in,” said Greg Sandin, a spokesman for DGS.

The car went on the block for a starting price of $16,000. Private party Kelley Blue Book on this car in “excellent” condition with the 45,450 miles on it–the figure reported in the Chronicle–would be $24,385, while the suggested retail would be $27,910. In other words, the actual sale price was fairly close to the Blue Book price.

The Senate Rules Committee reported that this was the only former legislative car to be sold by DGS auction this month, and that such cars are more often sold to dealers. Rules also said that the car’s title was clean. The reason this one didn’t go to a dealer, Rules staff said, was due to lack of interest due to high gas prices. The highest dealer offer on the STS–which gets an estimate 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway–was only $15,000.

Migden’s new legislative car: a Toyota Highlander hybrid, which gets 33 city and 28 highway.


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