By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterSeptember 8, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker's Lemon Lot exists to help ease the burden of transition by providing a place for Soldiers and their families to sell their big-ticket items.
The lot, located on Andrews Avenue, provides a space for Soldiers to sell their privately-owned boats, cars, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, all-terrain vehicles, tow trailers and more to anyone who has access to Fort Rucker, and Soldiers and families members, retirees, DOD employees, even contractors are eligible to utilize the 146 slots available to rent, according to Joan Varner, program manager at the arts and crafts center.
The secure gates of the paved space currently protect more than 20 used vehicles and trailers day and night.
"This lot sells the car for them. It couldn't get any simpler. The vehicles basically walk off the lot," she said, adding that even an airplane was once sold on the lot.
The price to place an item in the lot varies depending on how large the item is and spaces are available for rent by the month. Each person wishing to sell their vehicle on the lot must provide their registration, and a title or a bill of sale to show ownership, said Varner. Clients also need to have a matching I.D., and vehicle owners must be present or have power of attorney for item being sold, and must register in person at the Fort Rucker Arts and Crafts Center.
Varner confirmed that there is heavy foot traffic at the lot, adding that when one person leaves, another person drives in to take a look.
"The fact that it's on base and super accessible is great. Plus, Soldiers and veterans trust each other," she said.
The benefits of selling a vehicle on the Lemon Lot are notable and Varner said that clients usually walk away happy.
Buying and selling at the Lemon Lot can be a speedy process with vehicles coming and going every day.
"Soldiers price it themselves and sell it themselves by putting their contact numbers on the vehicle," said Varner. "People buy every day. I had a man who sold his vehicle after two days on the lot. If you price it right, it will definitely sell."
Varner added that since Soldiers are always coming and going, there is always someone wanting to buy or sell, and that two trips to the lot are never the same, especially during the high permanent change season of summer.
Things turn over quickly on the lot, according to Varner, because they are priced to sell. "If you have anything you want to sell and sell now, come place it on the Lemon Lot."
The Lemon Lot is located on Andrews Avenue between the Soldier Service Center and Army and Air Force Exchange Service gas station towards Enterprise beside the motorcycle safety course lot.
For more information, call 255-9020.