The state of California is preparing to return to the auctions that once brought millions of cars to the state, but the cars it sold off may not be ready for prime time.
The state’s auction process has been suspended for three months, and the State House has temporarily postponed an expected reopening of the auctions.
That means those that have already sold off cars, such as dealerships, may not get their vehicles back until next week.
In the meantime, the State Assembly will consider a bill to return California to the auto auctions that brought in tens of millions of vehicles from around the world.
Gavin Newsom said Tuesday the bill would allow the state to return the auctions to its original purpose, but said that he would not specify the dates or exact amount of vehicles that would be sold off.
The bill has a “very specific set of goals,” Newsom told reporters, including getting “at least some of the cars to a consumer that can have it.”
The California Assembly is expected to vote on the bill later Tuesday, and it will likely go to the Senate before the end of the week.
Newsom has promised to bring back the auctions when the Legislature returns next week, but it will take time to implement the bill.
The Automobile Dealers Association, the industry group that represents California auto dealers, issued a statement Wednesday saying it was “disappointed and disappointed” that the legislation would be delayed.
The association says that the bill will not only hurt consumers, but also reduce competition and lead to higher prices for Californians.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.