I'm reading the recent news The Philippines Just Crushed $1.2 Million in Smuggled Luxury Cars, Including a McLaren 620R (which also mentions "In 2018, [the Philippines president] had over $8 million worth of vehicles destroyed") and wondered: why does the government of the Philippines destroy illegally imported luxury cars instead of using or reselling them?
One issue is how you would sell the cars and at what price. The usual way to sell seized items is an auction where they would be expected to fetch a low price. This would further undermine the legal market and could even allow the smugglers to recover the cars and still turn a profit. The latter has been cited as the reason behind the decision to destroy them:
Since 2018, after a directive from Philippino President Rodrigo Duterte, the BOC has opted to destroy smuggled cars rather than auction them, in order to send a strong warning to smugglers as well as prevent them from reclaiming their cars at auction.