Bel Air Auto Auction

803 Bel Air Road
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Phone:  (410) 879-7950
FAX:  (410) 893-1515


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Bel Air Auto Auction Marks 70 Years

On April 20th, Bel Air Auto Auction honored its 70 years in the auction business with a celebratory sale that featured over 2,000 vehicles and more than 1,000 dealers in attendance. As the auction chants began, dealer, fleet-lease, and institutional vehicles filled the lanes. The Oriole Bird was on hand to welcome sellers, buyers, and many special guests as a multitude of celebratory wearables, gifts and food were given away. 

"The company has grown from a single general auction business to a group of highly specialized businesses that include automotive dealer wholesale auctions, power sport, truck, equipment, real estate asset and financial services, and management companies," said R. Charles Nichols, president of BSC America. "In 1947, the late Paige Richardson of Bel Air MD started the first Bel Air Auto Auction in a former livestock auction facility. After many years in business, it was sold and later acquired to become a part of BSC America's business group." 

Bel Air Auto Auction's ownership team -- R. Charles Nichols, Raymond C. Nichols and Michelle Nichols-Neff -- celebrate the auction's 70th anniversary with the help of the Oriole bird.

Nichols recalls that BSC America was originally opened as Nichols Auction Company by his parents, Raymond C. and Elaine G. Nichols. 

At the same time that the anniversary sale was gearing up, other gears were turning in nearby Riverside, where construction is nearly complete on Bel Air Auto Auction's new 175-acre facility. Bel Air Auto Auction's future home at 4805 Philadelphia Road in Belcamp, Maryland will boast a 75,000 square foot, 10-lane auction house accompanied by a 45,000 square foot Vehicle Enhancement Center housing a Mechanical Shop, Body Shop, Recon Center and state of the art Condition report writing center. 

Raymond C. Nichols, CEO of BSC America companies, adds "We like to say The Excitement is Building, because it truly is! We will continue our successful strategy of bringing buyers and sellers together in ways we never imagined when Nichols Auction Company sold its first asset!" 

Bel Air Auto Auction handles consignments from new and used car dealers and private business fleets as well as those from public service and government agencies. Bel Air Auto Auction sells on six auction lanes every Thursday. The auction is strategically located just 17 miles from Baltimore and 80 miles from Philadelphia and provides a wide range of auto-related services, including floor planning, storage, transportation, Internet sales, full reconditioning, and certification. 

BSC America companies are owned and operated by Raymond C. Nichols, R. Charles Nichols, and Michelle Nichols-Neff. The auction is a member of the ServNet Auction Group.

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