August 2019 Newsletter

ServNet Names New Executive Leadership

ServNet has announced the appointment of industry veterans John Brasher and Robert Sullivan to head ServNet's executive team.  ServNet's president, Eric Autenrieth, reports that they assume leadership of the auction group on January 1 of 2020.  Brasher has been named Executive Director, while Sullivan will serve as Administrative Director. "We are delighted to welcome two individuals of such caliber and standing in the auction industry to ServNet's executive team," said Autenrieth.  "Both John and Bob have years of experience in the industry and are champions of the independent auction.  Both former owners of ServNet auctions themselves, they bring unique and valuable perspectives to their new leadership positions."

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Their experience as auction owners and their knowledge of the industry prepared both Brasher and Sullivan for their new roles with ServNet, agrees Bruce Beam, ServNet's president-elect, who will take the reigns as president in October. He explains that the pair's appointment follows ServNet's decision to move to an executive director system following Pierre Pons' announcement that he would step down at the end of 2019 as the group's CEO, a post he has held since 2007.  His firm, TPC Management has concurrently provided administrative management services to the ServNet group of auctions.

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Kevin Brown Named Managing Partner at Indiana Auto Auction

Eric Autenrieth, of the Stanley-Autenrieth Auction Group, has announced that industry veteran and long-time colleague Kevin Brown has been named Managing Partner at the group's Indiana Auto Auction.

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"We've had the distinct pleasure to work alongside Kevin for many, many years, as he has led his own auction operation and served in many leadership posts within the auction industry," said Autenrieth. "A great operator with a keen auction mind, he has been a driving force in developing far-reaching initiatives as well as focusing on operational efficiencies and customer service.  We are delighted to welcome him as a managing partner at Indiana Auto Auction."

Autenrieth reports that Brown has been working with the Stanley Autenrieth Auction Group as a consultant since October, handling special projects for both auctions in the group. Since November he has overseen a major facility upgrade at Indiana auto Auction, which included designing and building a new restaurant. He also worked with the staff at Indiana Auto Auction to evaluate auction operations, enhancing processes and efficiencies in all departments.

Brown served for 18 years the general manager and minority owner at Missouri Auto Auction.  During that time, he also held major posts on ServNet's Board of Directors, most notably as the group's President from 2015-2017 and the Chairman of the Board from 2017-2019.

"Joining the team at Indiana Auto Auction is a tremendous opportunity for me to work with a great family which is firmly dedicated to their businesses and the industry," said Brown.  "Indiana Auto Auction has tremendous potential for continued growth and presence in the Midwest, and I'm excited to work with General Manager Luke Dietrick and the auction team to expand its customer base, along with enhancing auction operations.  Like its sister-affiliate, Carolina Auto Auction, Indiana Auto Auction offers its customers a superior auction experience, and topping my vision for the auction going forward is to ensure that all our customers think of Indiana Auto Auction as their 'home' in the auction business."

Brown anticipates that he will spend a good deal of his time meeting with both national accounts and the many franchise and independent auto dealers in the region.  He will focus on finding innovative ways to serve the individual needs of each customer, whether on the fleet/lease or the dealer side of the business.


Tim Myrick Assumes Role of General Manager at BSC America's Tallahassee Auto Auction

R. Charles Nichols, President of BSC America, announced that Timothy Myrick has assumed the role of General Manager of Tallahassee Auto Auction.

"Tim will lead the operations and sales teams to the next level with excellent service and the latest offerings in technology. Tim will report to Tommy Rogers, a member of BSC America's Management team," stated Nichols.

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Born in Brownsville, Texas, Myrick brings a vast knowledge of auto auction experience to the table as he assumes the role of GM. Having worked in both operations and, more recently, fleet/lease at Tallahassee Auto Auction, Myrick is excited to take the reins and lead the auction team in the continued growth and expansion projects that are ongoing. Before entering the auction industry, Myrick's career had been with his family's heavy construction business.

"BSC America's Tallahassee Auto Auction has seen continued growth in both the dealer and commercial segments of our business. Tim's vast auction knowledge and steady approach and familiarity with the Florida Panhandle market will be instrumental as we move forward with our plans for growth and expansion," Rogers stated. "The additional acreage adjacent to the Tallahassee facility that is currently being developed along with plans for lane expansion and lot improvements will serve us well as we continue to solidify our position as the leading independent auto auction in the Florida Panhandle."

Myrick added, "Focusing on the customer experience with a down-home approach and family atmosphere will create the best environment for current and new customers alike to do business with Tallahassee Auto Auction. I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with BSC America's team in the Bel Air, Maryland region and incorporate that same attitude of growth and expansion in the Tallahassee region. Continual investments in technology and the latest ideas are a testament to the success and values that we want to bring to our dealers."

Michelle Nichols-Neff, Vice President of BSC America adds, "We are excited to have Tim expand his role at Tallahassee Auto Auction. His experience and auction knowledge will serve us well as we continue to grow our footprint and develop the relationships that will add to the success in the Florida market."


Team Efforts Deliver Rock & Roll Sale Results 

DAA Northwest Triples Consignment Volume during Signature Promotional Event

DAA Northwest processed 4,800 cars, trucks and bikes in preparation for its July 24th and 25th Rock & Roll Sale. That's three times the auction's average weekly consignment. Executing the feat was a major accomplishment for DAA Northwest on its mission to deliver excellence  -- one of the auction's four Core Values.

"Our DAA team went to extraordinary lengths this year to make sure it was the best-run Rock & Roll Sale we have ever had," says David Pendergraft, General Manager of DAA Northwest. "Everyone here understands the importance of this event and what it accomplishes for our customers. We take it to heart."

4800 consigned units parked 5-deep for DAA's 24th Annual Rock & Roll Sale

In order to manage the increased consignment volumes and associated workflow, DAA Northwest was literally all hands on deck Saturday, July 20th. The week's accomplishments included:

  • Administrative and operational teams working side-by-side, parking the auction's entire consignment lot 5 units deep with every vehicle in correct run order.

  • Processing 4,800 cars, trucks and bikes through Check-in, Condition Report Writing, Photography, Reconditioning and more with the same team that normally processes 1,600 to 1,800 per week.

  • Selling 72% of consigned units to 965 dealers over two days.

Michael McDonald entertained DAA Northwest's Guests at the 2019 Rock & Roll Sale

Michael McDonald entertained DAA Northwest's Guests at the 2019 Rock & Roll Sale

Then there's the party. In the midst of the sale, DAA Northwest hosted dealers, national account guests from across the United States, and the staff and students of Auction Academy's Class 6 for a party and concert featuring Michael McDonald. The former Doobie Brothers front man performed 90 minutes of hits for DAA's guests.

"We've already begun planning next year's event," says Pendergraft. "It will be our 25th annual Rock & Roll Sale, and it will be one to remember!" 


Akron Auto Auction Celebrates 46 Years

Akron Auto Auction (AAA) hosted its biggest sale of 2019 in celebration of its 46th year in business on Tuesday, August 13th. A 1,100 plus vehicle consignment crossed the 6-lane auction lanes starting at 8:15am on Tuesday morning.

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To show appreciation to their loyal customers, the auction treated its buyers and sellers to free lunch from their choice of 4 food trucks that will be attending the sale. Online buyers also got into the Anniversary festivities by enjoying $46 off every online fee for the week.

In the lanes, Dealers were eligible to win hundreds of dollars in gift cards and were entered to win over $3,000 in grand prizes after the sale. Prizes included a PitBoss Smoker, Sony 55" flatscreen TV, 10-foot Pelican fishing kayak, Apple Air pods, a Weston beef jerky maker/food dehydrator, Cleveland Browns tailgate set and game tickets. Special 46th Anniversary T-shirts were also randomly given out in lanes throughout the sale.


ServNet Auctions Cited by NAAA for Public Service

Two ServNet auctions are among the four finalists in NAAA's Auto Auction of the Year Award for outstanding public service. Receiving the honor for NAAA's Southern Chapter is Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction (LFCAA), while DAA Northwest (DAA) was named the Western Chapter winner. The auctions will be recognized at the NAAA's annual convention in October with a crystal trophy. They will also be featured in NAAA's member publications and receive $5,000 payable to a charity of the auction's choice.

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LFCAA was chosen for its wide range of charitable efforts that support large and small nonprofits in the community as well as abroad. Following their motto that Outstanding Service Begins with Outstanding People, LFCAA staff and customers ask the auction to join them in supporting an organization or cause. Auction team initiatives raise funds for the Policeman's Ball, Southeastern Louisiana University Foundation Chefs' Evening, Louisiana SPCA Howling Success Gala, and the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow. This year at an employee's suggestion, LFCAA added to its list Manger House Ministries, which provides education, clothing and food to the 150-plus children who attend its monthly Bible camp in Montrouis, Haiti. In need of 500 flip-flops for barefoot kids, auction members collected 2,000 pairs, packed them in 55-gallon barrels, raised money for the shipping, and donated more funds to enhance the small ministry's programs. A coworker compiled activity and toiletry kits.

A major fundraiser is the LFCAA Annual Golf Tournament. Begun a decade ago, the event brings employees and customers together in support of three local groups: Child Advocacy Services, the area's Cancer Center, and Options, which helps adults with disabilities live and work in the community.
In addition to raising a total of almost $700,000 over the past decade, auction employees contribute their time and effort. Last year they collected 30 pints of blood (which have the potential of saving 90 lives) and made bake goods to sell at the drives. Volunteers assemble gift shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, the general manager donates his auctioneering services to charity events, and several staffers serve on the boards of local nonprofits.

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DAA Northwest's efforts in support of its local community over many years has earned its designation as the 2019 NAAA Western Chapter Auto Auction of the Year. Four years ago, DAA made a long-term commitment to the students and staff of Sunset Elementary when the auction "adopted" the school, which is located just two miles from its site. More than 200 auction employees voluntarily participate in a payroll deduction plan to provide students with healthy weekend snacks through the "Bite2Go" program, with a company match for all contributions. The auction also purchased a van that employees use every Friday to deliver an average of 150 Bite2Go packages that other staff volunteers make at Second Harvest Food Bank.

DAA team members also donate their time to PrimeTime Mentoring, spending lunch hours once a week with students and purchasing items like board games, yo-yos and craft projects to do with the children. They also regularly take lunch and home-baked treats to the school staff as a thank you for their dedication to education.

Every November in conjunction with DAA's annual Anniversary Sale the auction hosts a dinner and fundraiser auction that has resulted in contributions of more than $1.8 million to various local nonprofits, including the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and Union Gospel Mission. During the past year, the auction has made also made contributions to the American Cancer Society, Adult & Teen Challenge, YMCA, Young Life, Spring of Hope International, Spokane River Forum, Northwest Harvest, Meals on Wheels, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Joya Child and Family Development, The Gee Foundation, Community Cancer Fund and school athletic programs.

NAAA established the annual awards in 2016 to recognize the many charitable acts auctions already perform and to encourage even greater volunteer involvement. The winner of the Auto Auction of the Year Award for Excellence in Community Service receives a large crystal loving cup, a cover photo and feature story in both NAAA's On The Block magazine and annual Membership Directory, plus $20,000 payable to the auction's chosen charity that is in addition to the previous $5,000 prize as a chapter finalist.


Houston Auto Auction Marks Growth Since Move to New Facility

It has been just three months since the Houston Auto Auction marked its 55th anniversary with a grand opening sale at its new facility, and already the auction has marked an uptick in both consignment and attendance. Contrary to reports of a quiet summer market in other areas of the county, Houston Auto Auction reports strong activity in the lanes, and 15% growth in consignment and attendance since early May when the auction opened its new facility at 2000 Cavalcade in Houston, Texas.

"It has been a busy and exciting summer for us at Houston Auto Auction,” said Assistant General Manager Greg Lawson. "We moved into our new facility without missing a beat, and both our customers and our auction team members are delighted with all the benefits this great new location affords. With more space, improved efficiencies and exceptional technology, we have the ability to entertain larger clients, add new accounts to our consignment base and offer a superior auction experience to every customer.”

The all-newHouston Auto Auction's new facility on sale day. The auction has recorded growth in consignment and attendance since its grand opening at 2000 Cavalcade in Houston in May.

The all-newHouston Auto Auction's new facility on sale day. The auction has recorded growth in consignment and attendance since its grand opening at 2000 Cavalcade in Houston in May.

Houston Auto Auction's new, state-of-the-art, 24-acre facility was built from the ground up three years ago by a previous auction company before it was acquired by the Bowers family. Houston Auto Auction's new home includes four auction lanes, a 4-bay mechanical shop, and completely upgraded recon facility. The new facility also features Simulcast selling in every lane.

"We are all very excited to be in this beautiful new facility,” said Tim Bowers, Auction President and CEO. "The move came at a pivotal point in our auction's history. We were established in 1964 by the Bowers family, and under the same family's ownership and leadership we celebrated 55 years in a sparkling new auction home.”

July 2019 Newsletter

ServNet Mega-Sales Fuel Summer Market

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ServNet auctions are known for holding the industry's biggest and most inventive promotions, and this summer's auction calendar is full of blockbuster events, ranging from patriotic tributes and anniversary commemorations to summer celebrations and high energy rock concerts, reports ServNet's President Eric Autenrieth.

"High-impact promotional sales are part of a long-held tradition at ServNet auctions across the country," says Autenrieth. "These events bring a level of excitement and participation to the auction that is unmatched in the remarketing world. A look at this summer's calendar shows that the industry's most innovative and exciting events are happening at ServNet auctions."

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Greater Rockford Auto Auction Plans 45th Anniversary Event

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The GRAA'Lapalooza 45th Anniversary Sale is a two-event that is not to be missed. GRAA is planning its largest sale of the year on July 16th and 17th, with over 1,200 vehicles running through the lanes and $20,000 in giveaways. The event kicks off Tuesday, July 16th at 4:00 P.M. with 250+ vehicles running. After the sale the Screaming Cucumbers will perform at 6:00 P.M. while guests can enjoy dinner and drinks. The fun starts back up at 8:45 A.M. on Wednesday, July 17th at the Main Event, which will feature Credit Acceptance/ VRS, Avis Budget Group, and many more.

We are very excited for this year's GRAALAPALOOZA 45th Anniversary Sale. It will be historical for GRAA, as it is our first 2-day sale event in company history," says General Manager, Chad Anderson. "It will be a great time to celebrate 45 years of business with our customers and our employees!"


Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Kicks off Football Season.

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction kicks off the football season with an exciting event sale, appropriately named The Tailgate Sale on August 20th. At this annual event, the auction encourages employees and customers to support their favorite team by sporting their football swag.  Each year the auction brings in a different football talent, and in the past they have hosted Jim Kelly, Devery Henderson, Deuce McAllister, and Tracy Porter. This year the auction is proud to announce that former New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver, Robert Meachem, will be their special guest.

Scenes from last year's Tailgate Sale at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction. This year's event promises to be more fun than ever.

Scenes from last year's Tailgate Sale at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction. This year's event promises to be more fun than ever.

Jacob Warren, General Sales Manager, says, "Our Annual Tailgate Sale is one of our many fun events. The uniqueness of this event sends excitement throughout the region. The football players we host to sign autographs and take pictures with our clients have been enthusiastic and provide a great opportunity for football fans to meet their gridiron favorites."

Warren notes that the annual Tailgate Sale is yet another example of the auction's signature lagniappe: that little something extra that is unexpected.

In addition to hosting celebrity guest Robert Meachem, there will be sweet treats, prizes, and contests for customers. The Tailgate Sale will also close the Float Your Way Through Summer promotion. The auction offers qualified buyers a 28-day free float for fleet lease units during three summer sales: June 11, July 16 and August 20. Root beer floats will be served to beat the heat while working the lanes.


FastLane Auto Exchange Celebrates 41 Years, Plans Summer Events

Summer began early at FastLane Auto Exchange, with its 41st anniversary Sale. The yearly extravaganza was held on May 22nd, and featured over 1000 units running in seven lanes, live music, and a catered meal that included mouth-watering barbecue and Mediterranean food.

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Classic cars added to the festivities at FastLane Auto Exchange's 41st Anniversary Sale in May.

Looking ahead as summer is in full swing, the auction is bringing back its Frequent Buyers program, rewarding dealers who purchase 8 or more units with savings on their buy fees. Also to ease the summer temperatures in the lanes in July, FastLane is bringing back the popular Monkey Business ice cream truck.

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Finally, to end summer and welcome fall, the auction hosts its 3rd Annual Tailgate Sale on August 21st. This year dealers will qualify to win tickets to the Big 10 Championship game, The Michigan vs Michigan State game, free t-shirts and cash prizes. All attending the sale will enjoy a free corn roast and live music.


Baby Fever Strikes at Akron Auto Auction

The four mothers-in-waiting at Akron Auto Auction's Quadruple Baby Shower in April: (left to right): Gina Wallace, Caysie Payne, Kalee Robinson and Allysa Davis.

The four mothers-in-waiting at Akron Auto Auction's Quadruple Baby Shower in April: (left to right): Gina Wallace, Caysie Payne, Kalee Robinson and Allysa Davis.

Over a few weeks' span late last summer, the employees of Akron Auto Auiction received the exciting news that a co-worker would be expecting a little bundle of joy – not once, not twice, but four separate times!  The next nine to ten months months at the auction proved to be an unforgettable time as anticipation continued to build as Gina, Allysa, Kalee, and Caysie’s due dates inched closer and all babies were safe and soundly delivered. (Yes, office pools were made.) 


By mid-April, the babies were just under 2 months away from their expected delivery dates and employees at Akron Auto Auction hosted a quadruple baby shower, to honor the mothers-in-waiting, and provide them all with plenty of baby clothes, diapers, and desserts.

Showing off the next generation at Akron A/A are Grandmother Tricia Short with Felicity, Caysie with Finnigan, Kalee holding Lilyana, and Gina with Cash.

Showing off the next generation at Akron A/A are Grandmother Tricia Short with Felicity, Caysie with Finnigan, Kalee holding Lilyana, and Gina with Cash.

"Gina Wallace, Akron A/A's Repossession Assistant was the first to give birth, with Baby Cash making his appearance in the early days of May. Less than four weeks later, Akron A/A office Assistant Allysa Davis (daughter of Akron A/A General Manager Tricia Short) had a beautiful baby girl named Felicity. Only ten days later, Kalee Robinson, AAA Registration Manager, gave birth to Lilyana. Last but certainly not least, Caysie Payne, AAA Office Manager, brought little Finnigan into the world. Four healthy and happy babies--two boys and two girls--all born within 46 days of each other.

On Thursday, July 11th each of AAA’s newest mothers returned to the auction for a special baby meet and greet with friends and family.

It’s safe to say the that next generation at Akron A/A has already begun and is looking bright!


Greenville Auto Auction Waves the Red, White & Blue in July

For Greenville Auto Auction (GAA), the summer months are just another opportunity to provide an exciting atmosphere and fun giveaways. On Wednesday, July 3rd, GAA held its Red, White and Blue Sale. During this sale, the auction grilled hotdogs for their dealers and gave away Costa sunglasses as well as a $250 Maui Jim gift card.

Greenville Auto Auction grilled up hot dogs for all the dealers attending its Red, White and Blue sale in July.

Greenville Auto Auction grilled up hot dogs for all the dealers attending its Red, White and Blue sale in July.

The Red, White and Blue Sale also marked the beginning of the auction's 10-to-Win and 12-to-Win quarterly promotions. For the 10-to-Win promotion, any dealer in the lane purchasing ten or more BB&T/RAC vehicles from July through the end of September will receive a Peter Millar polo. For GAA's online customers, the promotion is called 12-to-Win. Any online dealer purchasing twelve or more vehicles during the 3-month period also wins a Peter Millar polo.

The auction ended up giving away RTIC coolers to fifteen different dealerships, who participate in the auction's two previous promotions from April through June.


BSC America's Tallahassee Auto Auction Holds 35th Anniversary Celebration

Tallahassee Auto Auction Celebrated its 35th year with an Anniversary Sale on Friday, June 21. Buyers and Sellers gathered for the festivities, which included a consignment of more than 500 vehicles and $10,000 in food, prizes and giveaways.

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Preparations for the anniversary event began several months ago, as the main auction facility was remodeled to better serve its clients. In addition to the expansive remodel, auction lanes were repainted and landscaping was manicured.

Highlighting the Anniversary Celebration was a special tribute to Wayne Hunt, an independent auto dealer from Dothan, Alabama who has been in the automotive industry for more than fifty years under various dealerships, and who has been a long-time customer at Tallahassee Auto Auction.

"Wayne has spent a lifetime in the industry, and we felt that our anniversary sale was the ideal time to recognize his contribution to the business,"said Tallahassee Auto Auction's General Manager Eric Wagner. "He has not only been a long-time customer, but a great friend to so many of us on both sides of the auction block. We congratulate him on his Golden Anniversary and wish him many more to come!"

Wayne Hunt (second from left), independent auto dealer from Dothan, Alabama, was honored at Tallahassee Auto Auction's 35 Anniversary Celebration for 50 years in automotive sales. He is congratulated by members of the auction team (left to right): Tim Barry, Sales Representative, Eric Wagner, General Manager, and Mike Futrell, Sales Representative.

Wayne Hunt (second from left), independent auto dealer from Dothan, Alabama, was honored at Tallahassee Auto Auction's 35 Anniversary Celebration for 50 years in automotive sales. He is congratulated by members of the auction team (left to right): Tim Barry, Sales Representative, Eric Wagner, General Manager, and Mike Futrell, Sales Representative.

The Tallahassee Auto Auction opened in 1984. In 1995 it was purchased by the Nichols family, as a breakout operation in the Florida Panhandle region, and has grown steadily under the BSC America banner. Tallahassee Auto Auction has emerged as one of the leading wholesale auctions in the region, drawing customers regularly from Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Steadily expanding a nationwide audience via online attendance through its Simulcast System partnered with OVE and SmartAuction.

"Over the years we have built long-standing relationships with our customers, ranging from local independent dealers, to franchise dealerships, to large financial institutions,"said Wagner. "We tailor our approach to each of our clients, to provide the services and level of support that they need. From transportation, reconditioning, promotion and even including specialty services like marshalling, we make sure our buyer and sellers receive individual attention throughout the auction process. We work hard to provide solid performance and sales solutions, incorporating the science of business with warm southern hospitality.”

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Tallahassee Auto Auction offers cutting-edge simulcast online sales, electronic payment options, and custom online sales programs for banks and credit unions. In addition to expanding markets geographically, the auction's online database allows pre-sale vehicle searches that match buyers and sellers exactly, driving even greater success at the auction. The auction's state-of-the-art data management system is fueled by industry-leading technology that seamlessly integrates with AutoIMS.com. This capability allows Tallahassee Auto Auction to provide the best of both worlds: superior, local customer service backed by the most powerful and reliable auction systems in existence. Tallahassee Auto Auction also offer competitive transportation rates for long distance buyers, as well as on-site mechanical and cosmetic reconditioning.

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Tallahassee Auto Auction operates in a recently remodeled facility situated on 18 acres within the city limits of Tallahassee, Florida. Located on the main thoroughfare of Capital Circle, the auction located just 4 miles east of Tallahassee Regional Airport. The auction's weekly consignment sale is held on Friday, and includes vehicles from fleet and leasing companies, banks and credit unions, rental car agencies, insurance companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies, in addition to new and used auto dealers from throughout the region. The auction also holds a quarterly Powersports Sale with motorcycles, ATVs, jet skis, side-by-sides and boats.


Carolina  and Indiana Auto Auctions Plan Annual Hog Roasts

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Carolina Auto Auction joins its sister auction, Indiana Auto Auction, in hosting their annual Hog Roasts starting on July 31st. This year the two Stanley Autenrieth Auction Group auctions will be Gettin' Piggy With It all month long in August. Dealers receive free t-shirts on the first week of the four-week event, along with weekly grill giveaways including multiple Big Green Eggs, gas grills, and pellet grills.

Dealers can play "Squeal or No Squeal" just before the sale for cash money and enjoy one very large pig-pickin' breakfast on the final week of the promotion at both locations.

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Both locations will have large numbers of units also, with 700+ units at Indiana Auto Auction and at least 1100 weekly at Carolina Auto Auction.  Dealers can buy in the lane at each location, or online.  Sales begin at 9am with multiple Happy Hour lanes,  and 10am for the regular full lane schedule.

Carolina Auto Auction kicks off its Caropoly sales event in September complete with $40,000 in prizes for over 600 winners! This event will be unique in that for every vehicle a dealer buys or sells he will receive a scratch-off ticket that could earn him a property piece on the board or be an instant winner.

Indiana will host a Spud Sale with loaded baked potatoes on September 19, and begin its famous Spooktacular event in October with great costumes, cars, cash prizes, and candy.

June 2019 Newsletter

ServNet Auctions Cited for Performance, Service, Leadership

ServNet auctions continue their tradition of superior performance, receiving accolades from the remarketing community for exemplary service and industry leadership. In assessing auction results for 2018, national remarketers have recognized ServNet auctions in both national and regional standings, with scores based on operations, customer service and retentions.

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"Industry honors are part of a tradition of excellence that has characterized ServNet auctions for decades," said Eric Autenrieth, ServNet’s President. "ServNet auctions have continually set a high standard for industry leadership, performance and service, providing consistent, outstanding results for their customers."

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ServNet Partners with Flexco and The Hourglass Foundation to Support  Scholarship Foundation

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ServNet Auctions have joined with remarketing partner Flexco Fleet Services in support of The Hourglass Foundation. ServNet's President Eric Autenrieth explains that the group's efforts will center on raising funds for the foundation's scholarship program, which benefits students pursuing their education in mechanical fields at community colleges and technical schools.

Autenrieth reports that ServNet's participation will be two-fold. ServNet auction locations across the U.S. will make cash donations to the scholarship program for every Flexco vehicle sold at auction. In addition, representatives from the local auctions will reach out to area high schools, two-year colleges and trade schools in their communities to make students aware of the scholarship program along with opportunities for workplace experience at the auction.

The Hourglass Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Hourglass Management and its portfolio companies, which includes Flexco Fleet Services. Hourglass Management is headed by Chairman Ron Shoemaker.

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Carolina A/A Raises $113,000 For Cancer Research

Carolina Auto Auction's 2nd Annual Legacy Dinner included (left) special guest Inky Johnson, fomer University of Tennessee defensive back and motivational speaker. (right) Miss South Carolina shows off an NFL MVP helmet signed by most of the Super Bowl MVPs in history, one of the items auctioned at the event.

Carolina Auto Auction's 2nd Annual Legacy Dinner included (left) special guest Inky Johnson, fomer University of Tennessee defensive back and motivational speaker. (right) Miss South Carolina shows off an NFL MVP helmet signed by most of the Super Bowl MVPs in history, one of the items auctioned at the event.

Carolina Auto Auction (CAA) hosted a 3-day charity event in May, raising $113,000 for the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. This year marked the auction's 2nd Annual Legacy Dinner and VIP Charity Auction and the 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. The auction also hosted a big car sale to round off the 3-day event, running 1500 units and donating a portion of the proceeds to the charity.

On Monday, May 20th a special Legacy dinner and VIP auction kicked off the festivities, along with special guest speaker Inky Johnson. CAA sold tickets to the dinner and auction where 75 items were auctioned off in both a live and silent auction format. Some of the prizes included multiple 2018 National Championship items from Clemson's #1 football team; a Virginia Cavaliers team signed basketball from this year's national title team; an African Safari; an overnight bird hunt with dinner and drinks at one of the region's top trophy rooms; an NFL MVP helmet signed by almost all of the Super Bowl MVPs in history; a Carolina Panthers' tailgate package with six tickets to see the defending NFC Champion LA Rams; many autographed items from LeBron James, Johnny Depp, Tiger Woods, and more.

Of note, there were five NAAA Hall of Famers at the Legacy Dinner, including auction owners Patty and Henry Stanley, Bob McConkey, Tom Adams and Tim West.

Heading the celebrity list at Carolina Auto Aution's 2nd Annual Legacy Dinner were five members of the NAAA Hall of Fame: Tim West, Bob McConkey, Patty and Henry Stanley, and Tom Adams.

Heading the celebrity list at Carolina Auto Aution's 2nd Annual Legacy Dinner were five members of the NAAA Hall of Fame: Tim West, Bob McConkey, Patty and Henry Stanley, and Tom Adams.

Tuesday, May 21st continued with the 4-man Captain's Choice event held at Cobbs Glen Country Club in Anderson, with both 8am and 2pm tee times. A special mascot challenge was held at lunch time with everyone attending receiving a steak sandwich lunch. The auction also had unique items available to win after the golf tournament for those who participated in the golf's raffle for charity.

In conjunction with the tournament, Carolina Auto Auction held a 3rd charity raffle that ran several weeks with more highly valued items available to win. The auction also ran 1500 units for the sale on May 22nd. This is the 3rd year in a row that Carolina Auto Auction has raised at least $100,000 for melanoma research at the Atlanta-based cancer research center where CAA's founder, Henry Stanley, received cancer treatment a few years ago.


DAA/OKC Mourns Passing of Mike Egdahl

It is with deepest regret that Dealers Auto Auction of Oklahoma (DAA/OKC) announces the passing of Michael Dane Egdahl, on May 12, 2019. A long-time and devoted member of the DAA/OKC auction management team, Mike had served for many years as the auction's Fleet/Lease Manager.

Mike was born in Norman, Oklahoma in 1945. After moving with his family to Junction City, Kansas, he graduated from Junction City High School in 1963. Shortly thereafter, he joined the US Navy where he spent four years on aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt as a machinist's mate and fireman. Following his service in the Navy, he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he worked as a firefighter.

In the early 1970's, Mike left the fire department to begin a 40-year career in the auto auction industry. Initially, he went to work for his cousin, Gary Smith, at a new car dealership in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He followed Smith to an auto auction in Dallas, where he worked from 1979 until 1990, first working for Gary, then for Anglo America Auctions which purchased the facility, and then as a sub-contractor running the auction's reconditioning center. In 1990, Mike once again joined Gary in the auction business, moving to Oklahoma City as the Lot Manager at DAA/OKC. In 1992 he was appointed the auto auction's Fleet/Lease Manager, a position he held for 27 years.

"Mike will be deeply missed by all of us who were privileged to know and work with him,” said Gary Smith, owner of DAA/OKC. "His many years of leadership and devotion to DAA/OKC has helped shape our business, and affected all of us, both members of his literal family and his extended auction family. Mike's example was always one to follow, and his influence will continue to be felt by all who knew him, both personally and professionally.”

Egdahl is survived by his wife, Debbie, two children, two step children and five grandchildren.


Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Invests in its Employees.

Katie Alombro Business Manager

Katie Alombro
Business Manager

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is proud to announce two more employees have entered Auction Academy, and are joining other colleagues in the auction industry as part of the the 6th Class Group.

Andy Poteet E-Commerce Manager

Andy Poteet
E-Commerce Manager

Business Manager Katie Alombro and E-Commerce Manager Andy Poteet have started the two-year journey to expand their auction knowledge. They follow in the footsteps of Auction Manager Matt Alombro and General Sales Manager Jacob Warren in gaining this accord. Katie Alombro is excited to gain a better understanding of the auction industry as whole. Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is thrilled to see what these two can bring back to their auction and how they can improve their own departments and processes.

Independently owned and operated, Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is located in Hammond, Louisiana. Led by Managing Partner, John Poteet, the team of auction professionals serves the entire Gulf Coast Region and a national online buying base. Dealers gather every Tuesday at 8:45am in six lanes and online to bid on a consignment of 550+ vehicles, including vehicles from ARI, AVIS Budget Group, United Auto Credit Corporation, PAR North America, Hancock Bank, First Investors Financial Services, Prestige Financial, and a wide variety of dealer trades


Akron Auto Auction Names New General Manager

Akron Auto Auction (AAA) ownership has announced two new key role changes within the organization. Former Controller of Operations, Tricia Short, will assume a new full time position as General Manager. Along with this change, Akron Auto Auction has also announced the Controller position will be filled internally by 20+ year Akron Auto Auction employee Julie "Chrissy" Grabill.

Tricia Short (left), has been named General Manager of Akron Auto Auction. Along with this change, the Controller position will be filled by 20+ year Akron Auto Auction employee Julie "Chrissy" Grabill (right).

Tricia Short (left), has been named General Manager of Akron Auto Auction. Along with this change, the Controller position will be filled by 20+ year Akron Auto Auction employee Julie "Chrissy" Grabill (right).

Tricia brings an enormous amount of experience and expertise to her new position, having been with Akron Auto Auction for over 20 years. Tricia has worked in various roles and departments since joining the company in 1996, including Registration, Floorplan and Office Managerial duties. Her understanding of each aspect of the organization and its operations is unparalleled.

"Tricia Short’s elevation to General Manager just reiterates the American Dream. From starting as a part-time employee working in Registration to now managing the day-to-day activities is truly the full circle," said Chad Bailey, Akron Auto Auction President.

As Controller and part-owner of Akron Auto Auction, Tricia’s dedication to innovate and grow the auction, coupled with her ability to build strong customer and employee relationships, has made Akron Auto Auction the success it is today.

"Her passion and drive to continually grow the Akron Auto Auction is not only exciting but inspiring to anyone working anywhere. If her ascension to GM doesn’t inspire you that hard work, dedication and commitment can pay off…nothing will," continued Bailey.

The change will allow Tricia to take assume more oversight responsibilities and an ownership type role.

Taking over for Tricia as the new Controller of Operations is Chrissy Grabill. Grabill has been a vital member of AAA since 1997 and has worked in the Floorplan department for the past 15 years. With over 22 years of auction experience and knowledge, the fit could not have been better or more well deserved.

"I am very excited to pass the torch to Chrissy," Says Tricia Short. "She has been such an asset to this company and this new position is one in which she will excel beyond measure."


Greenville Auto Auction Holds Dealer Appreciate Sale in June

Greenville Auto Auction roled out the red carpet for its Dealer Appreciation Sale in June, offering free t-shirts, a great lunch and exciting prizes.

Greenville Auto Auction roled out the red carpet for its Dealer Appreciation Sale in June, offering free t-shirts, a great lunch and exciting prizes.

Greenville Auto Auction (GAA) welcomed the month of June with an exciting Dealer Appreciation Sale. During this sale, the auction rolled out the red carpet to show their appreciation to their customers. The auction also provided free t-shirts and lunch to every dealer who attended the sale. GAA ran units in the newly renovated Lane D for the first time and provided a Spin the Wheel promotion in that lane. For every vehicle purchased in Lane D, the buyer spun the wheel and won a gift card.

The auction is also finishing up its 10-to-Win and 12-to-Win promotions this month. Any dealer in the lane purchasing ten or more vehicles from BB&T/RAC from April 1 through the end of June receives an RTIC cooler. For GAA's online customers, the promotion is called 12-to-Win. Any online dealer purchasing twelve or more vehicles during the 3-month period also wins an RTIC cooler.


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Plans an Event-Packed Summer

The 5th Annual Hawaiian Sale starts the summer season at Greater Rockford Auto Auction.

The 5th Annual Hawaiian Sale starts the summer season at Greater Rockford Auto Auction.

Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) is ready to celebrate the warm summer weather, beginning with its 5th Annual Hawaiian Sale on June 12th. The day included a pig roast in the lanes and a Hula Hoop Contest at the end of the sale, with the winner taking home $100.

But the fun this summer at GRAA is not stopping there. TheGRAA'Lapalooza 45th Anniversary Sale is a two-event that is not to be missed. GRAA is planning its largest sale of the year on July 16th and 17th, with over 1,200 vehicles running through the lanes and $20,000 in giveaways.

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The event kicks off Tuesday, July 16th at 4:00 P.M. with 250+ vehicles running. After the sale the Screaming Cucumbers will perform at 6:00 P.M. while guests can enjoy dinner and drinks. The fun starts back up at 8:45 A.M. on Wednesday, July 17th at the Main Event, which will feature Credit Acceptance/ VRS, Avis Budget Group, and many more..

"We are very excited for this year's GRAALAPALOOZA 45th Anniversary Sale. It will be historical for GRAA, as it is our first 2-day sale event in company history," says General Manager, Chad Anderson. "It will be a great time to celebrate 45 years of business with our customers and our employees!"

For more information please call 800-830-4722 or visit www.graa.net.

May 2019 Newsletter

ServNet Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners

ServNet has announced the 2019 recipients of the group's scholarship program. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship program assists full-time ServNet auction employees, their children, stepchildren and grandchildren who plan to pursue education in college or vocational school programs.

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"As the leaders of of family-owned businesses ourselves, we ServNet owners take a deep personal interest in our employees," explained Ryan Clark, owner of Greater Rockford Auto Auction and a member of ServNet's Board of Directors, overseeing the Scholarship Program. "ServNet's scholarship program is a great way for us to encourage the members of our auction families and to help lay the groundwork for the next generation that follows."

Ryan reports that the group awarded a total of $18,000 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 acadmic year. The awards will be given in increments of six awards of $2,500 to students attending a four-year college or university, and two awards of $1,500 for students attending a two-year college.

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Corpus Christi Auto Auction Marks 30 Years with Blockbuster Sale

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Corpus Christi Auto Auction, The Walker Auction Group's flagship facility, celebrated three decades since its founding in 1989 with a blockbuster anniversary sale on April 26th. The auction reports that the event doubled its regular consignment volume and drew a 40% increase in attendance.

"Our Anniversary sale was exciting from start to finish," said Hunter Dunn, the auction's general manager. "We ran a great selection of vehicles from our commercial consignors, including Texas Car Title, SRG, Consolidated Assets, United Auto Credit and many others. In addition, we ran dealer trades from the all the major auto groups in the area. It was a great day of buying and selling, and a great day of celebrating 30 years here in Corpus Christi.”

Customer arrived early to preview the inventory, and stayed late to participate in drawings for $20,000 in prizes. Food trucks provided lunch, and a number of consignors joined in the festivities with in-lane giveaways that included t-shirts, ball caps and beverage cups. The highlight of the sale was the drawing for a golf cart valued at $18,000 which had been parked in the auction lobby since February. Dealers buying or selling vehicles throughout the month of April qualified for the drawing.

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“Everything cooperated to make our anniversary sale a success,” said Dunn. “The weather was spectacular, our sellers brought in extra consignment, our lanes were full of motivated buyers, and every member of our staff went the extra mile to make sure everything ran like clockwork.”

“Our Anniversary Sale was an ideal opportunity to thank our customers for their loyalty and support since we opened our doors 30 years ago,” Dunn continued. “We were happy to greet so many great friends, the customers who return to Corpus Christ Auto Auction every week, and to welcome the new faces who came to experience for themselves what we're known for in this market: a family-owned business that is built on family values, and held to the highest standards of service and performance.

Corpus Christi Auto Auction was founded in 1989 by the late Wade Walker. Today the auction continues under the Walker family's ownership, headed by his children Ashely Dietze and Ace Walker, and son-in-law Dylan Skogman. The auction and its sister facility, San Antonio Auto Auction, are members of the ServNet Auction Group


Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Named Auction of the Year by ARI.

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is the proud recipient of ARI's 2018 Auction of the Year Award for the Southern Region. This is the third year that the auction has won the award since partnering with ARI 10 years ago; previous awards were received in 2011 and 2014.

ARI presents Auction of the Year Award to Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction     (left to right): James Terman ( Market Sales Administrator, ARI ) Matt Alombro (LAFCAA Auction Manager), Mike McCollum ( LAFCAA Fleet Lease Manager) , Matt Coluzzi (Remarketer, ARI)

ARI presents Auction of the Year Award to Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction
(left to right): James Terman ( Market Sales Administrator, ARI ) Matt Alombro (LAFCAA Auction Manager), Mike McCollum ( LAFCAA Fleet Lease Manager) , Matt Coluzzi (Remarketer, ARI)

Said the auction's Fleet Lease Manager Mike McCollum, "This award is a testament to the hard work we put in to maintaining the partnerships we have with our consignors. I'm fortunate to have a dedicated team that shares my passion in getting the vehicle remarketing process right."

Mike McCollum and Auction Manager Matt Alombro accepted the award on 1st Choice's behalf.

Managing Partner John Poteet added, "This award embodies the success of our motto, which is outstanding service begins with outstanding people. Our auction thrives on delivering the best service which requires the highest quality employees available. It's great to have our commitment to our customers recognized by this award."


McConkey Auction Group Delivers Exclusive NASCAR Experience
NASCAR Days Trivia Winners get an Insider's Look at Geico 500

April was NASCAR Month at the McConkey Auctions' three locations. DAA Northwest, KCI Kansas City and DAA Seattle all featured NASCAR Days promotions that culminated with race-related Trivia contests. Randomly-selected dealers participated, with winners in Spokane, Kansas City and Seattle earning V.I.P. guided trips to the April 28th Geico 500. The exclusive NASCAR experiences included airfare, hotel, ground transportation, race hot passes, meals and more.

Winners and their guests departed for Atlanta Friday, April 26th. Saturday morning, they were taken by private motor coach to the Talladega Superspeedway where they enjoyed lunch at the track, garage tours and driver introductions before watching the Sparks Energy 300 kick off from the pits. The remainder of the race was viewed from the McConkey Auction Group's infield motorhome. Sunday morning, it was back to the track for the Monster Energy Geico 500. Once again, guests enjoyed driver introductions before experiencing the start of the race from the pits.

Dealers from the three McConkey Group auctions and their guests enjoyed an inside look at the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway .

Dealers from the three McConkey Group auctions and their guests enjoyed an inside look at the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

John Short from Honda of Fife said "...with over 50 years in the business, I must say this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience." John won DAA Seattle's NASCAR Trivia contest, earning the VIP trip for himself and a guest. He added, "Len Roll is amazingly organized and made the trip fun and exciting from start to finish."

Roll, a NASCAR aficionado and DAA Northwest's Senior Manager of Reconditioning, has been leading McConkey Auction Group (MAG) NASCAR race tours since 2004. Equipped with a Hard Card through relationship and affiliation with a NASCAR Cup Team, Roll guides MAG's NASCAR race guests through areas that are off-limits to the general public. The group meets drivers and owners on the track before the race, stands alongside pit crews, and enjoys a catered barbecue from a private infield RV.

Jason Bate, another DAA Seattle NASCAR Trivia Winner, summed up his experience, "The size, the scope, the sound, and the spectacle of Talladega and NASCAR is something that cannot be explained until you truly experience it up close like we were fortunate to do. I'm spoiled for life on racing events after this trip!"


Akron Auto Auction Ups the Ante at 2019 Toy Sale

An Ohio State Buckeys "stadium view" end table, and a fully-stocked humidor and wine fridge were the prizes at Akron Auto Auction's Thursday Night Toy Sale, held on May 16th. Customers were invited to stay after the sale for a special casino-themed event.

An Ohio State Buckeys "stadium view" end table, and a fully-stocked humidor and wine fridge were the prizes at Akron Auto Auction's Thursday Night Toy Sale, held on May 16th. Customers were invited to stay after the sale for a special casino-themed event.

Akron Auto Auction hosted its annual Thursday Night Toy Sale in May. Upwards of 100 "toys" of all varieties crossed the block, including classic and collector cars, motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATV’s and much more. For every unit registered, dealers were entered into a drawing to win an Ohio State Buckeyes "stadium view" end table. For every unit purchased, dealers were entered to win a fully stocked Humidor and a Wine Fridge. The Toy Sale began at 6pm on Thursday, May 16th.

As an added bonus, Akron Auto Auction invited all its guests to stay after the toy sale ended for a special casino-themed event hosted by Highrollers Entertainment Co. Food and refreshments were provided by Betty’s Bomb Burgers Food Truck. Dealers had the oportunity to go ALL IN and play a variety of casino games or just relax and watch the action un - "fold" The three chip leaders at the end of play were eligible to win more great prizes and giveaways.


Greenville Auto Auction Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Team members at Greenville Auto Auction greet dealers for the Cinco de Mayo Sale.

Team members at Greenville Auto Auction greet dealers for the Cinco de Mayo Sale.

Greenville Auto Auction kicked off the month of May with its Cinco de Mayo Sale, held on May 2nd. Dealers were served authentic tacos in the lanes during the event and were given a chance to win $1000 at an End-of-Sale Drawing.

The auction also continues its 10-to-Win promotion this month. Any dealer in the lane purchasing ten or more vehicles from BB&T/RAC from April 1 through the end of June receives an RTIC cooler. For GAA's online customers, the promotion is called 12-to-Win. Any online dealer purchasing twelve or more vehicles during the 3-month period also wins an RTIC cooler.


Carolina Auto Auction Sets Date for 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Carolina Auto Auction (CAA) will host its 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 21st, with plans to make this the biggest tournament yet. Carolina has worked hard to make this year extra special for the 3-day event that will benefit melanoma research at The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

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On Monday, May 20th the festivities kick off with a special Legacy Dinner and VIP Auction, along with special guest speaker, Inky Johnson. CAA is currently selling tickets to the dinner and auction, during which nearly 100 items will be auctioned off in both a live and silent auction format. Some of the prizes include multiple 2018 National Championship items from Clemson's #1 football team; a Virginia Cavaliers basketball signed by this year's national title team; an African Safari; an overnight bird hunt with dinner and drinks at one of the region's top trophy rooms; an NFL MVP helmet signed by almost all of the Super Bowl MVPs in history; a Carolina Panthers' tailgate package with six tickets to see the defending NFC Champion LA Rams; many autographed items from LeBron James, Johnny Depp, Tiger Woods, and more.

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Tuesday, May 21st continues with the 4-man Captain's Choice event held at Cobbs Glen Country Club in Anderson, with both 8am and 2pm tee times available. A special mascot challenge will be held at lunch time with everyone attending receiving a steak sandwich lunch. The auction will also have unique items available to win after the golf tournament for those who participated in the golf's raffle for charity.

In conjunction with the tournament, Carolina Auto Auction will hold its 3rd charity raffle that runs from May 1st through May 22nd with more highly valued items available to win. Tickets are $20 for a book of 25 tickets, which can be dropped into the prize boxes of your choice, and they are on sale now. Anyone may participate and some of the items are available to view on social media.

The auction expects at least 1500 units for the sale on May 22nd. Each week nearly 700 car dealers converge on Anderson, SC to buy vehicles.


Clark County Auto Auction Entertains Customers at Churchill Downs

Guests of Clark County Auto Auction enjoyed spectacular views of the racetrack at the auction's Derby Tuesday event at Churchill Downs.

Guests of Clark County Auto Auction enjoyed spectacular views of the racetrack at the auction's Derby Tuesday event at Churchill Downs.

Clark County Auto Auction hosted its second annual Derby Tuesday event at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, April 30th. Over 500 dealers, commercial customers, clients, and industry professionals were invited for a day of horse racing and fun. The event was held on the sixth floor of the newly completed Starting Gate Suites, which was complete with betting windows, a full buffet, and meet and greets with jockeys such as Angel Cordero who rode the Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.

Guests at Clark County Auto Auction's Derby Tuesday included (left to right) Michael Greene (AutoIMS), Venkat Krishnamoorthy (AutoIMS), Scott Kolb (United Road), and Joe Miller (AutoIMS).

Guests at Clark County Auto Auction's Derby Tuesday included (left to right) Michael Greene (AutoIMS), Venkat Krishnamoorthy (AutoIMS), Scott Kolb (United Road), and Joe Miller (AutoIMS).

"We wanted to create something that would get people excited each year,"said Matt Fetter, owner and president of Clark County Auto Auction. "Whenever we are out at conferences, people associate our location with the Kentucky Derby and historic Churchill Downs. With the auction business being a very fast paced environment, we wanted our brand and annual event to be associated with the most exciting two minutes in sports!"

It was a four-month process planning the event, notes Trevor Schroerlucke, Director of Special Projects. "We tried to think of every detail while planning," said Schroerlucke. "From travel accommodations, to local transportation, to the overall itinerary of the event, there was not a single detail we left out."

Derby Tuesday was followed up by Clark County Auto Auction's Wednesday Derby Event sale, which featured over 900 vehicles, and prize giveaways including kayaks, Yeti coolers, and a 2018 Sea-Doo wave runner.

One customer mentioned,  "The only thing more impressive than the facility was the hospitality.”




April 2019 Newsletter

Dealers Rely on ServNet Auctions to Support Online Sales

Bruce Beam General Manager, DAA/OKC President-Elect, ServNet

Bruce Beam
General Manager, DAA/OKC
President-Elect, ServNet

Thousands of auto dealers all over the country attend ServNet auctions each week to buy the best inventory available in the wholesale marketplace. Having established strong relationships with their local ServNet auctions that go back years, even generations, franchise and independent auto dealers rely on the personal attention and superior services that have made ServNet auctions consistent leaders in the marketplace.

In today's remarketing world, however, dealers are looking farther afield for the right vehicles to buy, making use of the many digital tools available to them to search for and purchase inventory from areas far beyond their geographic base. The number of vehicles selling online continues to grow at a rapid pace, with some in the industry projecting that upwards of 50% of vehicles at auction will sell in a digital environment in the near future. As dealers add online buying to their arsenal of purchasing tools, they are realizing more than ever before the benefits of doing business with ServNet auctions.

"In the wholesale automotive marketplace, auto dealers are sourcing their inventory nationally in ever-increasing numbers," observes Bruce Beam, General Manager of DAA/OKC, ServNet's Preside-elect, and chairman of the Group's Dealer Relations Committee. "The beauty of purchasing a vehicle anywhere within ServNet's national network of auction is that an online transaction can be made with confidence, with the benefits and support then offered by a dealer's local ServNet auction."

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Houston Auto Auction Moves to All-New Facility

Houston Auto Auction is proud to announce its move to a new, state-of-the-art, 24-acre facility. Built from the ground up three years ago by a previous auction company, Houston Auto Auction's new home includes four auctionlanes, a 4-bay mechanical shop, and completely upgraded recon facility. The new facility will feature Simulcast selling in every lane.

An all-new facility awaits, as Houston Auto Auction prepares for its move to its new location. The first sale will be held on April 23, with the official grand opening being held in conjuction with the auction's anniversary sale on May 7.

An all-new facility awaits, as Houston Auto Auction prepares for its move to its new location. The first sale will be held on April 23, with the official grand opening being held in conjuction with the auction's anniversary sale on May 7.

The new location is at 2000 Cavalcade Street in Houston. The inaugural sale will be held on April 23, with Heavy Trucks and Equipment at 12:30 pm, fleet/lease and dealer vehicles at 1:30, and damaged/disabled units at the end of the sale. The official grand opening is set for May 7th in conjunction with the auction's Anniversary Sale.

"We are all very excited for our move to this beautiful new facility," said Tim Bowers auction President and CEO. "The move comes at a pivotal point in our auction's history. We were established in 1964 by the Bowers family, and under the same family's ownership and leadership we will be celebrating 55 years in a sparkling new auction home."


FastLane Auto Exchange Plans 41st Anniversary Sale

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Plans are underway for FastLane Auto Exchange's 41st Anniversary Celebration, set for May 22nd. The auction expects more than 1,000 vehicles at the sale, running on eight auction lanes. Dealers attending the sale will enjoy food catered and served by Backyard Barbecue, and music provided by The Rock Shower before the start of the sale. After the last vehicle crosses the block, the auction will give away more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Located just north of Flint Michigan in Mount Morris, FastLane Auto Exchange has been in operation since 1978, and was purchased by a group led by Greg Price in January of 2017. Under Price's leadership, the auction has undergone a staggering transformation, expanding in less than 2 years from an evening sale running 100+ vehicles a week on one lane to a Wednesday afternoon auction featuring 700+ vehicles on 8 lanes. FastLane Auto Exchange became a member of the ServNet Auction Group in December of 2018.


Bel Air Auto Auction Celebrates 72 Years at Anniversary Sale

Bel Air Auto Auction celebrated its 72nd Anniversary on April 17th and 18th .

Bel Air Auto Auction celebrated its 72nd Anniversary on April 17th and 18th.

BSC America's Bel Air Auto Auction celebrated 72 Years with its customers at a two-day event on April 17th and 18th. The festivities began at 10am on Wednesday, April 17th with a GM Financial Closed Sale and Honor Roll Off-Lease Open Sale. That evening, customers and staff gathered in the lanes for a Happy Hour and dinner celebration, enjoying food, drinks and music. Eager bidders returned for the main event on Thursday, April 18th, when the season's largest consignment of vehicles, more than 2,400 units, ran across ten auction lanes. The Oriole Mascot made a special appearance to mingle with sellers, buyers, and many special guests.

Thursday's sale began with a free breakfast, and bidding was strong throughout the day, as dealers chose from consignments offered by Ally, American Credit Acceptance, BB&T/RAC, Chrysler Capital, Santander, Enterprise, GM Financial, Avis, Toyota, Lexus, ARI, UHaul, Element, Bank of America, C&F Finance, Mile One, Jones Junction, Priority 1 Automotive and many more. The icing on the anniversary celebration was a special run of 45 classic cars, following the regular auction.

Multiple prizes were given away, including gift cards, a barbecue grill, an iPad, a Playstation, lottery scratch-offs, Orioles game tickets and shirts.

The Baltimore Orioles’ Mascot was on hand to greet buyers, sellers and special guests, as they gathered to marked Bel Air Auto Auction’s 72 years of service to the industry.

The Baltimore Orioles’ Mascot was on hand to greet buyers, sellers and special guests, as they gathered to marked Bel Air Auto Auction’s 72 years of service to the industry.

"The Anniversary Sale was our opportunity to thank our dedicated customers for the part they have played in our many years of success," said R. Charles Nichols, President of BSC America. "As one of the longest-running auctions in the country, we joined with our friends and colleagues to celebrate 72 years in this market, thanking buyers and sellers alike for their loyalty and support. We look forward a great year ahead as we focus on providing the bestenvironment for buying and selling vehicles in the Mid-Atlantic region."

The late Paige Richardson of Bel Air MD started the first Bel Air Auto Auction in a former livestock auction facility in 1947. After many years in business, it was sold and later acquired to become a part of BSC America's business group, owned and operated by the Nichols family. Bel Air Auto Auction facility opened its all-new facility in September of 2017. Sited on 185 acres, the facility includes a 75,000-square foot, 10-lane auction facility, restaurant and administrative office building, as well as a separate state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot Vehicle Enhancement Center which houses both mechanical and body shops, reconditioning bays, paint booths and an imaging center. A separate building provides a streamlined check-in facility for dealers and transporters. The auction recently completed a lot expansion adding 12 additional acres of parking.


Akron Auto Auction Employee Receives CAR Certification

Akron Auto Auction is thrilled to congratulate Michael Waseity on becoming a Certified Automotive Remarketer (CAR) by IARA and Akron A/A's first-ever Auction Academy graduate. Waseity, Akron Auto Auction's Repossession and Fleet Lease Manager since 2015, completed Auction Academy's two-year training program in March and was honored alongside his fellow graduates at the 2019 CAR Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Michael Waseity, Akron Auto Auction’s Repossession and Fleet Lease Manager, Auction Academy Graduate, and CAR Certified by IARA

Michael Waseity, Akron Auto Auction’s Repossession and Fleet Lease Manager, Auction Academy Graduate, and CAR Certified by IARA

"The Auction Academy provided me the opportunity to learn and grow outside of the Akron Auto Auction." says Waseity. "It also allowed me be front and center with industry leaders who have been in business for many years. I was also able see auctions at a different level, regarding both size and operations, as well as how each auction is unique in its own special way, but similar to back home."

"Along with the invaluable visits and interactions, the Academy also equipped us with a ‘study table' to become CAR Certified and Safe T Sam Certified," continued Waseity. "These certificates provided a crash course in safety, wholesale, auctioneering, and arbitration. Having this training allows me to steam ahead compared to people who haven't had the opportunity."

"My Auction Academy experience has laid the foundation for me to lead and grow within the auction walls," Waseity reflects.

Auction President Chad Bailey, who was present at Waseity's graduation in Las Vegas, also commented on Michael's CAR Certification.

"Mike has been a vital part of Akron Auto Auction since joining the team four years ago." says Bailey "His leadership skills and natural ability to build strong customer relationships have proved to be paramount to not only the success and growth of Akron's Repossession Department, but to the entire auction as a whole."

"We all would like to congratulate Mike for receiving his CAR certification" Bailey continues. "We're excited to see him make his own positive impact on the Auction landscape."


McConkey Auctions Reveal Summer Headliners 
Rock & Roll Sale and Guitars & Cars Performers Announced

DAA Northwest and KCI Kansas City began their NASCAR Days promotional events with announcements unrelated to stock car racing. The auctions' April 18th lineup included revelations of this year's signature promotional event headliners.

DAA Northwest's July 24th and 25th Rock & Roll Sale will feature Michael McDonald. The former Doobie Brothers front man and Steely Dan collaborator is well known for his distinctive, soulful vocal style. A recipient of five Grammy Awards, McDonald will perform hits including I Keep Forgettin,' Minute by Minute and What a Fool Believes on the DAA Stage.

KCI Kansas City will round-out its August 14th and 15th Guitars & Cars event with Old Dominion. The group recently won its second consecutive "Group of the Year" award at the 54th ACM Awards ceremony and is well known for blending old-fashioned country charm with rock and roll grit. Old Dominion was awarded 2018 CMA Vocal Group of the Year, and has had 5 songs in the top 10 from just two albums.

DAA Northwest and KCI Kansas City's signature events are known for their increased consignment volumes, buyer attendance and high-energy music festival vibe. As McConkey Auction Group (MAG) president and CEO Bob McConkey puts it, those attending need to "Get ready for more fun than you've ever had at work!


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Ready to Make Waves at Splash Bash

Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) is ready to make waves at the first annual Splash Bash. GRAA is going to be flooded with 900+ vehicles running through the lanes on May 8th. Following the sale GRAA will giveaway $10,000 in prizes. Giveaways range from a 42" Lawn Mower, to a Kayak, a Fishing Charter and much more. Customers will also have a chance to win $1000 before and after the sale.

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State Line Auto Auction Plans Three Special Sales in May

The month of May is going to be very busy at State Line Auto Auction, with three exciting sales taking place: the Corvettes, Convertibles and Exotics Sale on May 10th, the Annual Antique and Classic Sale on May 17th, and the auction's 3rd Heavy Duty Equipment Sale on May 18th.

State Line's Antique and Classic Sale in May of 2018. This year's event is set for May 17.

State Line's Antique and Classic Sale in May of 2018. This year's event is set for May 17.

Both Friday auctions, on May 10th and 17th, will start off with regular consignment of 1200-1400+ vehicles. Inventory from dealers, fleet and lease companies, factory accounts and banks will be spread over eight lanes.  Following the main sale, the special events will run in two action-packed lanes.

The Heavy Equipment Sale will begin at 10 am on Saturday, May 18th and is open to the public. A wide array of equipment will be sold, including construction and farm equipment along with inventory from municipalities and local businesses.


Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Does it Again!

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is proud to announce that Matt Alombro, Auction Manager, is now CAR-certified by IARA. International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) has created an education program over the last ten years to expand overall knowledge of the remarketing industry. A Certified Automotive Remarketer (CAR) understands all aspects of automotive remarketing including remarketing channels, pre-sale activities, actual sale activities, post-sale activities, legal/ethics, and terminology.

Lousiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction now has three CAR-certified employees: (left to right) Jacob Warren, General Sales and Marketing Manager; Mike McCollum, Fleet Lease Manager and Matt Alombro, Auction Manager

Lousiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction now has three CAR-certified employees: (left to right) Jacob Warren, General Sales and Marketing Manager; Mike McCollum, Fleet Lease Manager and Matt Alombro, Auction Manager

The auction's Managing Partner, John Poteet, is proud to now have three employees CAR-certified, stating, "Congratulations to Matt on becoming CAR-certified by IARA. Matt joins Mike McCollum, our Fleet Lease Manager, and Jacob Warren, our General Sales and Marketing Manager, as CAR-certified, making us one of the few auctions with more than one employee with this important designation. CAR certification shows our commitment to employee education and the highest level of service to our valued institutional accounts."

Matt has been a member of the 1st Choice team for 12 years. He worked part-time at the auction while he was in college, and, after graduation, he began working full-time in the vehicle registration department. After holding several positions in the Fleet/Lease department, he was promoted to Operations and Arbitration Manager in 2011. In 2015 he was promoted to the Assistant General Manager of Operations and most recently promoted to Auction Manager in 2018.

Matt has several industry certifications: 2019 CAR Certification, 2018 Auction Academy Course on Workplace Culture, 2014 Auction Academy Graduate, 2012 NAAA Dynamic Leadership Institute, 2009 & 2016 CR Inspection and Structural Damage Analysis Certification.

Matt commented: "Here at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction we always strive to be the best in our industry by providing the highest level of customer service possible. The CAR Certification expands my industry knowledge and allows me to better serve Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction and our customers. We are always looking toward the future."

March 2019 Newsletter

ServNet at the Forefront of Innovation, Implementing New Technologies

Turn Auctions, a mobile-based platform developed by Greater Rockford Auto Auction, is the latest chapter in a long history of technological innovation spurred by ServNet auction owners.

Turn Auctions, a mobile-based platform developed by Greater Rockford Auto Auction, is the latest chapter in a long history of technological innovation spurred by ServNet auction owners.

ServNet auctions continue to develop and implement new technologies to enhance the vehicle remarketing process for both dealers and commercial accounts, reports ServNet's President Eric Autenrieth. The most recent is the launch of Turn Auctions, a mobile-based auction platform with enhanced buyer protections. Developed by Ryan Clark, owner of Greater Rockford Auto Auction, Turn Auctions was launched at Rockford Auto Auction last fall, and is due to roll out this spring at other ServNet auctions, including Akron Auto Auction, Dealers Auto Auction of Oklahoma City, Greenville Auto Auction and Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction.

"At the urging of its independent auction owners, ServNet has been on the cutting edge of some of the industry's most progressive technology," explains Autenrieth. "ServNet Auctions have been innovators since the beginning, and Turn Auctions is the latest in a long line of tools that have been developed, tested and deployed by our auctions. Unlike the other independent auctions who are on islands by themselves, ServNet can deploy technologies across 23 auctions coast to coast, and do so in a way that is customized to each market."

Turn offers 15-minute wholesale auctions taking place seven days a week via its iOS and Android app. Selling vehicles on Turn is open to all commercial accounts, franchise dealers and independent dealers. At the completion of a sale, the selling auction inspects the vehicle and arranges transportation.

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Carolina Auto Auction Celebrates 29 Years

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Carolina Auto Auction celebrates its success in style during its 29th Anniversary Sales event that runs March 20th – April 24th. The Southeast’s largest independent auto auction will give away over $50,000 in cash and prizes, including $30,000 in guaranteed cash. Other giveaways include a Husqvarna lawn care package, a trip to Hawaii for two, and backyard movie night package complete with a giant blow up screen and projector.

Carolina offers an average of over 1200 units weekly and is sells approximately 700 of those every week. The auction promises excellent inventory and a weekly progressive $5000 cash drawing at the end of every sale during the six-week event. All dealers receive a complimentary breakfast and all-lane float on the kickoff and finale of the event. Carolina also includes its Salvage Sale and three Happy Hour lanes in the mix which kickoff at 9am weekly.

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Many of the floor plan companies will also give away great prizes. AFC sponsors a large Anniversary cake for the auction and its dealers. They also will offer a 60 days for $60 promotion.

The next big event for Carolina is May 20-22, as CAA hosts its 3-day charity event that includes a Legacy VIP Dinner and Auction, a "Tee-Off Against Cancer" golf tournament, and a charity auction sale. Special guest speaker Inky Johnson, former University of Tennessee defensive back, will be the keynote speaker along with other VIPs in attendance.


Excitement Builds for DAA/OKC's March Madness Sale

The excitement of basketball’s premier event--March Madness--has not only inflamed sports enthusiasts but has super-charged sale day at Dealers Auto Auction of Oklahoma City (DAA/OKC), where dealers are planning for an exciting day of buying and selling at the auction’s March Madness Sale on March 21. With more than 900 vehicles filling the lanes, customers will vie for winning bids, show off their skills in free throw contests, and contend for bragging rights and cash when their favorite team wins on the court.

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"March Madness marks an exciting spring market here at DAA/OKC,” said Bruce Beam, General Manager at DAA/OKC. “Dealers will be here in full force on March 21st to bid on the largest weekly vehicle consignment in the state. The full court press will be on with everything from a free throw contest to start the sale, dealer brackets and the chance to win cash at the end of the month!”

The March Madness sale begins with six dealers stepping up to the free throw line to test their skills. Each dealer gets two attempts and receives $100 for making two buckets in a row, or $25 for a single dunk.

At the March Madness event, dealers and guests also have a chance to predict the winner of the March Madness tournament, filling out their own tournament brackets. The dealer with the winning bracket at the end of the tournament takes 70% of the pot, while the dealer with the second-place brackets takes home 30%.

Pizza and hot dogs will be served in the lane, so that dealers can stay in center court during the full run of the sale, which features consignment from Ally Financial/Ally Auto Remarketing, Santander Consumer USA/Chrysler Capital, the AvisBudget Group, Hertz, Thrifty, PAR North America, Littleton Motor, First Fidelity Bank, Weokie Credit Union, ARI, FLD, Flexco, OneMain Remarketing, U-Haul, The Key and more.

"Combining the excitement of March Madness with the optimism we're seeing in the lanes as a result of an energetic Spring market is a slam dunk!" continued Beam. "We're looking forward to a great day of buying and selling at DAA/OKC.


Indiana Auto Auction Recognizes Long-time Employees; Introduces New Look at Auction Café

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There are lots of exciting things happening at Indiana Auto Auction, reports General Manager Luke Dietrich. First off, there's a new look look and a new chef at the Hub Cap Café. All new appliances, furniture, flooring, countertops and a fresh coat of paint was on order for the old cafeteria at Indiana Auto Auction. Along with the facelift, the auction also brought in a new person to make the food for the Café from a local restaurant known for its delicious food . All of the well-known comfort food is prepared fresh after it is ordered by their chef. When you come out to Indiana Auto Auction, be sure to check out the all new Hub Cap Café!

On Monday, March 4th, the staff at Indiana Auto Auction celebrated A Legacy of Excellence with two fantastic employees with a long history at the auction. Karen "Maggie" Ross was recognized for her 20 years with Indiana Auto Auction. She currently works in the accounts receivable department. The auction also took the opportunity to recognize Gail Thomas, currently the auction’s GSA Coordinator, for being a valued employee since 1997. Both received trophies with the inscription: "All Auctions are the same; It’s the employees at Indiana Auto Auction that make a difference”. The awards were presented by Auction General Manager Luke Dietrick, Controller Andrew Schaefer, and Office Manager Ana Tapia.

Indiana Auto Auction recognizes two long-time employees with A Legacy of Excellence. (left: Auction Controller Andrew Schaefer and Office Manager Ana Tapia with Karen "Maggie" Ross; right: Schaefer and Ross with Gail Thomas).

Indiana Auto Auction recognizes two long-time employees with A Legacy of Excellence. (left: Auction Controller Andrew Schaefer and Office Manager Ana Tapia with Karen "Maggie" Ross; right: Schaefer and Ross with Gail Thomas).


March Madness Strikes at Akron Auto Auction

Akron Auto Auction (AAA) and its customers are getting into the March Madness Basketball spirit after every sale in the month of March.

AAA Court at Akron Auto Auction

AAA Court at Akron Auto Auction

As soon as the last lane ends each week, Akron Auto Auction transforms its 3rd Lane into AAA Court. Dealers are then invited to show off their skills and range during a jump shooting contest. Each participant has 30 seconds on the shot clock to try and make as many baskets as possible. Three levels of prizes, which include AAA merchandise and hundreds of dollars' worth of gift cards and mystery gifts, are awarded to the dealers based on how many 15-foot baskets they can make.

The Top Buyer and Top Seller of the month of March will also each win a special Akron Auto Auction March Madness custom basketball.


Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Turns Seventeen

Every May Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction celebrates its continued success with an anniversary sale. This year's event will take place on May 14, 2019. Not only will this sale feature 800+ units, but the auction will also be boiling 1,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish for customers and staff.

John and Georgianne Poteet, along with their team of managers, will roll out the red carpet as they celebrate 17 years at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction in May .

John and Georgianne Poteet, along with their team of managers, will roll out the red carpet as they celebrate 17 years at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction in May.

Managing Partner John Poteet says, "We always take this time to reflect on how much our customers and staff mean to the auction and its continued success. The last seventeen years would certainly not have been the same without them."

John and Georgianne Poteet, along with their team of managers, will roll out the red carpet as they celebrate 17 years at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction in May

After this exciting sale, the auction holds its semi-annual John Dough Gift Auction where dealers spend the John Dough they've earned throughout the year. Twice a year the auction gives away away over $25,000 in fantastic prizes, and the dealers love using their John Dough to bid on great items like GoPro cameras, a Sea-doo, NASCAR racing trips, iPads, grills, Yeti coolers and so much more.

LAFCAA's Anniversary Sale will feature 800+ units and 1,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish, and will be followed by a John Dough Gift Auction .

LAFCAA's Anniversary Sale will feature 800+ units and 1,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish, and will be followed by a John Dough Gift Auction.

LAFCAA's Anniversary Sale will feature 800+ units and 1,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish, and will be followed by a John Dough Gift Auction.

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction, located in Hammond, Louisiana, has served the dealers of the Gulf Coast and surrounding states since 2002. Their experienced and friendly team are eager to assist you with your remarketing needs. Experience their signature Lagniappe every Tuesday and get a front row seat to the growth and action. Auctions are held every Tuesday at 8:45 AM with 550+ dealer trades and bank repos, with several special event sales throughout the year with 800+ consignment. All vehicles are available online.

February 2019 Newsletter

Independently Owned, Family Operated Auctions Excel by Offering Flexibility and Experience in Relationship-driven Business

In an increasingly competitive business environment, ServNet auctions remain steadfastly committed to the core values that have been the hallmarks of their operations since the beginning -- a beginning that spans decades, and in many cases, multi-generations of ownership. Years of collective experience, skill, solid relationships and the flexibility to meet the demands of the market have marked ServNet auctions as leaders and continue to produce superior results for their customers.

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"ServNet's continued success and strength lies in the group's commitment to maintain consistency through transition," says Pierre Pons, ServNet's CEO who has led ServNet's corporate staff for the past decade. "ServNet was founded in 1988 by a group of strong, visionary leaders who knew that their independently-owned auctions offered a level of service to their customers that was unmatched in the industry. The values and focus of those founding auctions have been part of ServNet's culture ever since and continues to set ServNet auctions apart from the competition, as that culture has been passed along to next generation owners who continue the pattern set by their parents in building the family business."

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Missouri Auto Auction Leads Nation for United Auto Credit

United Auto Credit has named Missouri Auto Auction its 2018 Auction of the Year, marking the facility as its top auction in the country. United Auto Credit utilizes approximately 32 auction locations throughout the United States, and employs a multi-faceted scorecard to rate performance.

Scott Mousaw Director of Loss Mitigation United Auto Credit

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Director of Loss Mitigation
United Auto Credit

"Missouri Auto Auction has distinguished itself as the leading auction for us in the nation by consistently performing at the highest levels, in sales, service and operational excellence," said Scott Mousaw, Director of Loss Mitigation for United Auto Credit. He notes that this year's award follows on the heels of Missouri Auto Auction's designation in 2017 as a Regional Auction of the Year for the remarketer.

"The auction's dedication to service shows in every step of the auction process, and by every member of the auction team who has responsibility for our vehicles," said Mousaw. "Missouri Auto Auction has developed a robust market for United Auto Credit, and their concerted efforts on our behalf are evident in outstanding retentions and conversions throughout the year."

Mousaw will travel to Missouri Auto Auction in March to present the Auction of the Year Award to the auction's general manager, Justin Brown, and the auction team.

Justin Brown General Manager Missouri Auto Auction

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General Manager
Missouri Auto Auction

"We appreciate our long-standing partnership with United Auto Credit, and are thrilled to be named the Auction of the Year," said Brown. He notes that the auction has been selling vehicles for United Auto Credit since 2010, featuring its vehicles at monthly sale events. "This award is the result of the efforts of our entire staff, every member of the team who touches the vehicles and coordinates the sale. From check-in and recon, to our fleet/lease coordinators, to the sales team who has worked so diligently to draw buyers from throughout the state for United Auto Credit sale events, our people have done a great job making Missouri Auto Auction a national leader."

Concludes Brown: "My staff and I are honored to receive this year's Auction of the Year Award, and are committed to continuing making 2019 another award-winning year with United Auto Credit."


Greenville Auto Auction Opening New Detail, C/R, Online and Marketing Facility

Greenville Auto Auction (GAA) is moving closer and closer to opening its new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility. GAA will be able to detail and CR vehicles more efficiently and effectively and will have the space and technology to provide the best support for is currently holding a promotion for its online customers. The new building is projected to be completed this month.  

The new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility at Greenville Auto Auction is set to open in February.

The new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility at Greenville Auto Auction is set to open in February.

GAA is currently holding a promotion for its online buyers and BB&T/RAC buyers. Any dealer purchasing 12 or more vehicles online during January through March will receive a Peter Millar pullover. Similarly, a dealer purchasing 10 or more BB&T/RAC vehicles during January through March will receive a Peter Millar pullover. The auction is also continuing its End-of-Sale Drawing. The drawing starts at $100, and the dealer drawn must be present and have had at least one transaction at the sale. If the dealer is not present, the money rolls over to the following week for an additional $100.


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Ready for Redline Sale

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Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) is preparing for its first big sale of 2019: the Redline Sale. The auction expects more than 900 vehicles to run through the lanes at the event, which is set for February 20th.  Following the sale, GRAA will hold drawings for $10,000 in giveaways, including a Mudhead Go Cart, a Ski Ball Table and a Mini Segway. Customers will also have a chance to win $1,000 before and after the sale.


Bel Air Auto Auction Continues Growth, Prepares for 72nd Anniversary Sale

BSC America has announced that Phase 2 of the lot expansion at Bel Air Auto Auction is underway, with plans to add 12 acres of vehicle parking in time for the auction's 72nd Anniversary Celebration in April.

BSC America President R. Charles Nichols reports that the expansion will yield an additional 1200 parking spots for consignment parking and storage. With weather cooperating, the additional parking will be available for vehicles running in Bel Air Auto Auction's 2-day Anniversary Sale event, on April 17th and 18th.

"Since we opened the all-new Bel Air Auto Auction facility in the Fall of 2017, we have experienced continued growth, adding important new accounts as well marking increases in overall consignment," said Nichols. "Our goal has always been to pair growth in the marketplace with exemplary service to our customers. Adding more consignment parking is a vital step in processing the additional volume with ease and efficiency."

BSC America’s Chairman Ray Nichols, Executive Vice President Michelle Nichols and President R. Charles Nichols survey 12 acres being prepared for expanded parking at Bel Air Auto Auction.

BSC America’s Chairman Ray Nichols, Executive Vice President Michelle Nichols and President R. Charles Nichols survey 12 acres being prepared for expanded parking at Bel Air Auto Auction.

Nichols notes that Bel Air Auto Auction has planned a two-day event to celebrate its 72nd Anniversary. The festivities will begin at 10am on Wednesday, April 17th with a GM Closed and Honor Roll Sale. That evening, customers and staff will gather in the lanes for a Presale Happy Hour, with all enjoying food, drinks and music. Customers will return for the main event on Thursday, April 18th, when the season's largest consignment of vehicles will run on ten auction lanes.

"We look forward to our Anniversary Sale as our opportunity to thank our dedicated customers for the part they have played in our many years of success," said Nichols. "As we celebrate 72 years in this market, we thank buyers and sellers alike for their loyalty and support. Going forward, we pledge to continue providing the best environment for buying and selling vehicles in the Mid-Atlantic region."


Akron Auto Auction Battles Polar Vortex

In late January, the Midwest was hit with heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures. The "Polar Vortex" swept through Northeast Ohio the weekend of January 20th, dropping well over 10 inches of snow and temperatures to -4 degrees. The bitter sub-zero wind chill made it difficult to be out in the elements for more than a few minutes at a time.

Employees at Akron Auto Auction battled more than 10 inches of snow and sub-zero temperatures in order to hold two sales.

Employees at Akron Auto Auction battled more than 10 inches of snow and sub-zero temperatures in order to hold two sales.

By late Sunday afternoon, Akron Auto Auction made the tough decision to move its regular Tuesday Sale back to Thursday. Ensuring the safety of employees and customers made it the only possible choice. Road conditions were treacherous, and with most pickups on early Monday morning, a Tuesday sale was simply not feasible.

Despite the extra time to prepare for the Thursday sale, weather posed numerous challenges. However, Akron A/A staff did not hesitate to rise to the occasion.

Lot and facilities crews braved the chill and worked extra-long hours to keep the property cleared of snow and salted throughout the week. To enable every other facet of the auction process to proceed, the plow trucks had to run non-stop. Volunteers from other departments also came in early help plow and tackle the lot for the upcoming auction.

Reggie Gooden, Akron Auto Auction's Lot Manager led the team's efforts to battle the snow and cold during January's Polar Vortex

Reggie Gooden, Akron Auto Auction's Lot Manager led the team's efforts to battle the snow and cold during January's Polar Vortex

Thursday's sale did not miss a beat and by the end of the day, staff was already geared up to turn around and have another sale on Tuesday. Reconditioning, Registration, Transportation and Lot crews all joined together to help flip the lot, move inventory and deliver sold vehicles. Early mornings and long nights were needed to get the lanes in order for the next sale.

On Tuesday, at Akron's "Tailgate" Sale, over 1100 vehicles crossed the block, and it proved to be the biggest auction of 2019 thus far.

"We knew with the Thursday Sale that we were going to be short on time to get everything ready for Tuesday." said Reggie Gooden, Akron Auto Auction's Lot Manager. "But we always find a way to do so no matter what we are up against. Hats off to everyone for stepping up and helping out."

"To have two successful sales despite all of the adversity is really a testament to the staff. People were asked to play multiple roles and take on new tasks," continued Reggie. "We all work hard throughout the week to provide a great sale day for our customers each Tuesday (or Thursday) and we were not going to let a little snow and cold get in the way."

January 2019 Newsletter

ServNet Offers up to $20,000 in Scholarships in 2019

ServNet has announced the opening of its 2019 Scholarship Program, designed to help ServNet auction employees and their families pursue the dream of higher education. The ServNet Scholarship program assists full-time ServNet auction employees, their children, stepchildren and grandchildren who plan to pursue education in college or vocational school programs.

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Up to 10 awards totaling $20,000 are available for aspiring undergraduate students in 2019. The awards will be given in increments of five awards of $2,500 to students attending a four-year college or university, and five awards of $1,500 for students attending a two-year college or are pursuing an auto-related degree at a vocational-technical school.

"ServNet has for many years lent its support to higher education for members of the auction industry," said Ryan Clark, owner of Greater Rockford Auto Auction and a member of ServNet's Board of Directors, overseeing the Scholarship Program. "ServNet's efforts were focused initially in support of the NAAA's Warren Young Scholarship Program in the early 2000's," said Clark. "But we decided as a group that we wanted to broaden our support for training and education by offering scholarships each year to the sons and daughters of employees of ServNet auctions, and launched our own program in 2016."

"As the leaders of of family-owned businesses ourselves, we ServNet owners take a deep personal interest in our employees," explained Clark. "ServNet's scholarship program is a great way for us to encourage the members of our auction families and to help lay the groundwork for the next generation that follows."

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Toyota Financial Services and State Line Auto Auction Team Up in Support of Local Charity

On December 14th, Toyota/Lexus Financial Services (TFS) and State Line Auto Auction presented a check to The Bridge of the Penn-York Valley Churches for $10,000. The check was presented by Bob Brooks, TFS Regional Remarketing Manager-Eastern Region. TFS donated $20 per vehicle sold during its sales between October 22nd and December 3rd. State Line Auto Auction then matched the proceeds donated by TFS. 

(left to right): State LIne Auto Auction owners Beth Barber, Emily Barber and Paul Barber; and Bob Brooks, TFS Regional Remarketing Manager-Eastern Region, present a check for $10,000 to personnel from The Bridge.

(left to right): State LIne Auto Auction owners Beth Barber, Emily Barber and Paul Barber; and Bob Brooks, TFS Regional Remarketing Manager-Eastern Region, present a check for $10,000 to personnel from The Bridge.

The Bridge is a non-profit organization of churches in the Penn-York Valley, that serves residents of Waverly, NY and Sayre and Athens, PA. The organization's goal is to bridge the gaps of life and provide help to local citizens when and where other agencies are not available. Its is not to duplicate assistance, but to provide financial and spiritual support in times of crisis and emergency. Nearly 30 churches and their associated clergy support The Bridge via numerous programs. The programs include:

  • Catastrophic Assistance for those in crisis situations like natural   disasters, fires, and domestic abuse 

  • The Clothes Closet - provides gently used toys, books, household items and clothing. 

  • Kids at Risk - coordinates with local school districts to anonymously help children in need. 

  •  Helping Hands - a ministry for those in need of furniture  The Valley Food Pantry -  open on weekdays to provide food items for those who need help.

"State Line Auto Auction is happy to support an organization like The Bridge," said auction owner Emily Barber. "It is vitally important that we know where our donation money is going, to be assured that all the money is utilized to help those in our local area. The Bridge does a fantastic job with outreach, and assisting those in immediate need of support.  We are proud to have TFS as a customer and truly appreciate their mindset for charitable giving."


DAA/OKC Sells 35,000th Vehicle for Santander/Chrysler Capital

Wednesday, January 10, 2019 was a red-letter day for Dealers Auto Auction of Oklahoma City (DAA/OKC), when it marked the sale of the 35,000th vehicle for Santander Consumer USA/Chrysler Capital. The 2014 Dodge Challenger, with 74,476 miles, was purchased by John Miller of Express Credit Auto. This event topped an exceptional sale, featuring 976 units consigned and 516 sold.

The 35,000 vehicle for Santander/Chrysler Capital to sell at DAA/OKC was this 2014 Dodge Challenger.

The 35,000 vehicle for Santander/Chrysler Capital to sell at DAA/OKC was this 2014 Dodge Challenger.

DAA/OKC has been handling the sale of vehicles for Santander Consumer USA/Chrysler Capital for almost 9 years, reports DAA/OKC General Manager Bruce Beam. The auction runs an average of 175 vehicles weekly for Santander Consumer USA/ Chrysler Capital in its C lane at 9:30 am.

 Santander Consumer USA/Chrysler Capital is an important auction partner at DAA/OKC, and we were delighted to celebrate this milestone with them," said Beam. "Since their debut at DAA/OKC almost 9 years ago, dealers have been eager to add Santander Consumer USA/Chrysler Capital vehicles to their inventory, and have steadily purchased more than 90% of the vehicles offered every week. With a ready market and enthusiastic buyers in the lane, we are looking forward to selling another 35,000 vehicles for Santander Consumer USA/Chrysler Capital. We want to thank Brent Huisman, Mike Bruce, Jason Keese, and Travis Grubb for the opportunity to continue this long-standing partnership."

Beam notes that to celebrate the sale of the 35,000th vehicle for Santander Consumer USA/Chrysler Capital, the auction awarded a special prize package to the purchasing dealer: a Las Vegas Travel Package that includes airfare for two, three nights in a hotel on the Las Vegas strip and $500 in cash.

S ome of the hundreds of toys donated by DAA/OKC's customers and employees to brighten the Christmas season for needy families in the Oklahoma City area.

Some of the hundreds of toys donated by DAA/OKC's customers and employees to brighten the Christmas season for needy families in the Oklahoma City area.

Beam also reports that DAA/OKC finished 2018 on a high note, as the auction's dealers joined with its employees to reach out to the less fortunate in the community. For the second year in a row, DAA/OKC collected food in December, ultimately delivering more than 400 food items to the Food Bank of Oklahoma City just before Christmas. Concurrently, the auction also held a toy drive to benefit with local YWCA's shelter for battered women and children. As an added incentive, the auction offered every dealer donating a toy during December a chance to win tickets to the Oklahoma University/Alabama matchup on December 29th. Winning a chance to root for the hometown favorite was Jim Leonard of Lumpy's Auto Sales.


FastLane Auto Exchange Named Top Independent Auction for OVE in 2018

FastLane Auto Exchange added a new feather to its cap in the final quarter of 2018 by winning first place amongst independent auctions for sales on OVE. In 2018 FastLane introduced FastLane Live which posts online units to three platforms simultaneously giving dealers the best chance to do what they do best – buy and sell. Congratulations to Tina Swickard, FastLane’s Upstream Sales Coordinator for all her effort in 2018.

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In addition to taking first place in OVE sales for the final quarterof 2018, FastLane is in the process of paving an additional 5 acres to make sure that 2019 is even better.

Located just north of Flint Michigan in Mount Morris, FastLane Auto Exchange has been in operation since 1978, and was purchased by a group led by Greg Price in January of 2017. Under Price’s leadership, the auction has undergone a staggering transformation, expanding in less than 2 years from an evening sale running 100+ vehicles a week on one lane to a Wednesday afternoon auction featuring 700+ vehicles on 8 lanes.


Carolina Auto Auction Plans Price is Right Promotion

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The Stanley Autenrieth Auction Group is having special Price is Right Sales that kick off January 9th and runs through Valentine's Day. Carolina Auto Auction joins its sister auction, Indiana Auto Auction, in the event which will have a combined total of $75,000 in cash and prizes. The exciting sales event will provide dealers with large selections of vehicles to stock their lots with as the rush of the tax-time buying season begins to heat up.

Each morning dealers will have a chance to compete in Price is Right style for cash, and big money will on the line every afternoon after the sale's end.

The Stanley Autenrieth Auction Group reports that both Carolina and Indiana Auto Auctions had strong sales years in 2018. Carolina Auto Auction had its best year in over a decade with strong inventory from both commercial and independent consignors. Both auctions look to have very strong sales activity in 2019.

The Price is Right Sale is the first of many promotions geared to increase dealer traffic in the lanes and online.


Akron Auto Auction Looks Forward to Exciting 2019, Annual Tailgate Tuesday Sale

Like Northeast Ohio's beloved Professional football team, the Cleveland Browns, Akron Auto Auction (AAA) has begun the new year with a plethora of changes and heightened optimism.

Akron Auto Auction President and Owner, Chad Bailey, prepares for a busy year ahead as the President of the National Auto Auction Association.

Akron Auto Auction President and Owner, Chad Bailey, prepares for a busy year ahead as the President of the National Auto Auction Association.

First and foremost, Akron's President and Owner Chad Bailey has begun his term as the President of the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA). Although balancing duties as both NAAA and AAA President is no short order, Mr. Bailey is more than up for the challenge. His confidence in his home auction staff allows him to travel the country to share his expertise, knowledge, and enthusiasm with other members of the auction community.

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2019 is also poised to be a memorable year for Akron Auto Auction in terms of newly-opened facilities and lot restructuring. With a brand-new Fleet Lease and Repossession Center being completed November of 2018, employees are settling in to their new office locations and familiarizing themselves and their customers with the expanded lot space. A new sale day "playbook" is in the works with new parking, lane organization, security and safety procedures.

Akron Auto Auction is off to a fast start in 2019 with three big sales already on the books, and excitement is growing for its annual Tailgate Tuesday Sale, set for the last sale day before the Super Bowl. Customers and employees will be encouraged to wear their favorite NFL team's jersey and enjoy a "tailgate" menu from the auction's cafeteria. Buyers and Sellers will also be entered to win a Big Green Egg Grill at the end of the sale with every vehicle bought or sold.


COME ON DOWN to Indiana Auto Auction

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Whether fans of old-school Bob Barker, or new-age Drew Carrey, dealers are urged to join Indiana Auto Auction for its Price is Right Contest, running through February 14th. For the Early Bird contest, four lucky dealers are drawn, and they must try to guess the price that one pf the vehicles sold for in the Indiana Auto Auction lanes, of course without going over. The dealer whose guess is closest to the sale amount plays Plinko for a chance to win up to $1,000.

After the sale it over, the auction's Late Bird Game consists of three dealers drawn from entry tickets for vehicles that are bought or sold for the day. Those dealers spin the auction's Price is Right prize wheel that has different amounts of cents in each slot. The dealer that wins is the dealer who gets the closest to $1. A dealer getting $1 in one spin or a combination of two spins win $1,000. All of the winning dealers from the duration of the promotion will show up again on February 14th as they spin to win $5,000 Absolute CASH.


Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Rocks Out for Another Mardi Gras Event

Georgianne and John Poteet enjoy the fun at a LAFCAA Rockin' Mardi Gras Event. This year's party promises to be more fun than ever.

Georgianne and John Poteet enjoy the fun at a LAFCAA Rockin' Mardi Gras Event. This year's party promises to be more fun than ever.

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction eagerly presents its sixth annual Rockin' Mardi Gras Event on February 26th, 2019. Just like every Tuesday the cars will start rolling at 8:45am. However, this sale will feature more than 800 vehicles, Creole and Cajun food, and king cake galore. Following the sale, Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction will host its Rockin' Mardi Gras party at the iconic House of Blues in New Orleans. Back by popular demand, the band Karma will provide the entertainment and will, no doubt, have everyone dancing and singing along.

Managing Partner, John Poteet says, "We are excited about this event and invite all our customers to attend….and to let us know what they think. Rockin' Mardi Gras is one of our premier events throughout the year and is an example of our signature lagniappe (the little something extra) that our customers have come to expect and enjoy at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction. Watch for more announcements regarding this event and Laissez les bon temps (rock and) rouler!"

December 2018 Newsletter

ServNet’s President Surveys Group’s 30th Year

In his year-end message to the auction industry, Eric Autenrieth, ServNet's President, surveys the group's 30th anniversary year, highlighted by the addition of the group's 23rd auction location and business solutions that will carry forward into 2019.

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Eric Autenrieth
ServNet President

Another year draws to a close. As we all pause to take stock of the past 12 months, to straighten our desks in preparation for a break from the flow of traffic through our auction lanes to enjoy holidays, I look back on a great year in business, topped by 30 years of growth and success among our group of ServNet auctions.

As I reported earlier this year, the market has continued to be interesting, though positive. Tax time took hold early and never really stopped, with the dip we generally expect to see following the arrival of refund checks not really materializing until late in the fall. While dealer inventory was lighter than in years past, our auctions made up for that in institutional business: repossessions, off-lease units and rental returns. Dealers who reported shortages in inventory looked for cars on all platforms, which has resulted in strong pricing and strong conversions.  

Along with a dynamic market, customers enjoyed an exceptional customer exeperience at ServNet auctions across the country in 2018. 

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ServNet Continues Growth, Adds FastLAne Auto Exchange

ServNet wraps up its 30th Anniversary Year with another upswing in growth, adding FastLane Auto Exchange as its 23rd auction location.

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"The ServNet auction owners welcome yet another new facility to our ranks," said ServNet President Eric Autenrieth. "Led by owner/operator Greg Price, an industry veteran who comes from second-generation family lineage in the industry, FastLane Auto Exchange is taking the industry by storm, recording exponential growth over the past two years. Greg is a colleague with great experience and talent, and we are pleased to expand ServNet's geographic footprint into the all-important upper Midwest region."

Located just north of Flint Michigan in Mount Morris, FastLane Auto Exchange has been in operation since 1978, and was purchased by a group led by Greg Price in January of 2017. Under Price's leadership, the auction has undergone a staggering transformation, expanding in less than 2 years from an evening sale running 100+ vehicles a week on one lane to a Wednesday afternoon auction featuring 700+ vehicles on 8 lanes.

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Greater Rockford Auto Auction Announces Partnership with Turn Auctions

The Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) is excited to announce a partnership with Turn Auctions, a new mobile-based auction platform. Turn offers 15-minute wholesale auctions via its iOS and Android app. Auctions on the platform began November 1st and will take place seven days a week. Selling vehicles on Turn is open to all commercial accounts, franchise dealers and independent dealers. At the completion of a sale, GRAA will inspect the vehicle and arrange transportation. Turn expects to enter into similar relationships with other independent auctions.

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"Turn is the next stage in GRAA's expansion of its omni channel sales model, adding to our in-lane, simulcast and out-of-the-gate options," said Ryan Clark, co-owner of GRAA and co-founder of Turn. "Turn will give our sellers greater exposure for their vehicles and our buyers the opportunity to source inventory all throughout the week. In addition, GRAA's vehicle inspection will give buyers the confidence in purchases that they cannot always get from other platforms."

The Turn Auctions app is available by searching for "Turn Auctions" in the App Store or Google Play.

For more information on Turn Auction and the Greater Rockford Auto Auction, visit www.turnauctions.com and www.graa.net.ade before and after the sale.


Houston Auto Auction Prepares for Annual Christmas Sale

Houston Auto Auction invites its customers to its annual Christmas Sale on December 18th. Hundreds of cars are expected, including units from ARI, Texas Bay Credit Union, First Service, First Community, Stream, Element, Centerpoint Energy, and many more.

The team at Houston Auto Auction prepares for its annual Christmas Sale on December 18. Says Grew Lawson, the auction's assistant general manager: "We have hundreds of years of auction experience standing here. This crew totally understands the only thing we sell is customer service, so come experience it at its be st!"

The team at Houston Auto Auction prepares for its annual Christmas Sale on December 18. Says Grew Lawson, the auction's assistant general manager: "We have hundreds of years of auction experience standing here. This crew totally understands the only thing we sell is customer service, so come experience it at its best!"

The auction will offer complimentary cookies, coffee, and a steak or chicken lunch beginning at 11:30PM. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the sale. Dealers purchasing a vehicle in the lane at the Christmas sale will have a chance to win an Amazon Kindle, gift card, Shop Vac, Sony speakers, or a 65" curved 4K HDTV.

Houston Auto Auction constantly strives to be on the cutting edge of the Auction world, providing auction types that benefit both the seller, and the buyer. The auction features a real-time, globally accessible simulcast with no delay, powered by AWG that allows customers to both purchase vehicles and rep vehicles from the comfort of the office, or any place with a high speed internet connection.


Indiana Auto Auction Talks Turkey in November

The turkeys are ready, as Indiana Auto Auction's very first Turkey 10K begins.

The turkeys are ready, as Indiana Auto Auction's very first Turkey 10K begins.

The team at Indiana Auto Auction was talking turkey as they hosted the auction's very first "Turkey 10K", a contest dealers entered to win $10,000 on November 15th. Every dealer attending the sale that day received a ticket for each vehicle they bought or sold at the auction. At the end of the day, tickets were drawn and five lucky dealers qualified for the contest.

Each of the five dealers then picked a different colored shirt and number that matched the color of one of the live turkeys at the end of the lane. When the starter said "GO", the dealers were allowed to either coax the turkeys with food or flap their arms behind them to motivate them to move. All of the dealers had clear instructions that they could not touch the turkeys, or they would face disqualification.

Winning $10,000 at Indiana Auto Auction's Turkey 10K was Mint Auto Sales.

Winning $10,000 at Indiana Auto Auction's Turkey 10K was Mint Auto Sales.

One of the turkeys and its dealer took off quickly toward the finish line, but ended up stalling at the finish line and would not cross. At that point two other turkeys and their dealers went across the line before the first turkey finally decided to cross. Congratulations to Mint Auto Sales for winning the $10,000. All participants also won a frozen turkey for Thanksgiving as well.


Greenville Auto Auction Celebrates the Season with Big Christmas Sale

Dealers vied for the opportunity to open gifts in Santa's Workshop at Greenville Auto Auction's Big Christmas Sale in December.

Dealers vied for the opportunity to open gifts in Santa's Workshop at Greenville Auto Auction's Big Christmas Sale in December.

Greenville Auto Auction kicked off the month of December and enjoyed one of their best events of the year. On December 6th, GAA hosted its Big Christmas Sale. During the sale, three dealers were randomly selected to participate in Santa's Workshop where they had 30 seconds to open presents containing different money denominations. Altogether, all of the presents had a total of $5,000 cash.

Along with Santa's Workshop, dealers also had a chance of winning different lane prizes. Among the prizes given away were a Ninja Coffee Maker, a $350 Bailey's Fine Jewelry Gift Card, and an Apple Watch Series 4. Overall, the Big Christmas Sale was a great success as GAA sold a great majority of its inventory.


Akron Auto Auction, Dealers, Raise a Helping Hand

On December 11th, Akron Auto Auction hosted a special one-vehicle charity auction in efforts to help raise money for a woman with serious medical needs.

Katie Hominksky (far left) and her family waiting in the lanes before the sale.

Katie Hominksky (far left) and her family waiting in the lanes before the sale.

Doctors told Katie Hominsky, a Medina, Ohio woman who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, that if she does not receive a successful stem cell transplant, she will be permanently confined to a wheel chair or die at a very young age. Katie and her family have been tasked with raising funds for the costly procedure but are still a long way away. Bill Doraty Kia, a Medina dealership who heard of Katie's story, decided to get involved to help. Bill Doraty Kia pledged to donate a vehicle that would be auctioned off in the lanes in Akron. All proceeds generated from the sale of the vehicle will go towards Katie and her cause.

In the week leading up to the sale, more and more dealers became familiar with Katie and her story. The vehicle, a 2009 Kia Rio, was staged for sale in the first Bay with balloons along with Katie's photo in the window.

Dealers at Akron Auto Auction gathered around for the auction of 2009 Kia Rio, donated by Bill Doraty Kia, as a charity benefit for a Katie Hominksy, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. The auction raised more than $6,000 to help with her medical expenses.

Dealers at Akron Auto Auction gathered around for the auction of 2009 Kia Rio, donated by Bill Doraty Kia, as a charity benefit for a Katie Hominksy, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. The auction raised more than $6,000 to help with her medical expenses.

On sale day, Katie and her family arrived at Akron Auto Auction to be present during the sale. A local news crew also arrived to film the event to further share Katie's story and experience. At around 10 AM, the entire auction paused to turn its focus on the event in Bay 1. As the crowd gathered around, the vehicle was fired up and the bidding commenced. The actual value of the vehicle in the lane proved to be secondary to the true reason why it was there. After numerous back and forth bids from all over the arena, the bidding ceased at an astounding $5,000, well above the estimated sale price. National Auto Group, a subsidiary of JD Byrider, was the winning bidder. The dealer representative revealed later that his mother suffered from this disease, so this benefit hit close to home for him.

The donations did not stop with the sale of the car. Akron Auto Auction donated $1,000 more dollars to Katie along with many other dealerships chipping in with additional donations. All in all, the event raised well over $6,000 dollars to Katie in hopes of getting her that much closer to her goal.

After the sale, Katie wrote in a Facebook post "Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart to Bill Doraty KIA, Akron Auto Auction, FOX8, and the dealership that bought this car! I am beyond grateful and humbled by this whole experience!! God Bless you ALL!!"

November 2018 Newsletter

Chad Bailey Inaugurated as NAAA President

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Chad Bailey, President of Akron Auto Auction, was inaugurated as NAAA President in early November during the 2018 Conference in Arizona.  Among the past presidents of the NAAA are several of ServNet's own who have set a precedent for involved, active leadership: Henry Stanley (Carolina and Indiana Auctions), Raymond Nichols (BSC America), and Bob McConkey (the McConkey Auction Group).

As he spends the upcoming year at the helm of the NAAA, he will be joined by a number of ServNet auction owners, who serve in various capacities with the national association to nurture the health and growth of the industry, lending their expertise and voices to establish policy, explore solutions to common challenges, and consider the innovations that will benefit the wholesale buying and selling process.

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Bob McConkey Inducted into NAAA Hall of Fame

Bob McConkey has become the newest member of the National Auto Auction Association Hall of Fame. The president and chief executive officer of the McConkey Auction Group and Auction Edge board chairman was inducted at NAAA's 70th annual convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. Past NAAA President, former ServNet auction owner and 2017 Hall of Fame inductee Dave Angelicchio made the presentation.

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NAAA has given the honor each year since 1968, recognizing individuals whose long-term service to the auto auction industry and NAAA has contributed improvements to remarketing as a whole, have worked with the trade organization to benefit its members and have consistently followed the high standards of the association's Code of Ethics. Also named to this year's NAAA Hall of Fame was Tom Cross, who has enjoyed a long and supportive relationship with McConkey and ServNet during a 33-year career dedicated to the automotive profession. McConkey acknowledged Cross's many years of service to the industry, noting his contributions as an innovator in transportation media that includes the past decade as president of Black Book.

McConkey, who grew up in the wholesale auto auction business, received the honor for his leadership roles in the industry as ServNet's chairman of the board and Western Auto Auction Association president, along with his many years of service on NAAA's board of directors and various committees. He served as NAAA president in 2009, during which time he championed the Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR), and the establishment of a universal Electronic Condition Report, national Arbitration Policy, and Wholesale Certification Program.

Today McConkey oversees auto auctions in Spokane, Kansas City and Seattle with combined auction sales of more than 100,000 units annually, and leads the executive team in the development of relevant future strategies. Regularly calling bids on the block, McConkey is considered to be one of the finest auctioneers of autos in the West.

McConkey began his remarketing career at South Seattle Auto Auction, co-founded in 1954 by his father Robert McConkey, Sr.. He learned how to drive at age nine and spent his summer vacations doing everything around the lot until heading off to Washington State University. Shortly after beginning his freshman year in the fall of 1980, McConkey's father and older brother needed him to leave the university and return home to help run the auction, which had fallen on hard times during the recession. Five years later the family sold the now revitalized business to General Electric Capital, the first auto auction acquired by that firm. GE retained McConkey, relocating the 25-year-old and his newlywed wife, Sandy, to Los Angeles where he was to be the general manager of Southern California Auto Auction. Within three years under McConkey's management, SCAA had doubled its size, becoming the world's largest volume auto auction, selling 108,000 units in 1988.

In 1992 McConkey and Greg Mahugh, McConkey's friend, work colleague and former middle school math tutor, moved their families north and founded Dealers Auto Auction of Spokane. Within four years the five-acre, two-lane auction in eastern Washington State had grown tremendously and relocated to a newly constructed facility. Its grand opening celebration included a concert featuring the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis and launched an annual affair that has become the auction's signature Rock & Roll Sale, one of the industry's leading promotional events.

Expanding from five lanes to eight and adding wholesale detail, mechanical, auto body and paint shops on site, the auction was rebranded as DAA Northwest to more accurately represent its extended geographic market. Motorsports and RV sales were later included.

McConkey continued to develop and innovate, utilizing digital to increase his customer base, pioneering the post-sale inspection process, and being one of the first auctions to provide condition reports. In 2006 DAA Northwest formed a strategic partnership with Idaho Auto Auction and Brasher's Auto Auctions that gave birth to what is now Auction Edge, a leading provider of auction management systems and online marketplaces for independent auctions.

In 2008 McConkey became a co-owner of Kansas City Independent Auto Auction and El Paso Independent Auto Auction in 2011 (which was sold in 2016). In 2013, he and Mahugh founded another auction location in the Pacific Northwest: DAA Seattle. These auctions now comprise The McConkey Group along with its flagship auction DAA Northwest, which today occupies 90 acres and averages weekly sales of 1,700 units.


State Line Auto Auction Recognizes 20-Year Employee

Friday, November 2nd marked another personal milestone for a member of the team at State Line Auto Auction. On that day, Scott Bostwick was honored as the auction celebrated his twentieth anniversary as a State Line Employee. Prior to the auction, Scott received his brass ship's clock which is traditionally presented to State Line's Twenty Year Club members. Noteworthy is the fact that Scott started in 1998 as a reconditioning technician, and he still performs very admirably in that position today. 

Jeff Barber, State Line's President, remarked: "In the many years we have been honoring twenty-year employees, Scott Bostwick stands out as reaching this milestone entirely as a reconditioning technician. Our reconditioning department is made up entirely of State Line employees, and I am confident in saying that our recon people have more experience in this vital department than those at any other auction of which I am aware."

The Barber family (Jeff Barber, left; Emily Barber, second from right; and Paul Barber, right), congratulates Scott Bostwick on his 20th year with State Line Auto Auction.

The Barber family (Jeff Barber, left; Emily Barber, second from right; and Paul Barber, right), congratulates Scott Bostwick on his 20th year with State Line Auto Auction.

Barber continues: "State Line is the exception, rather than the rule, in that we have never sub-contracted our reconditioning.  It is because of the dedication of Scott and his team that we are able to perform this critical task with our own employees.  Our family feels that the advantages we gain by utilizing our own employees are immeasurable.  We look at our auction as a manufacturing facility, and what we manufacture is clean cars. One thing we know for certain: If we need someone to perform an important task, and have it done correctly, we can always go to the recon shop and get it handled."

Scott Bostwick (front, center) with the Barber family and the first shift of State LIne Auto Auction's reconditioning team, of which Scott has been a part for the entirety of his 20-year career at the auction.

Scott Bostwick (front, center) with the Barber family and the first shift of State LIne Auto Auction's reconditioning team, of which Scott has been a part for the entirety of his 20-year career at the auction.

To put Scott's career in perspective, Barber calculates the number of vehicles he has helped to process during his tenure with the auction.  State Line operates in an assembly line fashion, with five lanes processing vehicles on the daytime shift.  In round numbers, one hundred clean cars are manufactured each day, at approximately twenty per line. Reconditioning technicians all perform other non-recon tasks on Friday, which is sale day. Therefore, Scott has been involved in the cleaning of 80 cars per week (four days) which amounts to 4,000 vehicles per year (fifty weeks). Twenty years at 4,000 cars per year means that Scott has been directly responsible for the cleaning of at least 80,000 vehicles!  As mentioned, Scott has performed other important tasks on sale day, currently serving as a lane captain. It is this versatility that allows State Line to operate at the high level of service for which it is known.

Barber continues: "Scott is the most senior member of our reconditioning team, but we have many others in that department with many years of service. Our family is extremely proud of the work they accomplish.  We were voted BEST RECON DEPARTMENT in an unsolicited nationwide survey a couple years ago, and our customers consistently compliment us on our finished product.  It is very hard work and we have the utmost respect for Scott as we congratulate him on this important 20-year milestone."


Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction: A Driving Force in the Community

For the 9th year in a row, Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction partnered with customers and vendors to host another successful charity golf tournament. This year, the venue of the long time tournament was changed to Oak Knoll Country Club in Hammond, Louisiana. The auction made this change to heavily involve the local Hammond community. For the first time all three beneficiaries of the tournament were based in Hammond.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center of Hammond, Options Inc., and Child Advocacy Services were the recipients of the fund-raising effort. Fifty two golfers teed off at 10:00am on Friday, October 26, 2018, in perfect fall weather. The tournament raised $24,000 that will be split between these three worthy causes.

Auction owner John Poteet was thrilled at the overwhelming success of this year's tournament.

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"The real reward is in knowing that our approach to business rings true to so many customers, employees, ven-dors and our peers," said Poteet. "Customers want to do business with us because of who we are. Employees want to work with us because we recognize that outstanding service truly does begin with outstanding people. Vendors appreciate us because we pay on time and try to include them in our processes. Finally, our peers recognize us because we are great examples to the industry of a quality driven, community centered, and successful business".

Poteet thanked all the event sponsors and participants, particularly, First Tennessee Bank, which has been the corporate sponsor for the past two golf tournaments and they have increased its sponsorship for 2019.

Lauren Reynolds, Community Outreach Director for Child Advocacy Services states, "Child Advocacy Services is proud to be chosen as a beneficiary for Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction's annual charity golf tour-nament this year. The tournament was a great success and we truly appreciated having the opportunity to share our work and mission, to give voice, healing, and security to children with the many people that were in attend-ance. Thank you to the Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction family for the generosity and support we've been shown over the years."

Options Inc.'s mission has stayed the same since 1973 "helping people with disabilities live and work in the community." Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is committed to helping them further their mission.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center of Hammond is easing the burden of treatment for patients in the local area.

Auction Marketing Coordinator, Rachael Younger says, "Our goal is to help our community thrive in every way possible." She notes that since its opening, the auction has raised and donated almost $640,000 to various chari-table organizations.


Akron Auto Auction Spreads Awareness in October

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and, for the fourth consecutive year, Akron Auto Auction took part in raising awareness and funds to help fight back against the disease.

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Customers and employees joined together in the efforts by wearing pink clothing in the lanes and making donations during each sale of the month. Dealers made flat donations, or they request a percentage donation of all vehicles they bought or sold. T-shirts and other merchandise sporting an Akron Auto Auction Breast Cancer Awareness logo were also made available for purchase during the month.

Dealers also participated donating entire vehicles to run in the October 23rd Breast Cancer Awareness Sale. One hundred percent of those vehicles' purchase prices was donated to the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio. 
"Everyone knows at least one person who is affected by this form of cancer," said Kalee Robinson, Akron Auto Auction's Registration Manager. "Hopefully, efforts such as this can offer help and support to not only the patients, but to the affected families as well."

"We want to thank our dealers for joining us in this effort to spread awareness again this year," continued Robinson. "Each donation will make a difference and provide hope towards finding a cure."

Akron A/A was able to reach its 2018 fundraising goal by raising over $7,000, which will go towards cancer research and providing critical services to women and men in need, including transportation, housing, and emergency assistance.


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Expands Mechanical Facility

The new mechanical facility at Greater Rockford Auto Auction includes four new lifts, and will allow for more mechanical repairs and regular inspections to be made before and after the sale.

The new mechanical facility at Greater Rockford Auto Auction includes four new lifts, and will allow for more mechanical repairs and regular inspections to be made before and after the sale.

The Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) announces the expansion and upgrade of its onsite mechanical facility. The facility has been upgraded to a 5,600 square foot building to help better serve all of its customers. The new facility features four new lifts and will allow for more mechanical repairs and inspections to be made before and after the sale.

"We are proud to announce the expansion of our mechanical facility as we continue to enhance the level of service for our customers. Reconditioning and mechanical improvements in a timely and efficient manner are important to all of our customers and our enhanced mechanical building supports our efforts to provide the highest possible level of service to our customers," stated Chad Anderson, General Manager for the Greater Rockford Auto Auction.


McConkey Auctions on Track with Cognosos RadioTrax

The McConkey Auction Group's (MAG's) Spokane, Kansas City and Seattle auctions are utilizing Cognosos' vehicle tracking software to improve customer service while increasing operational efficiency.

"DAA Northwest led the group, installing the Cognosos RadioTrax™ at its 90-acre Spokane, Washington campus last July. Prior to the installation, auction staff and dealers alike occasionally spent hours searching for vehicles that had been test-driven and not returned to their allocated spots. With RadioTrax, we locate vehicles in seconds," says David Pendergraft, General Manager.

"We did a soft launch of the app in conjunction with our 5,000-unit Rock & Roll Sale last summer. Both dealers and employees were immediately amazed by the time it saved them," he adds.

DAA Northwest has experienced increased efficiency throughout its auction operations due to the Cognosos solution. "It was surprising to see the impact it had across all departments. Not only outside operations, but also fleet and dealer sales, arbitration and management," says Pendergraft. RadioTrax has enabled MAG's dealers to inspect more vehicles, and has also allowed transport companies to pull and remove vehicles more quickly, leading to faster dealership deliveries.

Kansas City and Seattle General Managers Doug Doll and Dave Blake echo Pendergraft's comments. Blake notes that "RadioTrax gives us the chance to deliver radical customer service to our dealers, corporate accounts, vendors and staff."

Both KCI and DAA Seattle recently added acres of paved consignment parking, so integrating RadioTrax at all three MAG locations was a logical next step. Incorporating the game-changing tool was seamless. Cognosos technical support staff was on-site before, during and after the app went live at each McConkey Auction Group location.

"There were no disturbances -- only improvements to the auctions' service levels," says McConkey Auction Group President & CEO Bob McConkey.

"MAG has been a great partner throughout this process," adds Steve Robb, CEO of Cognosos. He included, "We have enjoyed and appreciated working with an organization that is willing to apply innovative technology."

Cognosos' free RadioTrax app is available for Android devices at GooglePlay and for iOS devices in the Apple App Store.



Bel Air Auto Auction's Clayton Station Facility Recognized by Enterprise

Bel Air Auto Auction's Clayton Station Facility has announced that it has received an Auction Achievement Award from Enterprise Holdings. Cited by Enterprise for "strategic, collaboration, operational success and exceptional service", Clayton Station hosted representatives from Enterprise who attended the sale on October 25th to make the award presentation.

"It is with great appreciation that we accept this award from Enterprise," said Tommy Rogers, general manager of the Clayton Station facility.  "This award not only recognizes the sales success achieved by Enterprise at our auction, but also acknowledges the contributions made by every member of our auction team.  It is their consistent attention to detail and dedication to service that distinguishes us as an award-winning facility, and we're thrilled to receive this award from Enterprise."

Bel Auto Auction's Clayton Station Facility Receives Auction Achievement Award from Enterprise Holdings.  Present at the award presentation were (left to right) Jamey Bush (Auctioneer); Jennifer Jones (Inside Coordinator); Steve Mueller (Enterprise); Tommy Rogers (Clayton Station General Manager); Nick Calvaresi (Manager of Institutional Sales, BSC America).

Bel Auto Auction's Clayton Station Facility Receives Auction Achievement Award from Enterprise Holdings. Present at the award presentation were (left to right) Jamey Bush (Auctioneer); Jennifer Jones (Inside Coordinator); Steve Mueller (Enterprise); Tommy Rogers (Clayton Station General Manager); Nick Calvaresi (Manager of Institutional Sales, BSC America).

Rogers notes that Clayton Station has been handling scratch and dental rental units and inop units for Enterprise Holdings since 2008, with volumes steadily increasing year to year.  Currently Clayton Station handles approximately 3,000 vehicles annually for Enterprise. 

Clayton Station is located in Edgewood, Maryland, and sells Run & Drive/Scratch & Dent rental vehicles, inop and salvage dealer and fleet units, and donations each Thursday morning. The Clayton Station Auction Center is also home to BSC America's Specialty Division, which includes Power Sports, Boats and RV's, and monthly Truck & Equipment Auctions. Clayton Station's 5,000-plus square-foot auction arena features state-of-the art blocks and accommodates theater-like seating for customers as they bid on vehicles. Located at 1300 Business Center Way in Edgewood, Maryland, Clayton Station is just a few miles away from Bel Air Auto Auction's main auction campus and includes more than 15 acres for storage.

October 2018 Newsletter

ServNet Elects New Board Members, Applauds Chad Bailey’s Inauguration as NAAA President

Two ServNet auction owners have been tapped to serve on the group's Board of Directors, announces Eric Autenrieth, ServNet's President.  Ryan Clark, Director of Greater Rockford Auto Auction, and Matt Fetter, President of Clark County Auto Auction, were elected to the Board at a recent ServNet Owners' Meeting, held in October in Chicago. The pair replace outgoing Board members Steve DeLuca of Auto Auction of New England and Ashley Dietze of the W. Walker Auction Group, both of whom completed two-year terms.

"We are delighted to announce the addition of Ryan Clark and Matt Fetter to ServNet's Board of Directors and look forward to working with them," said Autenrieth.  He explains that the change is part of a planned rotation in governance, with all members of the Board serving regular two-year terms. "By the same token, we are grateful for the contributions made by Ashley Dietze and Steve DeLuca during their tenure and express our appreciation for their hard work on our behalf."

Autenrieth also notes that answering the call to serve the industry is another third-generation auction owner, Chad Bailey, President of Akron Auto Auction, who takes on the post of NAAA President in November during the 2018 Conference in Arizona.  In doing so he joins a distinguished group of industry leaders who have directed the activities of the NAAA.  Among the past presidents of the NAAA are several of ServNet's own who have set a precedent for involved, active leadership: Henry Stanley (Carolina and Indiana Auctions), Raymond Nichols (BSC America), and Bob McConkey (the McConkey Auction Group).

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Carolina Auto Auction Expands Management Team

Carolina Auto Auction has expanded its management team, naming two Assistant General Managers, reports Eric Autenrieth, the auction's GM and managing partner. Joe LeMonds has been promoted to the post of AGM of Sales and Marketing. New to the auction is Vann Humphrey, who has been named AGM of Operations.

"I am very pleased to introduce Joe LeMonds and Vann Humphrey as Assistant General Managers at Carolina Auto Auction," said Autenrieth in making the announcement. "Both are preeminently qualified in their areas of expertise and will play pivotal roles in our continuing focus to provide a superior buying and selling experience for all our customers."

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Autenrieth notes that LeMonds has worked for Carolina Auto Auction since 2015, most recently as national remarketingmanager. In his new role, he will continue to oversee the auction's national accounts as well as managing both the fleet/lease and dealer sales team and the auction's marketing efforts. 

"Joe has brought tremendous energy and vision to the auction since joining us three years ago," said Autenrieth. "He has demonstrated great success in developing strong customer relationships and has a keen understanding of how operations and sales work together. His skills will prove invaluable in taking our sales and marketing team to the next level and building an environment of increased trust and satisfaction for all our customers."

"At Carolina Auto Auction we are committed to providing a unique customer experience that far surpasses what you see at other competitors' facilities," says LeMonds. "Every business day we work to fortify that experience in every auction transaction, from the way vehicles are processed to the way we interact with buyers and sellers. We are consistently recognized with top rankings from our commercial accounts, and I'm excited to build on that success for both our dealer and fleet/lease customers."

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Although Vann Humphrey is new to the auction in his role as AGM of Operations, Carolina Auto Auction has enjoyed a long relationship with him, explains Auterieth, noting that Humphrey was for many years an auction customer, as the Director of Remarketing for First Investors. 
"We are delighted that Vann has joined the team at Carolina Auto Auction," saidAutenrieth. "He brings with him a strong background in quality control and compliance, and has tremendous skill in seeking out the most efficient and effective ways to get a process done. His experience as auction customer provides a valuable perspective and will enhance all areas of our auction operations."

"My relationship with Carolina Auto Auction goes back nearly two decades, and I considered CAA to be one of the top auctions for the better part of my career as a vehicle remarketer," said Humphrey. "I'm thrilled to be on the auction side of the table, and am excited to work with a great group of auction professionals. In overseeing dealer registration, CR writing, lot operations and recon, my goal will be to make our already superior team function with ever increasing levels of quality and efficiency, to the ultimate benefit of every auction customer. "


Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Name One of Country's Best Auctions to Work For in 2018

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction was named as one of the Auto Remarketing's 2018 Best Auto Auctions to Work For. Auto Remarketing has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the auto auction industry, benefiting the industry's economy, workforce and businesses. This year 34 auctions were included in the list. The 2018 program is sponsored by CARS Recon, Inc., offering reconditioning services for the auction industry since 2003.

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Managing Partner, John Poteet expressed, "I am very proud that for the third year running Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction has been named one of the Best Auctions to Work For. The fact that our employees made this happen underscores our belief that good people make the difference between success and failure in business. Our motto is Outstanding Service begins with Outstanding People and this award punctuates that."

Poteet notes that Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is in good company on the 2018 roster, congratulating two other ServNet auctions that also made the list: Auto Auction of New England and San Antonion Auto Auction.

"Louisiana's 1st Choice is proud to be part of this elite group and continues to strive for excellence every Tuesday," adds Auction Manager, Matt Alombro.

This year digital auctions, in addition to the physical auctions were eligible to participate in the program. Auctions from across the United States entered the two-part survey process to determine Auto Remarketing's Best Auto Auctions to Work For. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation.

The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final ranking.


Dealers Honor Memory of Wade Walker with Donations to Charity

In honor of Wade Walker, founder of the W. Walker Auction Group, who would have been 56 years old on September 25th, both the Corpus Christi Auto Auction and San Antonio Auto Auction held a special event in support of Walker's favorite charity: New Braunfels Christian Ministries' Kids Club. During the week of September 24-28, dealers at both locations stepped forward to contribute to the fund-raising effort, and by week's end a check of $5,800 was presented to the charity.

The New Braunfels Christian Ministries' Kids Club provides a nurturing after-school learning environment, where students receive homework help, a healthy meal, and spiritual encouragement, all at no cost to the students or their families.

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"It was a very emotional week for all of us � for our family, our employees and our customers -- but it was rewarding to honor the memory of Wade Walker in such a positive way," said Ashley Walker Dietze, Walker's daughter and co-owner of the Walker Auction Group. "We were thrilled to see sellers such as Jordan Ford, Mark Motors and Mike Motors donate funds for every vehicle they sold during the week. Other customers were incredibly generous in making cash donations. Between our two auctions, we were able to raise a total of $5,800 for the Kids Club."

"Neither of the auctions in the W. Walker Auction Group would be where they are today or as successful as they are without the leadership and work ethic that he instilled in us," added Dietze. "His example and influence continue to be felt by those of us who loved and worked with him, and we were happy to join together to honor him in this way."

 Walker, who passed away in December of 2017, is described as one of the stalwart members of ServNet whose legacy is carried on by his family. "We all knew him to be a gentle, compassionate, wise and loving man of faith who was always ready to lend a helping hand. He continues to be deeply missed by all of us who were privileged to know him," said Eric Autenrieth, President of the ServNet auction group.


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Prepares for Spooktacular '18

The Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) looking forward to the GRAA Spooktacular, on October 17th. The auction expects more than 1,000 vheicles for the event, which will roll through the auction's six lanes. Following the sale, customers will gather for $11,000 in giveaways, ranging from an air hockey table, to a 44" smoker and a motocycle.  Customers will also have the change to win $50 before and after the sale. 

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"The GRAA Spooktacular is going to be one of our biggest sales of the year," says Chad Anderson, GRAA's general manager. "Our team is working hard to plan a fun filled day for all of our customers with great inventory, and giveaways in the lanes."

 Dressed in GRAA Spooktacular t-shirts, the auction team will greet customers attending the event, which starts at 9:30 am. Major consingors will include Avis Budget Group, First Investors, Credit Acceptance/ VRS, and Westlake Financial.


Greenville Auto Auction Reschedules Anniversary Sale in Wake of Hurricane Florence

Greenville Auto Auction was very fortunate that Hurricane Florence, which made landfall in North Carolina on September 14th, did not have a serious impact on the City of Greenville or the auction. Unfortunately, some of the auction’s loyal dealers were not so lucky and received the brunt of the storm. Many of the auction's dealers up and down the coast and inland were severely affected by this massive hurricane.

Three dealers will have the opportunity to spend 30 seconds in Greenville Auto Auction's Shark Tank, reaching for $8,000, during the auction's 8th Anniversary Sale.

Three dealers will have the opportunity to spend 30 seconds in Greenville Auto Auction's Shark Tank, reaching for $8,000, during the auction's 8th Anniversary Sale.

In order to better serve its dealers, GAA moved its previously scheduled Anniversary Sale forward to October 18th. The auction looks forward to the Anniversary Sale as a time to not only move inventory for dealers, but also as a time of fellowship and celebration. GAA will be giving away up to $8000 at its Shark Tank themed sale this year.

GAA will also be giving away free lunch and t-shirts to their dealers at its Anniversary Sale.

GAA has also begun construction on its new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility. The auction is excited to use the new space to better meet their dealers' needs. With four lanes in the new building, GAA will be able to detail and CR vehicles more efficiently and effectively.  The new structure also will have the space and technology to provide the best support for online customers. The building is projected to be completed this December.

September 2018 Newsletter

ServNet's Mega-Sales Add Sizzle to Summer and Fire Up Fall Market

The summer of 2018 saw the return of the industry's most notable mega-sales hosted at ServNet auctions and made a lasting impression on the market, reports ServNet's President Eric Autenrieth. The excitement and activity continues into the fall, as ServNet auctions bring customers together for special events marking special seasonal events, anniversary sales and celebrations of autumn's bounty. Throughout the summer and into the fall, ServNet auctions are building consignments from dealers and national remarketers, positioning their inventory to take advantage of the biggest auction events in the country.

DAA Northwest's iconic Rock & Roll Sale smashed all records in July with 5,047 consigned units, 3,612 sold and an average sale price of $18,750. With gross sales at $67mm and 1,750 dealers in attendance, business in the lanes was brisk. Employees from DAA Seattle and KCI Kansas City assisted DAA Northwest's staff with condition report writing, block clerking, ringing in the lanes and checking in guests, and all joined together with customers and industry leaders from all over the country to enjoy a concert by classic rock legend John Fogerty.

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DAA/OKC Marks 30 Years with Lane-buster Sale Topped by $70,000 in Prizes

October 25, 2018 is a red-letter day at Dealers Auto Auction of Oklahoma City (DAAOKC):  the celebration of three decades of service to the remarketing community. Since its founding in 1988, the auction has grown to become a leading auction facility, offering the largest weekly vehicle consignment in the state and the highest sales percentage of any independent auction in the region. DAA/OKC has recorded the sale of 1.55 million vehicles, totaling more than $15 billion, since opening its doors in 1988.

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To mark its 30th year, DAA/OKC has planned an Anniversary Sale that will bring buyers and sellers together from all parts of the South-Central region and beyond, with lanes brimming with vehicles and prize giveaways running all day long.

"We've planned a great day of buying and selling in the lanes at our 30th Anniversary Sale," says Bruce Beam, DAA/OKC's general manager. "We're expecting more than 1300 vehicles, topped by consignment from Ally, ARI, AvisBudget Group, FISERV, Hertz, OneMain Remarketing, Prestige Financial, Santander/Chrysler Capital, United Auto Credit and Westlake Remarketing. We're also introducing a Specialty Sale, with motorcycles, boats, travel trailers, ATVs and motorhomes.  Added to that will be a day full of food, fun and prizes for everyone in attendance as our way to thank our customers for 30 great years in business."

Beam reports that all dealers attending DAA/OKC's 30th Anniversary Sale will receive a logo'd pullover, and will enjoy a free breakfast, hamburgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill for lunch, and snacks and drinks in the lanes.  More the $70,000 in cash and prizes are planned, including $5,000 in lane drawings throughout the day, and end-of-sale drawings for $15,000 in cash.  All of that will be topped off by the grand prize drawing: a 2002 SS Chevy 35th Anniversary Camaro.

This 2002 SS Chevy Camaro is the grand prize at DAA/OKC's 30th Anniversary Sale

This 2002 SS Chevy Camaro is the grand prize at DAA/OKC's 30th Anniversary Sale

"We're pulling out all the stops to make our 30th Anniversary Sale an event to remember," said Beam. "It's a day we'll share with customers both old and new, celebrating our success with everyone who has over the past 30 years helped make DAA/OKC one of the best independent auctions in the country."


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Sets Date for Spooktacular '18

The Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) is excited to announce its next big sale, The GRAA Spooktacular, on October 17th. The auction expects more than 1,000 vheicles for the event, which will roll through the auction's six lanes. Following the sale, customers will gather for $11,000 in giveaways, ranging from a hot tub to a motorcycle, and the fan favorite: twenty $50 bills.

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"The GRAA Spooktacular is going to be one of our biggest sales of the year," says Chad Anderson, GRAA's general manager. "Our team is working hard to plan a fun filled day for all of our customers with great inventory, and giveaways in the lanes."

Dressed in GRAA Spooktacular t-shirts, the auction team will greet customers attending the event, which starts at 9:30 am. Major consignorss will include Avis Budget Group, First Investors, Credit Acceptance/ VRS, and Westlake Financial.

GRAA is in its third generation of family ownership, and has deeps roots in the automotive industry. 


Dealers Set to Play & Win at Carolina Auto Auction's Caropoly Event

Carolina Auto Auction hosts its 2nd annual Caropoly sales event from September 12th through October 17th. 1100 units will be run every week. With each purchase dealers collect Caropoly cards in hopes of matching them up to win their share of $40,000 in cash and prizes. There will be over 600 overall winners with varying prizes. As dealers collect an entire set of cards, or "monopoly," then they win a large prize corresponding with that set on the board.

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As part of the sales event, several floor plan companies including AFC, AutoBank, Auto Use, and CarBucks each feature pieces on the board and will have instant winner cards as well. ASC Warranty, Allstate Insurance, and other CAA vendors will also be giving away prizes as part of the game.

The grand prizes include $5,000 cash, an Alaskan cruise and tour, an automatic Husqvarna lawn mower, a Yeti Hondo chair and cooler prize package, cuban cigars, and more. There are also instant winner pieces which can earn dealers anything from a free lunch or hat to a Star Wars Virtual Reality saber set.

Caropoly is one of Carolina Auto Auction's largest events of the year and the auction expects to have nearly 600 dealers on hand each week participating.


Maryland's Governor Hogan Visits Bel Air Auto Auction

It was business as usual on Thursday, August 23 at BSC America's Bel Air Auto Auction when customers and staff were greeted by a special guest: Maryland's Governor Larry Hogan, who visited the auction's new and expanded facility toward the end of the sale. Joining him during his visit were members of the state legislature, Harford County council members, and County Executive Barry Glassman.

The Nichols family provided the Governor with a tour of the 185 acre facility which opened last September. "Governor Hogan is a great friend of business," said Raymond C. Nichols, chairman and CEO of BSC America. "He understands the need of the people, but he also understands the needs of business."

Governor Larry Hogan (2nd from right) visits with the Nichols family during his tour of BSC America's Bel Air Auto Auction in August.  He paused for a photo with (left to right) R. Charles Nichols, BSC America's President; Michelle Nichols-Neff, Executive Vice President, and Raymond Nichols, Chairrman and CEO.

Governor Larry Hogan (2nd from right) visits with the Nichols family during his tour of BSC America's Bel Air Auto Auction in August.  He paused for a photo with (left to right) R. Charles Nichols, BSC America's President; Michelle Nichols-Neff, Executive Vice President, and Raymond Nichols, Chairrman and CEO.

Nichols explained to Governor Hogan that Bel Air Auto Auction has sold approximately 10,000 more vehicles since its move to the new facility, compared to the same time last year. He expects that the auction will handle more than 120,000 vehicles by year's end. He also noted that 250 additional jobs were created when the new auction opened in September of 2017, and that the auction has recorded increases in the number of buyers as well.

The new Bel Air Auto Auction facility opened in September of last year to rave reviews from buyers and sellers alike. Sited on 185 acres, the facility includes a 75,000-square foot, 10-lane auction facility, restaurant and administrative office building, as well as a separate state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot Vehicle Enhancement Center which houses both mechanical and body shops, reconditioning bays, paint booths and an imaging center. A separate building provides a streamlined check-in facility for dealers and transporters. 


Scary Big Money Event Returns to Indiana Auto Auction

Like it or not, it's time for the days to get shorter and the leaves begin to change colors. But that also means it's time for the ghosts and ghouls to come out of hiding to get ready for Indiana Auto Auction's Scary Big $25,000 Absolute Cash Spooktacular.

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The 6-week long event kicks off on September 20th with a free sale-day breakfast, webs, skeletons and other macabre decorations. Dealers receive an entry ticket for every vehicle bought or sold in those 6 weeks, which qualifies them for the drawing.

On Thursday October 25th, dealers once again enjoy a a Free Breakfast and seven candy-filled lanes of scary fun as the employes dress up to add to the "spirit" of the festivities. At the end of the sale, the names of six dealers will be drawn. One of those dealers will walk away with $20,000 CASH with the other four dealers winning $1,000 CASH. Be there -- if you dare!

Leading up to the Scary Big Money Drawing, employees are rehearsing a familiar refrain, singing:

I was working in the lanes late one night
         When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
         For my manager from his slab began to rise
         And suddenly to my surprise
                         He gave out CASH
                         He gave out MONSTER CASH


Shark Tank Lures Dealers to Greenville Auto Auction's Anniversary Sale

Three dealers will have the opportunity to spend 30 seconds in Greenville Auto Auction's Shark Tank, reaching for $8,000, during the auction's 8th Anniversary Sale.

Three dealers will have the opportunity to spend 30 seconds in Greenville Auto Auction's Shark Tank, reaching for $8,000, during the auction's 8th Anniversary Sale.

As the summer comes to an end, Greenville Auto Auction (GAA) will celebrate its 8th Anniversary Sale on September 20th. It has been eight years since the Stallings family purchased the once public auto auction in Greenville, NC and converted it to a dealer-only sale. Now, increasing numbers of dealers dealers flood the lanes at GAA, the auction continues to grow year after year.

In order to celebrate this milestone, the auction will be giving away up to $8,000 in cash. Three dealers will be randomly selected at the end of the sale to search for the cash in the "Shark Tank". The 10x10x4 tank will be filled with ball pit balls, balloons, and sharks that will make it more exciting and challenging for the dealers to find the cash. With several different denominations of money in the in the Shark Tank, three dealers will have 30 seconds to grab as many bills as possible, hoping to go home with the "big catch". GAA will also be giving away free lunch and t-shirts to their dealers at its Anniversary Sale.

GAA has also begun construction on its new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility. The auction is excited to use the new space to better meet their dealers' needs. With four lanes in the new building, GAA will be able to detail and CR vehicles more efficiently and effectively.  The new structure also  wil have the space and technology to provide the best support for online customers. The building is projected to be completed this December


Industry Leaders Visit State Line Auto Auction

 Sale day at State Line Auto Auction brings buyers and sellers together from all over the Northeast.  A recent sale at the auction in Waverly, New York also caught the attention of several leaders from the remarketing industry, who gathered for a visit with the Barber family. Making the trip to the auction were NAAA President Warren Claus, NIADA President Andy Gabler, NAAA President-elect Chad Bailey, and NAAA CEO Frank Hackett.

Industry Leaders Meet with Barber Family at State Line Auto Auction .    (left to right): Beth Barber, Emily Barber, Paul Barber (all Partners of SLAA),  Warren Clauss (NAAA President), Andy Gabler (NIADA President), Jeff Barber (SLAA President/Owner), Chad Bailey (President Elect, NAAA, Owner of Akron AA), and  Frank Hackett (CEO of NAAA)

Industry Leaders Meet with Barber Family at State Line Auto Auction.  
(left to right): Beth Barber, Emily Barber, Paul Barber (all Partners of SLAA), 
Warren Clauss (NAAA President), Andy Gabler (NIADA President), Jeff Barber (SLAA President/Owner), Chad Bailey (President Elect, NAAA, Owner of Akron AA), and  Frank Hackett (CEO of NAAA)


Clark County Auto Auction Announces Expansion

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Clark County Auto Auction has announced that plans are underway to expand parking for commercial consignment. ServNet's newest member auction, which joined the group in January of 2018, Clark County Auto Auction moved into a new world-class facility less than a than a year ago. The facility includes a five-lane service building and reconditioning center. The 40,000-square foot main building includes a seven-lane auction area, administrative offices, 100-seat restaurant, digital sales network and AFC offices. Later this fall when the lots expansion is completed, the auction will also accommodate additional parking for 800 commercial vehicles. Auction owner Matt Fetter also reports that the auction will begin construction of a photography booth to image vehicles after reconditioning.

August 2018 Newsletter

Mid-Year Report Reveals Strong Market and Thriving Sales Environment at ServNet Auctions

by Eric Autenrieth
President, ServNet
 

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It has been an interesting, though positive market in 2018. Tax time took hold early and never stopped, with the dip we generally expect to see following the refund checks not really materializing this year. The economy is performing well, and we are seeing higher conversion percentages across the board. In addition, volumes are stable: while dealer inventory is a bit light, we're making up for that in institutional business which is keeping the lanes full of vehicles. Dealers who report that they're short on supply are looking for cars on all platforms, which has resulted in strong pricing and strong conversions.

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KCI Kansas City Recognized by NAAA for Public Service

KCI Kansas City has been named the National Auto Auction Association's 2018 Western Chapter Auto Auction of the Year for its outstanding public service. The auctions was chosen for its fundraising and volunteer efforts to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of the community: disadvantaged children and their families.

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"As we celebrate National Auto Auction Week it's my privilege to announce Kansas City Independent Auto Auction (KCIAA) is our nominee for Auction of the Year," said NAAA Western Chapter President Tim Bowers. "While there were many strong candidates in the Western Chapter committed to inspirational charitable giving, KCIAA rose to the top with the depth of its support for a diversity of organizations that all serve disadvantaged children and their families. We congratulate KCI, its staff and customers for their commitment to community service."

Over the past six years KCI Kansas City has raised more than $1 million in donations to advance the work of four local nonprofits:

  • Camp Quality Greater Kansas City, where children with cancer can experience camping;

  • Jackson County CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused, neglected children;

  • Family Promise of the Northland, which provides food, clothing and shelter to homeless families in northern Kansas City

  • Sheffield Place, a treatment and supportive housing program for homeless mothers and their children.

In addition, the auction's employees have volunteered with the agencies, conducted drives for immediate needs, adopted client families for the holidays, and contributed their skills.

KCIAA was also a finalist in 2016, the first year NAAA established the annual awards to recognize the many charitable acts auctions perform and to encourage even greater volunteer involvement.

 

Missouri Auto Auction Announces Leadership Changes

Missouri Auto Auction Owners, Gregg and Dagmar Boswell, have announced a change in the management and ownership structure at the auction. In conjunction with the reorganization, Justin Brown assumes duties as the auction's General Manager, as previous managing partner Kevin Brown leaves the company to pursue other interests. The Boswells also report that as part of the transition, Cody Boswell and Candice Boswell-Bray will assume greater oversight responsibilities and play more strategic roles in the next generation of leadership at Missouri Auto Auction.

"This is an exciting time for us at Missouri Auto Auction," said Gregg Boswell in making the announcement. "We wish Kevin well, and appreciate his efforts over these many years in helping to build the auction. He has overseen the many physical improvements made to the facility and has been instrumental in developing vital relationships in the industry. His departure marks a new focus on the next generation of leadership, and we look forward to an exciting future as Cody, Candice and Justin devote their energy and skill to our  business."

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Justin Brown has worked for Missouri Auto Auction since 2006, beginning his career with the company as a sales representative and working for the past several years as the auction's Sales Manager. Under the leadership of Gregg Boswell and Kevin Brown, he has advanced within the company, learning all aspects of operations over the 12-year span prior to his appointment as General Manager. He is a recent graduate of Auction Academy.

Cody and Candice both have over a decade of auction management experience, learned firsthand from their work at the auction and from their parents, who have been in the auction business for more than 40 years. Also a graduate of Auction Academy, Cody is an auctioneer at Missouri Auto Auction.

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Says Gregg Boswell:"Both Cody and Candice share a depth of knowledge about the auction and the industry that will serve them well in their leadership roles as Missouri Auto Auction continues to grow. I have great confidence in Justin'ss move into the senior role as General Manager overseeing the day-to-day operations. This next generation in leadership will serve our auction and our customers well."

Missouri Auto Auction has experienced solid continual growth since its founding 18 years ago in 2000. Today, more than 500 vehicles are offered for sale each week at a greatly enhanced and more advanced facility.

"Much of Missouri Auto Auction's success can be attributed to a supportive employee culture and belief in promoting from within," notes Justin Brown. "Our staff has always been and will continue to be the distinguishing factor that sets Missouri Auto Auction apart, playing a pivotal role in building the lasting relationships that contribute to our ultimate success.

 

Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Rolls out New Event

Known for its creative and exciting sales, Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction will celebrate National Cheeseburger Day on September 18th. Rachael Younger, Marketing Coordinator, and Jacob Warren, General Sales Manager, put their heads together to create a new event to further celebrate the tailgating season.

Rachael explains, "We were looking for something fun and different, and cheeseburger day just seemed like the perfect fit".

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The auction expects to offer 700+ vehicles in the lane at the sale, which will be highlighted by a burger-eating contest and grilling themed prizes. The winner of the cheeseburger contest will receive a $100 Amex Gift Card, a trophy and bragging rights. Dealers will also have the opportunity to "Build a Burger" for a $200 Amex Gift Card. To build a burger, dealers must purchase a unit in each of the six lanes: Lane 1-Bun, Lane 2-Cheese, Lane 3-Patty, Lane 4-Lettuce, Lane 5-Tomato, and Lane 6-Bun.

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction, located in Hammond, Louisiana, has served the dealers of the Gulf Coast and surrounding states since 2002. Their experienced and friendly team are eager to assist you with your remarketing needs. Experience their signature Lagniappe every Tuesday and get a front row seat to the growth and action. Auction day is Tuesday at 8:45am with 600+ dealer trades and bank repos and several special event sales throughout the year with 1000+ consignment. All vehicles are available online.  Visit www.lafcaa.com for more information.

 

Akron Auto Auction Hosts NAAA Training Program

In July, Akron Auto Auction hosted the National Auto Auction Association for its two-day Auction Standards Training Program.

"With the ever-growing importance placed on high quality condition reports and spot-on post sale inspections in the auto remarketing industry, Akron Auto Auction staff members as well as visitors from auctions all over the country were eager to increase their knowledge and improve their skills in these respective areas," said Chad Bailey, President of Akron Auto Auction and NAAA President-Elect.

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Led by Matt Arias, Director of Arbitration for Manheim, the class provided an abundance of critical insight into two significant topics – vehicle damage analysis and arbitration.

The first day was dedicated to vehicle damage analysis and how to successfully and effectively identify vehicle conditions to produce high-quality inspections. Through in-class discussions, videos, and various hands-on training exercises, Arias broke down what inspections do and do not cover, vehicle information, prior repairs, structural and interior damage, ways to streamline without sacrificing quality, and ways to measure effectiveness.

On the second day, the focus shifted gears to Arbitration-related topics. The importance of successfully resolving disputes among buyers and sellers as well as the mitigating future incidents was stressed throughout the presentations.

"Akron Auto Auction staff members were not only thrilled to host the standards training classes, but to take part in the learning experiences from one of the industry's finest," said Bailey.

Akron Auto Auction is a member of the ServNet Auction Group and has played an important role in the market for seventy years, incorporating service, commitment and innovation to produce superior results for its customers. The auction includes six auction lanes, and four separate buildings on 30 acres. The facility has a full transportation department, reconditioning department, inspection department and floor planning services. 

 

Promotions Fire Up Lanes at Greenville Auto Auction

August has started off strong for Greenville Auto Auction. The auction kicked off its new promotion that allows BB&T/RAC buyers the opportunity to win $300. During this promotion, buyers are entered for every vehicle that they purchase. The drawing takes place at the beginning of the following BB&T/RAC sale. If the dealership drawn is not in attendance during the drawing, the drawing resumes the following BB&T/RAC sale for an additional $300. The auction looks forward to having five sales this month and will finish the month serving breakfast to their dealers at their Five Alive Sale!

GAA's detail team breaks ground on the new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility.

GAA's detail team breaks ground on the new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility.

GAA has also begun construction on its new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility. The auction is excited to use the new space to better meet their dealers' needs. With four lanes in the new building, GAA will be able to detail and CR vehicles more efficiently and effectively.  The new structure also  will have the space and technology to provide the best support for online customers. The building is projected to be completed this December.

 

Indiana Auto Auction Holds 10th Annual Hog Roast and Car Sale

The crowning event of the summer nears at Indiana Auto Auction, as it prepares for its 10th Annual Hog Roast and Car Sale. This year the auction is  "shakin' the bacon" with a pig pickin' breakfast featuring pulled pork, toast and eggs to start the day.

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After breakfast, 7 action-filled lanes will feature some of the best dealer trades that Fort Wayne has to offer. The event will also include two lanes full of institutional vehicles including Exeter, VRS, Fiserv, and UAC.

Following the sale, the auction will hold prize drawings for all dealers buying or selling vehicles at the event,giving away two electric wood pellet smoker/grills. The highly collectable Hog Roast T-shirts were give away on August 9th, but customers who missed it can ask at the front counter for "leftovers" when they arrive for the big event on the 23rd.

Indiana Auto Auction will begin its Spooktacular event in September with great costumes, cars, cash prizes, and candy.

 

DAA Northwest Breaks Records with Rock & Roll

Two-day event brings record consignment, record sales and John Fogerty to Spokane

DAA Northwest smashed all previous Rock & Roll Sale records last week with 5,047 consigned units, 3,612 sold and an average sale price of $18,750. With gross sales at $67mm and 1,750 dealers in attendance, business in the lanes was brisk.

McConkey Auction Group (MAG) president and CEO Bob McConkey credits all three MAG auctions with the success.

John Fogerty Wows the Crowd at the 2018 Rock & Roll Sale

John Fogerty Wows the Crowd at the 2018 Rock & Roll Sale

"Ramping up for volumes like this takes collaboration and hard work," he says. "Our Spokane team worked diligently for weeks and even months in advance to prepare for the Rock & Roll Sale. Last week, we were joined by staff from our Seattle and Kansas City auctions as well."

Employees from DAA Seattle and KCI Kansas City assisted DAANorthwest's staff with condition report writing, block clerking, ringing in the lanes, checking-in guests and more.

"We are a team, and we share the same core values of Integrity, Excellence, Professionalism and Fun," says McConkey. "I am blown away by the talent and the hard work our people bring to the market every week--not just during the Rock & Roll Sale," he adds.

This year's Rock & Roll Sale at DAA Northwest Smashed All Previous Records

According to DAA Northwest's general manager David Pendergraft, "...bringing classic rock legend John Fogerty into the middle of things generated tremendous excitement and record consignment."

This year's Rock & Roll Sale at DAANW Smashed All Previous Records

This year's Rock & Roll Sale at DAANW Smashed All Previous Records

The auction's Wednesday sale featured 2,000 units from Ford Motor Company, Ford Credit, Toyota Financial Services, Lexus Financial Services, Kia Motors America, Hyundai Capital, Honda Remarketing, Acura Remarketing, Avis Budget Group, Ally Auto Remarketing, Harley-Davidson Financial Services and more. As soon as the 82% sale concluded, crews swept through the auction, transforming it into a festival-style concert venue complete with complimentary buffets, a variety of food trucks and bars. Dealers and their guests returned to the auction that evening as its house band, The Cronkites, opened for Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty. Prior to the concert, national account executives and industry guests enjoyed networking in a hospitality tent provided by AutoIMS and TPC Management.

"This event gives our industry colleagues an opportunity to network and enjoy themselves in a casual, fun environment," says Pendergraft.

As Thursday's Rock & Roll Sale began, DAA Northwest treated customers' spouses to a special "Sweetheart's Day on the Town" event. Over 50 guests enjoyed a day of shopping complete with a private luncheon and fall fashion preview at Nordstrom before returning to the auction that afternoon. The sale culminated with $75,000 in post-sale prizes.

Reflecting on the event, McConkey quoted Mick Jagger by stating "I know it's only rock and roll, but I like it!"

 

Carolina Auto Auction Prepares to Shake the Bacon

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Carolina Auto Auction joins its sister auction, Indiana Auto Auction, in "Shakin' The Bacon" all month long. Dealers receive free t-shirts on the first sale in August along with weekly grill giveaways including multiple Big Green Eggs, combo grills, and pellet grills. Dealers can play "Squeal or No Squeal" just before the sale for cash and enjoy one very large pig-pickin' breakfast on August 22 at Carolina Auto Auction. The auction expects 1100 vehicles every week during the month.

Carolina Auto Auction kicks off its Caropoly sales event in September complete with $40,000 in prizes for over 600 winners. This event will be unique in that for every vehicle a dealer buys or sells he will receive a scratch off ticket that could earn him a property piece on the board or be an instant winner.

Carolina Auto Auction is part of the Stanley Autenrieth Auction Group and is a proud member of the ServNet auction group.

July 2018 Newsletter

ServNet Auction Owners Strengthen Industry through Service

As leaders of some of the best independent auto auctions in the country, ServNet's auction owners play vital roles in the daily operations and ongoing success of their businesses. With feet on the ground, in the lanes and on the block, they manage operations, set the bar for customer service, and produce results for buyers and sellers across the country. But for many of these owners, their work in the business of vehicle remarketing extends far beyond their own auction arenas. Many give their time and attention to their communities and the industry beyond.

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Leading the charge is Chad Bailey, president and third-generation owner of Akron Auto Auction, who is currently President-elect of the National Auto Auction Association. When he takes on the post of NAAA President in the Fall, he joins a distinguished group of industry leaders who have directed the activities of the NAAA. That group of NAAA presidents includes several of ServNet's own who have set a precedent for involved, active leadership: Henry Stanley (Carolina and Indiana Auctions), Raymond Nichols (BSC America), and Bob McConkey (the McConkey Auction Group).

Many other ServNet auction owners and managers, deeply committed to the industry and generous with their time and efforts in serving the NAAA and other industry organizations, continue to handle a variety of responsibilities as officers, committee chairs and committee members.    
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Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Rocks OVE

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction began using OVE as a platform in 2009. Since then, a specialized team has been created which is dedicated toOVE sales and support. And they are making quite the impact.  Year-to-date wholesale transactions have more than doubled with a 68% increase over last year.

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Andy Poteet, E-Commerce Manager, says "OVE is an invaluable tool for anyone looking to sell or purchase wholesale vehicles.  No matter what market you are in, you will find a commensurate group of buyers and inventory.  1st Choice further enhances the quality of experience with online selling and buying by having a dedicated online sales team available 24/7."

The auction was listed in OVE's top 10 for Independent auction dealers cars sold in February 2018 and has been name the 2017 Top Volume Independent Auction in Louisiana.

John Poteet, Managing Partner, stated.  "We think of OVE as our 7th lane," noting that the auction is adding new wholesaler and commercial accounts weekly. "With 60,000 auto dealers having access to bid on your inventory 24/7, OVE seems like a no-brainer."

Wayne Tyson, OVE Administrator commented, "Any and all vehicles can be found; we have sold a $500 Impala and a $75,000 Audi... there is something for everybody. If you want to convert your no-sales into sold units call Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction and ask for Andy Poteet or myself."

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction, located in Hammond, Louisiana, and has served the dealers of the Gulf Coast and surrounding states since 2002. Their experienced and friendly team are eager to assist you with your remarketing needs. Experience their signature Lagniappe every Tuesday and get a front row seat to the growth and action. Auction day is Tuesday at 8:45am with 600+ dealer trades and bank repos and several special event sales throughout the year with 1000+ consignment. All vehicles are available online. Visit www.lafcaa.com for more information.


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Marks 44 Years

The Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) is gearing up for the biggest sale of the year, the GRAA'lapalooza 44th Anniversary Sale, on July 18th. To celebrate, the auction will give away $18,000 in prizes, ranging from an outdoor bar set to a 14 foot inflatable movie screen and projector.

The auction will have over 1000 vehicles running through the lanes at the event.

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"GRAA'lapalooza is one sale that you will not want to miss," says Chad Anderson, GRAA's general manager. "Our anniversary sale is one of our favorite sales of the year. The entire auction team looks forward to the opportunity to thank and give back to our customers who have supported us since 1974.  They  one of the key reasons we are able to celebrate 44 years of business. We have worked hard to ensure it will be a fun filled and exciting day at the auction for everyone."

Following GRAA'lapalooza, on July 25th the auction will hold its  2nd Annual Ice Breaker Challenge.  Five dealers will compete to win $1,000, as they race to break a t-shirt out of a block of ice.   


Promotions Fire Up Lanes at Greenville Auto Auction

Kevin Stallings (right: Assistant General Manager at Greenville Auto Auction) greets Derrick Speight (Miller Auto Brokers) before the auction on Thursday.

Kevin Stallings (right: Assistant General Manager at Greenville Auto Auction) greets Derrick Speight (Miller Auto Brokers) before the auction on Thursday.

The action in the lanes is heating up at Greenville Auto Auction (GAA), fanned by the addition of several exciting promotions. After finishing its BB&T/RAC promotion, Game Central, GAA is planning a new promotion for BB&T/RAC: for every vehicle purchased, BB&T/RAC buyers will be entered into a drawing for $300. This drawing will take place at the beginning of the following BB&T/RAC sale. If the dealership drawn is not in attendance, the drawing will resume following the next BB&T/RAC sale for an additional $300. This will occur over the next 3 months.

GAA also continues its End-of-Sale Drawing this summer. The drawing starts at $100, and the dealer whose name is drawn must be present and have had at least one transaction at the sale. If the dealer is not present, the money rolls over to the following week for an additional $100. This drawing has reached $500 so far


Big and Rich will Appear at KCI Kansas City

KCI Kansas City took a different approach with this year's Guitars & Cars announcement. Prior to the auction's Fish Fry Promotional Sale on May 9th, KCI's sales and marketing team replicated Big & Rich's Save a Horse video. Teammates entered the auction arena in a 1974 white Cadillac Eldorado handing out $100 bills while Save a Horse blared in the auction arena. Dealers, filled with anticipation for the announcement, clapped and shouted with excitement. 

"We are excited to announce that Big and Rich will headline this year's Guitars & Cars event," said Doug  Doll, managing partner of KCI Kansas City.  "Big and Rich are America's Technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, and entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed."

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 "We have had our eye on Big and Rich for a few years and this year was the right time to book them," Doll continued. "Customers were excited when we made the announcement and everyone is anticipating their performance because they are known for their 'over the top' live shows.".

 The 2018 Guitars and Cars event is set for August 15th and 16th. Big and Rich will perform following KCI's Wednesday corporate sale. The action continues Thursday morning with thousands of cars, exciting in-lane promotions and $20,000 in post-sale prizes. 

June 2018 Newsletter

ServNet's Mega-Sales Add Sizzle To Summer Market

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Summer is in full swing at ServNet auctions across the country, where the industry's most notable mega-sales set the bar for innovation and impact on the market, says ServNet's President Eric Autenrieth. Bringing customers together for everything from anniversary sales and rock concerts to summer barbecues and celebrations of the red-white-and-blue, ServNet auctions are building consignments from dealers and national remarketers, positioning their inventory to take advantage of the biggest auction events in the country.

"Summer promotions at ServNet auctions have for years defined the season," says Autenrieth. "The variety, quality and creativity of these events are remarkable, and they have a tremendous impact on the marketplace. They bring customers together from all parts of the country for good times and prime opportunities for buying and selling in the auction lanes."  Read full story


DAA Seattle Names AGM
Brian McConkey Expands Auction Responsibilities

Now in its fifth year and offering over 800 units each week, DAA Seattle has added an assistant general manager. Brian McConkey, who joined the auction in 2013, has taken on the role.

Prior to coming on board with DAA Seattle, McConkey was employed by Nordstrom, where he received management training, worked in corporate Human Resources and was responsible for interviewing, hiring and providing successful onboarding of new employees for the company's Downtown Seattle flagship store. This human resources experience transitioned well into DAA Seattle, which has grown from 19 to 84 employees since McConkey joined the team. In addition to human resources, he assists with the management of IT, marketing, industry events and conferences, corporate and dealer relations, operational efficiencies, competitive analysis, auction safety and more.

"Brian is a natural leader who has earned the respect of his peers," says General Manager Dave Blake. "I appreciate his openness to understanding an individual's challenges, his ability to study opportunities for improvement, and his innovative mind; he is a perfect fit for the AGM position here in Seattle, and I look forward to growing success in our partnership," he adds.


Carolina Auto Auction Raises $100,000 for Cancer Research

Carolina Auto Auction hosted its 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 15th and succeeded in making it the biggest tournament yet. The auction combined the golf tournament with a special dinner and various fundraising efforts during a 3-day event and raised $100,000 toward melanoma research at The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

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A special Legacy Dinner and VIP Auction kicked off Carolina Auto Auction's 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Guests enjoyed hearing from Frank Martin, current head basketball coach at the University of South Carolina.

The festivities kicked off on Monday, May, May 14th with a special Legacy Dinner and VIP auction, and featured special guest speaker Frank Martin, the current Head Coach of the University of South Carolina basketball team, which made the Final Four in 2017. Carolina Auto Auction sold tickets to the dinner and auction, where bidders vied for 13 live auction items, including a Bret Michaels signed guitar, a Charlie Daniels fiddle, and a Wheel of Fortune prize package that includes tickets to the show. Carolina also had 13 silent auction items available to the highest bidders. 

Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts and the Clemson Tiger mascot join Carolina Auto Auction owner Patty Stanley for lunch during the Annual Charity Golf Tournament. 

Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts and the Clemson Tiger mascot join Carolina Auto Auction owner Patty Stanley for lunch during the Annual Charity Golf Tournament. 

Tuesday, May 15th continued with the 4-man Captain's Choice event held at Cobbs Glen Country Club.  This year the auction had such an overwhelming response to the tournament that golfers were split into morning and afternoon flights in order to accommodate the 160 golfers who signed up to play.  Carolina Auto Auction brought in Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts, along with the Rally Cats and Clemson Tiger mascot, to support the event as special guests.  CAA also held a special raffle for its attending golfers with unique items available to win after the golf tournament for those who participated.

In conjunction with the tournament, Carolina Auto Auction held a large raffle that ran from April 11 through May 16th with over 30 highly valued items available to win.  The auction sold over 300 raffle tickets with all proceeds being added to the overall donation.

This is the second year in a row that CAA has raised over $100,000 for Winship Cancer Institute, and it honors the struggle of millions around the world who have battled cancer, including its founder and owner, Henry Stanley, who received treatment from Winship in Atlanta. 


DAA Northwest's Rock & Roll Sale Taps Technology
Auction Introduces Digital Box Office, Event Information Website

Since its inception in 1996, DAA Northwest's Rock & Roll Sale concert has grown from a few hundred invited guests to over 4,000. With so many guests, the auction determined that the ticketing process needed to be simplified for guests and staff alike. This July, attendees will download their tickets from a designated DAA Northwest Rock & Roll Sale digital box office.

"The only difference between this and any other concert ticket purchase you make online is that you won't need your credit card for our event," says Mitzi VanVoorhis, the McConkey Auction Group's VP of Marketing. Invited guests will receive a unique access code that they will enter into DAA's digital box office website. Complimentary tickets will be downloaded and can be printed or saved on smartphones; they will be required for entry and will be scanned at the gate. "And as with any other digitally downloaded ticket, ours cannot be duplicated," adds VanVoorhis. "Copied tickets simply will not scan at the gate."

In addition to digital event tickets, DAA Northwest has transitioned from printed Rock & Roll Sale information to a designated event website. Customers who log on to daanw.com/daarocks will find links to information about the auction's Wednesday, July 18th Rock & Roll Sale, the Wednesday evening concert and party featuring John Fogerty, event ticketing, DAA's July 19th Thursday sale, the auction's Sweetheart's Day on the Town event for spouses of dealers who are working the sale, and Rock & Roll Sale shuttle schedules. The site is responsive, making it easy to access from desktop computers, tablets and smartphones. 

John Fogerty will headline DAA Northwest's 2018 Rock & Roll Sale in July.

"Our ultimate goal is to improve every customer's Rock & Roll Sale experience from start-to-finish. Giving them access to information and concert tickets digitally -- whenever they want or need it -- helps to accomplish that," says VanVoorhis.

Now in its 23rd consecutive year, the Rock & Roll Sale includes a 2,000 unit Wednesday fleet/lease and MotorSports sale, a Wednesday evening concert and party featuring international headliner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee John Fogerty, and a 3,000 unit Thursday sale that culminates with over $75,000 in post-sale prizes.


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Plans Summer Events

Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) kicks off summer with its 4th Annual Hawaiian Sale, set for June 20th.  The day includes a pig roast, with food served in the lanes throughout the sale, Hulu Hoop Contest and special giveaways. Customers are urged to wear their Hawaiian shirts and gather for a great day of buying and selling in the GRAA lanes. 

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Following on the heels of the Hawaiian sale is the auction's biggest event of the year: the GRAA'lapalooza 44th Anniversary Sale on July 18th, with over 1000 vehicles running through the lanes. To celebrate its 44th Anniversary, the auction will give away more than $18,000 in prizes throughout the day. Before and after sale giveaways range from dune buggies to a 75" LED TV.   

"We look forward to our anniversary sale every year," says Chad Anderson, GRAA's general manager.  "At GRAA'lapalooza 44th Anniversary sale, our entire auction team joins with owners Mark and Ryan Clark to thank and give back to all of our customers who have supported us since we opened in 1974.  Our customers and employees are our foundation and the reason we can celebrate 44 years! The GRAA'lapalooza promises to be an exciting day at the auction, one that's not to be missed!"


Indiana Auto Auction Launches Season with All-American Celebration

Indiana Auto Auction is celebrating everything that has to do with being American at its All-Star Celebration from June 7th through 28th.  Dealers who buy or sell vehicles during that time period receive entry tickets, and winners can "pick their prize" choosing one of five options: 1) an American-made Fender guitar and concert tickets to Charlie Daniels, Night Ranger, and The Marshal Tucker Band;  2) A gas pump that the previous owner claimed pumped race fuel at the famed Thunder Valley raceway in Salem, Indiana; 3) a large collection of Harley-Davidson collectables that would make any Harley rider's garage or man cave look good;  4) An original early 1950's coke machine, a true time machine that will take you back to when a 6 ounce coke would only cost you a dime; and 5) A HUGE assortment of fireworks that will light up the sky for hours.  What a better way to celebrate being in the land of the free!! At the end of the sale, four lucky dealers play "corn hole for cash" as they test their skills playing corn hole.  Final drawing is June 28th.

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Indiana Auto Auction will also host its first corn roast event on July 19th.  In addition to the summer's best selection of cars and trucks in the lanes, dealers will enjoy sweet corn on the cob served in the lanes.

The crowning event of the summer is the much-anticipated 10th Annual Hog Roast and Car Sale, running from August 2nd through the 23rd.  Every week dealers buying or selling at the auction will qualify for grill and smoker giveaways.  On August 23rd, the auction hosts its famous Pig Pickin' Breakfast, serving up pulled pork from a hog that has been cooked overnight as well as eggs and toast. Dealers look forward to this event every year, and arrive early to enjoy the delicious pork and egg breakfast. Throughout the promotion dealers will also receive the latest collectable Hog Roast t-shirts so they can wear them in the lanes with pride.


Akron Auto Auction Plans 45th Anniversary Sale

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To celebrate its 4th anniversary, Akron Auto Auction is set to host a beach themed sale on Tuesday, June 26th. Buyers, sellers and auction employees alike are packing up their beach attire and making their destination plans to visit northeast Ohio's newest island getaway. The auction expects to have well over 1000+ units at its Anniversary event with dealer, public, and GSA vehicles filling the lanes as well as plenty of giveaways and prizes. T-shirts sporting the 45th Anniversary beach themed logo will be available and given out as prizes throughout the event, along with other anniversary merchandise.

In the weeks leading up to the sale, dealers have entered a Beach Ball Blow-up contest that will take place after the final vehicle crosses the block at the anniversary sale. Four contestants will be drawn and chosen for two head-to-head competitions to take home a Yeti Cooler filled with prizes: Summer Shandy beverages, gift certificates and beach gear.

To show appreciation to its loyal dealer base, AAA is providing a complimentary lunch from three of the Akron area's best food trucks.

Buyers who are unable to attend the Anniversary Sale in person can still surf the lanes online via simulcast and save during a month-long Jazzy Junesimulcast discount. The auction is discounting simulcast fees for all online purchases made in the month of June (a value of approximately $25 dollars per vehicle purchased.) Jazzy June is yet another way the auction shows appreciation for its frequent online buyers as well as an incentive for others to try simulcast as an alternative way to buy vehicles at AAA.

Year 45 is proving to be a totally tubular one for Akron Auto Auction in many ways. A neighboring 12-acre lot has been recently acquired to facilitate a new Repossession Department building and adds up to 500 additional parking spaces. The project is on track to be completed in the Fall.


Promotions Heat Up Lanes at Greenville Auto Auction

June has been a great month for Greenville Auto Auction. The auction started the month off with its Dealer Appreciation Sale, where dealers were provided with free lunch and t-shirts, and were treated like VIPs all day long. The auction also continued with its BB&T/RAC promotion called Game Central. During this promotion, the top buyer and two random buyers from the previous BB&T/RAC sale have the opportunity to win money by playing a game prior to the sale.

Dealers check out a vehicle running through the sale at Greenville Auto Auction

Dealers check out a vehicle running through the sale at Greenville Auto Auction

Greenville Auto Auction is also currently conducting an End-of-Sale Drawing every week in June. The drawing starts at $100, and the dealer drawn must be present and have had at least one transaction at the sale. If the dealer is not present, the money rolls over to the following week for an additional $100.

GAA hopes to finish June strong with a great mix of inventory and the addition of U-Haul Remarketing to its fleet lane.


Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Kicks off Football Season in August

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction celebrates the kickoff of football season with an exciting event sale, appropriately named The Tailgate Sale, set for August 21st.  Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction encourages employees and customers to support their favorite team by sporting their football swag. Each year the auction brings in a different football talent, and past years have seen the likes of Jim Kelly, Devery Henderson, and Deuce McAllister in the auction lanes visiting with customers. This year 1st Choice is proud to announce that former New Orleans Saints Cornerback, Tracy Porter, will be its special guest.

Football favorites visiting Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction at past Tailgate Sales include Deuce McCallister (left); Jim Kelly (right) amd Devery Henderson (below, center). This year, the auction looks forward to meeting New Orleans Saints Cornerback Tracy Porter.

Football favorites visiting Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction at past Tailgate Sales include Deuce McCallister (left); Jim Kelly (right) amd Devery Henderson (below, center). This year, the auction looks forward to meeting New Orleans Saints Cornerback Tracy Porter.

Jacob Warren, General Sales and Marketing Manager says, "Our Annual Tailgate Sale is one of our many fun events. The uniqueness of this event sends excitement throughout the region. The football players we host to sign autographs and take pictures with our clients have been enthusiastic and provide a great opportunity for football fans to meet their gridiron favorites. It is another example of our auction's signature lagniappe: that little something extra that is unexpected.

In addition to hosting Super Bowl Hero Tracy Porter, there will be sweet treats, prizes and contests for customers. The Tailgate Sale will close the Float Your Way Through Summer promotion. The auction offers qualified buyers a 30-day free float for fleet lease units during three sales this summer: June 12th, July 10th, and August 21st. Root beer floats will be served to beat the heat while working the lanes.

May 2018 Newsletter

ServNet Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients

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ServNet has announced the 2018 recipients of the group's scholarship program during its Spring Owners' Meeting, held early in May. Now in its third year, the scholarship program was established in 2016 as an ongoing initiative to help ServNet auction employees and their families pursue the dream of higher education. 

"We were pleased to expand the scholarship program this year, adding an additional award for $2,500 for a student attending a four-year college," said Kevin Brown, ServNet's president. "We awarded a total of $19,000 this year and are very happy to announce the names of eight ServNet scholarship recipients."

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Fortunate Son Coming to DAA Northwest

DAA Northwest's revelation that John Fogerty will headline the auction's 2018 Rock & Roll Sale brought shouts and smiles to dealers' faces on  March 22nd. The announcement was made during DAA After Dark, the auction's March promotional event sale. 

As the lead singer and lead guitarist of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty's prolific songwriting helped pen some of the most memorable songs in rock and roll, including Proud MaryBad Moon Rising and Fortunate Son. His solo career skyrocketed in the 1980s with his chart-topping single Centerfield

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Fogerty was featured on Rolling Stone Magazine's List of 100 Greatest Guitarists and Top 100 Singers of all time. He has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. He was drafted in 1966 and is a proud Vietnam-era veteran of the Army Reserve. 

"John Fogerty has been at the top of our Rock & Roll Sale wish list since the beginning. Booking him for this year's event is literally a bucket list milestone for us," says Bob McConkey, president of the McConkey Auction Group. 

John Fogerty will headline DAA Northwest's 2018 Rock & Roll Sale in July.

Fogerty will take the stage Wednesday evening, July 18th following DAA's 9:00am national account auction. The Rock & Roll Sale will continue Thursday, July 19th and will conclude with over $50,000 in post-sale prizes.

Together with KCI Kansas City and DAA Seattle, DAA Northwest is a wholesale auto and specialty auction offering cars, trucks, RVs, and motor sports units to licensed, registered dealers. Members of the McConkey Auction Group and ServNet, the auctions are powered by Auction Edge. For more information, visit McConkeyAuctions.com.


Big and Rich will Appear at KCI Kansas City

KCI Kansas City took a different approach with this year's Guitars & Cars announcement. Prior to the auction's Fish Fry Promotional Sale on May 9th, KCI's sales and marketing team replicated Big & Rich's Save a Horse video. Teammates entered the auction arena in a 1974 white Cadillac Eldorado handing out $100 bills while Save a Horse blared in the auction arena. Dealers, filled with anticipation for the announcement, clapped and shouted with excitement. 

"We are excited to announce that Big and Rich will headline this year's Guitars & Cars event," said Doug  Doll, managing partner of KCI Kansas City.  "Big and Rich are America's Technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, and entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed."

 "We have had our eye on Big and Rich for a few years and this year was the right time to book them," Doll continued. "Customers were excited when we made the announcement and everyone is anticipating their performance because they are known for their 'over the top' live shows.".

 The 2018 Guitars and Cars event is set for August 15th and 16th. Big and Rich will perform following KCI's Wednesday corporate sale. The action continues Thursday morning with thousands of cars, exciting in-lane promotions and $20,000 in post-sale prizes. 

 Together with DAA Northwest and DAA Seattle, KCI Kansas City is a wholesale auto and specialty auction offering cars, trucks, RVs, and motor sports units to licensed, registered dealers. Members of the McConkey Auction Group and ServNet, the auctions are powered by Auction Edge. For more information, visit McConkeyAuctions.com.


Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Doubles Down on CAR Certifications

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 Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is proud to announce that Jacob Warren, General Sales and Marketing Manager, is now CAR certified by IARA. International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) has created an education program over the last ten years to expand overall knowledge of the remarketing industry. A Certified Automotive Remarketer (CAR) is trained in all aspects of automotive remarketing includingRemarketing Channels, Pre-Sale Activities, Actual Sale Activities, Post-Sale Activities, Legal/Ethics, and Terminology. 

Warren explains: "CAR certification is valuable in our industry. Having the certification added to the Auction Academy curriculum was a huge opportunity that I am thankful to have had." Warren will graduate from Auction Academy in March  of 2019. 

Warren has been a member of the 1st Choice team for fourteen years, working in almost every department with roles including Vehicle Registration Specialist, Sales Representative, Marketing Manager, Business Operations Manager, and now General Sales and Marketing Manager. 

Applauding Warren on earning this mark of distinction, the auction's Managing Partner John Poteet notes that Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction now has two CAR-certified employees. "Congratulations to Jacob on becoming CAR certified by IARA," said Poteet. "Jacob joins Mike McCollum, our Fleet Lease Manager, as CAR certified making us one of the few auctions with more than one employee with this important designation. CAR certification shows our commitment to employee education and the highest level of service to our valued institutional accounts." 

Independently owned and operated, Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is located in Hammond, Louisiana. Led by managing partner, John Poteet, the team of auction professionals serves the entire Gulf Coast Region and a national online buying base. Dealers gather every Tuesday at 8:45am in six lanes and online to bid on a consignment of over 700 vehicles, including vehicles from ARI, Consumer Portfolio Services, United Auto Credit Corporation, PAR North America, Hancock Bank, Crescent Bank, First Investors Financial Services, Prestige Financial, AVIS Budget Group, and a wide variety of dealer trades. Auction inventory is included on Edge Pipeline, where customers may view detailed condition reports, market report information and participate in online sales. 1st Choice is also an OVE Signature Auto Auction with a dedicated E-commerce sales team. 

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is a member of the National Auto Auction Association, Independent Auction Group, and ServNet. The auction is represented by TPC Management.


Akron Auto Auction Joins MS Movement

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In April, customers and employees at Akron Auto Auction (AAA) joined together to help raise funds for multiple sclerosis research and treatment. The charity event was highlighted by the AAA MS Awareness Cookout, which served up dozens of hotdogs and burgers to hungry dealers on sale day. Dealers were also able to make individual contributions by opting to donate a set dollar amount per vehicle bought or sold during the sale. Everyone who donated received a green and orange paper foot that read, I Joined the Movement. These feet were displayed on the wall in the Registration Department for all to view. 

Fundraising efforts were continued on the following Saturday when a large group of Akron Auto Auction employees, friends and family members met to participate in an MS Walk event hosted by a local high school. The AAA MS Walk Team, called The Short Stack, walked the two-mile track with other teams from the area with the ultimate goal in mind: to bring together a community of passionate people to connect and raise funds to change the world for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis. 

Akron Auto Auction's Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser generated a total of $2,163 that will go to drive MS research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most.. 

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Akron Auto Auction employees, friends and family members participated in an MS Walk as part of the auction's Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser in April.

Akron Auto Auction is a member of the ServNet Auction Group and has played an important role in the market for seventy years, incorporating service, commitment and innovation to produce superior results for its customers. The auction includes six auction lanes, and four separate buildings on 30 acres. The facility has a full transportation department, reconditioning department, inspection department and floor planning services. 

Each Tuesday, an average of 1,200 vehicles cross the block, including consignments from banks, fleet/lease companies and GSA, as well as vehicles from new and used car dealers from all over the Midwest. 

April 2018 Newsletter

ServNet's Next Generation Owners Build on Family Legacies as They Plan for Future

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As ServNet observes its 30th anniversary in 2018, the group plans for its future guided not only by the independent auction owners who have spent a lifetime in the business, but also by members of the next generation who work to ensure the ongoing success of some of the most successful auto auctions in the country. Those next generation owners are making their marks on the daily operations of their auction locations, and have developed into strong, capable, visionary leaders, as they continue the pattern set by their parents in building the family businesses. They are also filling leadership positions in the industry, most notably as members of ServNet's Board of Directors. Serving a two-year term as ServNet's President is second-generation owner Eric Autenrieth (Carolina Auto Auction and Indiana Auto Auction). Three next generation owners also hold seats on the Board: Beth Barber (State Line Auto Auction), Steve DeLuca (Auto Auction of New England), and Ashley Dietze (San Antonio Auto Auction). 

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Remarketers Continue to Recognize ServNet Auctions for Excellence

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ServNet Auctions have figured prominently in the many awards for service and performance announced by the remarketing community in the first quarter of 2018. That trend continues as more ServNet locations have been cited for excellence by leading national consignors. 

Akron Auto Auction received the 2017 Don Roccia Auction "P.R.I.D.E" Award from Credit Acceptance/VRS. Akron Auto Auction takes its place alongside two other ServNet Auctions receiving awards this year from Credit Acceptance/VRS: Greater Rockford Auto Auction and State Line Auto Auction

Two other ServNet auctions were named best in their regions for Merchants Fleet Management. Cited as Auction of the Year in the Midwest was Indiana Auto Auction, and as Auction of the Year in the West was Metro Auto Auction Phoenix

Westlake Financial also recently announced its top auctions in the country. Out of the 70 auctions used by Westlake nationwide, BSC America's Bel Air Auto Auction and KCI Kansas City were among the five auctions recognized. Westlake uses a proprietary scoring model to evaluate each auto auction monthly. The Auction of the Year winners received the highest scores out of the 70 auctions Westlake partnered with in 2017 

"These set the bar for top service levels in 2017," said William Walters, VP of Remarketing at Westlake Financial Services. 

"ServNet auctions are recognized again and again for exceptional service and performance by the national accounts," said Pierre Pons, ServNet's CEO. "ServNet auctions are among the best in the country, consistently offering exceptional levels of service and performance. The success of those efforts are recognized year after year with awards such as these." 


DAA Northwest and Toyota  Financial Services Support Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County

Toyota Financial Services' Area Representative John Martinez recently joined DAA Northwest's Bob McConkey and David Pendergraft in presenting $16,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County. Toyota Financial Services (TFS) has provided funding to Boys & Girls Clubs of America for the past 11 years. In addition to monetary support, hundreds of TFS employees have volunteered to help students through mentoring, speech writing and public speaking assistance. 

"TFS' commitment to children and families is in synch with DAA Northwest's community support program," says DAA Northwest's President and CEO Bob McConkey. "For years, DAA Northwest has partnered with many organizations that lend support to our area's youth. Contributing to Toyota's fundraiser benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County was right in line with our giving philosophy."

Toyota Financial Services' Area Representative John Martinez recently joined DAA Northwest's Bob McConkey and David Pendergraft in presenting $16,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County

Toyota Financial Services' Area Representative John Martinez recently joined DAA Northwest's Bob McConkey and David Pendergraft in presenting $16,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County

Martinez, who represents Toyota Financial Services each month in DAA Northwest's lanes, joined McConkey and Pendergraft for a tour of the Lisa Stiles-Gyllenhammer Club in Mead, Washington. 

"It was great to personally see how our contributions can help kids benefit from before-and-after-school programs, healthy meals, recreation programs and more," says Martinez. 

Toyota Financial Services' Area Representative John Martinez recently joined DAA Northwest's Bob McConkey and David Pendergraft in presenting $16,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County.

Club Director Connie Stark and Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County's Executive Director Dick Hanlin joined the facility tour and shared information with Martinez, McConkey and Pendergraft. 

"Over the years, the need for safe and positive places for kids to go at high-risk times when school is out has risen at an alarming rate," stated Hanlin. "Fortunately, the Clubs are able to provide those essential services and magnet programs to thousands of kids a year for only $20 a year thanks to the generosity of amazing partners like DAA Northwest and Toyota Financial Services." 


Bel Air Auto Auction's Award-Winning Service and New Facility Attract New Accounts

BSC America's Bel Air Auto Auction has announced the addition of three new consignors to the Thursday sale lineup at its new facility in Belcamp, Maryland. BSC America's President, R. Charles Nichols, reports that in the first quarter of 2018 Credit Acceptance/VRS, BB&T/Regional Acceptance Corporation and Toyota Financial/Lexus Financial have been running vehicles at Bel Air Auto Auction, meeting with an enthusiastic response from buyers in the lanes and online. 

Bel Air Auto Auction's all-new auction which opened in September of last year combines state-of-the-art facilities and award-winning service

Bel Air Auto Auction's all-new auction which opened in September of last year combines state-of-the-art facilities and award-winning service

"We are very pleased to welcome these three national accounts to Bel Air Auto Auction," said Nichols. "Last Fall when we opened our new auction facility, we noted that our goal was to accommodate continued growth in the marketplace and to expand our ability to offer exemplary service to our customers. The debut of these three accounts has been tremendously successful thanks to our service-focused auction team and the opportunities that our new facility provides us to process these vehicles with ease and efficiency." 

Bel Air Auto Auction's all-new auction which opened in September of last year combines state-of-the-art facilities and award-winning service. .

The new Bel Air Auto Auction facility opened in September of last year to rave reviews from buyers and sellers alike. Sited on 185 acres, the facility includes a 75,000-square foot, 10-lane auction facility, restaurant and administrative office building, as well as a separate state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot Vehicle Enhancement Center which houses both mechanical and body shops, reconditioning bays, paint booths and an imaging center. A separate building provides a streamlined check-in facility for dealers and transporters. 

"We are happy to note that our focus on service has been recognized by the remarketing industry, and it is with great pleasure that I share two national awards we've recently received with our auction team," said Nichols. 

Bel Air Auto Auction was recently named Westlake's 2017 Auction of the Year in the Northeast Region. Bel Air Auto Auction was also lauded by OVE for Best Commercial Mix at the OVE.com awards in Las Vegas. 

"We're proud of the recognition we have received and pledge to continue to offer exceptional levels of service and performance as we provide the best environment for buying and selling vehicles in the Mid-Atlantic region," Nichols concluded. 


Akron Auto Auction Introduces First Virtual Lane

In early April, Akron Auto Auction (AAA) added a new in-lane experience to its weekly Tuesday Sale. This new lane - called the Virtual Lane - operates similarly to a tow lane in the sense that the units are located off site and shown on the in-lane TV monitors for bidders to view. Unlike a tow lane, however, the Virtual Lane consists of higher end green-light units, equipped with full condition reports. These units remain at the dealership to extend and increase their retail selling opportunity. If a vehicle sells on sale day, the vehicle will then be picked up and offered a post-sale inspection. 

Akron Auto Auction Condition Report Writer, Kyle Feemster, takes photos of Virtual Lane vehicle at a Ford Dealership

Akron Auto Auction Condition Report Writer, Kyle Feemster, takes photos of Virtual Lane vehicle at a Ford Dealership

In the week leading up to the sale, a team of AAA Condition Report writers traveled to the various dealership locations to take high quality pictures and to complete condition reports. These reports were made available online for potential bidders to view in anticipation of Tuesday's sale. 

Akron Auto Auction Condition Report Writer, Kyle Feemster, takes photos of Virtual Lane vehicle at a Ford Dealership.

To further accommodate bidders on sale day, a 55 inch high resolution monitor was added in Lane 1 that provided a continuous scroll of vehicle information with scannable bar codes. Marketing materials such as booklets, poster boards, and flyers were also provided to ensure that dealers were prepared to bid. 

"The first virtual sale was a success. We were able to sell vehicles for each of the six dealerships that participated," reports Brigette Shepler, auction sales account representative. 

In its debut, Akron Auto Auction's Virtual Lane included 21 vehicles from 6 different dealerships. 

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Akron Auto Auction plans on running a Virtual Lane once a month and expects the lane to grow in size going forward. 


Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Gears Up for the Future

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction (LAFCAA) is preparing for the next phase of auction growth, announcing several key changes to its management team. 

Leading LAFCAA's management team are (left to right): Jacob Warren, General Sales and Marketing Manager; John Poteet, Managing Partner; Don Sistrunk, Advisor to the Executive Team,  and Matt Allombro, Auction Manager.

Leading LAFCAA's management team are (left to right): Jacob Warren, General Sales and Marketing Manager; John Poteet, Managing Partner; Don Sistrunk, Advisor to the Executive Team,  and Matt Allombro, Auction Manager.

"We have worked hard over the last 15 years to groom a team of professionals to take over management of the auction. With several key top-level people approaching retirement age we need to ensure the continuation of LAFCAA and its success in the industry." says Managing Partner, John Poteet. 

Poteet reports that as of March 5, Don Sistrunk, formerly the auction's General Manager has moved into a new, part-time role, working as an advisor to the Executive Team and to John. Matt Alombro has been appointed Auction Manager, responsible for all operations of the auction. Jacob Warren has been promoted to General Sales and Marketing Manager. He will be responsible for integrating sales, marketing, promotions, and public relations activities of the auction. Jacob will work closely with Alombro to ensure that all

(left to right): LAFCAA's Katie Alombro, Business Manager;  Andy Poteet, E-Commerce Manager; Jeff Martin, Consignor Sales Manager; and Tenna Cooper, Inside Sales and Administrative Manager.

(left to right): LAFCAA's Katie Alombro, Business Manager;  Andy Poteet, E-Commerce Manager; Jeff Martin, Consignor Sales Manager; and Tenna Cooper, Inside Sales and Administrative Manager.

Other recent promotions include Tenna Cooper to the post of Inside Sales and Administrative Manager; Andy Poteet to E-Commerce Manager; Jeff Martin to Consignor Sales Manager; and Katie Alombro to Business Manager. 

"Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is built on team work and collaboration," said Poteet. "Time will show how these capable people will make an impact on the industry and on 1st Choice Auto Auction." 

"The motto at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction's is outstanding service begins with outstanding people, John Poteet added: "We have adopted this as our motto because we believe the quality of the people in any organization drives the level of service to the customer. Our recent promotions exemplify our motto. All of these people are outstanding, and I am positive that they will pass that on to the future leaders of our organization. I am proud of all of them, and I am confident that our company is stronger today because of these outstanding people." 


Carolina Auto Auction Hosts 3-Day Charity Event to Benefit Cancer Research

Carolina Auto Auction (CAA) is hosting its 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 15th with plans to make this its biggest tournament to date. The Southeast's largest independent auto auction has added two special days to the annual golf classic, and this year's 3-day event will all benefit melanoma research at The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. 

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Monday, May 14th kicks off the festivities with a special Legacy Dinner and VIP Auction, featuring special guest speaker Frank Martin, current head coach of the University of South Carolina basketball team, which made the Final Four in 2017. CAA is currently selling tickets to the dinner and auction, where 8-10 items, including a Bret Michaels signed guitar, a Charlie Daniels fiddle, and a Wheel of Fortune prize package that includes tickets to the show, will be auctioned off. 

The event continues on Tuesday, May 15th with the 4-man Captain's Choice tournament held at The Walker Course at Clemson University with a 12:00pm Shotgun Start. The auction is once again bringing Miss South Carolina in as a special guest. CAA will also have unique items available to win after the golf tournament for those who participated in the golf's raffle for charity. In conjunction with the tournament, 

Carolina Auto Auction will hold its 3rd charity raffle that runs from April 11 - May 16th with over 30 highly valued items available to win. Tickets are $20 for a book of 25 to enter into the prize boxes, and they are on sale now! Anyone may participate and the items are available for view on the CAA Facebook page. 

The auction also expects at least 1200 units for the sale on May 16th. Each week 600+ car dealers converge on Anderson, SC to buy vehicles.


Greenville Auto Auction Greets Spring with Exciting Promotion, Specialty Sale

April started off strong for Greenville Auto Auction (GAA) with a great sale including 121 BB&T/RAC units sold. The auction began a new promotion for BB&T/RAC called Game Central. During this promotion, the top buyer and two random buyers from the previous BB&T/RAC sale have the opportunity to win money by playing a game prior to the sale. This is just another way GAA creates a fun environment for its dealers. 

Jeff Robinson (Fleet Account Manager) and Billy Willis (General Manager) greet Les Ellis (Carolina Motorsports) on sale day

Jeff Robinson (Fleet Account Manager) and Billy Willis (General Manager) greet Les Ellis (Carolina Motorsports) on sale day

GAA is continuing the great month with its AdrenaLANE Sale. On April 18th, the Wednesday night prior to the regular Thursday sale, the auction will spotlight special units in Eastern North Carolina including RVs, quads, muscles cars, boats, motorcycles and more. GAA will serve hors d'oeuvres to dealers prior this sale.

March 2018 Newsletter

ServNet Auctions Set the Bar for Auction Performance

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ServNet auctions continue to be cited for outstanding sales, service and operational excellence the remarketing community. As national remarketers assess auction results for 2017, ServNet auctions across the country have been recognized for superior performance. 

"ServNet auctions continue to demonstrate the strength of their partnerships with national accounts across the country," said CEO Pierre Pons. "Award-winning performance is an ongoing tradition with ServNet auctions, where quality and consistency of service set them apart from the competition, both on a regional and national basis.".

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Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Partners with DealShield

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Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction (LAFCAA) recently joined the DealShield Network. The auction is currently the only independent iin its region to offer this program to dealers.

DealShield is a product that auto dealers can purchase which allows them to have peace of mind in the lanes and eliminate costly mistakes. The 360 guarantee gives buyers 21 days and 360 miles to return the vehicle for any reason at all. This policy covers nearly 95% of all green- and red-light vehicles. 

"DealShield allows us to provide an extra service to our customers and gives us an advantage in the market that no other independent auction in our region can compete with," says General Sales and Marketing Manager, Jacob Warren. 

Warren explains that the entire auction team is dedicated to partnering with customers to show them how DealShield can work for them. Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction trained their team extensively on the product and how it benefits dealerships. 

Tenna Cooper, Inside Sales and Administration Manager says: "I know It sounds too good to be true, but it works, I've seen it." 

LAFCAA's management team in a training session on DealShield, learning how the product benefits its dealer customers..

Long time LAFCAA customers are already saving money and time with DealShield. 

"Customers are always a priority at LAFCAA, and the addition of DealShield is another part of the Lagniappe we are famous for. Our staff is second to none when it comes to customer service and offering new products to better assist them," says Matt Alombro, auction manager. 

To learn more or to get signed up with DealShield, customers may contact any team member at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction. 


Indiana Auto Auction Plans 52nd Anniversary Celebration

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Indiana Auto Auction marks its 52nd anniversary with 6-week long celebration slated for March 15 through April 19th. For every vehicle that is purchased during those 6 weeks, dealers will receive an entry ticket into the auction's anniversary contest, with over $15,000 in cash and prizes. 

The winning dealer will choose from one of three prize packages: a garage makeover package which includes air compressors, ramps, generators, garage cabinets and more. The dealer may also to win a backyard package that includes a patio cooler, propane smoker, projector, John Deere Tractor and more. The third package is $3,000 in cash for those who don't want one of the other packages. 

Situated in Fort Wayne, Indiana Auto Auction is centrally located near some of the country's largest automotive and truck markets, including Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Dayton, Springfield and Louisville.  With eight lanes offering over 600 light duty vehicles and nearly 200 heavy duty vehicles on a weekly basis, Indiana Auto Auction has something to offer its diverse customer base of nearly 3,500 dealers.


March Madness Strikes at DAA/OKC

The flurry of excitement the fills the world of basketball in March has descended on Dealers Auto Auction of Oklahoma City (DAA/OKC), where March Madness is heating up action in the lanes and bolstering sales. DAA/OKC’s March Madness kicked off on March 15th and will continue through the end of the month, engaging dealers in weekly contests and vying for bragging rights and cash when their favorite team wins. 

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"Our March Madness promotion coincides with a really exciting spring market here at DAA/OKC, and the excitement in the lanes is tangible as dealers bid on the largest weekly vehicle consignment in the state, which results in the highest sales percentage of any independent auction in the region,” said Bruce Beam, General Manager at DAA/OKC. “The full court press is on with everything from freethrow contests to start the sale, dealer brackets and the chance to win cash at the end of the month!." 

During the March Madness promotion, sale day begins with a free breakfast. Then, five dealers step up to the freethrow line to test their skills. Each dealer gets two attempts and receives $100 for a bucket. 

Dealers can also try their luck at a Dealer Bracket during the promotion. To wind up the month, dealers will enjoy the best of concession stand fare in the lanes on March 29th, with hamburgers and hotdogs served throughout the sale.  

"At our March Madness event, dealers also have a chance to predict the winner of the tournament," explains Beam. "At the end of the promotion, dealers who picked the winning team will be entered into a drawing for a $500 and a $1,000 cash prize." 

"Combining the excitement of March Madness with the optimism we're seeing in the lanes as a result of a revitalized Spring market is a slam dunk!" continued Beam. "We're looking forward to a great month at DAA/OKC!" 


Pre-Anniversary Sale at Greenville Auto Auction Brings Excitement to the Lanes

Brian Whittington (Hiester Automotive Group) receives a trophy for being the Top Seller of 2017 from Kevin Stallings, Greenville Auto Auction's assistant general manager.

Brian Whittington (Hiester Automotive Group) receives a trophy for being the Top Seller of 2017 from Kevin Stallings, Greenville Auto Auction's assistant general manager.

March is always an exciting month for the dealers attending Greenville Auto Auction as they anticipate the Pre-Anniversary Sale. This sale is always packed with a great mix of inventory as dealers stock their lots for the tax time rush. 

During the Pre-Anniversary Sale, the auction gives away tickets to both the Masters and Final Four. Dealers also enjoy lunch in the lanes and a complimentary t-shirt to commemorate the event. 

The auction's BB&T/Regional promotion, The Race for $1000, is also coming to an end at this sale, with a BB&T/Regional  run of over 70 units. The top 10 BB&T/Regional buyers from January through March will receive entries to win $1000 based on the number of vehicles they bought during those months. 

Brian Whittington (Hiester Automotive Group) receives a trophy for being the Top Seller of 2017 from Kevin Stallings, Greenville Auto Auction's assistant general manager.

Overall, the auction is ready to serve its dealers during this busy month of March.

February 2018 Newsletter

ServNet Marks 30th Anniversary Year

ServNet celebrates a collective milestone in 2018--30 years as the industry's "premier network of independent auto auctions cooperating together to strengthen and build relationships." What began as small group of independent auction owners wanting to share marketing strategies has undergone tremendous growth and change over three decades, evolving into a major force in the remarketing industry, setting the standard for service, efficiency and innovation in the auction selling environment. 

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At its beginning in 1988, ServNet included eight auctions, all independent members of the NAAA Performance Group where the discussions had started. Today, ServNet includes 22 auctions, and carries its message into the offices of virtually every manufacturer, fleet manager and institutional consignor in the country.


State Line Auto Auction Sets Date for Heavy Equipment Sale

Heavy equipment is a familiar sight at State Line Auto Auction. Harsh winters and continuing growth result in the appearance of construction equipment and paving machines during late spring and summer, as the auction's many acres of parking pavement are repaired and maintained, and the facilities are expanded. But this year, State Line Auto Auction will do more than use heavy equipment for auction improvements; this spring will see the first heavy equipment sale at the auction. 

"After close to a decade of being asked if we sell heavy equipment, due to the fact that we own and use so much of it ourselves, State Line has finally scheduled its first Iron Sale on the auction calendar," reports Paul Barber, one of State Line Auto Auction's owners. "Our first ever Heavy Equipment sale will be held Saturday, May 19th." 

Barber indicates that the Heavy Equipment Sale will include live, simulcast bidding. The auction has already received commitments for consignments from two large contractors in the area and the largest rental company in upstate New York. Barber anticipates holding between two and four heavy equipment sales per year at State Line Auto Auction, and will announce subsequent sale dates following the initial sale in May.

State Line Auto Auction is a founding member of ServNet, a premier group of independent auto auctions from across the United States. The auction also operates under the Auction EDGE technology platform which delivers live auction bidding online, provides market reports of auction sale results, and allows dealers to search and source available inventory from auctions nationwide. State Line Auto Auction is also a member of the National Auto Auction Association and uses the AutoIMS inventory management system


Carolina Auto Auction Adds Major Account, Adds Happy Hour Lane

Carolina Auto Auction is proud to announce the return of Santander and Chrysler Capital to its lanes on February 28th. Santander and Chrysler Capital will be running twice a month and eventually every week, with the Southeast's largest independent auto auction. The auction expects at least 100 units with each run.

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The auction makes this announcement to kick off 2018 after previously bringing on other large national accounts in 2017 including US Bank. With the high influx in commercial units, Carolina Auto Auction is now designated four of its lanes as commercial lanes, expecting at least 650 commercial units every week. 

Recent additions to the independent side of the business have also furthered CAA's growth as of late. The creation of the 9:00am Happy Hour lanes has added another 100+ units to the auction weekly and afforded independent dealers great lane placement opportunities. The auction also has restructured its lane designations to put all independent lanes on the inside of the 8-lane area and the commercial lanes on the outside - bringing increased volume and conversion to independent lanes. 

Carolina Auto Auction is on a hiring frenzy trying to keep up the growth. The auction expects to increase its full time staff by 30% over the next month and expects even more growth later this year.

In addition to its extensive offering of vehicles from top national accounts such as Santander Consumer, BB&T, Remarketing Services of America, Donlen, Wheels and ARI, Carolina Auto Auction offers one of the largest dealer consignments in the Southeast. The auction holds sale every Wednesday at 10 a.m. with a salvage sale on the first and third week of each month. All 8 lanes are accessible for bidding online in real-time through Auction Pipeline and all "No Sale" units are available for purchase after the sale.

Carolina Auto Auction is a proud member of the ServNet auction group.


New Year Starts Strong at Greenville Auto Auction

Mark Womack and Chris Clark talk about the vehicles in the lanes at Greenville Auto Auction.

Mark Womack and Chris Clark talk about the vehicles in the lanes at Greenville Auto Auction.

Greenville Auto Auction had a great month in January despite the snowy conditions in Eastern North Carolina. The auction started off February hosting a Super Bowl LII Pick 'Em promotion. A dealer who predicted the correct Super Bowl champion and was the closest to predicting the final score correctly won $250. The auction is also holding a promotion for Hiester Automotive Group where a dealer will be entered to win $250 for every vehicle that they buy. 

As February wraps up, GAA looks forward to its Pre-Anniversary Sale on March 15th which brings in some great inventory and dealers from across the state.

Mark Womack and Chris Clark talk about the vehicles in the lanes at Greenville Auto Auction..

Greenville Auto Auction, Inc. is an independently owned, relationship-driven business formed by the Stallings family in July, 2010. Located on 42 acres, the auction boasts 5 lanes, a full service restaurant, detail shop and light mechanical facility, 24-hour security, and state of the art technology, including AWG Simulcast. The auction is a member of the ServNet Auction Group.

January 2018 Newsletter

ServNet Welcomes Clark County Auto Auction

ServNet's President, Eric Autenrieth, has announced that Clark County Auto Auction has been named the newest member of the independent auction group. Led by Matt Fetter, the company's president, Clark County Auto Auction is located in Jeffersonville, Indiana and serves dealers in the Southern Indiana, and into the Kentucky (Louisville) market areas. 

"I join with the owners of ServNet auctions across the country in welcoming the Clark County Auto Auction to ServNet," said Autenrieth. "The Fetter family has developed their auction facility into an exceedingly well-run operation, built on a culture of exemplary service and strong customer partnerships. We look forward to Matt Fetter's contributions to our owners' meetings and know that the auction will represent the ServNet brand well to buyers and sellers in its region." 

 

ServNet Expands Scholarship Program in 2018

ServNet has announced that it has expanded its scholarship program, which was unveiled in 2016 and is designed to help ServNet auction employees and their families pursue the dream of higher education.

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The ServNet Scholarship program assists full-time ServNet auction employees, their children, stepchildren and grandchildren who plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs. This year up to ten (10) awards will be given: five awards of $2,500 to students attending a four-year college or university, and five awards of $1,500 for students attending a two-year college or vocational-technical school.  

The application deadline for this year's Scholarship Awards is March 30, 2018. Additional information and a link to the online application are available at www.servnetauctions.com/servnet-scholarship-program.


State Line Auto Auction Honors Two Long-time Employees

In the fall, State Line Auto Auction had the pleasure of honoring two of its long tenured employees for their years of employment: Tony Tur and Jeff Houghtalen.

Tony Tur celebrated 20 years with State Line and thereby joined the Twenty Year Club.  He was presented with a brass ship's clock which is emblematic of this milestone. Tony is one of State Line's field representatives, and is responsible for dealer activity in the Rochester and Buffalo areas. 

Tony Tur (center), is congratulated on his 20-year auction anniversary by members of the auction's sales team (left to right): Jim Terwilliger, Sales Manager; Mike Canzler, Sales Representative; Bernie Andrews, Dealer Relations Manager; and Jerry Marble, Sales Representative.

Tony Tur (center), is congratulated on his 20-year auction anniversary by members of the auction's sales team (left to right): Jim Terwilliger, Sales Manager; Mike Canzler, Sales Representative; Bernie Andrews, Dealer Relations Manager; and Jerry Marble, Sales Representative.

Jeff Barber, State Line's President, states: "Tony has been a very hard working and consistent presence for us in his sales area. His work ethic has been exemplary during his twenty year career. All of his dealers know that they can count on Tony to keep them up to date on auction activities, while also providing personal assistance whenever it is needed. Our customers in his area can rely on Tony to represent their vehicles if needed, and also pay attention to any title issues or payment matters as they occur." 

"Tony is everybody's friend,"  Barber continues," and it's his can-do attitude that is so important to State Line's continued success as it applies to his dealers. Tony has been a great asset for twenty years, and his market area has always been a major component of our success here at State Line. Tony's hard work and attention has allowed us to continue our great relationship with dealers in the Rochester and Buffalo areas." 

State Line Auto Auction owners Beth Barber (left) and Jeff Barber (right) congratulate 25-year employee Jeff Houghtalen, who took a  full month off in recognition of his quarter century of service.

State Line Auto Auction owners Beth Barber (left) and Jeff Barber (right) congratulate 25-year employee Jeff Houghtalen, who took a  full month off in recognition of his quarter century of service.

Jeff Houghtalen, a 25 year State Line employee, enjoyed a full month of extra paid time off as his reward for reaching the quarter century mark at State Line Auto Auction. It is a tradition at the auction that every employee who reaches 25 years of employment gets the opportunity to take a full month of paid holiday leave in addition to their normal vacation. Jeff has been State Line's lead driving inspector for many years. 

"Jeff's talent is extremely valuable," said Barber.  "He can drive a vehicle and analyze drivetrain/mechanical issues as well as anyone, anywhere. His diagnostic ability is amazing. Quite often, we will perform a double- or triple-check to ensure our accuracy, and Jeff is usually the final decision maker in that process." 

Barber adds: "With 25 years of experience, Jeff knows what to look for and listen to, and his knowledge of specific traits as they relate to make, model and year is nothing short of amazing. " 

Jeff enjoyed taking the month of November off as his 25 year bonus. A key part of this program at State Line is the backup process that takes place when someone as instrumental as Jeff is absent. Other employees rise to the occasion as they step up and cover for the veteran during the month. It is with great anticipation that others view the month ahead, and any apprehension is comfortably absent by the time the honored employee returns. Employees are anxious to participate by helping their fellow worker enjoy their special month.


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Invests in Safety

The Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) has invested in safety for its customers and employees in the sale lanes with the completion of a bollard installation project. A total of 161 total bollards were installed in the six-lane facility, on both the sale apron approach and inside the sale lanes, to protect people from vehicles. The bollard project had been in the planning and design stages since June of 2017, and was completed in December. 

A total of 161 bollards were installed at Greater Rockford Auto Auction as part of its Customer Care Project.  The bollards protect customers and employees on both the sale apron approach and inside the sale lanes.

A total of 161 bollards were installed at Greater Rockford Auto Auction as part of its Customer Care Project.  The bollards protect customers and employees on both the sale apron approach and inside the sale lanes.

The bollard initiative is part of what GRAA is promoting as its Customer Care Project, which includes a full and comprehensive plan for the safety of customers, employees, and vendors of GRAA. 

"We are excited to complete our bollard installation as a piece of our Customer Care Project," said Chad Anderson, auction general manager. "The safety of our customers and employees is a top priority and the response from everyone has been nothing short of outstanding. We continue to work on new and improved safety initiatives daily as we move forward."


Carolina Auto Auction Hosts live Charity Auction

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With the college football playoffs in full swing, Carolina Auto Auction (CAA) provided its dealers with a rare opportunity. CAA hosted a live charity auction, giving dealers the opportunity place the highest bids on autographed footballs from each of the four college football playoff teams (Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, and Oklahoma). The four footballs, auctioned separately, raised over $3500 toward cancer research at the Winship Cancer Institute. An additional $1500 was raised by employees who held an Ugliest Christmas Attire contest during the four weeks of December, bringing the total to $5000 raised in December. 

December's fund-raising efforts came on the heels of $100,000 raised by the auction and industry partners November. 

The auction continues to march toward another major donation in May as it hosts its annual charity golf tournament and Legacy VIP Dinner the night before. Registration for both events is open now, and the auction is alreadyattracting together sponsors for the events. NextGear Capital is the Premier sponsor, along with ASC Warranty and AutoIMS who have currently joined the cause as additional sponsors. 

Carolina Auto Auction and local dealers also donated toys and food to needy children from twenty different families in December. The auction collected about $5,000 worth of food and toys and distributed it through Anderson Interfaith Ministries, a local faith-based non-profit in the area. 

Carolina Auto Auction also spent plenty on money on its dealers during its annual Dealer Appreciation Sale on December 13th. With the sale just a week before Christmas, CAA honored its Top 10 Buyers and Sellers for the calendar year with special gift baskets and trophies, and had a gift for every dealer in attendance to go with a free breakfast. At the sale's conclusion, dealers had a chance to win $100 every week for a year, along with other cash prizes.

Carolina Auto Auction's next major promotion kicked off on January 10th.  The Racing into Tax-Time Sales Event, which lasts through through February 14th, gives dealers a chance to win one of several seats to drive a NASCAR or Indy car at the NASCAR Driving Experience in Charlotte in March.


Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Adds Rock 'n Roll to Mardi Gras

Lousiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction, located in the heart of Carnivale Country, hosts its premier event appropriately named Rockin' Mardi Gras. The event is held every year on the Tuesday before Fat Tuesday. 

A preview of the Rockin' Mardis Gras party hosted by Lousiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction.  This year's event is set for February 6th, a week before Fat Tuesday.

A preview of the Rockin' Mardis Gras party hosted by Lousiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction.  This year's event is set for February 6th, a week before Fat Tuesday.

"Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler" is a Cajun French phrase meaning "let the good times roll," and that is just what Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction generates for this event. The atmosphere is truly a Rockin' Mardi Gras, and it has become an extremely popular event for auto dealers and representatives of commercial accounts around the region to attend. 

The auction will kick off the celebration on Feb. 6th 2018 at 8:45 am, with a typical consignment of 1100 units. Following the sale, VIP guests are invited to New Orleans where the auction continues the festivities at the House of Blues. The Rockin' Mardi Gras party includes a live band, open bar and a buffet containing some of the best food New Orleans has to offer. 

"This event creates an immense amount of excitement, and is the sale that everyone talks about year round," says Marketing Manager Jacob Warren. 


Black Gold Lane Makes Strong  Showing at DAA/OKC

Buyers at Dealers Auto Auction of Oklahoma City (DAA/OKC) have a new source for certified frontline-ready inventory: The Black Gold Lane. Running in the A Lane every week at 10 am at DAA/OKC, the Black Gold Event is drawing increasing attention at the auction, and is posting a 50% sale rate since its launch last Fall. 

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"Our new Black Gold Lane is an ideal opportunity for dealers looking for prime frontline inventory," said Bruce Beam, DAA/OKC's general manger. "These vehicles are all certified, detailed and pre-inspected, ready for the front line as soon as they arrive at the dealership. Plus, these vehicles are priced to sell and represented on the block, so that when the buyer leaves for the day, he knows that he has the car and can arrange for immediate transport." 

Beam explains that the Black Gold lane features two levels of certification: Gold, for vehicles which are 5 years old or newer, with 80,000 miles or less, and meet NAAA's Gold Certified standard; and Silver, for vehicles which are 10 years old or newer with 125,000 miles or less and meeting NAAA Silver Certified standard. 

"Our A lane is the place to be at 10:00 when the Black Gold Lane starts," says Beam. "We've been seeing an average of 65 cars every week, and there are lots of eyes on every vehicle as it rolls across the block, both in the lane and online. Plus, we serve hot coffee and donuts, and draw for $250 cash every 5th car sold, which brings even more excitement to the sale when the Black Gold Lane starts at 10 am." 


Greenville Auto Auction Eyes New Goal in 2018

After selling a record-breaking number of vehicles in 2017, Greenville Auto Auction looks to surpass those sales in 2018. Due to inclement weather in Eastern North Carolina, the auction had to postpone its Opening Day sale to the following week. With a great list of inventory to kick off the new year, GAA gave away Duke vs UNC basketball tickets at the sale. These coveted tickets were a fun, exciting way for dealers to share their love for their teams in this rivalry. The auction plans to continue the year creating a thrilling environment for their dealers.

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Nick McMichen (Auctioneer) and Bryan Shinn (Dealer) discuss the upcoming sale at  Greenville Auto Auction. The auction expects to surpass last year's record-breaking numbers in 2018.