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.

December 2017 Newsletter

ServNet auctions take a break from the business of bringing buyers and sellers together in the auction lane to focus on those needing a helping hand. The causes are as varied as the auctions themselves: from benefits for orphans and the homeless to help for children with medical needs and veterans injured in the line of duty. Benefiting local, national, even global charities, auction owners, employees, and their customers open their hearts and their pockets at fund-raising efforts across the country. 

November 2017 Newsletter

Following a planned transition in leadership for the ServNet auction group, Eric Autenrieth, general manager of Carolina Auto Auction and owner of and Indiana Auto Auction, assumes the role of  President for the next two years. Having previously served as ServNet's Vice     President and Treasurer, his move to President was confirmed by the ServNet auction owners     at their semi-annual business meeting in October. Autenrieth is assisted by a leadership team of auction owners serving on the Board of Directors.

State of ServNet 2016

As another year draws to a close, it is my privilege to take stock of ServNet's accomplishments in 2016 before we shift our momentum to plan for the New Year. Approaching my second year as ServNet's president, I continue to be impressed and inspired by the achievements of the individual auction locations as well as the collective efforts we have made as a group. There is a great deal for us to celebrate and remember.