December 2017 Newsletter

ServNet's President Reviews Year's Highlights, Looks Ahead to Group's 30th Year


In his year-end message to the auction industry, Eric Autenrieth, ServNet's newly-elected     President, surveys the group's accomplishments in 2017 and looks forward to the initiatives that will be addressed in the coming year.

"As ServNet owners, we celebrate a collective milestone as we mark the New Year: 30 years as the industry’s premiere network of independent auto auctions working together to strengthen and build relationships," says Autenrieth. "What began as a group of 10 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.


ServNet Auctions Give Back Throughout the  Year

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.

ServNet Mourns Loss of Wade Walker.
It is with deep regret that ServNet announces the passing of Wade Ashley Walker on Saturday, December 9, 2017. He headed the family company that bears his name, the W. Walker Auction Group, which operates two ServNet locations: Corpus Christi Auto Auction and San Antonio Auto Auction.


Wade was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on September 25, 1962 and was a 1981 graduate of Calallen High School, where he met his beloved wife, Patty, and a later graduate of Southwest Texas State University. During their 34 years of marriage they raised three children built their businesses: Corpus Christ Auto Auction, San Antonio Auto Auction, and most recently Firefly Farm. Wade was a devoted loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to all. He enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing, cycling, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

"Wade has been one of the stalwart members of ServNet since 1999 when his Corpus Christi facility became a ServNet auction," said ServNet's President Eric Autenrieth. "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 will be deeply missed by all of us who were privileged to know him, and we extend our sincerest condolences to his family."

State Line A/A to Sell Last Oldsmobile.
The last Oldsmobile ever built will cross the auction block at State Line Auto Auction on Friday, December 15th. The 2004 Alero was built at Lansing Car Assembly in Michigan and was signed under the hood and in the trunk by all of the workers at the plant. Until recently part of the GM heritage Center collection, the Alero will be offered with its original Oldsmobile MSO.

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State Line Auto Auction is one of General Motor's top auctions, and has for many years been selling company-owned and off-lease cars for the automaker.

Along with the Alero, the last Oldsmobile Cutlass built, a 1999 model, and a 1996 Oldsmobile Ciera will be offered at the auction on December 15th. Like the 2004 Alero, the Cutlass and the Ciera have been at GM's Heritage Center, have extremely low mileage, and have original MSO statements of ownership.

All three vehicles will run in Lane 8, the GM Financial Lane, at 12:00 Noon on Friday, December 15th. The vehicles are available to any automobile dealer registered with State Line Auto Auction. State Line Auto Auction is a charter member of ServNet, and has hosted General Motors-sponsored auctions since 1990.

Louisiana's First Choice A/A Plan Holiday Sale, Mardi Gras Event.
Through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Louisiana's First Choice Auto Auction directs its focus toward two big event sales; its annual John Dough Christmas sale on December 19th and its signature Rockin' Mardi Gras event on February 6th.

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction has five premier event sales a year. These event sales are traditionally larger in volume in both consignment and dealer attendance, and generate a huge amount of buzz in the Louisiana region.

Some of the gifts available to purchase with John Dough at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction

Some of the gifts available to purchase with John Dough at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction

The annual John Dough Christmas event routinely records consignment of 1,000 units and is an opportunity for the auction to reward dealers for doing business at Louisiana's First Choice consistently through the year. Dealers accumulate a fictional currency known as John Dough, which they can cash in on a sleigh full of gifts and prizes that are displayed in the auction's Christmas themed lobby. The money is spent via a live auction and creates a fun and entertaining atmosphere. Dealers choose a prize they desire and attempt to purchase it with their dollars; however there is an element of surprise because nobody knows just how much John Dough is out there, or how much other dealers have.

At the Rockin' Mardi Gras sale, this year set for February 6th, 2018, Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto expects to consign 1,100 units and welcomes several dealers from around the country for the occasion. Following the sale, customers will be entertained with a Rockin' party at the House of Blues in New Orleans, with a live band, open bar and a buffet of some of the best food the state has to offer.

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

Greenville A/A Marks Record-breaking Year with Big Christmas Sale.
Projecting a record-breaking year in 2017, Greenville A/A celebrated the holiday season with its Big Christmas Sale, giving away an iPhone X and a Series 3 Apple Watch.

The Big Christmas Sale at Greenville Auto Auction is traditionally one of its customers favorite sales of the year, and this year's event was no exception.

Good will and and holiday cheer fills the lanes in December at Greenville Auto Auction

Good will and and holiday cheer fills the lanes in December at Greenville Auto Auction

Following a strong November, which saw the auction opening up a fourth lane for its dealers, excitement continued to build as the date for The Big Christmas sale approached. This time around, Greenville Auto Auction gave away an iPhone X and the Apple Watch Series 3.

Following the Big Christmas Sale, the auction looks to finish the year strong, projecting that they will sell more cars in 2017 than in any year prior. Greenville Auto Auction is excited for what is to come in 2018 as they keep the strong momentum heading into the new year.