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.