ServNet Leadership Poised for Transition
As the auto auction industry anticipates the NAAA Convention in Indianapolis and the ServNet owners prepare for their Fall Owners' Meeting, several of the group's members will transition to new leadership roles, both on the national front and within the group. Chad Bailey (Akron Auto Auction), current NAAA President, will move to NAAA's Chairman of the Board, while Eric Autenrieth (Carolina & Indiana Auto Auction) will serve as ServNet's Chairman of the Board following his two-year term as the group's president. Bruce Beam (DAA/OKC), meanwhile, will take the reigns as ServNet's President.
As he completes his term as NAAA President, turning over the gavel to Laura Taylor (XLerate's Charleston Auto Auction), Bailey looks over his time, highlighting the Association's accomplishments under his watch.
"Any past President of the NAAA will tell you that their year in office is nothing short of a whirlwind of activity," says Bailey. "Like my predecessors, I've been constantly on the move, visiting auctions, attending conferences, meeting with industry associates, working with political leaders and overseeing the initiatives that improve and benefit our membership. My goal from the beginning was to inject even more vitality and energy into the Association, and felt that the time was right to hold our own stand-alone Convention. After listening to our members, who urged the change, I determined that we had plenty of content and valuable conversation to do it on our own, and I'm thrilled to see that the industry agrees, with convention registrations being the highest in many years, associate member applications the highest they've ever been, and the exhibit hall spaces selling out in record time. We're seeing great support from all segments of the industry: from ADESA, Manheim, ServNet, America's, XLerate, the Independent Auction Group, and tons of independents as well as associate members. A great team effort makes for a great convention, and we're looking forward to an outstanding event in Indianapolis."
Five from ServNet Named to Auto Remarketing's 40 Under 40
ServNet congratulates five young leaders from ServNet's family of auctions who were recently included in Auto Remarketing's 2019 class of 40 Under 40.
"As a group of independent and family-owned businesses, ServNet has long recognized the important contributions the 'Next Generation' makes to our ongoing success and vitality," says ServNet's President Eric Autenrieth. "They are making their marks on the daily operations of their auction locations, and are developing into strong, visionary leaders. We applaud the five included in this year's class of 40 Under 40, and know they will play an important role in their auctions and in our industry in the years ahead."
This year's 40 under 40 honorees will be recognized at a special ceremony at Used Car Week, which will be held in November in Las Vegas.
Dealers Set to Play and Win at Carolina Auto Auction's Caropoly Sales Event
Carolina Auto Auction (CAA) hosts its 3rd annual Caropoly sales event from September 11 through October 16th. 1100 units will be run every week; and 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 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.
As part of the sales event, several floor plan companies including AFC, AutoBank, and CarBucks each feature pieces on the board and will have instant winner cards as well. Various other CAA vendors will also be giving away prizes as part of the game.
The grand prizes include $10,000 cash (Free Parking), an 8-day cruise to London and Paris, Nintendo switch game consoles, Carolina Panthers tickets, $250 Visa gift cards, Yeti coolers, and more. There are also instant winner pieces which can earn dealers anything from a t-shirt or hat to a 75" TV or Costa sunglasses.
Caropoly is one of Carolina Auto Auction's largest events of the year and the auction expects to have over 600 dealers on hand each week participating.
Mid-State Auto Auction Sets All-Time Sales Record
On August 16th, 2019 Mid State Auto Auction celebrated 36 years of family owned business. Of the 1,332 vehicles consigned, 810 vehicles were successfully sold which set an all time record high. In a town of only 1,200 people, Mid-State marked the anniversary at its four-lane lane auction house by giving away $20,000 in cash and prizes. A complimentary Hog and Turkey Roast dinner was offered to all sellers and buyers. Cash and prizes were awarded by means of random drawing to all of their dealers in attendance.
The sales goal of 800 vehicles was set by owner Rob Thompson, and was exceeded by the Mid-State team. The goal for next year has yet to be released, but the team has already made plans to beat 2019’s number sold in 2020.
August is Huge Award Month for Lousiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction
Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is proud to announce it has been selected as Auction of the Year at the Louisiana's Independent Auto Dealers Association (LIADA) convention. The LIADA convention was well attended by independent auto dealers. It introduced new and exciting ideas for the auto industry that the dealers will benefit from for years to come. Consignment Manager for Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Jeff Martin commented, "It was great to see an organization invest in the auto industry and work hard to provide a quality convention for our dealers here in Louisiana."
The award was presented to Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction by the LIADA; however, the independent dealers who attended the convention selected 1st Choice as the best choice for auto auction of the year.
Two weeks prior to the LIADA convention, 1st Choice was selected Auto Auction of the Year for the Southern Chapter by NAAA.
General Sales Manager Jacob Warren says, "It is a true honor to be recognized not only on a state level, but nationally as well. It goes to show what a great team we have and how we have created a community of loyal customers and employees.”
The NAAA Auction of the Year Award honors excellence in community service. Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is one of four auctions—one selected from each of NAAA's membership regions—to win the award. Each regional chapter award winner receives $5,000, which will be donated to the charity or charities of its choice. The auction is honored to be selected as a recipient of this year's award and has decided to split the money between four charities: Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center of Hammond, Child Advocacy Services (CAS), Options, and Manger House Ministries.
Greater Rockford Auto Auction Plans 2019 Spooktacular
The Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) is preparing a fang-tastic 2nd Annual GRAA Spooktacular. GRAA will be running 1,000+ vehicles through the lanes on October 16th. All vehicles will be available for purchase online via Edge Pipeline beginning at 8:45 A.M.
Following the sale GRAA will givea way $13,000 in prizes, ranging from a Kawasaki Dirt Bike, Hammerhead Go Cart, Wine Fridge, Arcade Basketball game and much more.
"Our GRAA team is looking forward to celebrating one of our biggest sales of the year, at The GRAA Spooktacular," states Chad Anderson, GRAA General Manager. "We have planned a day packed with great inventory and big giveaways for our customers."
Akron Auto Auction Upgrades Photo Booth
Akron Auto Auction (AAA) is excited to announce the addition of Black Widow Imaging to its photo booth facility. Equipped with Auto Scan technology and six high resolution photo capture points, Black Widow will allow each AAA vehicle to be completely photographed from start to finish in under 5 seconds, improving both picture quality and efficiency.
"The time-consuming process of gathering photos of over 1,000 plus vehicles a week has been an area we have been looking to improve." says Kalee Robinson, Registration and Photo Manager. "With Black Widow, we expect to not only drastically cut down the amount of man hours required for picture-taking out on the lot, but it will also enable us to take more consistent, higher quality photos each time that will greatly benefit both buyers and sellers on sale day."
In addition to exterior imaging, Black Widow will also equip AAA online buyers with a complete 360-degree interior view of every vehicle that will be running through the lanes.
"We are always looking to improve our sale day experience for all our dealers, but especially our loyal online buyers," says Robinson. "Black Widow Imaging will give those online buyers additional tools to make their bidding and car buying process the best it can be."
With the installation and integration already completed, Akron Auto Auction plans to begin its new era of vehicle imaging in late September.
FastLane Auto Exchange Pulls Out All the Stops at Annual Tailgate and Corn Roast Sale
Every year before summer ends and the leaves begin to fall, FastLane Auto Exchange celebrates with its Annual Tailgate and Corn Roast Sale, and this year was the biggest one yet. The auction team pulls out all the stops for this sale, making sure that its customers have the most fun they can possibly hgave while working.
This year customers enjoyed a performance by The Rock Show Band, an 80’s and Journey tribute band, and visited with members of the Detroit Lions cheer squad. Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore was also at the event to sign autographs, pose for pictures and auction his very first car.
Dealers were also treated to a complimentary Michigan-grown corn roast, and last, but certainly not least, FastLane gave away tickets to the Michigan vs. Michigan State game, tickets to the Big 10 Championship, and a brand new golf cart. Plus, everyione who attended received a t-shirt. With record crowds and record sales, it was a great day for all in attendance.
Coming up this fall, FastLane looks forward to Whitetail Wednesdays until October 9th when one lucky dealer will win a Suzuki King Quad 400 along with hunting gear. Next up on the calendar is the auction's Halloween Sale on October 30th and the 41st Annual Turkey Sale on November 13th.
Bel Air Auto Auction Plans 47th Annual Harvest Sale
BSC America celebrates the bounty of the season with one of the longest-running promotions in the industry: Bel Air Auto Auction's 47th Annual Harvest Sale, slated for October 17th, at its state-of-the-art in Belcamp, Maryland. Bel Air Auto Auction welcomes dealers from the Eastern Seaboard and beyond to the annual event, where customers will gather to bid on a consignment of more than 2500 cars, trucks and SUVs and to take part in thousands of dollars in prize drawings. It's a day of high excitement as a special consignment of 50 motorcycles, hot rods and classic cars is offered for sale, crossing the block at the close of the regular sale.
To begin the festivities, the Nichols family will host a customer event at the auction the evening before, on Wednesday, October 16th from 5 to 8 pm, when guests will enjoy dinner and cocktails, along with a special preview of the vehicles available at the next day’s sale.
The action on sale day starts bright and early on Thursday, October 17th. The auction will serve a free breakfast to its guests, before the first vehicles cross the block at 8:00 am. Major commercial consignors will include Ally, ARI, Hyundai Finance, KIA Finance, Santander Consumer USA/Chrysler Capital, Element, U-Haul Fleet Remarketing, BB&T, GM financial, All-State Leasing and American Credit Acceptance. In addition, some of the region’s largest independent dealerships will be offering vehicles at the Harvest Sale: Jones Junction Auto Group, Boyle Buick GMC, the Hertrich Group, Lindsay, MileOne Auto Group, Koons Automotive, and Adams Auto Company.
An additional 400+ salvage units will run at BSC America’s nearby Clayton Station facility on Thursday, beginning at 8:00 am.