CARY, N.C. -
Auctions across the country are finding ways to have fun this summer.
A few include a Louisiana auction, an Illinois auction and 20 southeastern Manheim locations.
Manheim’s southeastern locations participated in the company’s fourth annual Cargaritaville sales event this month.
The sales day featured beach-themed prize giveaways, live entertainment and steel drummers.
NextGear Capital partnered with each participating location to offer special promotional terms and Margarita Machine giveaways.
A 2016 Kawaski Jet Ski, the grand prize, was given away at Manheim Orlando to Ed Burgess with Mazda of Roswell, Ga.
The 20 locations offered more than 30,000 participating dealers a total of roughly 40,000 vehicles.
“Each year Cargaritaville grows and grows,” said Mark Ford, Manheim's regional vice president for the Southeast. “Our clients here in the Southeast truly look forward to and plan in advance for this annual event. We can’t thank them enough for their participation and the excitement they bring to make it such a huge success.”
Additionally, Manheim team members also made time for costume contests and photo booth opportunities during the sale.
Cargaritaville began in 2013 at 11 Manheim locations in Florida. In 2016, the event expanded to Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee locations.
Manheim locations in the Southeast weren't the only ones within the company to have summertime fun.
Manheim Baltimore-Washington helped clients knock sales out of the park at the third annual ‘Summer Slam’ sale on July 18. This year's event featured more inventory, more buyers and more transactions than last year. Some 3,000 units were available at the baseball-themed event which brought more than 2,000 buyers contributing to an overall sales rate of more than 60 percent.
“Our spirited sale is a great opportunity for dealers to refresh their inventory for the summer,” general manager John Eriksen said. “We love all the dealer engagement, both in our lanes and online. This sale is one of the ways we offer value to our consignors and show our clients how much we appreciate them.”
Meanwhile, Greater Rockford Auto Auction in Illinois recently celebrated 43 years with a special sales event featuring $15,000 in prizes and giveaways on July 19.
Prizes included off-road dune buggies, Cub Cadet lawn mowers, patio furniture sets and electric smokers.
Louisiana's 1st Choice Auction’s (LAFCAA) 2017 Lagniappe Sale was also this month.
“It was a great day at the auction, with a terrific lineup of cars and trucks, and lots of prizes to go around,” LAFCAA owner and managing partner John Poteet said in a news release.
“Dealers received free shirts, free 28-day floats and free root beer floats. One lucky dealer won $500 as another won a 2-night vacation package.”
LAFCAA's annual football-themed Tailgate Event is set for Aug. 22.
The sale will feature 900 plus units from ARI, CPS and several large dealer groups.
This year's sale will also include a special visit from 2003 NCAA and 2009 Super Bowl champion wide receiver Devery Henderson.
Henderson will mingle with buyers attending the event and provide opportunities for photos and autographs.
Themed prizes valued at an estimated $10,000 will also be awarded during the sale, according to LAFCAA.
Visit lafcaa.com for more details.