CarMax opens 2 Calf. stores in Bay Area


CarMax announced the opening of two new San Francisco Bay Area stores on Monday.

A store in Santa Rosa and one in Fremont now join CarMax’s Pleasanton store, the company’s first store in the region that opened in May.

The three stores have brought more than 200 jobs to the area this year.

Both the Santa Rosa and Fremont locations have the capacity to stock an estimated 300 used vehicles.

In celebration of the new stores, the CarMax Foundation donated a total $30,000 to local organizations, two in Santa Rosa and two in Fremont.

CarMax donated $5,000 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa, where associates from the store also volunteered.

Additionally, the company’s foundation is giving a $10,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, which will help fund an expanded an intramural sports program that will provide 3,000 more youth the opportunity to participate in the free program.

“At CarMax, our associates care deeply about the community and it shows through their commitment to organizations like these,” said Brandon Mullins, location general manager at CarMax Santa Rosa. “We are excited to announce the opening of our newest store here in Santa Rosa and look forward to serving customers with the easy, no-haggle CarMax experience.”

Fremont CarMax associates provided a $5,000 grant and volunteered with Abode Services, an organization that provides permanent housing and supportive services programs for homeless adults and children.

They also selected the YMCA of the East Bay to receive a $10,000 grant.

“CarMax associates love to volunteer and build strong relationships with community partners where they live and work,” said Christina Kahn, location general manager of the Fremont CarMax. “With the opening of our second and third locations in the Bay Area, we look forward to providing more customers with the easy, no-haggle experience they’ve come to expect from CarMax.”

AutoNation calls Eli Young Band for benefit concert


On Tuesday, AutoNation announced that the country music group Eli Young Band is scheduled to perform at its AutoNation Cure Bowl Tailgate Party and Concert, a benefit for breast cancer research.

"We are pleased to join AutoNation in the fight against cancer,” said the Eli Young Band in a statement. “This disease hits close to home for many people, so being a part of raising awareness is very important to us."

AutoNation is donating to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and has committed a total of $2,000,000 to the organization, the largest private funder of breast cancer research.

The second annual event is on Dec. 17 at Tinker Field in Orlando, Fla. 

Tickets can be purchased at CureBowl.com.

Eli Young Band has gone double platinum and holds a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Manheim’s holiday campaign aims to help dealers & children


Dashing Through the Lanes, Manheim’s holiday campaign designed to increase dealer clients’ sales at the end of the year returned on Monday.

Through Dec. 23, dealers nationwide who attend Manheim’s sales in-lane or on Simulcast are registered to win daily prize package giveaways.

“As this campaign has attracted strong in-lane attendance and positive feedback in previous years, we wanted to again show our support while helping our dealer clients get a great start to the new year,” said Manheim senior director of customer marketing Lisa Farrar. “The campaign is a fun way to let them know that despite the hectic holiday season, we are here to ensure they get the inventory they need.”

According to Manheim, during previous years of Dashing Through the Lanes, dealer clients increased their year-over-year purchase volume and on average saw lane attendance grow 12 percent.

This year, the auction company partnered with Toy for Tots to incorporate a new charitable component to the campaign. Throughout the month-long event, all Manheim locations across the country will serve as a Toys for Tots drop-off location.

“The best part about Dashing Through the Lanes is the opportunity to spread goodwill and holiday cheer in the communities in which we serve,” said Farrar.

DAA Northwest anniversary benefit raises $123,400

SPOKANE, Wash. - 

Earlier this month, DAA Northwest celebrated 24 years and hosted its annual Anniversary Sale Fundraiser to help support four local Spokane charities.

The auction matched all funds, bringing the two-day event’s total to $123,000.

“Our thanks go out to all of our customers who contributed to the evening,” said auction president Bob McConkey. “These organizations depend on the support of this event. They are absolutely filled with gratitude and are in awe of the generosity of the dealer community.”

The annual anniversary dinner and auction event has raised more than $1.2 million for its local non-profit partners, according to DAA.

The celebration began with an 860-unit afternoon sale featuring consignment from Hyundai Finance, Kia Finance, Ford Motor Company, Ford Credit, Toyota Financial Services, Avis Budget Group, and Ally Auto Remarketing.

MetroGistics' Monster Mash bash scares up $19K for charity


Here’s some scary good news:

MetroGistics’ fifth annual Monster Mash Halloween Party raised nearly $19,000 for the Humane Society of Monroe County, Ill., and the Humane Society of St. Clair County, Mich.

In addition to food, drinks and prizes, the Oct. 15 event at the Living World Building at the Saint Louis Zoo included a stilt walker, magician, tarot card reader and a palm reader. Attendees were encouraged to wear a costume.

Sponsorships from Crowe Howarth, McCarthy Leonard & Klaemerer, Finny's and Office Essentials allowed for 100 percent of ticket sales to go to charity.

“We’ve been supporting animal welfare charities since we started MetroGistics in 2010,” said managing partner William Billiter. “The Monster Mash party has become an annual tradition and we hope to keep growing it every year.”

The Humane Society of Monroe County and The Humane Society of St. Clair County are nonprofit organizations that take in rescues and owner surrenders. The animals are updated on all vaccinations, tested for heartworms, and spayed/neutered, making them available and ready for their forever homes.

Click here for more information about MetroGistics.


Copart announces post-Matthew land expansions


In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Copart has activated reserve land in Georgia and Virginia in addition to expanding existing locations in North Carolina and Florida.

The land expansions and activations will allow Copart’s Catastrophe Response Team (CAT Team) to provide even greater service in response to weather-related damage.

“We have a long history of preparing for and responding to catastrophes. This year, our reinvestment strategy has led us to expand in areas that frequently incur damage from natural disasters. That focus allowed us to immediately activate locations in Georgia and Virginia when Matthew hit the East Coast,” said Will Franklin, executive vice president of Copart.

“We are also fortunate to have been able to add land in the Carolinas and Florida as an immediate response to Matthew.”

In addition to new land added in response to Hurricane Matthew, Copart had already announced expansions of its locations in Florida and North Carolina, along with a new location in Georgia this year. The land has provided Copart the capacity needed to meet immediate demand brought on by extreme weather.

Copart’s CAT Team is a group of elite employees who are ready and willing to quickly respond in the face of weather-related catastrophes.

The CAT Team includes mobile command centers equipped with generators and satellite technology as well as the Copart Catastrophe Response Fleet made up of haulers that each carry four cars. These resources allow Copart to quickly mobilize and overcome challenges presented by catastrophes in order to help communities recover.

“Not only do we strive to provide an unmatched experience, but we are always looking to contribute to the safety and quality of life of our local communities,” said Sean Eldridge, Copart’s chief operating officer. “In preparation for Hurricane Matthew, our team was put on alert, and our dedicated CAT Team did what they do best — responded and assisted while operating at the highest level.”

Last year, the CAT Team responded to flooding in Columbia, S.C., and more recently, to record-breaking flooding in the Baton Rouge area.

Southeastern Auto Auction raises money for hurricane victims


Southeastern Auto Auction and its dealer customers made donations and participated in a 50/50 drawing to benefit those affected by Hurricane Matthew. 

The amount raised was matched by the auction and given to the American Red Cross.

Some victims of the hurricane in Haiti will also benefit from this fundraising effort. The winner of the 50/50 drawing, Les Brooks of Coastal Auto, used his winnings to purchase baby formula that will be personally delivered to Haiti by Terri DeLoach — wife of Wayne DeLoach, president of Southeastern Auto Auction — when she travels there with her church this month.   

“We ended up being able to offer some support to those affected in the U.S. and abroad,” said Bill McCready, vice president of operations for the auction. “While many of our dealers and employees were affected by the hurricane, most are grateful knowing that it could have been much worse.  Our prayers go out to all who have suffered from this event.”

Southeastern Auto Auction holds a dealer-only sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and a public sale at 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

Ford Credit offering payment delays to flood victims

DEARBORN, Mich. - 

Ford Motor Credit Co. is extending payment allowances for customers affected by recent flooding in the Southeast.

The company’s disaster relief program allows qualified customers to delay one or two monthly payments, then resume their regular payment schedules when their situations improve.

“We care about our customers and want to help them, especially in times like this,” said Dale Jones, executive vice president, The Americas.

The company is mailing and/or emailing contact instructions to eligible Lincoln Automotive Financial Services and Ford Credit customers. But customers do not have to wait for this notification; they may call this number immediately: (800) 723-4016.

The offer is available to those who are leasing or have purchased vehicles with financing from Ford Credit or Lincoln Automotive Financial Services. Interest may continue to accrue on the deferred payment(s) on simple interest contracts.

ABC rallies to help 13 Baton Rouge employees impacted by flooding


Auction Broadcasting Co. has been actively involved in flood relief for its employees at ABC Baton Rouge. ABC Baton Rouge’s facility was not damaged by the flooding, but the company said 13 of the employees who reside in the Louisiana capital lost everything.

“You just cannot imagine how devastating the damage is until you see it with your own eyes,” ABC president Jason Hockett said. “Pictures don’t show how horrible this really was.

“It just so happened that my wife, Paula, and I were moving my son, Joe, and his wife into their new home that weekend and were able to see it all first-hand,” Hockett continued. “As the water was rising, we saw several couples trying to get their most treasured possessions out of their homes and into the back of pick-up trucks.”

With those images cemented in the minds of company leadership, ABC considered what to do next.

“As a family business, we discussed what we could do to help the 13 families and others that lost their homes and all of their possessions,” Hockett said. “Many of our employees at ABC Baton Rouge weren’t able to get to work with the roads closed, so we paid them for the week plus gave each of them a $1,000 Visa Gift Card.”

Hockett also mentioned that he received a phone call from Frank Hackett at the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA). 

“Frank and the NAAA gave each of our 13 employees who lost everything a $500 gift card,” Hockett said. “The next day, we received a phone call from one our consignors who will be donating $10 a vehicle for every vehicle sold in the month of September at ABC Baton Rouge.

“Additionally, our general managers, at each ABC Auction location, started a fund on their own for their dealers and employees to contribute,” he continued. “In one week, they raised nearly $40,000. Collectively, it is our goal to raise between $100,000 and $150,000 and have an ABC corporate match.”

Hockett mentioned a few other ongoing projects aimed to help Baton Rouge employees impacted by flooding.

“All of our employees at the eight ABC Auction locations will be wearing LOUISIANA STRONG shirts as a reminder of those that still need help rebuilding their lives,” Hockett said.

“It really is unbelievable to see the goodness in people when something like this happens,” he went on to say.

Other industry members who are interested in donating may send a message to donations@auctionbroadcasting.com. ABC indicated 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the families who have been impacted by the floods.  

Louisiana dealers still struggling through flood recovery


As CDK Global announced a $10,000 donation to the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, NADA continued to chronicle how dealership families have been displaced by the recent flooding in Baton Rouge, La., and surrounding communities.

Preston Petersen, dealer partner and general manager of Team Automotive Group in Louisiana’s state capital, said 70 out of his 360 dealership employees lost their homes and vehicles.

“While every employee has been negatively impacted by the flooding, about 70 are dealing with catastrophic losses,” Petersen said according to an interview with NADA. “Water in excess of four feet in their homes, total home losses with no flood insurance, some with no place to live and no car to drive. The stories of loss are simply overwhelming and they go on and on.”

He added that damage to his Toyota dealership has yet to be fully determined, but estimates repairs will cost several millions. The dealership, which completed Toyota’s Image II upgrade last fall, was completely gutted.

“On a brighter note, our employees have rallied beyond belief to help get the dealership cleaned up in less than a week,” Petersen said. “We are currently operating out of our used car building that took less of a hit and have our express shop and service and parts departments fully functioning at this point.”

On Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards met with members of the Louisiana congressional delegation regarding flood recovery efforts.

“On the 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we are again reminded of how important it is that we come together as Louisianans first and fight for every available resource needed for a full recovery from this disaster. In that same spirit, today I met with the Louisiana congressional delegation to discuss ways that the state and the delegation can work together to maximize all available resources to aid in our recovery efforts,” Edwards said.

“The meeting was very productive, and as we continue to get a clearer picture of the damage sustained in this historic flood, we will continue to fight together for a stronger Louisiana,” he added.

Nonetheless, Petersen stressed that the flooding disaster has presented “overwhelming” challenges every minute of the hour.

“All we can do is put one foot in front of the other and move forward every day,” Petersen said. “We appreciate all the support being offered. You never know when it could happen to you.”

In an NADA video released last week and mentioned in this Auto Remarketing report, NADA president Peter Welch walked through other flood-ravaged areas of Baton Rouge, describing the damage to homes.

“The devastation I saw was beyond belief,” Welch said. “We drove down through some subdivisions, and the lawns were not big enough to contain all the belongings ripped out of the house. And it was just house after house after house, just as far as the eye could see.”

NADA is urging the entire auto industry to support the flood victims.

“We commend CDK Global for this generous donation, and encourage other allied companies to do the same by making a donation today to the NADA Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund,” Welch said. “Now that the flood waters have receded and the damage has been assessed, the requests for financial assistance are growing each day.”

To donate to the NADA Foundation fund, visit www.nada.org/emergencyrelief or call (703) 821-7233. Checks can be made payable to:

NADCF Emergency Fund
8400 Westpark Drive
MS 7
Tysons, VA 22102.

According to the American Red Cross, the response effort will cost at least $30 million and may grow as the recovery begins in the region. CDK will also institute an employee match to the American Red Cross as a part of their employee giving program.

“Our hearts go out to the families affected by this tragedy," said Yvonne Surowiec, chief people officer at CDK Global. “Supporting communities during times of crisis is a part of our core values. It's our sincere hope that these funds help the community and people affected recover and rebuild.”