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EUGENE, Ore. and CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Brasher's Northwest Auto Auction, a ServNet member, commemorated its 19th anniversary recently with a celebratory sale that included an offering of more than 800 vehicles, a pre-sale breakfast for dealers, a prize auction and a special giveaway.

Among the 800-plus vehicles up for sale included units from such consignors as Capital One Auto Finance, Wachovia Dealer Services, Wheels, Reliable Credit, Kendall Auto Group, Kiefer Mazda-Kia and Hertz Car Sales.

"Our Anniversary sale was a great day at the auction," stated Lisa Larkin, general manager at the auction. "We planned this sale as our way to say thank you to our amazing consignors and buyers who make our business successful, and we had a great time doing it.

"By the end of the day we had posted a nearly 70-percent sale, which showed that not only did our customers have a good time, but they had a tremendous day of buying and selling at Brasher's Northwest Auto Auction," she added.

Continuing on, Larkin also noted that the event featured a "Brasher Buck Auction" after the sale that allowed dealers to bid for prizes.

Dealers had been earning "Brasher Bucks" for every vehicle they purchased in the month leading up to the sale.

"Our customers thoroughly enjoyed the gift auction," Larkin added. "They had a great time bidding against each other, and launched a few pretty exciting bidding wars for some of the most popular items. They used the Brasher Bucks to win prizes that included a big-screen TV, a recliner and an iPod Touch.

"The bidding was really animated for the big prizes at the end. As a matter of fact, a giant tool box went for $90,000 Brasher Bucks, and an Acer Netbook Laptop topped out at $200,000 Brasher Bucks," she continued.

The auction gave away a hot tub as a prize drawing. Customers could sign up for the drawing every time they bought or sold a vehicle in January, and winning the hot tub were the owners of Low Price Auto in Brookings, Ore.

Sparkling City AA Lends Hand to Shelter

In other news from ServNet, Sparkling City Auto Auction in Corpus Christi, Texas, recently capped off a three-month long campaign to raise funds and supplies for The Ark, a local emergency shelter for children.

Their efforts ran through Dec. 22.

"While we focus much of our time and efforts on the business community in this area as we buy and sell vehicles throughout the year, we realize that we are part of a larger community of friends and neighbors. We wanted to focus on those who need our help as we approached the Christmas season," said auction owner Wade Walker.

"The Ark provides a vital service in our community helping abused and neglected children, and we determined that we could help by collecting toys and supplies for the Ark each week at the auction," Walker added.

In October, the auction began collecting donations of new toys, clothes and diapers from dealers, and this collection continued to climb in November and December, officials noted.

Customers received an entry for a drawing at the end of the year for each item they brought in.

Then for each vehicle consigned to be sold during the fourth quarter, Sparkling City AA gave $1 to the cause.

Winning the prize drawing was Louis Repair Shop, which was given a $4,000 check.