Manheim said Wednesday that it is not permitting buyers or sellers to come to its auctions on sale or non-sale days, unless it is to preview sale inventory or for vehicle pickup/delivery — provided staffing and local ordinances allow for it.
The auction company shifted all of its sales to Simulcast-only on Monday, a move that will last until April 3, “at least.”
“Effective immediately, we are taking stricter measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19. All auction facilities are now closed to buyers and sellers on both sale and non-sale days, with the exception to preview sale inventory on the lot and vehicle pick-up and delivery, as staffing and local ordinances permit,” Manheim president Grace Huang said in a statement Wednesday.
“We highly recommend that clients use the remote seller tool to rep their vehicles. Transactions such as payments and arbitration will be handled in alternate ways. As always, please know we are taking these measures with safety top of mind,” she said.
Meanwhile, ADESA, which also has gone to a simulcast-only format for the time being, said on its website it has closed its ADESA Fresno location through the end of the month in accordance with city’s Emergency Shelter-in-Place Order.
And with Nevada’s Declaration of Emergency, the auction company has closed its ADESA Las Vegas and ADESA Reno locations through April 16.
In related auction industry news, the National Auto Auction Association has dedicated its website to providing COVID-19 updates and serving as a resource center.
“You will find links to news, reports, advisories, and announcements gathered from health authorities, state and federal governments, business organizations, the auto auction industry, and our membership,” NAAA said in a note emailed to members Thursday.
“Our goal is to keep you informed and prepared during this time of uncertainty by ensuring a continuous flow of communication among the automotive community.”
NAAA is holding a weekly teleconference call with ADESA, Independent Auction Group and Manheim leaders to share updates and best practices related to COVID-19 response.
More information is available at www.naaa.com.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said ADESA Las Vegas and ADESA Reno would be closed through April. They are closed through April 16.