Pedal-Car Auction Brings in Over $500K for NAAA Scholarship Charity


Pedal cars may be primarily for kids, but you wouldn’t have known it at the National Auto Auction Association’s recent Convention and Expo in Boston.

The Black Book Pedal Car Auction garnered some very “adult-sized” donations, raising more than a half-million dollars to benefit the nonprofit NAAA Warren Young, Sr. Scholastic Foundation Inc.

Amazingly, the association’s original goal was $50,000.

There were 14 brightly colored pedal cars to choose from, such as a Jump Truck built by State Line Auto Auction that claimed the title “Best in Show” and touted a winning bid of $102,000.

Per the auction rules, each contestant were tasked with modifying new or pre-owned pedal-powered vehicles, or custom make their own.

Four other pedal-car contestants also came away with special show awards, which were sponsored by NextGear Capital and judged by the NAAA's four chapter presidents.

The four remaining awards went to the following auctions: McConkey Auction Group for the "Most Creative Pedal Car;" Greater Milwaukee Auto Auction for the "Best Custom Pedal Car;" Pittsburgh Auto Auction for the "Best Accessories;" and, Akron Auto Auction for "Most Unusual Paint Job."

The charity programs entry fees, vehicle sales award sponsorships and additional contributions collected a total of $576,300 for the association's annual merit scholarship program.

"I am truly astonished and extremely gratified by the remarkable response to this first-time fundraiser that far exceeded our expectations ten-fold," said outgoing NAAA president Jack Neshe. "I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to all of our auction participants for their generous support."

The pedal-car auction was Neshe’s brain child — he suggested the auction idea a year ago during a visit to NAAA headquarters where he saw a pedal car in the office of chief executive officer Frank Hackett.

"We just thought this offered our members a great way to demonstrate their creativity and craftsmanship in a friendly, fun competition while raising money for our scholastic foundation, which since it began in 2004 has helped 120 deserving students achieve their dreams of higher education," noted Neshe.

All entrants looking to be one of the finalists for the NAAA auction were on display at the CAR conference in March.

The pedal-powered vehicles to be included with Black Book's entry on the auction's run list were chosen by a random drawing held at the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association Convention this past June in Las Vegas.

In run order the auction contestants and their final bids were: Black Book ($49,500); Capital City/Mountain State Auto Auctions ($10,000); ADESA Indianapolis ($8,500); Akron Auto Auction ($14,000): Sanford Auto Dealers Exchange ($25,000): McConkey Auction Group ($45,000): Manheim ($75,000); Dealers Auto Auction of the Southwest ($10,000); State Line Auto Auction ($102,000); Lynnway Auto Auction Inc. ($45,000); Greater Milwaukee Auto Auction ($25,000); Farmington Auto Auction ($15,000); Pittsburgh Auto Auction ($31,000) and Charleston Auto Auction ($26,000).

"The benevolent spirit of all those who took part was just inspiring," remarked Hackett. "It was one of the most entertaining and exciting 45 minutes I've ever experienced as we approached a half-million dollas and people kept making offers to get us over the mark. For example, Black Book and Lynnway both bought their own cars and then donated them back for resale. It was an amazing evening."

And if the auction wasn’t enough, the charity was endowed with many individual gifts, as well, which included $5,000 each from AFC, Auto Auction Solutions and Jay Cadigan; $10,000 a piece from Charleston Auto Auction, Lynnway Auto Auction, Janet Barnard and Auction Insurance Agency; and, a $25,000 contribution from NextGear Capital.

Tom Cross, president of Black Book and the main sponsor of the event, said, "We believe in NAAA's work on behalf of the industry and are big supporters of the Warren Young Scholastic Foundation. We're happy to give back to the remarketing community in this role and thrilled at the event's overwhelming success in raising money for a worthy cause."


Manheim Helps Fight Against Breast Cancer This Weekend


Manheim Louisville is hosting a fundraiser this Saturday to support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The event will include a Classic Car Show and a yard sale.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with the yard sale, lasting until 3 p.m, featuring donated items from Manheim Louisville employees.

“I am very proud of our employees for stepping up to support the fight against breast cancer,” David Kaflik, Manheim Louisville’s general manager, said. “We are very happy to host the fundraiser, and participate in the upcoming .”

The car show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Both events are open to the public and free to attend; the fee to showcase a classic car at the event is $15 in advance and $20 if registered same day. Prizes will be awarded for the best in show vehicles as well as first, second and third places for individual makes.

Those interested in registering a vehicle for the show can David Saylor at (812) 258-4318.

Auction News: Hoops in Memphis & Classic Cars to Help Veterans


The latest respective philanthropic efforts by Manheim and Dealer’s Auto Auctions are designed to help some worthy constituencies — military veterans and impoverished youth.

Basketball fans might remember this name from the 1990s: Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. Dealer’s Auto Auctions kicked off a two-day fundraising campaign with a silent, and not-so-silent auction of some of Hardaway’s NBA memorabilia with proceeds going toward Penny’s FastBreak Courts, an inner-city youth sports training program for youngsters in the Memphis area.

In hopes of providing area children the opportunity to play in a better environment, the former University of Memphis and NBA star announced plans for a 100,000-square-foot facility with a championship court and six additional regulation courts.

Lexus of Memphis hosted the opening fundraising event, and DAA Memphis general manager Phillip Butler brought the hands up to bid top dollar on several items, culminating in a $6,500 winning bid for a Schwinn WHIZZER motor bike.

David Andrews, chief executive officer of City Enterprises, was heard to say “it took a five iron and several auctioneers” to raise more than $100,000 for a good friend’s charitable fund that has been close to his heart for quite some time.

The second day of the campaign is when the five-irons came into play at the Spring Creek Ranch Golf Course, where pros were matched with dealers for a tournament to benefit Hardaway’s project.

“With declining government funds and facilities for youth sports, we knew it would be a challenge for Penny to raise the funds while still trying to keep his program going in the interim,” Andrews said. “This was a cause our entire company could — and did — get their hearts around.”

The $20 million facility would house seven basketball courts, including a 2,000-seat arena, a rehabilitation clinic and classrooms for tutoring. The facility also would be used for volleyball, wrestling, cheerleading and other indoor sports.

Hardaway says it’s a way to give back to the city. Hardaway made a mark early in his NBA career when he teamed with Shaquille O’Neal to lead the Orlando Magic to the league’s championship finals. He also was part of a notable Nike campaign highlighted in .

"I grew up on a dirt basketball court, just trying to play the best way I could," Hardaway said. "Then I was with the Boys Club, which was really my savior, because it allowed me to go and play away from my neighborhood, to have the peace of mind to be able to do the things I wanted to do."

Mark Hopkins, national fleet lease manager for Dealers Auto Auction, added, “We believe in Penny’s vision, and how important he felt it was to build a facility that can house these kids and help direct their life away from the gangs and dangerous influences found in many inner-city communities.”

Special Auction to Benefit Purple Heart Service Foundation

The Purple Heart Service Foundation and Manheim are partnering to offer a special charity classic car sale at Manheim Fredericksburg beginning at 11:30 ET on Oct. 2.

Organizers highlighted these rare and valuable classic cars all were donated to Purple Heart Services to be auctioned off to raise money to help continue this organization’s mission of more than 50 years of providing valuable services and benefits to all veterans.

The dealer-only event will include live bidding from dealers in the lanes and making offers online. This special sale will feature more than 60 classic cars, including a 1928 Ford Model A Coupe, a 1971 Mustang Fastback and a 1951 Daimler Hooper Empress.

The profits from the auction of Purple Heart Cars make it possible for The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation to provide emotional, physical, educational and financial support for wounded and disabled veterans, to help improve their lives. Programs include suicide prevention, support for veterans with brain injuries, counseling for post-traumatic stress (PTS) and assistance for women’s health issues — all common challenges for veterans,” according to the organization.

The Purple Heart Service Foundation also provides scholarships, family assistance, claims assistance and employment training. Family members can get support, learning how to help disabled veterans to cope with their physical, emotional and behavioral challenges.

For more information, visit .

Manheim Showcases Investments Totaling More Than $100 Million

Along with its latest charity work, Manheim highlighted that it is investing more than $100 million during three years in its North American auctions.

Officials explained the investment, which started last year, includes various facility upgrades and renovations, lane improvements, energy saving projects and a long-term modernization initiative that will significantly improve how employees and customers interact.

To date, Manheim pointed out this initiative has automated how sales are set up at auction, reducing this task from two days to two hours and replacing paper-based vehicle lists with a new mobile tool that creates more efficient routes for auction drivers.

Here are some examples of the company’s largest projects:

• Auction Modernization Initiative:  This long-term, multi-million dollar redesign effort will take advantage of new technologies to greatly improve auction processes and enable employees to spend more time interacting with customers. Tapping employees’ auction expertise, including having them help customers navigate more effectively through physical and digital sales, is what customers told Manheim they valued.  

• Renovations and facility upgrades at Manheim Chicago, Manheim Denver, Manheim Fort Lauderdale, Manheim Lakeland and Manheim Louisville:  New lane upgrades and the addition of a double-block lane set-up were implemented at Manheim Chicago this year. These improvements double the space of each lane, allowing medium to smaller-size cars to run down the lanes together.

Manheim Denver received 11 new auction blocks, while Manheim Louisville underwent significant remodeling that resulted in a larger lobby area that offers customers more space. This location also opened a new digital lounge where dealers can access digital tools such as iPads to buy and sell vehicles. Manheim Fort Lauderdale will receive a larger dealer sales area and new digital lounge by November. A new canopy was installed at the vehicle entry area at Manheim Lakeland, allowing enough space for reports on up to four cars to be written simultaneously under cover from the weather.  

• eGate Transportation Enhancements: Working with Ready Auto Transport, Manheim launched a new electronic gate pass process at all auction locations. This enhancement improves vehicle delivery time for buyers at auction.  Ready Auto Transport now can electronically deliver eGate passes for all customer vehicles directly to its 6,500-member qualified carrier network, making the pickup of vehicles from the auction faster and more efficient.

• Enhanced Vehicle Imaging Suite:  This product, unveiled earlier this year, can offer customers high resolution image quality along with up to 15 vehicle images with “heat map” graphics that can help buyer quickly assess vehicle condition. Each location also offers a dedicated photo staff in an attempt to ensure consistent image quality and standards across all Manheim locations. This suite is now offered at 20 locations in North America. 

• Alternative Energy: During the last year, Manheim installed approximately 9,000 solar panels across Manheim Albany, Manheim New Jersey, Manheim New York, Manheim North Carolina and Manheim San Diego.  Solar panels are supporting local efforts to reduce energy consumption.  At Manheim New Jersey, 4,000 of the total panels complete the final phase of its 7,700 solar panel array. Since 2007, Cox, Manheim and its affiliated foundations have invested millions in sustainability and conservation through operations projects and grants to environmental nonprofits.

“As we celebrate our 70th anniversary next year, it’s an exciting time to recognize the role that auctions have played in the past and the important role they will play in our future,” said Janet Barnard, Manheim North America executive vice president and chief operating officer.

“Our goal is to continue to invest in areas within our auctions that make it easier for customers to do business, while freeing up time for our employees to deliver the type of service our customers have come to expect,” Barnard added. 

Ready Auto Transport Supports Soldiers through Charity Golf Event

GILBERT, Ariz. - 

Ready Auto Transport announced this week its Saturday golf tournament raised $70,000 to aid injured soldiers. As hosts of the fifth annual Freedom Swing Golf Tournament, Ready Auto Transport’s charity funds raised at the event were donated to The Free Wheel Foundation to help injured service members and their families.

Steve Wheeler, Ready Auto Transport’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, was glad his company could give back those that have already given so much of themselves.

“It was great to be surrounded by so many wonderful, patriotic Americans willing to give so much back,” Wheeler said. “This year’s event set an all-time record with all 216 golf spots sold-out raising over $70,000. Without the support of Ready Auto Transport and our industry sponsors and players, we could have never pulled this off.”

Automotive industry sponsors attending the event included Next Gear Capital, SmartAuction, Larry H. Miller, DriveTime and Manheim. Major Devin Smiley of the U.S. Marine Corps was the guest speaker at the tournament’s luncheon, sharing the life stories of soldiers who have experienced injury and tragedy.

“It’s events like the tournament that allow us to grant wishes and change lives,” Wheeler said. “We are thankful for those who joined us to experience first-hand how we are helping improve the quality of life of our soldiers.”

The tournament put Ready Auto Transport well on its way toward its $100,000 goal for its current “Road to Recovery” fundraising campaign for injured service men and women. 

Manheim's Northeast Locations Support Ronald McDonald House


Several of Manheim’s Northeastern locations from Philadelphia to Albany, N.Y., provided their time and support to various Ronald McDonald Houses in their areas over the summer.

More than 20 of the company’s members participated in the over-40-year heritage of the Ronald McDonald Houses, giving support to families of injured and ill children. The teams gathered together to help more than 100 parents, siblings and extended family members in Albany, Boston and Philadelphia via the service organization.

Tim Van Dam, the market vice president for Manheim’s Northeast Market sales team, was glad his employees could give back to their communities.

“I am so proud of our team’s efforts,” Van Dam said. “I am not sure our volunteers realize the impact they had on the families of serious ill and terminal children. These parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members are going through very rough times, so a meal and a smile can really brighten their day a little bit.”

Manheim Northeast Ronald McDonald House Breakdown, provided by Manheim:

  • On July 30, a group of five volunteers cooked and prepared a meal of cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, macaroni salad, fresh green bean salad, French fries and a variety of deserts to 35 family members staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Albany, N.Y.
  • More than 50 people were treated to a meal of regular and kale salads, potatoes salad, vegie burgers, hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders, and a several assortments of deserts by a group of six Manheim volunteers at Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia on July 16.
  • A group of five members of the Boston Area Field Sales Team cooked dinner for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House in Boston. They provided a buffet-style meal of baked stuffed chicken and sides for 20 people in June.

Auction Anniversaries, Community Outreach & Giveaways Abound


Manheim announced that six of its auctions wiill celebrate fifty or more years of business this year. Manheim Area Illinois, which opened in 1949, will celebrate its 65th year of business on Sept. 16, when it will host a 65-inch television raffle and other assorted giveaways. Manheim locations in Seattle, Chicago and New York will turn 60 this year, as well with locations in Toronto and Albany turning 50.

Moving along to a few ServNet auction members, KCI Kansas City, which created a community outreach program, KCI Cares, three years ago, continued their history of giving back to their community with a voluntary trash pickup via the Adopt-A-Highway program. Adorned in orange vests and gloves and wielding pokers along a mile-long stretch of I-29, the KCI staff spent three hours cleaning the area, filling 70 bags of trash. KCI members also spent time a few weeks later at Camp Quality, a week-long camp for children suffering through cancer.

Moving southeast to the Sunshine State, Florida’s own Sanford Auto Dealers Exchange have partnered with Ally Remarketing/SmartLane for a ten-week promotion that includes a raffle, with chances to win one of ten Wolfe RX50 scooters. The promotional event kicked off on Aug. 5 and will continue through Oct. 7.

Auto Industry Jumps Into Ice Bucket Challenge

CARY, N.C. - 

The former president of the United States, NFL teams, Hollywood celebrities and more. They’ve all joined a wave of Americans participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the ALS Association, which said as of Friday, it has received $53.3 million in donations in less than a month.

And you can also count the auto business as part of those efforts.

For instance, at Akron Auto Auction, president Chad Bailey estimated on Friday the auction had raised more than $3,200 in only five days. Akron’s video can be seen here: .

The good folks at Splash Media — appropriately enough — shared a few Ice Bucket Challenge links with AuSM on Friday, as well: Kelley Blue Book chief executive officer Steve Lind challenged Autobytel CEO Jeff Coats, who then challenged Mike Maroone of AutoNation, John Holt of ADP Dealer Services, and Scott Painter of TrueCar. Those videos can be found below:

And don’t think we’re not going to dive in. AuSM editor Joe Overby took part in staff-wide challenge on Friday, and he’s challenging John Heid of Manheim, Chris Basso of Carfax and Jason Hockett of Auction Broadcasting Co. The video can be seen above.

For more information about The ALS Association or to donate, visit .


NJ Auto Retailers Unite for Valerie Fund


Dealerships from all over New Jersey have raised over $500,000 for The Valerie Fund. Currently 177 different dealerships have come together to collect donations for the fund, whose mission is to raise money to support the comprehensive healthcare of children with cancer and blood disorders.

The campaign, titled New Jersey Auto Retailers Unite, began June 1 and will run through September 30, with a celebratory event on September 14 to reveal its “My First Car” coffee table book, featuring first car stories from various New Jersey athletes, celebrities and public figures.

Those that test drive a vehicle between now and August 30 at a participating dealership will receive a voucher for a car giveaway sweepstakes, with nearly 2,000 registrants already tallied for the event. Three additional vouchers are given to those that purchase a vehicle.

James Appleton, the president of the New Jersey Coalition of Auto Retailers, applauds his organizations charitable donations to its community.

“Auto retailers contribute millions of dollars to hundreds of charities every year in virtually every community throughout New Jersey,” Appleton said. “The New Jersey auto retail community has come together like never before to support the thousands of children with cancer and blood disorders and the tremendous care they receive from The Valerie Fund.”

For more information about the New Jersey Auto Retails Unite campaign, The Valerie Fund, and the New Jersey Coalition of Auto Retailers, visit their site .

ADESA Auctions Aid Fight Against Juvenile Diabetes

CARMEL, Ind. - 

ADESA announced this week that is has raised $157,856 via several of its auction locations to donate to JDRF.

Formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to eradicating juvenile diabetes while leading the funding for type 1 diabetes research.

Auctions in five different locations worked with Ford’s Global Action Team during the two-month campaign to bring awareness to JDRF.

Tom Caruso, the chief client officer of KAR Auction Services, was proud of the charitable donations raised from the ADESA events in Indianapolis, Boston, Phoenix, Buffalo and Los Angeles.

“Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our dealers and our employees, we were able to raise funds for this worthy cause,” Caruso said. “For the past three years, Ford and ADESA have partnered to support JDRF. We couldn’t be more proud that our team was able to exceed our goals and make such a significant contribution.”

Ford, who has partnered with many organizations such as ADESA, has invested more than $45 million in funding for JDRF’s research.

Ford Neighborhood Awards Bound for Atlanta

DEARBORN, Mich. - 

The Ford Motor Co. will host its 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards for the eighth consecutive time this weekend. For the first time in Atlanta, the ceremony, hosted by Steve Harvey, will continue its tradition of honoring local leaders and organizations for their contributions to their neighborhoods.

For the second year, a $30,000 check will be given for the winner of the Community Leader of the Year Award, which will be used as a donation to the winner’s nonprofit organization of choice.

The Neighborhood Awards will kick off on Friday with Ford’s first-ever “Pink Friday,” which will raise money for breast cancer research via the Susan G. Komen local affiliate from the Ford Warriors in Pink, who will donate $20 for each of the first 250 test drives the company offers at the event.

Shawn Thompson, Ford’s manager of multicultural marketing, looks forward to continuing the event’s legacy of giving back to those who give to their communities.

“Our goal as a brand is to not only go further when it comes to our products, but also as it relates to our communities,” Thompson said. “With this award and donation, we are able to play a role in directly impacting the local community of this year’s winner – extending our involvement beyond the actual awards show.”

Thompson added: “For eight years, Ford has remained committed to this event and what it represents. We look forward to recognizing everyone who is being honored this weekend, in addition to sharing some of our newest products and technologies with attendees.”

Described as “the Oscars with an urban flair,” there will be a bevy of awards presented at the event. Ford will also be showcasing several of their new models on site including the 2014 Fusion and 2015 Expedition. For more information about the event, visit the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards website .