2017 Best Auto Auctions to Work For

AuSM Staff

AuSM’s Best Auctions to Work For, which is sponsored by CARS Recon, is a free workplace study for the auto auction industry that recognizes the best auto auctions to work for on an unranked basis. It is designed and intended for individual auction locations — not corporate or headquarter offices.... Read More

AuSM Staff

Damage by the horrific hurricanes impacting the United States during the past two weeks is starting to influence what Black Book is noticing at the auction. This week’s Black Book Market Insights report showed a little strengthening in the wholesale space; most likely due to dealers looking to begin replacing... Read More

The Appraisal Lane expands to Upper Midwest

Joe Overby, Senior Editor

The Appraisal Lane announced an expansion into the Upper Midwest on Tuesday that gives the company a presence from the entire Eastern Seaboard on into Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Appraisal Lane is built around a mobile app designed to connect car dealers to appraisers... Read More

Kontos’ 4-point assessment of Harvey fallout

AuSM Staff

KAR Auction Services chief economist Tom Kontos spent the past few days poring over data and information that he’s encountered in connection with Hurricane Harvey; a storm meteorologists are calling a 1,000-year flood event. Kontos explained in a special edition of the Kontos Kommentary there are four primary... Read More

Nick Zulovich, Staff Writer

With Hurricane Irma remaining a dangerous storm, Manheim regional vice president for the Southeast Mark Ford shared an update on Wednesday afternoon regarding how the company plans to handle the storm projected to impact Florida as early as Friday. Ford indicated the following Manheim locations in Florida will be closed... Read More

AuSM Staff

Entrepreneur and former auction industry executive Steve Simon has joined the board of directors at CARS Recon, the company announced this week. Simon was the founder and chief executive officer of the American Auto Auction Group, which was established in 2010 and then rebranded to XLerate Group in 2014. Simon, who... Read More

AuSM Staff

As August closed and the quality of vehicles in the lanes deteriorated a bit, the new Black Book Market Insights report showed vehicle values didn’t soften quite as much as they had earlier in the month. Beginning with volume-weighted car data, editors determined that overall car segment values declined by 0.36... Read More

Avis Budget’s Thibault to retire next month

AuSM Staff

AuSM has learned that Greg Thibault, vice president of fleet disposal at Avis Budget Group, is retiring next month. Longtime dealer group executive Mark Zurales, who has been vice president of fleet remarketing since he joined Avis Budget in January, will take on Thibault’s duties (in addition to his... Read More

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