By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: February 2013
The America’s Auto Auction crew is always focused on making each event a great experience for buyers and sellers alike. (Back Row, L to R): Ronnie Gilman, Gail White, Sarah Lambeth, Monte Freeman, Lisa McAnelly, Afton Nordean, Doug Pirnak, (Front Row, L to R): Christina Hinojosa, Summer Sanchez, Cathy Oliver, and Lyndsey Gonzalez.
Monte Freeman is general manager of America’s Auto Auction of Tulsa. He and his team provide services to automobile dealers and the public with two auctions per week throughout most of the year. A dealer-only auction is held on Wednesdays at 2 p.m., and a public auction is held Mondays at 6 p.m. Public sales for 2013 will run through May 20. That will be the last public auction until December of 2013.
“We take pride in staying on the cutting edge of the automotive auction industry and do our best to maintain our unique customer service,” said Monte. America’s Auto Auction has conducted weekly auctions for over 50 years. “We continue to see increases in the number of vehicles we sell each year, and the quality of offerings continues to be upgraded,” he added.
Bilingual assistance is available on the lot and in the auction barn, where pre-owned cars and trucks are sold at wholesale prices. You’ll find a huge variety of makes and models, and many are sold with no reserve prices.
If you’ve never attended an America’s Auto Auction event, you should visit online and click Public Auctions for a preview of vehicles being presented at the Monday evening sale. When visiting the website, you’ll have a chance to become familiar with the step-by-step process of buying or selling a vehicle, and the information can be presented in English or Spanish. The public is invited to visit the America’s Auto Auction lot on Monday after 1 p.m. This is your opportunity to check out vehicles scheduled to be auctioned that evening. Although you will not be permitted to drive them at that time, you will be able to start the engine and see if all the “bells and whistles” are working properly. You may find items that will need attention after the purchase.
Whether you plan to buy or sell a vehicle, there are two ways to do it. If a seller places a vehicle as a “Red Light” sale, the vehicle is sold “as is.” That means the vehicle has no warranty and no guarantees. If a vehicle is sold as a “Green Light,” it is sold with the assurance that the engine, transmission, and rear end are in working order, and the buyer will have the opportunity to drive the vehicle before leaving the grounds. A minimum bid price is posted on every vehicle. Be sure you fully understand the step-by-step procedures. Monte wants there to be no surprises to anyone. When you sell a vehicle through America’s Auto Auction, payment is made to you the first working day following the day of the auction.
Cars arrive each Monday throughout the day, right up to auction time. Although you can visit the auction yard any time after 1 p.m., the largest selection will be available late in the day just before the auction begins. Videos in both English and Spanish will be showing in the lobby explaining what is happening.
It’s important to Monte and his crew that all customers receive excellent customer service, whether participating as a buyer or seller. The America’s Auto Auction staff is intent on making each event a pleasure for all who attend. Pay them a visit whenever you’re interested in buying or selling a car or truck.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.