By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: August 2010
The friendly staff of America’s Auto Auction includes (L to R): Sales Manager Doug Pirnak, Afton Volner, Suzanne McKnight, Summer Walker, and General Manager Monte Freeman.
America’s Auto Auction in Tulsa has been doing business since the late ’60s and has been selling used vehicles to the public for the past 15 years. In fact, it is the oldest public vehicle auction in the Tulsa area, according to Monte Freeman, general manager for the Tulsa-based America’s Auto Auction, Inc. The company facilitates the sale and purchase of previously owned vehicles with a focus on customer satisfaction, personalized attention, attractive pricing, and services to meet customers’ needs.
Public auctions are held every Saturday and are a sure bet to save you lots of money on your next pre-owned vehicle purchase –hundreds, even thousands of dollars – because you save money when you buy at wholesale prices. Vehicles are available from $500 and up, and the experienced professional auctioneers, ring-men, and staff make it easy to participate, whether you are a seller or buyer.
Doors open at 8 a.m. for buyers to shop the 150 or more vehicles sold at auction each Saturday. The auction is held indoors, kicks off at 9 a.m., and is generally concluded prior to noon. You can also go online each Friday evening to review a partial pre-sale run list of vehicles that will be auctioned the next day.
When considering buying a pre-owned vehicle, one of the first questions buyers ask is, “Has this car been in an accident?” All autos presented at the sale must go through a mandatory AutoCheck Vehicle History Report to qualify for auction. If an issue arises from the AutoCheck, the problem will be flagged and a special announcement will be made at the time the vehicle goes on the auction block and before bidding begins.
America’s Auto Auction uses a three-light system before and during the auction. A green light means the engine, transmission and rear end are in working order. A red light signals that the vehicle will be “sold as is.” A yellow light indicates that a special announcement will be made before bidding begins on the vehicle. Each car is also identified with a green, red or yellow sticker on the windshield to indicate its status. These stickers are in place at 8 a.m. when the public is invited to shop the inventory. This light and corresponding sticker system ensures from the beginning that there will no surprises about any vehicle’s condition.
Buyers are encouraged to examine vehicles before bidding begins and to be familiar with any announced conditions of a unit they are interested in purchasing. Buyers will have the opportunity go on a test drive in any green light vehicle they have purchased prior to finalization of the sale. By Oklahoma law, the seller has 30 days to provide a clear title on the vehicle sold. If this condition is not met, the buyer may bring the vehicle back to America’s Auto Auction for a full refund. It is recommended that buyers do not sell or make any repairs or changes to a vehicle until they have received clear title, because no refunds will be made for repairs or other services.
The staff at America’s Auto Auction understands the importance of excellent customer service and a job well done. They look forward to the opportunity to earn your business. For more information on the exceptional services they provide to both buyers and sellers, please visit the America’s Auto Auction website, www.americasautoauction.com.
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.