By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: July 2012
The staff of America’s Auto Auction (L to R): Afton Nordean, Judy Rumple, Gail White, Kathy Oliver, Monte Freeman, Summer Sanchez, Andrew Barnett, Christina Hinojosa and Sarah Lambeth.
America’s Auto Auction of Tulsa provides a full spectrum of services to the public and to area automobile dealers in northeastern Oklahoma with two auctions each week. A public auction is held every Monday evening beginning at 6 p.m. and a dealer-only auction is every Wednesday at 2 p.m. General Manager Monte Freeman says America’s Auto Auction is the only public auto auction remaining in this part of the state. The company has been conducting weekly auctions in Tulsa since the early 1960s, and the public auction has been running for the past 15 years. “Moving the public auction from Saturday mornings to Monday evenings has provided an increase in the number of vehicles sold each week as well as enabled us to upgrade the quality of vehicles we feature in our auctions,” said Monte.
Bilingual help is always available on the lot and in the auction barn, and America’s Auto Auction provides a great opportunity to buy pre-owned cars and trucks at wholesale prices. Approximately 150 to 200 vehicles go on the auction block each Monday evening, and you will see all makes and models. Many vehicles are sold with no reserve, and prices range from $500 and up. The experienced staff at America’s Auto Auction helps set you at ease, making it an easy process to buy or sell a vehicle.
If you’ve never been to one of the auctions, Monte invites you to go online to the website, www.americasautoauction.com, and click on “public auctions” for a preview list of the vehicles being offered each Monday evening. You will also be able to review the step-by-step process, which shows you how simple it really is to buy or sell a vehicle. Information is presented in both English and Spanish. You may also visit the lot on any Monday after 1 p.m. to view vehicles that will be auctioned. You will not be able to drive them at that time, but you will be able to start them to see that everything is working properly or see if a vehicle might need some work or attention. If you’re selling a vehicle, you’ll be glad to know that payment will be made to you the next working day if your vehicle has sold at auction.
There are two ways to sell or buy a car. If the seller places a vehicle on the “red light,” it will be sold “as is.” The vehicle is sold with no warranty, no guaranties. If the seller places a vehicle on the “green light,” it will be sold with the assurance that the engine, transmission, and rear end are in working order, and you will have the opportunity to drive the vehicle before leaving the grounds. Every vehicle is posted with a minimum bid price. Again, you may call or stop by America’s Auto Auction, or visit online, for step-by-step details instructing you how to buy or sell a vehicle.
Cars arrive for each Monday’s auction right up until the 6 p.m. announcement that the auction is beginning. Therefore, the largest selection of vehicles can be seen just prior to starting time. A video is shown in the lobby for the benefit of both English and Spanish speaking patrons.
It’s not just any auction – it’s America’s Auto Auction. “We understand how important it is to our customers that they receive excellent customer service whether buying or selling a car,” says Monte. “We want to end every day believing that we have done our very best to satisfy each customer before they leave the America’s Auto Auction facility. Our entire staff is dedicated to making it happen.”
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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.