By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Other | Issue: January 2012
The staff of America’s Auto Auction (L to R): Monte Freeman, Gail White, Sarah Lambeth, Christina Hirojosa, Summer Sanchez, Cathy Oliver, Afton Nordean and Ronnie Gilman.
America’s Auto Auction, the Tulsa area’s longest running and only public vehicle auction, has moved its public sale to Monday nights at 6 p.m. The sale was previously held on Saturday mornings, but according to Monte Freeman, general manager, the new schedule is meeting with great success.
“This has allowed buyers to view a bigger selection of later model vehicles,” Monte states. “Crowds have definitely increased since we made the switch, as fewer people seem to work Monday nights than Saturdays in today’s working world.”
Monte also points to the fact that Saturday is the biggest day in the car sales world, which made it almost impossible for dealers to participate in the auctions. “On Mondays, dealers will send inventory that didn’t move on Saturday,” Monte says. “This has increased our selection dramatically.”
The public can begin to view cars at 1 p.m. on Monday to decide whether they want to attend the sale and bid that evening. Those who attend the Monday evening sale are also welcome to come back on Tuesday and view the vehicles that did not sell the night before. In addition, America’s Auto Auction has added a dealer sale on Wednesdays. “Between the Monday and Wednesday sales, we are running about 600 cars a week,” Monte notes.
All autos at America’s Auto Auction must undergo an AutoCheck Vehicle History Report before they can be displayed on auction, and any issue pinpointed by this AutoCheck is flagged and announced before bidding commences. In addition, vehicles are sticker tagged by a three-light color system before auction: red symbolizes a “sold as is” vehicle, yellow indicates an announcement of a flagged item, and green means that the transmission, engine, and rear end are in good working order. “We use this system so there will be no surprises about the vehicles,” says Monte.
Once a buyer has successfully bid on a green light vehicle, they are entitled to test drive that vehicle before the sale is finalized. Also, according to Oklahoma law, the seller has 30 days to provide clear title to the vehicle, and if they do not meet this requirement, the buyer is entitled to a full refund. Monte cautions the buyer to not make any repairs or changes to the vehicle during this time – no refunds will be made if the car is altered in any way by the buyer while he or she waits to receive the title.
Customer satisfaction and service are of paramount importance to those at America’s Auto Auction. Videos about the auction process are provided in the waiting area and online at www.americasautoauction.com/tulsa. A bilingual staff is available not only in office but in the sales barn during the auction to assist the Spanish-speaking population.
Whether you are looking to sell or buy a car at auction or are a dealer interested in acquiring or selling excess inventory, be sure to visit America’s Auto Auction during office hours: Monday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. America’s Auto Auction is now closed on Saturdays.