Manheim Expands Digital Blocks

By Staff Writer September 21, 2020

Manheim expanded its Digital Block sales this month, adding seven more locations. Digital Block sales offer in-lane bidding with a live auctioneer; however, vehicles are only displayed on screens and never travel down physical lanes. The sites are Manheim Nashville and Manheim Central Florida and Manheim Fort Myers, Manheim Pensacola, Manheim Daytona Beach, Manheim Jacksonville and Manheim Lakeland in Florida. They join last week’s addition of four sites in Pennsylvania and two sites in Houston, bringing the total number of Digital Block sale locations to more than 50 nationwide.

“Digital Block sales offer our clients another way to do business safely and on their own terms,” said Alan Lang, Manheim division vice president. “Dealers using Digital Block sales tell us they are saving time by viewing and bidding on cars on the same day. And, consistent with our re-opening plans, we follow strict safety protocols, including adhering to state and local guidelines such as following the 250-person capacity per sale rule at our Pennsylvania-based locations.”


Year to date through August, Manheim saw over two million digital transactions, which is more than 40% higher than the same period last year. In addition, nearly 100,000 dealers are attending Manheim sales each week – whether bidding onsite via Digital Block sales or participating digitally via Simulcast. Last month, the company announced that it will continue to waive Simulcast Success Fees through the end of the year.


Since the pandemic, Manheim’s actions to re-open its operations have included:

  • Allowing clients onsite to view inventory beginning May 1.
  • Providing Manheim’s Lot Vision vehicle tracking system to help clients efficiently locate vehicles, currently in place at 19 locations. 
  • Enabling sellers to rep vehicles on the block starting on June 8. While some sellers took advantage of this option, many others chose to use Manheim’s Remote Seller Tool.
  • Piloting in-lane bidding (Digital Block sales) beginning the week of June 22 with five locations.
  • “Manheim has done a great job adjusting to current challenging times with excellent overall results in our use of Manheim Digital Block sales,” said Frank Enriquez, representative, Nick Alexander BMW Mini in Los Angeles.

 

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