DAA Seattle is seeing strong growth after four years in operation.
General manager David Black said the Auburn, Wash., sale’s consignment rose 20 percent compared to this time last year.
The auction was a homecoming of sorts for the McConkey family, who also own DAA Northwest in Spokane, Wash., and KCI Kansas City in Missouri.
Bob McConkey Sr. helped found and then owned and operated what is today Manheim Seattle for 31 years before selling it in 1985. His son, Bob McConkey Jr., opened this new facility on a 16-acre site in May 2014.
Blake said there was a need for a non-corporate alternative in the Seattle market, with the area’s other two auctions owned by Manheim and ADESA. The reception from both dealers and commercial accounts has been strong, especially as they have seen the sale grow.
“They’ve seen us run for a few years and know we’re not going anywhere,” Blake said.
“They get to experience – from an independent auction – customer service, personal approach, on-site decision-making and operational care and passion.”
The auction’s location makes it especially attractive for Canadian sellers, who make up 25 percent of DAA Seattle’s dealer consignment.
The auction is just launching a new video-only specialty sale for oversized units and motorsport products. The first sales will feature about two dozen motorcycles, RVs, boats, box trucks and oversize units.
Each sale draws about 450 bidders, with a conversion rate in the low 60s.
The average price is $11,000, up about $500 from last year, Blake said.
The auction is growing physically as well. Last year, DAA Seattle expanded eight acres and renovated an additional two acres.
“There was a lot of focus and energy to get us prepared for this year,” Blake said.