Charleston Auto Auction announced additions and changes to its sales team.
Krysten Hohl assumes the newly created position of national remarketer. Hohl will work with the auction’s current institutional clients.
Before this position, she was a dealer relations representative serving dealers in northeast South Carolina and southwest North Carolina. Krysten has an extensive sales background including time at ADESA and Verizon Wireless.
Rachel Cortes will be the new dealer relations representative for territory one. Cortes will be providing auction solutions to both buyers and sellers in northeast South Carolina and southwest North Carolina.
Before joining Charleston, Hollis was with Automotive Finance Corp.
Johnathan Hollis joins Charleston as the new digital development representative for the greater Atlanta market. Hollis will continue to grow the auction’s digital footprint with products like Dealer Feed and XL Online.
Hollis background includes time with KAR Auction Service. Hollis has also served on the board of directors for the Georgia Independent Automobile Dealers Association.
Megan Demaree will transition to her new role of senior dealer relations representative.
Demaree will continue to service the dealers of southeast South Carolina, western Georgia, and northern Florida. Also, she will be instrumental in the growth and development of the auctions sales team.
Barrett-Jackson and Prestone are teaming up this summer for a restoration build named “Project Prestone.”
The project car, a 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aero Coupe, was unveiled at a press conference at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, along with the restoration plan that will see the completed vehicle auctioned at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Scottsdale Auction in January.
Prestone and partners of the project will be invited to the Collection Showroom to participate in the restoration build, and Barrett-Jackson will release photos and videos on Barrett-Jackson.com and social media using #ProjectPrestone to document the progress. The restoration build will be completed at the Las Vegas Auction on Oct. 19-21 and will be on display during the show. The vehicle will also be included at the Prestone trailer display at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2017, along with various events in Arizona that Barrett-Jackson will be attending. Outside of its appearances, the Monte Carlo will be stored at the Barrett-Jackson Collection Showroom until it crosses the auction block at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction.
Contributing partners helping with the project include Chevrolet Performance Parts, Detroit Speed, Inc., MagnaFlow Performance Exhaust, Summit Racing, Stanley Black & Decker, Mac Tools, Direct-Lift, BFGoodrich, Adam’s Polishes, The Eastwood Company, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and Wilwood Engineering.
Fiserv Inc. named Manheim Louisville of Clarksville, Ind., the top performing automobile auction of 2016. Manheim Louisville was a strong performer throughout the year, both in terms of sales effectiveness and operations.
Fiserv, which has been ranking auctions since 2001 to identify qualified partners, managed the remarketing of more than 85,000 vehicles in 2016. The top three auctions are scored on overall sales effectiveness, operational excellence, sales preparation and marketing in the calendar year.
Fiserv also recognized auctions for excellence in the following areas:
Carolina Auto Auction – Operational Excellence
Manheim Louisville – Customer Service
Rawls Auto Auction, based in Leesville, S.C. – Sale Preparation
Manheim Louisville – Marketing
To be eligible for the Top Performance designation, an auction must be a member of the National Auto Auction Association, have sold vehicles with Fiserv for 12 months or more, have a minimum of eight represented sale audits in the calendar year, and have sold more than 500 vehicles in the calendar year.
New-vehicle quality is at its highest level ever, improving a significant 8% from last year, according to the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study.
Initial quality in this iconic study is measured by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the first 90 days of ownership, with a lower score reflecting higher quality. In this year's study, quality improves across seven of the eight categories measured, with 27 of the 33 brands in the study improving their quality compared with 2016.
Kia ranks highest in overall initial quality for a second consecutive year with a score of 72 PP100.
Genesis (77 PP100) ranks second overall followed by Porsche (78 PP100). Ford and Ram (86 PP100) tie for fourth.