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Where Do the Vehicles Found at Auto Auctions Come From?

When you first look at an online auto auction, the first thing you will notice is the sheer number of vehicles that are available for sale. Just about any vehicle type from almost any corner of the globe can show up at one of these auto auctions. While your local sale venues will usually have a good range of their own, for the most extensive selection, online auctions are nearly impossible to beat. With such a vast array of options on offer, many people wonder about the vehicles’ origins. Though there is no one definitive answer to that question, there are some standard ways for cars to end up at an online auto auction, such as: Read more

How Ford Won the Middle Class, and why Volkswagen Didn’t

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In 1908, if the automobile were a citizen it would have been old enough to vote, but almost no workingman in America or anywhere in the world owned such a contraption. Trolley cars and buggies carried most people to the more well-paying jobs in the cities, while people in places like Chicago’s Packingtown or Pittsburgh’s Homestead led short, brutish lives struggling against the elements on foot. If you were a typical workingman, you made approximately 400 dollars a year, which is only $8,000-$10,000 in today’s dollars, a condition of extreme poverty. Read more

The Psychology of the Live Auto Auction: “S,” Social Proof

In this series, we have been examining the live auto auction environment, the inspiration for our business. We spoke about the pulsing, tense frenzy of the auction floor. In the last post, we discussed what happens when a buyer bonds with an item at auto auction. He defends it as if he already owned it, and there is a horde of thieves lined up to take it away. The business of RideSafely – Auto Auctions evolved from our deep understanding of the auction environment, so we are able to present your inventory in a way that a buyer will step up with the sense of endowment, claim your vehicle, and defend it. Read more