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Highlights From Super Bowl 50 Car Ads

Highlights From Super Bowl 50 Car Ads


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The Denver Broncos may have won Super Bowl 50, but car companies that advertised during the big game had their own reasons to celebrate. Powerful, creative and entertaining car ads have become a staple of television’s most-watched event of the year. I am always curious to see what they will come up with next. This...
Doug Hadden Shares Advice on Sourcing and Selling Pre-Owned Vehicles in the Wholesale Market

Doug Hadden Shares Advice on Sourcing and Selling Pre-Owned Vehicles in the Wholesale Market


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During last month’s Used Car Week conference, Doug Hadden, ADESA’s executive director of dealer services, training and development, was featured on a panel discussing innovative ways of buying and selling used cars in the wholesale channel–including physical auctions, dealer-to-dealer networks, and more. Check out the video below: Here are a few key points Doug shared during...
VIDEO: Kontos Kommentary for December 2015

VIDEO: Kontos Kommentary for December 2015


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2015 was largely a year when strong retail used vehicle and CPO demand, benign new vehicle incentive activity, and the embrace of upstream as well as traditional auction processes among remarketers diluted the usual negative impact of growing supply on wholesale values. Further masking that impact was the displacement of off-rental program vehicle volume that...
ADESA Continues Longtime Support of Jim Moran’s Youth Automotive Training Center

ADESA Continues Longtime Support of Jim Moran’s Youth Automotive Training Center


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We’re very proud to announce that ADESA’s ongoing support of Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC) has earned us “top contributor” status. During the 17-year relationship, ADESA has donated more than $1.8 million to the cause. YATC is a tuition-free, hands-on program that teaches basic automotive repair, job readiness and life management skills to at-risk young adults in...
ADESA’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

ADESA’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015


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Another year has come and gone. During these past 12 months, ADESA celebrated many incredible milestones and our Overdrive Blog was there to document it all. As we reflect on 2015, here is a list of our top 10 ADESA Overdrive Blog posts: 10. KAR Fun Fridays Return to Celebrate Americana Returning for their second year,...
November 2015 Kontos Kommentary

November 2015 Kontos Kommentary


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In November, average wholesale prices were up on a month-over-month basis and essentially flat on a year-over-year basis, but as in previous months, the uptick was largely driven by truck prices. Off-rental units showed price gains, but these gains are deceiving, as manufacturers and rental sellers reduced “conversion rates” (i.e., units sold as a percentage...
Five Important Steps to Creating a Strong Customer Service Plan

Five Important Steps to Creating a Strong Customer Service Plan


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Today’s consumers aren’t just looking for a good product and a good price. They expect an excellent customer service experience as well. This interaction with a company may be the deciding factor between a successful sale and a customer lost to the competition. Case in point: if you’re trying to sell a Lexus, don’t just...
KAR Carmel Competes in the Corporate Challenge

KAR Carmel Competes in the Corporate Challenge


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KAR’s Carmel office took part in the company’s first Corporate Challenge this fall. This annual event—hosted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway—brings teams from major companies in central Indiana together for fun and friendly competition, all for the chance to bring home bragging rights. The schedule included competitive events—running and bike races, cornhole, volleyball and bowling—as...
Another Record Year for Food Drive at KAR Headquarters

Another Record Year for Food Drive at KAR Headquarters


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Things were pretty quiet during the first three days of the traditional “battle-of-the-floors” food drive at KAR’s headquarters. KAR Software Quality Analyst Scott Schultz, in his fifth year of organizing the collection efforts, was a bit nervous. After all, last year’s drive was an exciting, record-breaking event that brought in nearly 20,000 items, so the expectations...