Manheim eases policies to help Sandy-affected dealers
Auction giant Manheim is relaxing some policies at 11 mid-Atlantic and Northeast auction sites in an effort to help dealers impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
The company is extending the storage time limit on vehicles bought at the sites to 30 days from seven or 14, depending on the site, at no extra cost, the company said today.
Manheim also will provide free flood-damage inspections on dealer-owned vehicles for which auction-conducted condition reports have been purchased.
Also, dealers who buy post-sale inspections good for seven or 14 days get a three-day extension at no cost. That gives dealers more time to notify an auction site and engage in arbitration if there is a problem with a vehicle.
Manheim is trying to address dealer concerns about flood damage in severely affected areas and help the retailers prepare for the expected increase in demand for replacing damaged vehicles, said Tim VanDam, general manager of Manheim Pennsylvania, an auction site in Manheim, Pa.
The policies took effect Thursday and will remain in place until year end, he said.
"We recognize that dealers are going to have a harder time getting cars out of here because they don't have anyplace to put them in some cases," VanDam said of the additional storage time. The free flood damage inspection provides "an extra level of security," he said.
In addition to the site in Manheim, Pa., the auction sites involved include:
Manheim Central Pennsylvania, Grantville, Pa.
Manheim Philadelphia, Hatfield, Pa.
Manheim New England, North Dighton, Mass.
Manheim Baltimore-Washington, Elkridge, Md.
Manheim New Jersey, Bordentown, N.J.
Manheim New York Metro Skyline, Fairfield, N.J.
Manheim New York, Newburgh, N.Y.
Manheim Albany, Clifton Park, N.Y.
Manheim Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Manheim Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
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