Manheim waives online fees for snowed-in buyers

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Manheim said today it will offer some relief to dealerships hit by the weekend storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Northeast and Midwest by waiving some online auction fees.

During Jan. 6-31, dealers who purchase vehicles from 28 select auction sites -- mainly at Manheim locations in its Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West, Northeast and North Central markets -- won't have to pay online fees if they buy on the company's Simulcast platform. Manheim also will waive facilitation fees for dealers who buy vehicles on OVE.com.

Simulcast allows dealers to participate in Manheim physical auctions from locations. OVE.com is Manheim's online used-vehicle site.

"Our employees are making every effort to list cars online as fast as possible, ensuring customers in these four markets continue to have access to the most inventory, despite the tough weather conditions," said Nick Peluso, senior vice president of customer management, in a statement.

"Dealers rely on us to meet their vehicle buying needs 24/7, and we want to do all we can to help them maintain business momentum economically and safely as they start the New Year," he said.

Manheim's offer is designed to allow dealers to buy cars online at less expense during a period when they may not be able to make it physically to an auction due to the storm. Lack of access to an auction could leave a dealership with used-vehicle shortages on its lots.

A Manheim spokesman could not immediately put a dollar value on the waived fees.

Manheim operates 65 auction sites in the United States and five in Canada.

You can reach Arlena Sawyers at asawyers@crain.com.


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