ADT hosts super auction
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The home of the NFL's Miami Dolphins and Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins will play host to what is being billed as the largest off-site wholesale auto auction in history.
ADT Automotive's Lauderdale-Miami Auto Auction expects to draw 3,000 dealers and have 5,000 vehicles up for bids at Pro Player Stadium for a closed factory sale on Dec. 9 and an open sale on Dec. 10.
The vehicles will come from fleet/lease owners, man- ufacturers and independent dealer consignment groups.
The event, dubbed the 'Pro Player 5000,' promises to mix business with pleasure.
Festivities will include appearances by several former NFL players, including Jim Kelly, Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus and Deacon Jones. Also planned is a golf outing, a yacht cruise, a reception in the stadium's Hall of Champions and a $1 million field goal contest.
ADT Automotive, based in Nashville, owns 28 wholesale auctions in the United States.
AUTOTRADER BUYS FIRM
ATLANTA - AutoTrader.com, the nation's largest online used-car classified service for consumers, has acquired World Wide Wheels, a Chicago company that builds Web sites for dealers to post their used-car inventory.
Terms were not disclosed.
World Wide Wheels maintains Web sites for 300 franchise and used-car dealers in Chicago and 100 in California, New York and Wisconsin. The dealers have combined vehicle listings of 35,000.
As part of the acquisition, dealers served by World Wide Wheels will have their vehicles listed on the AutoTrader.com Web site as well as their own Web sites.
World Wide Wheels will operate as a division of AutoTrader.com. Its founder, John Hentrich, will stay with the company and become general manager of the new division.
AutoTrader.com is owned by Manheim Auctions Inc., Automatic Data Processing Inc., Landmark Communications and Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers.