TO THE EDITOR:
After reading the May 15 editorial “Tragedy at Mass. auction provides a teachable moment,” I wanted to bring attention to Quincy Auto Auction in Quincy, Mass., which is owned by a friend. On May 8, the auction began a new process by having no vehicles pass through the lane, as a reaction to the tragedy at Lynnway Auto Auction. Quincy Auto Auction is going digital, with large monitors showing images of the exterior and interior of each vehicle, along with mileage and accessory lists.
As of May 15, Quincy had completed two auctions under the new program. It is adding an additional lane each week so that by the end of June, it will be completely digital. There will still be live auctioneers, but vehicles will no longer enter the building. The auction is open two days prior for vehicle inspections, and the vehicles can be inspected the day of the auction.
This certainly seems like a positive alternative, knowing the auto auction business will never be the same after the tragedy in Massachusetts.
PETER HALLISSY, Cotuit, Mass. The writer is a retired auto dealer.