Editor's note: Manheim President Grace Huang said there were 1,500 buyers online at Manheim Southern California during a recent visit. An earlier version of this story misquoted her on the number of online buyers.
Manheim this week is adding 12 more auction sites where vehicles will once again run down lanes.
The Cox Automotive auction giant first brought cars and trucks back to lanes at its Manheim Nashville and Manheim Daytona Beach locations last week as a pilot.
The 12 latest sites are Manheim Ohio, Manheim Dallas, Manheim Fort Myers, Manheim Lakeland, Manheim Pittsburgh, Manheim San Antonio, Manheim Albany, Manheim Cincinnati, Manheim Dallas-Fort Worth, Manheim Omaha, Manheim Texas Hobby and Manheim Nevada.
Further additions will be determined by the situation around the pandemic, Manheim executives said. While some auctions are inching toward pre-pandemic ways of doing business, others are more restricted.
For instance, Manheim El Paso and Manheim New Mexico both recently returned to simulcast-only sales in response to surging COVID-19 cases and changing state and local ordinances. They previously allowed in-lane bidders but now will have digital-only sales through November.
Manheim President Grace Huang said the company remains "fluid" in reacting to realities on the ground.
Opening and closing auctions and tweaking operations is not as much of an undertaking for Manheim as it was before March 16. That's when the company announced it would switch all auctions to digital-only sales amid the coronavirus outbreak.
In late June, the company began inviting bidders back to lanes at a handful of sites. In-lane bidders are now allowed at 71 of Manheim's 76 U.S. auctions.