Salvage Auction Goes High Tech

I attended auctions with my parents when I was a kid; much of my grandfather’s farm equipment and some household things were sold at an auction after his death. Many of us have some experience with on line auction sites like eBay. While eBay has its own car site, vehicle auction businesses offer their own on line auctions. One represented here in Michigan by facilities in Lansing and metro Detroit is Copart, founded originally in California but now with facilities nationwide and in Canada. Their original on line auction is called VB2, and bidding can be done on line or a one of their local facilities.

Copart has prepared a number of videos to demonstrate their on line auction process, such as this one. Unlike eBay, where auctions end at a given time, Copart’s auctions are similar to live auctions where the process continues till the highest bid is reached and the auctioneer announces, “Sold!”

Copart’s Lansing area facility holds local sales on Fridays at 12 noon at:

Copart, Inc

3902 S Canal Road

Lansing, MI 48917-9540

Phone: (517) 322-2455

Copart’s metro area facilities holds local sales on Thursdays at noon at:

Copart Salvage Auto Auction

21000 Hayden Drive

Woodhaven, MI

Phone: (734) 365-0070

Copart sells more than cars. They also sell trucks of every size and classification, SUVs, ATVs, trailers, motorcycles, dirt bikes, boats, jet skis, and snowmobiles, as well as classic cars and even fork lifts. Copart also buys vehicles. As I write this, their web site lists nearly 75,000 vehicles of various kinds for sale. Each vehicle shows its make, model, year, mileage, current location, and the highest bid, along with a photo and more detailed information.

Copart’s success has earned it a place on Forbes “200 Best Small Companies” list nine years in a row. Copart was also featured on the television show, World’s Best as “The World’s Best Remarketing Company.”


Grand Valley Auto Auctions and Sales

Grand Valley Auto AuctionContact Information

0-1600 Lake Michigan Dr
Grand Rapids, MI 49534

Official Website

Important Information

  • Time: Ever Wednesday at 6:15 PM
  • Public Auction

More Information

Grand Valley Auto Auction is open to the public. They have an auction every Wednesday at 6:15pm (free admission). They have been serving west Michigan for over 25 years, offering vehicles at wholesale prices. They have over 100 vehicles weekly that consist of new car store trade-ins, used car dealers, repossessions, company vehicles, and public consignments. They also sell boats, bikes, RV’s, ATV’s, trailers, snowmobiles, etc.

Insurance Auto Auction – Grand Rapids MI

Contact Information

700 100th Street SW
Byron Center, MI 49315

Official Website

Important Information

  • Time: Every Monday at 9:00 AM ET.
  • Office Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri8:00AM-5:00PM ET
  • Public Auction


Mid Michigan Auto Auction Inc

Contact Information

2134 West M 61
Gladwin, Michigan  48624
Phone 1-989-426-8561

Official Website

Important Information

  • Tuesday @ 2:30 PM
  • Dealer Only


More Information

Gladwin Auto Auction claims to have the lowest fees in all of Michigan!

Premier Auto Auction

Contact Information

6345 North Hix Road
Westland, MI 48185
(734) 721-2886

Official Website (none)

Important Info


Greater Kalamazoo Auto Auction Inc

Contact Information

900 North US 131
Schoolcraft, MI 49087
(269) 679-5021 

Official Website

 Important Info

  • Time: Every Thursday at 10:00 AM
  • Dealer Only

Other Information

The Greater Kalamazoo Auto Auction proudly stands at the “Crossroads of Michigan” as one of the premier auto auctions in the Midwest. Every Thursday, eight action-packed lanes draw a consignment of 1000-1100 vehicles from all over the region, consisting of fleet, lease, daily rentals, bank repossessions, new and used vehicle dealers.

Founded in 1976, GKAA boasts a 26,000 square foot facility on 65 acres, which includes a 5-bay reconditioning facility with a state-of-the-art Bellanger soft cloth car wash, a full service mechanical repair shop, a restaurant and snack bar. The auction is fully computerized to efficiently handle each vehicle from check-in through final sale. GKAA also maintains its own transportation department and will arrange for pick-up or delivery of any vehicle.

Greater Detroit Auto Auction

Contact Information:

19865 Telegraph Rd.
Brownstown, MI 48174
Phone: 734-479-4360
Fax: 734-479-4370

Official Website

Every Wednesday

3:00 pm Auction Preview
4:45 pm Auction Class
5:00 pm Live Auction

Every Saturday

8:00 am Auction Preview
9:45 am Auction Class
10:00 am Live Auction

Public Auction

Vehicle Types

  • Bank Repos
  • New Car Trade Ins
  • Dealer Consignments
  • Public Consignments
  • Donated from Charity


Freeway Public Auto Auction

Contact Information

4300 W Mt Morris Rd
Mt Morris Township, MI 48458, USA
Phone 1 (800) 799-0297

Official Website

Freeway Public Auto Auction Hours

Monday 9:00am – Auction 7:00pm – until ?
Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – Auction 7:00pm – until ?
Thursday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Other Information

ALL vehicles are sold AS IS and WITHOUT warranty.

For more information please visit their site here: Buyer Information

Grand Rapids Auto Auction

Grand Rapids Auto Auction
2380 Port Sheldon Court
Jenison, MI 49428
(616) 669-1050
Type: Dealer Only

Official Website

Transportation available in 48 states
Onsite drive-thru car wash
Full reconditioning
Paint-less dent repairs
Mechanical services
Body/Paint repairs
Auction Access registration/cards

Auto Dealers Auction Inc

Contact Information

3164 W Coldwater Rd
Mount Morris, MI 48458
(810) 789-3030

Official Website

Important Information

  •  Tuesday, starting at 7:00 P.M.
  • Dealer Only


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