First-of-its-kind Indoor Auto Auction features ‘Anything on Wheels’

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Mike Jones looks over the 1970 Jeep Wagoneer and the 2003 Mini Cooper that will be on the auction block.

“Anything on wheels can be auctioned during our inaugural Indoor Auto Auction,” reported Mike Jones, the owner of
Michigan Technical Resource Park
8000 Yankee Rd. in neighboring
Ottawa Lake, Mich.

According to Jones, Mark Oberly of Mark Oberly Auction Service, will call the sale on
Saturday, March 11 at 10 a.m.

“We are opening up the 400 seat auditorium for this first-ever auction. Everything to be sold will be wheeled in one at a time to center stage, where hundreds of potential buyers in theater-style seats will be able to see the exterior. Thanks to technology, they will also be able to view the interior on the big screen above the sale item,” he explained.

“Vehicles of all kinds have started to come in,” Jones noted. “We have several motorcycles, classic cars, boats and an airplane will be registered for the sale,” he said. “We are hoping to have a variety of classic cars and trucks, hot rods, commercial trucks, ATVs, agriculture equipment, boats on trailers and more. We are also hoping to have automotive collectables such as license plates and other items, including ‘mantiques’ and more available for sale,” Jones said.

While vehicles can be registered any time,
check in begins March 7 through March 10
from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and
on sale day from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

If you want to sell a vehicle, an insertion fee of $50 will be charged at registration and there is a buyers’ and sellers’ fee of 7.5 percent. “All registered vehicles will be stored in a gated, secured parking area,” Jones promised.

Potential buyers will have the opportunity to preview all the registered vehicles on Friday, March 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.

According to Oberly, owners can register their vehicle or collections with a reserve.

During the auction, food and beverages will be available.
Each potential buyer will also be eligible to receive a variety of prizes and give-a-ways donated from local merchants.
In addition, a driving simulator, developed by building tenant Bill Bales, will be available for guests to try during the auction.

According to marketing director and co-host Melissa Prielipp, each registered vehicle will be posted on Facebook along with a descriptive write-up. “The more time a vehicle is on Facebook, the more exposure this will bring,” she said.