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Last $32.15 USD
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13085 Hamilton Crossing Boulevard

Carmel, IN 46032

United States

Phone: 800-923-3725


KAR Auction Services, Inc. provides vehicle auction services in North America. The company provided auction services for sellers of used, or ‘whole car’, vehicles and salvage vehicles through its 233 physical auction locations as of December 31, 2014, and multiple proprietary Internet venues. In 2014, the company facilitated the sale of approximately 3.9 million used and salvage vehicles. As of December 31, 2014, the company had a network of 65 whole car auction locations and 168 salvage auction locations. Its auction locations are primarily standalone facilities dedicated to either whole car or salvage auctions. The company owns ADESA, Inc. (ADESA Auctions or ADESA); Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. and subsidiaries (IAA). ADESA owns Automotive Finance Corporation and subsidiaries, and other related entities, including PWI Holdings, Inc. (collectively, ‘AFC’). Segments The company operates through three segments: ADESA Auctions, IAA and AFC. ADESA Auctions segment This segment provides whole car auctions and related services to the vehicle remarketing industry in North America. The company serves its customer base through online auctions and auction facilities that are developed and located to draw professional sellers and buyers together and allow the buyers to inspect and compare vehicles remotely or in person. The company’s online service offerings include, LiveBlock and DealerBlock and allow it to offer vehicles for sale from any location. The company offers both online and physical auctions, as well as value-enhancing ancillary services in a manner to improve returns for the sellers of used vehicles. The company transfers the vehicles and ownership to the buyer and the net funds to the seller. Vehicles are offered for sale at the physical auctions on at least a weekly basis at various locations and the auctions are simulcast through the Internet with streaming audio and video (LiveBlock) so that remote bidders could participate through its online capabilities. It also provides customized ‘private label’ selling systems (including buy now functionality, as well as online auctions) for its customers, primarily utilizing technology acquired with the purchase of OPENLANE, Inc. Services The company’s whole car auctions also provide a range of value-added services to sellers and buyers that enable it to serve as a ‘one-stop shop’. Majority of these services might be provided or purchased independently from the auction process, such as: Auction Related Services: ADESA provides marketing and advertising for the vehicles to be auctioned, dealer registration, storage of consigned and purchased inventory, clearing of funds, arbitration of disputes, auction vehicle registration, condition report processing, post-sale inspections, security for consigned inventory, title processing, sales results reports, pre-sale lineups and auctioning of vehicles by licensed auctioneers. Transportation Services: The company provides both inbound (pickup) and outbound (delivery) transportation services utilizing its own equipment and personnel, as well as licensed and insured third party carriers. Through its subsidiary, CarsArrive and its Internet-based system, which provides automated vehicle shipping services, customers could instantly review price quotes and delivery times, and vehicle transporters could check available loads and also receive instant notification of available shipments. The same system is utilized at the company’s whole car auction locations. Reconditioning Services: The company’s auctions provide detailing, body work, paintless dent repair, light mechanical work, glass repair, tire and key replacement and upholstery repair. Major replacement services are primarily provided by the company’s subsidiary, High Tech Locksmiths. Inspection Services Provided By AutoVIN: AutoVIN provides vehicle condition reporting, inventory verification auditing, program compliance auditing and facility inspections. Field managers are equipped with handheld computers and digital cameras to record all inspection and audit data on-site. Title and Repossession Administration and Remarketing Services


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