An Auction Career in the Fast-Paced Auto Auction Industry

The roar of engines, the fast-paced bidding, and the vibrant atmosphere of multiple lanes all in action—welcome to the exhilarating world of auto auctions. As one of the most enduring forms of live (and hybrid) auctions, specializing as an automobile auctioneer promises a career filled with excitement and the satisfaction of being a part of one of the auction industry’s most competitive arenas.

Auto auctions are a display of efficiency and energy, with seasoned auctioneers simultaneously calling bids as ringmen engage with professional buyers, and cars roll in and out. Auto auctions require incredible attention to detail as you are interacting with professional buyers who not only value, but demand expertise, precision, and a complete understanding of the assets being sold.

Our Training for Auto Auctions

At Western College of Auctioneering, we don’t just teach you to call bids, we prepare you to excel in every aspect of the auto auction industry. Our course, led by world champion auctioneers and seasoned professionals, will provide a deep dive into auto auctions. You’ll gain hands-on experience and knowledge applicable to selling across various niches, including collector and classic car auctions, factory auto auctions, insurance auto auctions, dealer-only auto auctions, and public automobile auctions.

Our course, led by world champion auctioneers and seasoned professionals, will provide a deep dive into:

  • Conducting live automobile auctions
  • Mastering the fast-paced, clear, and accurate bid calling vital to auto auctions
  • Embracing cutting-edge online and technological advancements reshaping the industry
  • Navigating laws and contracts pertaining to the auto industry
  • Strategic marketing for auto auctions
  • Adapting to current market trends that drive the industry forward
  • Ensuring smooth sale day operations from the auction block to the final sale
  • Becoming fluent in auto auction terminology that resonates with buyers and sellers
  • How to market your auction business

Once you have completed your courses with Western College of Auctioneering, you might be asking “what are the best ways to break into the auto auction industry?”

Networking: Your Roadmap to Success

Breaking into the auto auction world requires more than just knowledge; it requires intention. Starting by immersing yourself in the environment in any role, from office work to clerking, can enhance your understanding and display your willingness to work. It’s about showcasing your drive and soaking up every drop of experience.

Forge connections outside of auction days, when the pace is slower, and conversations can lead to opportunities. Engage with industry associations, attend competitions, and always enter with the mindset of learning from others. Remember, mentorship and contacts in this sector can be as valuable as the cars on the auction floor.

When you start in the industry, your goal should be to find a way in the door – networking, as described is the best place to start. From there, be open to any related work. Becoming an office assistant, working in the title department, or as a clerk, are all ways that aspiring auctioneers can gain experience and knowledge. This can showcase enthusiasm and, in return, a new auctioneer can gain valuable insight in different areas.

The Unspoken Rules of the Auto Auctioneer

In the auto auction industry, humility paves the road to success. Auctioneers may set the tempo, but they serve at the pleasure of the sellers and buyers. Keep your appraisals fair, your calls consistent, and your ears open to the needs of every client (both buyers and sellers).

Join the Ranks at WCA

If you’re eager to take the driver’s seat in your auctioneering career, Western College of Auctioneering is a great place to get started!

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Western College of Auctioneering offers a number of courses that provide a better understanding of the auto auction industry. If you are interested in learning the live bid call or intend to get an auctioneer license, our 85-Hour Pre-Licensing course is for you! Our Auction Industry Fundamentals course, a fully online offering, also provides sessions on automobile auctions.

85-Hour Pre-Licensing

85-Hour Pre-Licensing

Students learn all aspects of the auction industry and acquire the necessary tools to start their career.

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85-Hour Pre-Licensing

Auction Industry Fundamentals

This course helps students dive into the business behind the auction industry.

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