Impact Auto Auctions officially opened its new facility in Oshawa Ontario, calling it Canada’s largest auto salvage auction operation.
The new 37-acre facility, at 535 Wentworth Street west in Oshawa, Ont., within sight of General Motors’ flagship assembly plant in Canada, has a 5,500 vehicle lot as well as 12,000 square feet of office, auction and inspection space.
There is also training space for insurance appraisers and an enhanced early tow and appraisal area.
There are also plans to add a 4,000 square foot structure for storing motorcycles and other vehicles that should be protected from the elements.
Opening for operations on the day, the first vehicle through, a 2013 Lexus GS450 Hybrid with considerable rear-end damage, sold to a Montreal buyer for $27,000 in furious bidding.
The addition of the facility will add some 60% in storage capacity for the auction company in the Greater Toronto Area. Much of the inventor from Impact’s Stouffville, Ont., facility—approximately 800 cars will be moved down to the Oshawa facility, though some will likely remain for a time.
Impact’s managing director Terry Daniels says that, in addition to the full function LiveBlock Hybrid Auction technology allows on-line bidders to go toe to toe with bidders on the floor, and the Run and Drive flow allows for rapid cycling of vehicles through the auction lane.
“LiveBlock and Run and Drive present huge advantages for sellers and buyers. By showcasing the unique condition of vehicles and attracting Canada’s largest buyer base, we create an exciting, high-energy auction that brings the right money for each vehicle.
As part of the grand opening, Impact also presented a $5,000 cheque to Feed the Need Durham, which supports 48 emergency food providers in the Durham Region.