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Matthew Coomes joins Purple Wave as Web operations associate

Tue., May. 1, 2012 - 12 pm | Mike Rasmussen

Matthew Coomes is the newest addition to the Web operations team. Matthew started working out of our Manhattan headquarters last month.

An important quality for anyone working in Purple Wave’s Web operations is a familiarity with the equipment that we sell. Matthew grew up on a family farm, so he knows ag equipment. He’s worked for a cement company over the last two summers, so he’s also comfortable with many types of construction equipment as well.

Matthew will graduate with a degree in computer information systems with minors in business and agribusiness.

Matthew Coomes

Matthew Coomes

I am from a small town in southeast Kansas by the name of Saint Paul. I grew up on a farm just outside of Saint Paul where, as a kid growing up, I spent many hours on the farm doing various things. I will graduate in May from Kansas State University.

I joined Purple Wave because it seemed like a great opportunity to continue my career in a company that is growing and to gain experience and knowledge in an area in which I enjoy working.

What I enjoy most about working at Purple Wave is the great atmosphere.

Matthew will join Brandy, Tyler, Tabatha and me as he works to help create and process the listings and pictures for the assets that sell on our website. On behalf of everyone at Purple Wave, I’d like to welcome Matthew to the team.

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May 10 heavy construction and aggregate equipment auction

Tue., Apr. 24, 2012 - 8 pm | Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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Hello, this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. On Thursday, May 10, Purple Wave will be conducting an auction of heavy construction and aggregate equipment located in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Iowa. I’m going to speak with Bob McBride, Purple Wave’s territory manager for Sedgwick County, Kansas. He’s been working with Sherwood Construction, one of the larger sellers of aggregate equipment in this auction. Good morning, Bob, and thanks for joining me.

Good morning, Aaron.

May 10 heavy construction and aggregate equipment auction flyer

May 10 heavy construction and aggregate equipment auction flyer

First, tell me about this auction. This is the second Purple Wave auction that’s comprised heavier crushing and aggregate equipment. Did the success of the auction last December for Journagan Construction Company serve as a catalyst for the decision to conduct another heavy equipment auction?

Aaron, I think it did. In fairness, we do sell quite a bit of construction equipment. I think it was a natural migration that we would eventually end up servicing the quarry sector. Absolutely, the Journagan sale was a success for us. We certainly appreciate the trust that the Journagan’s had in us, awarding us with that project. Yes, it was a good auction. It was very successful. Certainly it built our confidence in calendaring another quarry auction event. You know, in our marketing efforts for that sale, we were given the opportunity to meet a lot of good buyers for quarry equipment. So, certainly those folks – we’ll reach out to and let them know about the opportunity here forthcoming on May 10.

Tell me about Sherwood. What kinds of work have they done and why have they decided to sell some equipment at auction with Purple Wave?

Aaron, the Sherwood Companies is a multigenerational family business that was founded back in 1934 – nearly 80 years in the construction business. Their operation is primarily based in Kansas and Oklahoma. They do have an affiliate company out in Colorado. Their main focus is heavy grading, commercial site prep. – they do some highway construction. I mentioned they do have affiliate companies, one of them being Greenhill Materials Co., which is the quarry operation that we’ll be working for on May 10. We’ve had the good fortune of working for Sherwood for about two years now, so I think we’ve built some rapport with them. They’ve got confidence in our system and our auctions, so here we go with an opportunity to sell some equipment that they no longer have a need for at their quarry in Owasso, Oklahoma.

Where is this stuff from Sherwood located?

2008 KPI/JCI 3850

2008 KPI/JCI 3850

Aaron, the items for Sherwood are located at their Greenhill Materials quarry, located in Owasso, Okla., which is just really a stone’s throw north of Tulsa – very good ingress and egress to the location there, particularly moving these heavy pieces – these crushing pieces out…good highway going in and out, it’s not a remote location, again, just north of Tulsa, Okla.

Tell me about the equipment that they have there, specifically.

We have a 2008 KPI-JCI 3850 portable impact crusher. It’s mounted on a 2001 Kolberg-Pioneer carrier. The crusher has a 250-horsepower three-phase motor. The power lead for the feeder and the discharge motor are included. The switchgear and an Eaton soft starter are included. All the manuals for the switchgear and the soft starter will go right along with the sale. We also have a Lippmann 30×42 portable jaw crusher. It has 150-horsepower three-phase motor on the crushing unit. All the power leads for the unit are included. The have recently replaced the trailer brakes and the tires on the carrier. The switchgear has several auxillary connectors and they recently replaced the ABB 150-horsepower soft starter, so all of the switchgear and soft starter is included with the sale. I also might mention, when looking at the pictures online – when we photographed this asset it was still blocked up where it had been crushing. By the time the auction closes, they will have it taken down and made ready to haul out for load out. They have a couple of conveyor units that we’ll be selling. They have a 2006 Brandt Manufacturing hydrocyclone tower, which comes complete – there’s a 40-foot tower – it’s in two sections, now, with this hydrocyclone manifold system that’s mounted on it. That will sell. We also have a BTI crusher-mounted breaker that mounts alongside of a crushing unit and helps break some of the larger rock in the hopper. Those are the Sherwood assets that are in that event.

We’ve got several other nice equipment packages in this event. Tell me about some of those.

Lippmann 30x42 portable jaw crusher

Lippmann 30×42 portable jaw crusher

We’ve got some large wheel loaders. We’ve got a Caterpillar 966E coming out of Des Moines, Iowa. We also have a Komatsu WA500 that’s located in the state of Kansas. There’s a 2004 Kenworth super dump truck that’s in Minnesota. We’ve got an FMC Link-Belt HTC truck-mounted crane – a number of assets – a Pioneer 3416 portable duplex crusher. It’s a jaw and roll crusher. It’s located in Missouri. Just a number of other assets, Aaron – right now around 70 items are in the auction at the current time.

Well, as we record this episode, the auction is just under three weeks away and, like you say, we’ve got over 70 items. What’s your guess as to the total number of pieces we’ll end up with and when we might have a complete inventory listing for this auction?

2004 Kenworth T800B Super 18 dump truck

2004 Kenworth T800B Super 18 dump truck

I don’t know exactly how many more pieces we’ll come up with, but just as early as this morning I heard of one of our auction managers that had secured a few more pieces for this auction event. I’d say that if you’re a buyer, if you would look around the thirtieth of this month, you should likely see all of the assets that will map up into this sale on May 10. I expect more. Look back frequently. I do know as we learn more about some of the assets, the descriptions will be improved, so I would encourage potential buyers to look over the assets and, again, if you looked once, please look back again. Take a good look at the descriptions, the photographs, etc. Expect a nice offering. Again, you should see the total piece count by the end of this month.

Tell me about inspection and pickup. What needs to be done for any prospective bidders who may not yet be familiar with Purple Wave and our standard inspection and pickup procedures. What needs to be done to take a look at the equipment and how long do buyers have to remove purchases?

1988 Caterpillar 966E wheel loader

1988 Caterpillar 966E wheel loader

It’s very easy, Aaron. We’re very transparent with all of the assets we sell across all of our auctions. This one will be no different. If you’re looking at an item or items that you’re interested in, the location of the asset is noted. As you look into the details page for that particular asset as you’re scrolling through all the detailed pictures, description, etc…we also have the seller’s contact information or the seller’s representatives. In the Sherwood case, we have the superintendant for the quarry operation. You can call him direct. Again, the seller and seller reps are listed there – their phone numbers, their email – so you can call them and inquire about the assets. If you want to set up an appointment to go inspect the items before the auction closes, you can do that. We encourage that. As far as the load out post-auction, we ask that once the item is paid for that you contact the seller or seller rep within 48 hours of the auction close to make arrangements. You don’t have to have the asset picked up within 48 hours, but just make arrangements – touch base with them, let them know your intentions. Our general terms are that we ask that the items are picked up within 14 days. I’ll go out on a limb and I’d say that if you have clear, clean communication with the seller, if there’s an earnest reason why you can’t get in there within that time, then as long as you communicate with the sellers, I’m going to say most will work with someone who’s making a real effort to get the items moved out. Again, all of our sellers’ contact information is located at the item listing so you can contact them direct.

Bob, is there anything else you’d like to say or mention about this auction?

Do look back at the inventory. We do expect it to increase, and so do look back through the items. Again, our sellers’ information is there so you can call to inquire about more details on the assets. Often times – I’m looking at the inventory now and we have some rock drills. Many times, we have videos attached to the item-level listing, too. If the item is in an operating state and we’re there picturing it, we’ll have the operators run it and shoot a quick video, so the videos are there. We’re excited about this event. It’s going to be a nice opportunity. There’s good equipment and the bidding will close on the tenth of May.

Bob McBride

Bob McBride

Bob McBride is Purple Wave’s territory manager for Wichita and Sedgwick County. You can find him on the web at Contact him at or call 316.250.0298.

Bidding for the heavy construction and aggregate auction is open now and will close Thursday, May 10, beginning at 10 a.m. Like all Purple Wave auctions, there are no reserves or minimum bids. Items receiving bids in the last few minutes will be automatically extended to give everyone a fair chance to bid. There’s no advantage to waiting, so view the complete inventory with inspection information – and place your bids now – at

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Cooper returns, Schlegel new customer service manager

Fri., Apr. 20, 2012 - 12 pm | Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

We’ve recently made a couple of personnel changes at Purple Wave headquarters in Manhattan.

Michael Schlegel

Michael Schlegel named customer service manager
Schlegel joined Purple Wave in 2007 as an accounting associate and was promoted to our human resources manager in June 2009. In his new position as customer service manager, Michael will have oversight of the daily operations of our customer service team, as well as responsibilities with new associate training and development. Michael has a degree in financial planning from Kansas State University and has previous customer service experience. Michael’s skills and experiences will be a valuable addition to our customer service team as we continue to provide unmatched service and support to our bidders, buyers and sellers.

Tiffany Cooper

Tiffany Cooper returns as executive assistant and project manager
Tiffany Cooper was an accounting associate at Purple Wave in 2010. In 2011 she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as executive advisory operations analyst under the Corporate Leadership Council at the Corporate Executive Board Co., where she gained valuable experience in compliance policy improvement and team coordination. She recently returned to Kansas to be closer to family. In her new role, Tiffany will provide administrative and project management support for Purple Wave’s executive team and we are excited to get her back.

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John Belger Construction Company retirement auction

Tue., Apr. 17, 2012 - 4 pm | Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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Aaron Traffas: Hello, this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. On Tuesday, April 24, Purple Wave will be conducting a retirement auction for the John Belger Construction Company, a very well known and respected construction contractor in the Kansas City area. I’m going to speak with John Belger about this event and the equipment in it. Good morning, John, and thanks for joining me.

John Belger: Good morning, Aaron. I’m glad to be here.

AT: Let’s say I’m a prospective bidder from outside the area who may not be familiar with John Belger Construction. Tell me about your company. How long have you been in business and what kinds of construction projects did you complete?

John Belger Construction Company retirement auction flyer

Auction flyer

JB: Aaron, we’ve been in business since 1981. We started out as a small driveway, manhole, pour-in-place contractor and developed into more of an excavating, stormwater, bridge contractor over the years. One thing just kind of led to another and got us involved in a lot of different kind of work. We were very fortunate to work for a lot of good folks. We had some great people working for us that were very responsible and took good care of our equipment. We’ve decided to pursue some other options as far as working goes and we decided to liquidate our construction equipment. We want everyone to know that we have well-maintained, very good, low-houred equipment available that’s ready to work. We have all the service records. Any kind of questions anybody would have about the equipment – we would be happy to answer any questions.

Well, John, the selection of the auction firm to conduct your retirement auction must have been a very big decision for you. Why, in the end, did you elect to use Purple Wave?

It was a very big decision. You know, it was a hard decision to make the call in the first place, especially when it comes to liquidating the equipment. We had some other options available but we felt like Purple Wave was actually better for our selling situation and we feel very comfortable with the folks we’ve been dealing with. They’re very honest. They work hard. That’s kind of the way we always tried to do our business, so we’re a good match.

2004 Komatsu PC400LC-7L excavator

2004 Komatsu PC400LC-7L excavator

Right now, John, we’re at 101 items listed for this auction – and I’m told that’s a complete inventory – which is certainly not the highest piece-count event we’ve conducted, but from what I hear from our district managers Jeff and Richard who’ve seen it, it’s an auction of perhaps some of the highest quality and best-maintained used equipment that we’ve seen. You mentioned a moment ago about it being low-houred and having some service records. What are some other comments that you might make about the condition of your equipment in this auction?

Well, Aaron, we always tried to find the best brand of equipment for what we were doing the work for, and we have got quite a conglomeration of different brands of equipment, but we felt like we were always buying the best. We were versatile. We tried to do all the work ourselves. We did the digging, we did the pouring of the concrete, the backhoeing and such. That’s kind of why you’ll find that this equipment is pretty low-houred due to the fact that we did all the procedures of the job and that’s why there were a lot of times the equipment sat, but we needed it to finish the jobs and what have you. We have some very well maintained – the guys were very good at keeping the equipment as it should be and very responsible. Folks that are looking for some good, strong equipment – we’ve got it out here for you.

You’ve got several nice excavatorsin this auction. Tell me about each of those and then talk a little about the rest of the inventory.

2007 Komatsu PC200LC-8 excavator

2007 Komatsu PC200LC-8 excavator

We bought a PC400 at the end of 2004. Actually, it didn’t go into service until 2005. RoadBuilders Machinery Company set that machine up for us and we tried to make sure that it was plumbed and the auto lube’s on it. At the time, when we purchased the machine, we did not purchase the hammer with it. We purchased it in 2006 – a GH18 12000 energy force breaker that has very little use on it. We tried to set the equipment up to where it would be available and ready for anything that came down the line. We have the JRB coupler on it. It’s a very nice unit, just shy of 1500 hours, ready to go – I’d consider the undercarriage great. Two years later, we updated the 200 to a PC200-8. We basically had him set it up the same way. We put a hydraulic, four-tine progressive thumb on that machine, a Lincoln auto lube, hammer kit – basically set it up the same way. Each machine has two buckets with it; they’ll sell separately. Then we go down to our smaller mini-excavator, the Takeuchi, set up with two buckets, couplers, hydraulic thumb. Skid steer loaders – we have a Cat skid steer loader with most every available option. Ride control, two-speed, hydraulic quick coupler, cab heat and air – a very nice unit. It just goes down from there to the pickup, dump truck, trailer, small equipment, a lot of good small equipment. We took care of our small equipment just as much as we did our big equipment and everything’s ready to go.

2006 Takeuchi TB145 compact excavator

2006 Takeuchi TB145 compact excavator

It sure looks like a great inventory, John. What does a serious, prospective bidder need to do to come and take a look at this equipment before placing a bid?

Well, anybody’s welcome to come at any time if they could just call the number on the Net, there, but my cell number – you could call it any time, we could make arrangements. We actually have an open house on the Monday before the sale from noon to 7 o’clock in the evening and everybody’s more than welcome to come and visit and look things over and get ready for the bids.

Sounds great, and we’re also going to have some Purple Wave personnel at that open house as well to answer any questions about the auction process and to be able to register any bidders who may have questions about that process. Again, that open house is Monday, April 23, from noon to 7. John, let’s say I’m a winning bidder, and after I’ve paid for my purchases, what then do I need to do to arrange load-out? What’s the time frame that I need to operate under and what kind of assistance might be available for me?

1998 Ford Louisville L8501 dump truck

1998 Ford Louisville L8501 dump truck

Well, we actually own the property, so there’s not a big push for the removal of it. I’m sure everybody wants to get their equipment as soon as possible, and we’ll have equipment there to help or assist any way we can. Purple Wave will have a Machinery Link operation there for people needing lowboy bids. I’m sure that they’ll do a good job of giving you a price on getting your equipment to where you need it to be. We’ll do everything we can to help. We’d like to have – having the equipment out within a week or two of the end of the sale would work best for us.

It would probably work best for you if winning bidders gave you a call to let you know when they’re going to be there to pick it up.

It would be much appreciated.

Caterpillar 272C skid steer

Caterpillar 272C skid steer

John, is there anything else you’d like to say or mention about this auction?

Like I said before, we appreciate all the people that we’ve worked for and all the people that’s worked for John Belger Construction Company. We appreciate Purple Wave helping us distribute this equipment in the end, and we can’t say how much.

I’ve been speaking with John Belger, owner of the John Belger Construction Company. Thanks, John, for joining me.

Thank you very much, Aaron.

Bidding for the John Belger Construction Company retirement auction is open now and will close Tuesday, April 24, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be an open inspection on the day before the auction, Monday, April 23, from noon to 7 p.m. Inspection is also available by appointment with John. His contact information is listed on the auction details page at Like all Purple Wave auctions, there are no reserves or minimum bids. Items receiving bids in the last few minutes will be automatically extended to give everyone a fair chance to bid. There’s no advantage to waiting, so view the complete inventory and place your bids now at

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Jeremy Reid becomes auction specialist

Thu., Apr. 12, 2012 - 5 pm | Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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Aaron Traffas: Hello this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. Today, I’m going to speak with Purple Wave’s newest auction specialist, Jeremy Reid. Hi, Jeremy, and thanks for joining me.

Jeremy Reid

Jeremy Reid

Jeremy Reid: It’s a pleasure to be here, Traffas.

AT: You’ve actually been working for Purple Wave for quite a while in a customer service capacity, and we’ll get to that in a moment, but, first, tell me about yourself. Where did you grow up and what did you do before joining the firm?

JR: Well, Traffas, I graduated from Winfield High School which is down in south central Kansas. Both of my folks still live and reside in that area, so I guess that’s what I’d call home. In terms of what I did before joining the firm, to pay the bills while I was at Kansas State University I served many roles with the Dillons grocery store industry, working at three of their different stores and ultimately serving as a customer service manager before accepting my position with Purple Wave.

Tell me about your experiences working with York for the last three years working in the customer service department.

Well, serving as an issue resolution specialist, my primary day-to-day tasks were to identify, mediate and resolve a veriety of issues throughout the lifecycle of our auctions, both pre-, current- and post-auction. These would include collaborating internally with several of the job functions within the offices, as well as communicating externally with all of our various customer segments – our buyers, our sellers, our bidders, our contacts, etc.

You recently changed positions to an auction specialist. We haven’t yet really discussed the difference between an auction specialist and a territory manager on our podcast series. Talk about your new roles and responsibilities and describe the area you’ll be covering. What’s an average day for you?

Well, the two positions are really one and the same in regards to the daily job tasks. Both include a lot of client relationship building in addition to our data capture and submission roles for all the listings you see live and active on Purple Wave. The main difference between the auction specialist and the territory managers is my ability to be very mobile to a large geographic footprint. Predominantly, I’m going to be in the north central and south central parts of Kansas, but at times I will be stretching the footprint of the company for some deals that we’ll be booking on the outskirts reaching towards both coasts and towards Canada and Mexico.

So why the change?

Well, after having been with the company for, as you stated, three years now, I’ve been in a role there that’s predominantly been buyer-focused and directed towards the post-auction process. I have a lot of intrigue to have the ability to experience more time with our sellers and the pre-auction process. Ultimately, that led to my decision. Down the line, I feel that seeing things from both sides of the coin – walking in both pairs of shoes – should lead to continued advances in our service offering.

So, what you’re saying, is your familiarity with some of the more common issues that may arise post-auction may help lead you to be pro-active and prevent those from happening in the first place.

I couldn’t have said it better myself, Traffas.

Tell me about some of your personal interests. I know you’re a rabid K-State fan. What kind of stuff do you like to do in your spare time?

Well you hit the nail on the head there. I’ve been born and bred a Kansas State University supporter – purple and white all throughout my wardrobe. When I’m not supporting the Cats, I do enjoy live music. I’ll give any genre a chance. Above all else, in terms of physical activity, I like to see myself in a pair of skis – first snow, then water, but really, in the end, they’re both one and the same.

I’ve been speaking with Jeremy Reid, Purple Wave’s new auction specialist. Thanks again, Jeremy, for joining me today.

I’m glad to be here.

Find Jeremy on the web at Contact him at or call 785.341.9970.

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Lender remarketing considerations

Wed., Apr. 11, 2012 - 3 pm | Dave Sommers, AARE, PRI

Experienced lenders repeatedly share with me their philosophy in remarketing collateral. To sum up their message in a succinct paraphrase, they desire to effectively and efficiently conduct a commercially reasonable sale, as holding costs quickly erode recovery dollars.

Holding costs add up faster than many realize, and here are several other aspects for consideration.

Equipment, especially when not in use, does not typically become more valuable with time.

Where could the recovery money or reserves be used elsewhere?

Sell well and efficiently. Hire a professional remarketer to free your time.

Get the issue off your desk, heed lessons learned, sleep well and move on.

Carrying costs
Insurance, storage fees, maintenance, pilfering and other costs add up quickly.

Transportation fees
Moving assets is costly and always involves a chance of damage. If possible, sell equipment where it sits.

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Considerations and pitfalls for turning used inventory into cash with auctions

Thu., Mar. 15, 2012 - 7 am | Andy Artley

Successful dealership models tend to embrace quicker inventory turns, minimize floor plans costs, and keep sales staff engaged. A case can be made to occasionally use an auction format to complement your business. There are some really effective ways to incorporate an auction into a retail business model that will not only remarket stale inventory, but jump start some additional sales without disturbing a normal transaction cycle. As you do your homework and gather information, here are a few points to consider when looking for an auction company.

Pick an auction company that isn’t going to try to compete with your dealership.
Auction sellers should want the auction company to be acting as the seller’s agent because of the duties and obligations it places on the auction company. The retail transaction, the promotion of your business and the longevity of your business are more important than any other agenda the auction company may have. You, not the auction company, are the principal retailer of your product. They are conducting an auction for your business, not the other way around.

Know the difference between unreserved and reserved auctions.
Quite simply, if you are considering a reserved auction, don’t. Reserved auctions will do nothing for moving inventory and will potentially damage customer relations. Auction transparency has advanced so drastically in recent years that if reserve prices are even suspected, the really good auction buyers will not participate and your recoveries will be dismal. If you are considering a reserved auction, you would be better served to drastically mark down the inventory and run it through conventional retail means.

Know the difference between an Internet auction company and a live auction company.
Until recently, live auctions were the only standard. But with the advance of technologies and how our customers buy, sell and communicate Internet only or “timed auctions” can be just as effective. However, don’t be fooled. Throwing your assets up on the Internet does not mean automatic success. The Internet-based company still needs to be a full-service auction company that understands the idiosyncrasies of bidders, buyers and potential auction pitfalls. There are pros and cons on both, but ultimately you need to choose an online venue that will not be intrusive and will complement your business model.

Understand the fees and returns.
Low fees don’t necessarily mean the best return, nor do high fees always mean great service. Some auction companies charge set up fees, advertising fees, inspection fees, transport fees and make-ready fees. These extra fees can really eat up what you thought you were going to keep. Be cautious and make sure the fee schedule is set within the contractual agreement that you sign before the auction takes place.

Questions need to be asked.

  • What fees are involved?
  • How and where is the advertising placed?
  • How are the assets marketed?
  • Will my dealership be promoted as well as the auction?
  • Will prospective leads and buyer information be shared with me?
  • How are collections, administration and issues handled as they arise?
  • When are auction proceeds paid out?
  • Are ancillary non-auction sales promoted or restricted?
  • Can the auction company provide relevant references?
  • Will the assets be appraised and discussed before the agreement is signed?
  • Is there a guarantee on results?

Be cautious of guarantees.
Guarantees sound nice, as they imply that a fail-safe is in place if the auction should fail. However, not all guarantees are equal. Some are gross guarantees, some are net guarantees, while others are just old fashioned reserves masked to sound appealing. In most cases, guarantees come with a higher commission rate charged to your assets and have to be diligently scrutinized as these additional fees can have a significant impact on your bottom line. If a guarantee is considered, it is important that the auction company clearly and effectively explain its guarantee contract language to you.

Sign an agreement of understanding.
A quality auction company will always offer an auction contract that is mutually agreed upon by all parties. This contract will protect your business if a discrepancy arises.

Pick an auction company with whom you enjoy working.
Promoting your dealership through an auction process must be a partnership and filled with good energy. Pick personalities that will complement your sales force. The highest results are achieved with a positive collaboration between your organization and the auction company.

In summary, there are some very good auction companies that have come a long way in understanding the retail sales model and are fantastic marketers. Make it a priority to interview these candidates and see if there is a fit. I wish you financial success in all of your endeavors!

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See us at the Iowa State Association of Counties Spring School of Instruction

Wed., Mar. 14, 2012 - 6 am | Scott Wiese

Andy Artley and I will be in Iowa tomorrow at the Iowa State Association of Counties Spring School of Instruction at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa.

Iowa State Association of Counties Spring School of InstructionISAC‘s mission is to promote effective and responsible county government for the people of Iowa. ISAC’s vision is to be the principal, authoritative source of representation, information and services for and about county government in Iowa.

This annual meeting held in March is the association’s business meeting and will feature education and vendor exhibits. We’ll be in the exhibit hall all day tomorrow, Thursday, March 15. Stop by and see us at booth 22 and ask us how we can provide solutions for managing surplus equipment.

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March 28 ag equipment auction

Tue., Mar. 13, 2012 - 2 pm | Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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March 28 ag auction flyer

Aaron Traffas: Hello, this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. On Wednesday, March 28, Purple Wave will conduct an auction of ag equipment for many sellers in several Midwestern states. I’m going to speak with Joe Frusher, Purple Wave’s territory manager for southwestern Kansas and parts of eastern Colorado, about one of the larger consignments in this auction. Hi, Joe, and thanks for joining me.

Joe Frusher: Good morning, Traffas.

AT: We have over 40 different sellers in the March 28 ag auction including one from your neck of the woods in southwestern Kansas. What can you tell me about Gere’s.

JF: Gere’s is a local company here in Garden City. Hi Gere is the owner and he actually has two business, a large trucking company and a packing business. Unfortunately, with the loss of his father, he’s decided to have to make the hard decision which business to keep. He had some great opportunities in the trucking business so he’s selling out from the packing side of his business.

Why did Mr. Gere elect to use Purple Wave and did he consider any other means?

Yes he did. Probably the main reason he decided to use Purple Wave is, with the size of these tractors, he wanted to reach more of a global market and not just here in southwestern Kansas where he probably wouldn’t get the best price for tractors of this size.

Let’s dig in to the inventory, Joe. What can you tell me about these tractors?

2009 John Deere 9630

Well the biggest tractor – we’ve got a 2009 John Deere 9630. It’s got about 4000 hours on it. It’s a really big tractor – really nice. It has a powershift transmission. All these tractors, they were serviced right here in Garden City at the local John Deere dealership. I’ve personally driven every tractor and they seem really clean and ready to do any job you might have for them.

Are all their items at the same place and what does a prospective bidder need to do to inspect any of these tractors before placing a bid?

Yeah, all these units are located here at the same spot here in Garden City at Gere’s. All you have to do is go online and there’ll be some information on who to contact and you can set up a time to come out any time to take a look at those tractors.

Joe, is there anything else you want to tell us about this consignment or the auction itself?

If you’re in the market for a nice Peterbilt or a nice silage truck, we have a couple of silage trucks and an Aeroswint side dump silage box also to be coming up. So, definitely, if you’re looking for a good silage truck, this would be an auction to look at.

Joe Frusher

I’ve been speaking with Joe Frusher about one of the consignments in the March 28 ag equipment auction. Find Joe on the web at or call 785.341.9158. Thanks, Joe, for joining me.

Thank you.

Bidding for the ag equipment auction is open now and will close Wednesday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. central. Like all Purple Wave auctions, there are no reserves or minimum bids. Items receiving bids in the last few minutes will be automatically extended to give everyone a fair chance to bid. There’s no advantage to waiting. Remember, today we discussed but one of over 40 different consignments of quality ag equipment in this event, so view the complete inventory with inspection information – and place your bids now – at

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press release

Kansas Department of Transportation to sell tractors, trucks, other surplus assets in Purple Wave Internet auction

Wed., Mar. 7, 2012 - 3 pm | press release

MANHATTAN, Kan. (March 7, 2012) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is liquidating more than 560 surplus assets  including backhoes, tractors, pickup trucks and dump trucks, among others. Manhattan-based Purple Wave is selling the items in an Internet auction that ends at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 13. Bidding is currently under way at

KDOT has used Purple Wave to auction assets numerous times since 2008, resulting in $3.13 million in proceeds for the agency.

“Bidders have responded well to previous KDOT auctions, resulting in the return of significant dollars to the agency. Bidders can view photos of each asset, read a detailed description, and learn about personal inspection opportunities on our auction website. After the auction, the final prices are published. This transparency gives people the confidence to bid,” said Jerrod Westfahl, Purple Wave’s chief executive officer.

The auction will include at least 92 pickup trucks, 32 dump trucks, 19 tractors, and scores of other pieces of machinery previously used for state road construction and maintenance.

“All items are selling where they sit, so KDOT doesn’t have to spend taxpayer dollars transporting items to and from an auction site,” said Westfahl. “This also adds to the convenience for bidders around the state, who can inspect items in their area without traveling to a central location.”

Items are on display in Norton, Almena, Chanute, Garden City, Hutchinson, Salina, Topeka and Ulysses. Details of exact items and locations are available at, where individuals may also place bids.

Purple Wave currently delivers complete auction services as the on-call service provider for all state agencies, school districts, townships, counties, cities and others. “It’s a true honor to serve the Kansas taxpayers. As we have demonstrated the effectiveness of our auction services, we have had opportunities to provide similar services to agencies in Iowa, Missouri and other states,” said Westfahl.

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