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Central PA Auto Public sale celebrates thirty fifth anniversary | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

Above, Grant and Doug Miller stand in the principle foyer of the CPAA with the auctioneers who helped public sale off about 750 automobiles.

ROTE — The Central Pennsylvania Auto Public sale (CPAA) celebrated its thirty fifth anniversary in model.

The public sale held 750 automobiles for the anniversary with a $25,000 prize giveaway on Thursday morning at its facility close to Route 220 in Rote.

The CPAA, a household owned and operated enterprise, initially held its first auto public sale on Sept. 1, 1987. Since then the public sale has advanced with the ever-changing automotive trade, auctioning automobiles off alongside the way in which.

“We began right here Sept. 1, 1987. For 35 years we have now been right here and that’s to the day. I opened up with 510 automobiles; the second sale I had 187 automobiles; the third sale I had 122,” mentioned president/CEO Grant Miller.

Grant Miller constructed the auto public sale up along with his personal two arms in 1987 as his personal contractor. He began building in Could of 1987, simply 4 months previous to his first public sale on the CPAA.

Central PA Auto Public sale celebrates thirty fifth anniversary | Information, Sports activities, Jobs


“All the pieces I might do, I did myself,” he mentioned.

Earlier than helming his personal profitable automotive public sale enterprise, Grant labored his approach up within the area as a automotive vendor. In 1959, he started promoting automobiles for Ford and Spangler, previously the Ford vendor in Lock Haven. That dealership is now Murray Motors.

As time handed, Grant selected to enter the used automotive enterprise on his personal, leaving Ford and Spangler. When he began up his personal dealership, Chrysler got here alongside in 1974 asking if he wished to be a vendor for them, he mentioned.

Regardless of missing the funding, Chrysler upheld their deal and made Grant a vendor with the corporate. His dealership on the time was positioned alongside Hogan Boulevard in Mill Corridor.

Nevertheless, for Grant that dealership was brief lived. In 1979, Chrysler was on the verge of chapter and taking him proper with them, Grant mentioned.


He offered his dealership in 1981. Following his departure from the Chrysler enterprise, Grant ended up working for the Danville Auto Public sale. He purchased out the auto public sale after his time there.

“I labored there for 5 years and ran the place. I made a decision that I wished to attempt it by myself… working an auto public sale. That’s how I got here up right here and purchased ten acres of floor from a farmer,” Grant mentioned.

On that ten acres of floor is the place he constructed the CPAA and constructed onto it as time handed. As increasingly automobiles got here in, Grant had so as to add public sale lanes for the automobiles. Nevertheless, because the automotive trade modified, variations needed to be made as properly.

“At one time, we constructed the public sale to the place we had been working about 600-700 automobiles each week. Then with the trade altering, it takes a brand new automotive to make a used automotive,” mentioned Grant. “When the brand new automotive trade tightened up, we couldn’t get components. The used automobiles dwindled as properly. Our gross sales went from 600-700 automobiles to 50 automobiles.”

The CPAA used to run 5 lanes at a time, based on Grant. Now it’s usually three lanes with the occasional fourth lane on a busy day.

The Central PA Auto Public sale is seen sprawled out alongside Airstrip Drive in Mill Corridor.

“That’s simply how a lot the trade has dried up. Nevertheless, we have now nonetheless been lucky to achieve success and to proceed on,” Grant mentioned.

Presently the auto public sale has about 16 present employed transporters for automobiles, with some subletted transporters. The CPAA transports their very own vendor automobiles to and from gross sales, based on Grant.

At one time 130 folks had been employed on the auto public sale. Grant mentioned there’s round 100 present staff working, some since 1987.

Of these staff is his personal son, Doug Miller, who has been with the CPAA since 1989. Doug helped construct the public sale to what it’s at this time.

“I didn’t begin till 1989 after I was 18,” Doug mentioned. “I did slightly little bit of every little thing however auctioneer. I don’t know tips on how to auctioneer.”

Beginning at a decrease stage, he labored his approach as much as being vp of the enterprise.

The Millers and CPAA proceed to carry automotive auctions each Thursday, 52 weeks a 12 months. The CPAA is positioned at 41 Airstrip Drive in Mill Corridor.

For extra info name 800-248-8026 or go to their web site at or discover them on Fb @CPAA1987.

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