Bel Air Auto Auction is one of the most popular vehicle auctions in the region, handling a flow of 75,000 vehicles per year. The facility accepts consignments from new and used car dealerships, government agencies, and private business fleets. The auction is held weekly and features six dealer auction lanes.
In addition to its Thursday public sale, Bel Air Auto Auction also hosts a bi-weekly GM Financial Closed sale. The facility also handles donations, rental cars, and salvage vehicles, as well as a monthly Tuesday sale of heavy trucks and powersports units. The auto auction is also a member of the National Auto Auction Association and the ServNet Auction group.
The auction has been held since 1922. It has sold over 2,500 cars and also hosts a Classic Car Sale. This year’s Bel Air Auto Auction featured 2,500 cars and an extensive Classic Car Sale. The auction’s #1 Bidder Badge was won by Bryan Kilby, who won the honor and the rights to wear it for life. The auction also raised $100,000 for the American Cancer Society, which will be used to expand Hope Lodge Baltimore from 26 rooms to 34. The Hope Lodge offers free lodging to people affected by cancer.
The Bel Air Auto Auction has moved from its old site in Bel Air, MD, to a more spacious site on 185 acres. The new location will accommodate both its auction business and corporate headquarters. The Nichols family has owned the company since its inception. Raymond Nichols, the current CEO of the BSC America Auction Group, purchased the company in 1980 with two business partners. He passed away in 1993, leaving his son Charles to carry on the business.