Manheim Darlington launches Retail Solutions

To better support dealers’ inventory needs, Manheim Darlington this week launches its Retail Solutions services, unveils a new facility and announces local hiring plans. These milestones will be celebrated during a series of anniversary events showcasing the Darlington, South Carolina location’s growth and commitment to be a strong business leader, community partner and area employer. The longest-running used vehicle auction in the world, Manheim Darlington is honoring its 73 years in operation and 25 years as a Manheim site.

“Investment and innovation have enabled Manheim Darlington to grow significantly since our early days,” said Danny Brawn, general manager, Manheim Darlington. “Service, value and relationships have kept dealer clients coming back for more than seven decades.”
Highlights of the anniversary festivities include:

May 25, 6 p.m.: Grand opening of the new Retail Solutions facility, providing clients with greater access to high-quality services that produce retail-ready vehicles. The 48,000-square-foot building— featuring 32 lifts, two four-car paint booths and a state-of-the-art Enhanced Vehicle Imaging Suite (EVIS)— houses equipment and team members that allow dealers to seamlessly obtain post sale inspection, professional vehicle imaging, and retail quality mechanical, detailing and reconditioning services. Along with options for merchandising, titling, financing, transportation and purchase protection, these services help dealers efficiently get their newly purchased inventory retail ready before leaving the auction location. These offerings help dealer clients shorten vehicle turn time and reduce overhead by lowering personnel and fixed costs. This frees up resources for customer-facing priorities. Media are invited to attend the Grand Opening and reception.

May 25, 9 a.m. to Noon: Hiring event for the new Retail Solutions facility, seeking to fill approximately 75 positions by the end of 2016. Available positions include entry-level to master-certified technicians, condition report inspectors, painters, photographers and body technicians, as well as employees responsible for posting, procurement, parts, administration, quality control and more. Onsite interviews only. Applicants can apply online at

May 26, 8:30 a.m.: “Driving Dealer Success” 73rd Anniversary Sale, offering opportunities for clients to participate in the wholesale auction, tour the new Retail Solutions facility and sign cards for members of the military in honor of Memorial Day. One dollar for every unit registered and $2.50 for every red vehicle registered will be donated to the Eastern South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Evolving from Clanton’s Auto Auction, the business held its first one-lane sale in 1943, has been in its current location since 1948, and became a Manheim site in 1991. It has a rich history and is recognized as the first auction to host a factory sale, as well as guarantee checks and titles.

While the company’s pioneering spirit has not changed over time, Manheim Darlington today functions, and is structured, differently than in the past. The business now offers both wholesale and retail services to dealers, with Manheim operating as the only Retail Solutions provider in the remarketing space. The Darlington, South Carolina location also registers about 1,200 vehicles per week on 125 acres that support 12 auction lanes and multiple facilities.

About Manheim (
Manheim® is North America’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services, connecting buyers and sellers to the largest wholesale used vehicle marketplace and most extensive auction network. Through its 115 physical, digital and mobile auction sales, the company helps dealer and commercial clients achieve business results by providing innovative end-to-end inventory solutions. Approximately 18,000 employees enable Manheim to register about seven million used vehicles per year, facilitate transactions representing nearly $50 billion in value and generate annual revenues of more than $2.6 billion. Headquartered in Atlanta, Manheim North America is a Cox Automotive™ brand. For more information, visit

About Cox Automotive
Cox Automotive, Inc. is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. Committed to open choice and dedicated to strong partnerships, the Cox Automotive family includes Autotrader®,®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, vAuto®, Xtime® and a host of other brands. The global company has nearly 30,000 team members in more than 200 locations and is partner to more than 40,000 auto dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers, while engaging U.S. consumer car buyers with the most recognized media brands in the industry. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., an Atlanta-based company with revenues of $18 billion and approximately 55,000 employees. Cox Enterprises’ other major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit

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