Friday Fast Facts 6/28/2019

Love cars and the stories behind them? Join us on the drive to automotive enlightenment in this week’s edition of Friday Fast Facts!

How The “Dashboard” Got Its Name

The dashboard of a car is currently described as a control panel located in the front of the vehicle that displays the controls for vehicle operations. According to, originally the word “dashboard” was used to describe the wooden board carriage markers attached to the front of carriages that prevented mud and rocks from being splashed – or dashed -onto drivers and passengers by horses. It wasn’t until the 1900s that carriages used motors and “dashboards” were used to house the speedometer and gas gauges.

The World’s Cheapest Car

India’s Tata Motors released the “World’s Cheapest Car”, the “Nano,” in the year 2009. The goal of thiscar’s production was to be small, safe, family-friendly and affordable. According to the Los Angeles Times, the car started at $2,200 after taxes and dealer costs while the CX and LX models with heat, AC, and power breaks, sold for up to $3,800. Although the vehicle is inexpensive, these vehicles lacked in standard safety features like air bags and anti-lock brakes. As of 2018, The Tata Nano, halted production and it’s just mere history now.

The World’s Most Expensive Car

According to Beautiful Life Magazine, the Sweptail by Rolls Royce is valued at a whopping $13 million! This is over $7 million more than the Koenigsegg Ccxr Trevita, which is valued at $4.8 million. While this car is currently off the market and custom-created for a confidential customer, we can all still dream! This exclusive vehicle has custom coach work, reminiscent of royal carriages. The two-seater is complete with a fully panoramic sunroof, handcrafted with wood and leather in its interior and equipped with hidden attaché cases behind each door.

The Future is Fingerprints

If you thought your keyless car was cool, wait until you see Hyundai’s fingerprint feature! According to ZDNet, Hyundai Motor developed a car system that unlocks and starts cars with just the press of a finger. With this feature installed in the 2019 Sante Fe, multiple drivers can register their fingerprints to the car before using the system. The reader is so high-tech that it can differentiate between electricity levels in various parts of the finger so your car can never be hacked into or tampered with!

New Location: Hartford-Springfield, CT # 350

Copart is pleased to announce that Hartford-Springfield Auction Co-Op is now part of the Copart network of more than 200 locations worldwide. Be sure to join the first Hartford-Springfield auction this Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 4:00 PM EDT for the chance to bid and win your favorite favorite cars, trucks and SUVs!

Take a look at some of the Hartford-Springfield inventory:

  • 2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5I
  • Doc Type: CT-Certificate of Title
  • Highlights: Run and Drive
  • Primary Damage: Normal Wear
  • Odometer: 102, 158 mi (ACTUAL)
  • 2006 Ford Ranger Super Cab
  • Doc Type: CT-Certificate of Title
  • Highlights: Run and Drive
  • Primary Damage: Normal Wear
  • Odometer: 108,276 mi (ACTUAL)
  • 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
  • Doc Type: CT-Certificate of Title
  • Highlights: Run and Drive
  • Primary Damage: Minor Dents/Scratches
  • Odometer: 154,226 mi (ACTUAL)

Register for FREE here to view Hartford-Springfield inventory >>

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Vehicle Alerts make it easy to find the car, truck, boat, ATV, or other vehicle that you might be looking for. Simply fill out this form and Copart will email or text you with daily or weekly updates on our inventory. 

With this new feature, receive Copart inventory updates no matter where you are to find the vehicles you are looking for as soon as they’re listed.

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Friday Fast Facts 6/14/2019

Love cars and the stories behind them? Join us on the drive to automotive enlightenment in this week’s edition of Friday Fast Facts!

Mr. Roger’s Stolen Impala Was Returned With a Written Apology

According to a TV Guide piece on him, Fred Rogers drove a plain old Impala for years. When one day, his car was stolen from near the TV station. The news traveled fast after Rogers reported the theft to the authorities. Before he knew it, the theft was broadcast on all major media outlets around town. According to CNN, Within 48 hours  the car was returned to the exact place it was stolen from. Attached to the car was an apology note stating “if we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it.”

Did You Know That The Person Who Invented Cruise Control Was Blind?

According to Mangesh Hattikudar at, Ralph Teetor, an engineer, who was legally blinded in a shop accident at the age of 5, invented cruise control and was also responsible for a lot of vehicular improvements, Including automatic transition. Inspiration for cruise control struck during World War II, when the government set a 35-mph speed limit to conserve gas and tires. In order to regulate the speed, he invented “auto pilot” which premiered in selected 1958 Chrysler models, which we no refer to as “cruise control.”

Switzerland Traffic Laws That You Won’t Believe!

Among the 408 official traffic laws, there are several strange ones when it comes to cars. According to Dimitri Burkhard of, it is unlawful to slam a car door after 10 PM. How crazy is that? Another weird one is that if you switch from a one time limited parking spot to another without entering traffic in between, you could get fined. Last but not least, if you forget to activate your parking break, you might get fined, too! Paragraph 37 article 4 of the Swiss road law states that “A driver must appropriately secure their vehicle.”

Automobiles are the Most Recycled Consumer Product in the World Today

Did you know that 80% percent of a car can be recycled? How about the fact that automobiles are the most recycled consumer product in the world today? It’s the truth! According to Rick Leblanc at The Balance Small Business, the car that you are currently driving will be a great source of recyclable materials in the future when you decide to part with your car. Every year, automobile recycling industry in USA and Canada provides sufficient steel to produce roughly 13 million new vehicles. These facts demonstrate that the worldwide auto recycling industry is important and is constantly growing.

Friday Fast Facts 6/7/2019

Love cars and the stories behind them? Join us on the drive to automotive enlightenment in this week’s edition of Friday Fast Facts!

In Christopher Nolan’s film Batman, Bruce Wayne drives a Lamborghini Murcielago. In Spanish, Murcielago means “Bat.”

Who wouldn’t be impressed with the vehicles that Bruce Wayne drives in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy? Bruce Wayne drives three different Lamborghinis— two Murciélagos in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and an Aventador in The Dark Knight Rises. Coincidentally, Murciélago means “bat” in Spanish, making it a suitable car for a Superhero disguised as the nocturnal flying mammal!

According to, “The Murcielago Roadster was introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year and made its on-screen debut in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, with Christian Bale as the caped crusader. Equipped with a 6.2 L version of the Lamborghini V12 engine, the Murcielago Roadster kicks off 580 horsepower! This sleek sports car can either come with a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed robotized e-gear system and has the acceleration speed of 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, reaching the maximum speed of 320 km/h.”

Drivers Kill More Deer Than Hunters

Although hunting is a largely practiced sport, it seems that in Utah, the hunters are lacking in kills in comparison to vehicles. According to St. George News, “Wildlife biologists and researchers estimate that vehicles may kill as many deer in Utah every year as hunters do. (During the 2009 hunting season, hunters took about 23,000 deer.) But it’s the part of the population cars take that makes the difference. Hunters take mostly bucks.  But cars mostly kill the deer that are the key to the future growth of Utah’s deer herds — does and fawns.”

We Will Spend About Four Months of Our Lives Waiting at Red Lights

If are one of the 115 million Americans that commutes to work in a vehicle, odds are that you boil with frustration every time you see a red stoplight.  Not only is it frustrating waiting for the light to turn green, but that 30-50 seconds adds up. In fact, According to Sarah Crow from, “The average American spends 17,600 minutes driving each year. That’s 3,520 minutes, or 58.6 hours, spent waiting at red lights every 365 days.” This translates to approximately 4 months of your life sitting at a stop light!

The Inventor of Windshield Wipers

Few know of the inventor, Mary Anderson. However, Mary’s invention has probably saved you from countless accidents on the road. Her invention was none other than the windshield wiper. According to, “On a freezing, wet winter day around the turn of the century, Mary Anderson was riding a streetcar on a visit to New York City when she noticed that the driver could hardly see through his sleet-encrusted front windshield. Anderson began to sketch her wiper device right there on the streetcar. After a number of false starts, she came up with a prototype that worked: a set of wiper arms that were made of wood and rubber and attached to a lever near the steering wheel of the drivers’ side.” Thus, the windshield wiper was created and later patented in 1917.

School’s Out: Now Bid on a Bus!

From IC Corporation to Blue Bird, take your pick from dozens of flood-damaged school buses in Copart McAllen’s upcoming auction! One of these cool vehicles could be your next party bus or even your next Rebuild project! Copart McAllen is holding its next school bus auction on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Don’t miss out on your chance to bid and win!

Here’s some of Copart McAllen’s school bus inventory:

  • 2012 IC Corporation 3000 CE
  • Doc Type: TX – Salvage Title-Flood Damage
  • Highlights: Run and Drive
  • Primary Damage: Water/Flood
  • Odometer: 5,328 mi (ACTUAL)
  • 2009 Freightliner Chassis B2B
  • Doc Type: TX – Salvage Title-Flood Damage
  • Highlights: Enhanced Vehicles
  • Primary Damage: Water/Flood
  • Odometer: 128,628 mi (EXEMPT)

A Guide on How to Buy at Copart

If you’re in the market to buy a salvage vehicle – whether you’re a rebuilder in need of a project or a dismantler looking for parts – Copart has a vehicle for you. With over 125,000 vehicles up for auction each day and plenty of helpful filters to narrow your search, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for!

Because there are so many vehicles to available, the bidding and buying process tends to be overwhelming. By following these simple instructions on “How to Buy” below, you’ll feel more confident joining one of Copart’s online auto auctions:

Join Copart

To start bidding and buying with Copart, you must first become a Member. Register here for a free Basic Membership, which gives you the Buying Power of $1,000. Buying Power is the total amount you can bid on a vehicle.  Within minutes of submitting the registration form, you will be sent a confirmation email containing your login information and password. Be sure to sign in within 7 days to activate your Membership!

Add a Deposit / Upgrade to Premier

Basic Members start with $1,000 in Buying Power. If you wish to place a bid on a vehicle that exceeds your Buying Power, you must either add a deposit or upgrade to Premier Membership.

Deposits are required to be at least 10% of the desired bid amount. Adding a deposit is the best choice for Copart Buyers who wish to only purchase one vehicle.

Premier Membership is the best choice for most Copart Buyers intending to purchase multiple vehicles. This Membership gives you substantial Buying Power without having to keep adding deposits in order to place your bid.

Submit Business Licenses / Find a Broker

Each state in the U.S. has specific licensing requirements that denote the license needed to buy certain vehicles in that state. For example, if you were interested in purchasing a vehicle located in Maine, per Maine’s licensing requirements, you would need to either bid with a business license or with the assistance of a Broker. 

Search Vehicles

The Search Toolbar is the best place to start your search on Copart. Simply enter a description, VIN or Lot Number in the toolbar at the top of any Copart page. The Vehicle Finder also allows you to filter out the exact type of vehicle that peaks your interest. You can filter by make, model, year – even engine and fuel type!

Join Auctions

You don’t need to be logged in to view an auction, but you will need to sign in (or register if you are not a Member) to place a bid. Once you’ve signed in, click on the Auctions tab to see a list of Today’s Auctions, where you can jump directly into ongoing live online auctions, and the Auctions Calendar to view future auctions. There are a handful of other entry points for auctions as well, including the Copart homepageMember Dashboard and individual Location pages.

Place Bids

There are three primary methods of bidding in Copart auctions:

  • Preliminary Bidding – Once the vehicle is listed on Copart’s website, Copart Members can place preliminary bids (‘pre-bids’) on vehicles at any time up to one hour before the start of the live auction. Pre-bids will be represented during the live auction and could be the winning bid if no other bidder submits a higher bid during either the pre-bid phase or the live auction. If there is a tie between pre-bid and live bid amounts, the virtual (live) bidder prevails as the highest bidder on the item.
  • Live Bidding – Bidders can bid live against other Members during a virtual auction. If a Member’s bid is the highest when the circular, dynamic countdown timer stops, the Member wins the sale of the vehicle (pending sale approval from Seller).
  • Buy It Now – Members can bypass the virtual auction of certain vehicles labeled Buy It Now. Bids can still be placed on these vehicles, but Members can also purchase them immediately for a predetermined price listed on the vehicle’s Lot Details page.

Pay and Pick Up

There are several convenient payment options for you to choose from after winning your vehicle including wire transfer, MoneyGram, cash and debit/credit cards. If you prefer to pick up your vehicles in person, here are five things to remember:

  1. Schedule pick-up during normal business hours.
  2. Have ready the Member Number and lot number(s) of the vehicle(s) being picked up.
  3. Loading is first-come, first-served.
  4. Flatbed trucks are recommended for safe transportation of your vehicles.
  5. All heavy and medium duty lots are self-load only.

Please note: Copart does not currently offer international shipping options. We recommend exploring third-party shipping options before bidding on a vehicle.

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