Friday Fast Facts 3/22/2019

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

1. Cars Were Originally Considered “Environmentally-Friendly”

1924 Ford Model T available at Copart.com

In the early 1900s city streets in America were packed with horse-drawn carriages that left a trail of waste behind them. Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner’s 2009 best-seller SuperFreakonomics paints a vivid picture.   According to the authors there were roughly 200,000 horses in New York City at the time, each leaving over 30 pounds of manure per day. Enter the automobile that did not defecate or cause ‘pollution’. At the time, American cities considered the automobile an environmental savior!

2. Three out of Every Four of All Rolls-Royces Produced Are Still on the Road Today

1964 Rolls-Royce Cloud III available at Copart.com

Words like luxury and quality are the first that come to mind regarding Rolls-Royce. Durability should follow soon after. According to a piece by Scott Burgess of Motor Trend, “nearly 75 percent of all Rolls-Royces ever built are still on the road today.” The price tag on a Rolls-Royce is hefty, frequently exceeding half a million dollars, but it’s a little easier to stomach knowing that they are built to last.

3. The Insult That Jump-started an Icon          

Lamborghini inventory at Copart.com

Ferruccio Lamborghini had amassed his fortune long before the cars bearing his name existed. Lamborghini’s success in both the HVAC and tractor businesses allowed him to buy several high-end sports cars­, including Ferraris. After fixing the worn-out clutch in his Ferrari 250GT he realized it was no different than the ones used in his tractors. According to a Car and Driver interview with long-time test driver Valentino Balboni, his boss went to confront Enzo Ferrari: “you build your beautiful cars with my tractor parts.” Ferrari rebuked him: “You are a tractor driver, you are a farmer, you shouldn’t complain driving my cars because they’re the best cars in the world.” Lamborghini left angry but inspired, and the rest, as they say, is history.

4. White is the World’s Most Popular Car Color

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty, one of many white vehicles up for auction at Copart.com

According to the Axalta’s Global Automotive 2018 Color Popularity Report, 38% of cars were white that year. Rounding out the top four are black (18%), gray (12%) and silver (12%). A 2012 Forbes article suggests that the electronics industry has influenced the popularity of these colors in recent years. After silver became the popular color for new technology products in the mid-2000s, “it also became a prominent car color,” according to the article. “It was a color that said, ‘Look, I have a modern piece of technology.’”

5. Electric Vehicles Are Old News

Search Copart’s inventory of electric vehicles!

Contrary to popular belief, electric vehicles are not a modern invention. Electricity was used to power cars in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In fact, the 1900 American Census listed 28% of the 4,192 cars manufactured in the country that year as electric. The electric car was easier to start than the crank-start internal combustion engine and had a greater range than the steam-powered cars of the era. The gasoline-powered cars eventually reigned supreme, however, after they gained electric starters and other modifications that made them easier to operate.  

6. A Car is Made Every Few Seconds

This 1980 Toyota Corolla is one of over 43 million produced, the most of any one model!

Before mass production and the assembly line were common, it took manufacturers a week or more to assemble a vehicle. Due to hefty industrialization and modern production methods, vehicle production has since skyrocketed. Today, a car can be built every few seconds, and there were over 91 million produced in 2018. In Britain during March of 2016, a car was made every 16 seconds!

7. Vehicles Are the Most Recycled Product in The World

Just because an automobile is off the road doesn’t mean it’s useless. Automotive remarketing companies like Copart serve as an integral piece of the car recycling process by providing recyclers and dismantlers access to clean and salvage title vehicles in online auctions. These buyers extract every ounce of value left in the vehicles by selling the reusable parts or recycling the chassis and metal. According to the Steel Recycling Institute, “nearly 100 percent of the cars leaving the road are recycled for their iron and steel content.” Other components such as the tires, fuel and batteries are also reused making retired vehicles nearly 100 percent recyclable. There’s a good chance the car you retired may be back on the road in some way, shape or form!

8. An Average Car Has 30,000 Parts

Just like the human body, an automobile is an intricate machine comprised of a large number of parts that work in perfect synergy. According to Toyota, “a single car has about 30,000 parts, counting every part down to the smallest screws.” Finally, a perfect time to apply the phrase: “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”!

9. The First Car Wreck Was In 1891

Sort Copart inventory by damage type like front end, mechanical, hail and more!

The first car accident took place more than 100 years ago. The incident took place in Cleveland, Ohio where a man named James William Lambert ran over a tree root, causing him to lose control of his car. The vehicle smacked into a post causing minor injuries to Lambert. Although the crash was not fatal or too damaging, it earned its place in the history books.

10. Self-Driving Cars Are Soon to Be Reality

Self-driving cars being “a thing of the future” is a thing of the past. There are already a handful of companies such as Uber, Ford and Lyft testing the new technology. Last year a joint venture between Lyft and Aptiv that “uses a handful of autonomous vehicles to ferry riders around Las Vegas” provided its 25,000th driverless trip, according to an article by Aarian Marshall for Wired.com. Experts do admit that “it will take decades to build a car that can drive anywhere it pleases, like humans do today,” due to hurdles such as unkempt roadways and the unpredictability of human drivers.  

11. Volkswagen is the World’s Largest Auto Manufacturer

This 1974 Beetle is one of thousands of Volkswagens available at Copart!

For the third straight year, Volkswagen and its stable of thoroughbred brands (including Audi, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche) sit atop the rankings for production volume. The industry titan narrowly edged out fellow conglomerates Renault-Nissan (parent of Mitsubishi, Dacia, Infiniti, Samsung) and Toyota (parent of Lexus, Scion, Daihatsu). 

12. The Inventor of Cruise Control Was Blind

At the age of five, Ralph Teetor was blinded in one eye after an accident with a knife. Less than a year later, he lost sight in his other eye through a condition known as sympathetic opthalmia where the damage to one eye is so severe that the other suffers as well. Teetor’s lack of sight did not compromise his vision. According to an article by David Sears for Smithsonian.com, Teetor studied mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania before going on to help design steam turbines for U.S. Navy warships and serve as president and lead engineer of the Perfect Circle piston ring company.  According to Sears, inspiration for cruise control struck during World War II when the U.S. had imposed a national speed limit of 35 mph to conserve fuel and rubber. Many believe that Teetor’s patent lawyer, who sometimes served as his driver, was so erratic behind the wheel that his driving spurred the invention.

An All-Time Anniversary Gift: The 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta

This limited edition 2001 Ferrari F550 Barchetta Pininfarina selling from Copart’s Tallahassee, FL location on Friday, February 15, 2019 via live online vehicle auction.

The F550 Barchetta was introduced by Ferrari at the 2000 Paris Motor Show as a celebration of the 70th anniversary of legendary Italian automotive designer, Pininfarina. The companies’ partnership producing the 2001 Barchetta also marked the 50th year since their first joint venture. Since their first collaboration, Pininfarina was “the design house that helped shape Ferrari,” according to a Bloomberg article by Hannah Elliot.

Ferrari initially planned to produce 444 of these models but upped the order to 448 to avoid alienating a sought-after, yet tetraphobic Japanese market. This Barchetta is number 337 of 448, according to the numbered plaque bearing Sergio Pininfarina’s signature.

For the Barchetta, the exclusivity is just the icing on the cake. The classic design and robust performance keep this model to remain sought after, 18 years past its release. Pristine models still command prices well over $400,000

This F550 is a “true barchetta” that emulates the open-top racing cars of the 1950s and 60s.  The removable cloth soft top is intended for emergency use only and is not intended for speeds in excess of 70 mph.

The 12-cylinder, 5.5-litre F133 engine provides 485 hp from under the hood instead of the middle, helping add to the retro roadster feel. During both years of the Barchetta’s production, its F133 engine won International Engine of the Year (above 4.0 litre class).

The car was born for fair-weather driving and provides performance that entices owners to jump behind the wheel any time the sun peeks out. The Barchetta is rare, even for a Ferrari. Don’t miss your chance to bid this Friday at 9 AM CST!

Vehicle Details

  • Document Type: FL– Certificate of Destruction
  • Highlights: Run and Drive
  • Primary Damage: Water/Flood
  • Estimated Retail Value: $432,099 USD
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • 5.5 Liter V12 F133 Engine
  • Convertible
  • 337 of 448 Produced

Want to see this Ferrari F550 Barchetta in person?

This vehicle is available through Copart’s Tallahassee location. Viewing and inspection are accessible within special viewing hours to Copart Members only. Register to become a Copart Member for free today.

Want to place a bid on this Ferrari F550 Barchetta?

Live online bidding for this 2001 Ferrari F550 Barchetta Pininfarina starts at 9 a.m. CDT on Friday, February 15, 2019. Mark your calendars and make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity!  Even if you don’t plan to bid on this timeless classic, add the vehicle to your Watchlist so you can watch live as it sells to the highest bidder.

Copart Germany Now Up to Six Locations for Storing and Selling Vehicles

Over the past week and a half, Copart has announced the opening of four new locations in Germany. Now that’s some serious growth!

Joining existing Copart Germany locations of Hannover and Leipzig are:

  • Mannheim – Next auction is November 13
  • Nuremberg – First auction is November 9
  • Berlin South – First auction is November 12
  • Frankfurt – First auction is November 16

On the Auctions Calendar you’ll see the dates for upcoming auctions. By clicking the name of any location on the Auctions Calendar, you’ll be able to easily access that location’s Sale List.

This season of growth for Copart Germany is an exciting time for buyers and insurance companies alike. Both benefit from Copart’s patented online vehicle auction platform, “one of a kind in the auto auction industry,” as Alain Van Muenster is quoted in the Berlin South press release.

With the increase of new locations comes the increase of available inventory on Copart.de. As of today, more than 500 vehicles are up for bid. Visit the Vehicle Finder to quickly access vehicles according to make, vehicle type, damage type and more.

Become a Copart Germany Member for FREE!

Business buyers in and around Germany should take advantage of Copart Germany’s free registration promotion to become a Copart Member. Registration is a two-step process: submit the online form, then send business registration and VAT ID to info@copart.de. Once the documents are verified by the Copart Germany Team, you’ll receive a confirmation email and be able to bid.

The Copart Germany website and mobile app are currently available in four languages: English, German, Polish and Spanish. Providing a multi-language site gives more prospective buyers the opportunity to navigate the auto auction process in a language they feel comfortable using.

Further Reading

Have Questions? Contact Copart Germany.

Even More Cars, Trucks & SUVs at Copart

With more than 150,000 vehicles currently in inventory at Copart, finding the exact one you need doesn’t need to be a challenge. By starting your search with the Vehicle Finder, you can hone into the category you’re looking for:

  • Featured Items — Classics, Exotics, Buy It Now, Pure Sale, Run and Drive, New Items and more
  • Vehicle Types — Automobiles, Pickup Trucks, SUVs, Motorcycles, RVs, Boats and more
  • Popular Makes — Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and more
  • Source — Donations, Impound Vehicles, Rentals and Repossessions
  • Damage — Normal Wear, Minor Dents & Scratches, Side Damage, Front End Damage, Hail Damage, Water/Flood Damage and more
  • Ownership Doc Type — Clean Title, Salvage Title and Non-repairable
  • Bid Based — Lots with Bids and No Bids Yet

On the Vehicle Finder, you can also look up vehicles by VIN and by Lot Number. Once you make a selection on the Vehicle Finder, you will be directed to Search Results, where you can drill in even deeper to your preferred vehicles.

The Filter Options in the Search Results include Make, Model, Year, Odometer, Location, Sale Name, Sale Date, Body Type, Fuel Type, Transmission Type and more. In addition to filtering, you can also sort by ZIP code or by any of the Search Results’ column headers.

Finally, you can compare vehicles, export the results and even customize your view of the results. Don’t forget that you can also change the text size.

If you have questions as you’re navigating the Copart website, send us a direct message on the Copart Facebook page, and we’ll be happy to assist.

Experience True Performance With This 2013 Lamborghini Aventador

Available through Copart’s Miami Central location, this 2013 Lamborghini Aventador will be sold via Copart live online vehicle auction on Monday, February 12, 2018.

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There’s fast, and then there’s Lamborghini Aventador fast. With a 0-60 time of under three seconds and a top speed of 217 mph, the Aventador can reach speeds that almost no other car can. The Lamborghini Aventador is equipped with three driving settings: Strada, Sport and Corsa, each setting designed for varying performance desires. Each of these settings changes the transmission shift smoothness, suspension firmness and steering effort, all to maximize performance. Every feature and specification is designed with one goal – to create the ultimate speed experience – and the Lamborghini Aventador does just that.

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Vehicle Details

  • 21,683 Miles
  • Retail Value: $284,929
  • Primary Damage: Front End
  • Enhanced Vehicle
  • 6.5L V12 engine
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Keys

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Want to see this Lamborghini Aventador in person?

This vehicle is available through Copart’s Miami Central location. Viewing and inspection are available by appointment or within special viewing hours for registered Copart Members. Please contact the location to schedule an appointment or to learn more about viewing hours.

Want to place a bid on this Lamborghini Aventador?

You must be a Copart Member to be eligible to bid on this vehicle. Register to be a Copart Member for free today.

Pre-bidding on this 2013 Lamborghini Aventador will end at 8:00 AM CST Monday, February 12, 2018. Live bidding will then begin an hour later at 9:00 AM CST. Whether you’re planning on bidding on this Lamborghini Aventador or not, be sure to attend the live auction to watch this vehicle sell to the highest bidder.

Celebrate Earth Day with a New Hybrid or Electric Car

EarthDay-CopartTVIt’s Earth Day! Today we celebrate our home – Planet Earth. As environmental concerns have become more important in recent years, the auto industry has made leaps and bounds in cleaner emissions technology and efficient energy consumption. Hybrid and 100%-electric vehicles are becoming more affordable and common on the roads, so why not make this Earth Day the day you buy your first economical car?

Copart’s Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Copart, a salvage and clean title vehicle online auction company, has thousands of hybrid and electric vehicles to choose from. Find yours today!

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How about this 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid? It has under 2,000 miles and is run and drive verified!

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Or this 100%-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf SV/SL with only minor dents and scratches and under 40k miles!

You’ll need to be a Copart Member in order to bid in an auction. If you aren’t a Copart Member, register for free to bid, buy and more with Copart.

Explore Copart’s full inventory of Hybrid and Electric cars today and find your next economy driver. Happy Earth Day!

Resumen del Car Meet (Exhibición de Carros) alojado por Copart y B is for Build

El lunes, 27 de marzo, Copart se asoció con Chris Steinbacher del canal de YouTube B is for Build  para acoger un Car Meet (exhibición de carros) en la ubicación de CrashedToys Dallas. Con cientos de asistentes y más de 65 coches en exhibición, ¡Fue un gran evento!

Gracias a todos los que asistieron el evento! Esperamos que el siguiente es aún mejor!

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Echa un vistazo a este increíble video realizado por el artista visual local, coloredinlight!

Asegúrese de no perder eventos futuros como este – síganos en Facebook (Ingles)Facebook (en Español)Twitter e Instagram para recibir noticias e información. Y asegúrese de convertirse en un Miembro de Copart de gratis y recibir actualizaciones por correo electrónico sobre todas las cosas Copart!

¡Contacta CrashedToys Dallas sobre cómo organizar su próximo evento en el área de Dallas / Fort Worth!

B is for Build and Copart Car Meet Recap

On Monday, March 27th, Copart teamed up with Chris Steinbacher from the B is for Build YouTube channel to host a Car Meet at the CrashedToys Dallas location. With hundreds of attendees and over 65 show cars, it was a great event!

Thank you everyone who made it out to the event! We hope the next one is even better!

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And check out this amazing video made by local visual artist, coloredinlight!

Make sure you don’t miss future events like this — follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to receive news and info. And be sure to become a Copart Member for free and receive email updates on all things Copart!

Contact CrashedToys Dallas about hosting your next event in the Dallas/Fort Worth area!

 

Feel the Need for Speed with this 2017 Nissan GT-R

Available at Copart’s Rancho Cucamonga yard, this 2017 Nissan GT-R will be sold, via Copart live online auction, on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017.1Since 1969, Nissan has produced cars available with the GT-R badge. These high-performance sedans and coupes have satisfied buyers’ need for speed for almost 50 years and have rightfully earned the nickname Godzilla. Introduced in 2007 at the Tokyo Motor Show, the R35 generation of the Nissan GT-R came with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 that produced 478 horsepower. As if that wasn’t enough power, in 2017 Nissan gave the GT-R an overhaul, and the car now produces up to 600 horsepower that can now propel the car to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds! The GT-R is also a favorite of aftermarket tuners. Some tuners have given the GT-R up to 2,000 horsepower and can reach 200 mph in only a handful of seconds. With its bright red paint and aggressive body kit, this 2017 Nissan GT-R is begging to hit the open road and stretch its legs!

2Lot Details:

  • 2,692 Miles
  • Front End Damage
  • Enhanced Vehicle
  • 8L V6 Engine
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Keys

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See more information about this 2017 Nissan GT-R.

Want to see this Nissan GT-R in person?

This vehicle is located at Copart’s Rancho Cucamonga yard. Viewing and inspecting are available by appointment or within special viewing hours for registered Copart members. Please contact the location to schedule an appointment or to learn more about viewing hours.

Want to place a bid on this Nissan GT-R?

You must be a registered Copart Member in order to bid on this vehicle. Register to become a Copart Member for FREE today. Pre-bidding on this Nissan GT-R will end at 8:00 AM CDT Tuesday, April 4th, 2017. Live bidding will then begin an hour later at 9:00 AM CDT. Whether you’re planning on bidding on this Nissan GT-R or not, be sure to attend the live auction to watch this vehicle sell to the highest bidder.

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