PRE-REGISTER TO BID!

Registering to bid will expedite the bidders registration process at the auction. There will be a table clearly marked at the auction site for Bidders Registration. Pre-registered bidders will have their own section at the table. Purchases made with a check must be accompanied by a bank letter of guarantee. Please bring your drivers license and the original bank letter of guarantee with you. Using this method of payment will allow you to simply write a check and take possession of your new vehicle immediately. Spring Grove Auction Company will do everything we can to make your auction buying experience a good one.

Pre-registrations through our online form will CLOSE 2 hours before start of Auction.
If you cannot attend the sale, and still wish to bid, please visit our auction online via Proxibid.

SEVERAL COLLECTIONS AT AUCTION OCT 12-13

LP COLLECTION

Based in St. Paul MN, Mike and Cavan have built up a real classic car community. Enthusiasts, retirees, friends and family are the driving force behind their shop. With passion for classics, on any morning you will find a steady flow of people working together to tend to the shop and the stable of cars. The shop started as a hobby space and has now become a true resource for like-minded classic car people who put their heart and soul into maintaining and restoring their cars. Bathed in the glow of a large, and continuously growing, neon sign collection the shop has a nostalgic feel of a 50s era gas station. Like most gas stations, there is never a shortage of coffee and donuts to be shared while stories and memories are discussed and made. The cars in the stable are meticulously maintained and most importantly, to do NOT sit around and collect dust! Every weekend you can easily find this crew attending shows around the metro area. The most notable detail about their attendance is every car is driven to the shows, never trailered. That said, if you are fortunate enough to own a car from this stable, you know with confidence first hand, every car is meticulously maintained and ready for the open road!

THE VAULT COLLECTION

These Ford Thunderbirds are all #1 condition automobiles being offered at auction out of an extremely private collection. This is an opportunity to own the best of the best!

EUGENE SEVERN NO-RESERVE COLLECTION

Eugene’s Story:

This collection of vehicles comes from Major Eugene Severn, a retired Air Force pilot with 22 years of service under his wings. During his career the Major was stationed at many different air bases stateside: North Carolina, Oklahoma, North Dakota and Texas. The Major served overseas at Etain Air Base in France, Rhein Main Air Base in Germany, and Kaoena AFB in Okinawa, Japan. His favorite and the place he called home for many years was Texas. While stationed in James Connally Air Base in Texas he started his car collection with the Dodge Coupe D-14 and the 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk, which he purchased brand new. The Major personally drove the Golden Hawk up to Iowa in the early 70s then put the car on blocks in a friends garage where it remained until June 2018! Since arriving in Iowa, the Severn collection grew to over 20 cars. That said, his love for machines was not limited to cars.  The Major, not surprisingly, had a love for airplanes as well. In his prime he owned and operated a 1946 Cessna 120, a 1949 Cessna 140A, a 1950 Swift and a Culver Cadet.

More photos and complete listings coming soon. 

Super Tips: How to Write a Description

Next to photos, writing a proper description is the most important step in selling your vehicle! It is also the step that can get you into a lot of trouble, which we will discuss in detail later. 

We put this page together to help guide the description writing process. Your description will be posted with your photos on the “LISTINGS” section of the sgauction.net website and used for many other promotional publications and websites… getting your description right is key!

Let’s start with the basic framework of a successful description. 

A great vehicle description includes 5 categories:
1) Basics: Year, Make, Model, and Mileage
2) Mechanical: Engine, Transmission, Brakes, and Suspension
3) Body: Condition, Paint, Chrome, and Features
4) Interior: Condition, Materials and Features
5) Special Features and Closing Sentence 

When writing the description, it is best stay brief while putting as much information a sentence as possible. We find it best to write no more than two sentences per category. In some cases, more than two sentences will be required in a single category, but for most, two sentences will do!

For example, let’s use this 1979 AMC Concord and write up a description:

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What we know about this car:

• 1979 AMC Concord Wagon
• Sold new in Litchfield MN
• 58,000 miles on the odometer
• 232 straight 6 motor
• Original AMC belts and spark plug wire are still on the motor
• 3-speed automatic transmission
• Single-owner
• Original factory paint
• Original interior and carpet
• Brand new rims and tires

Using the information above, let’s build a description:

Category 1) Basics: Year, Make, Model, and Mileage

Let’s start with the Basics (pun intended). Constructing an opening sentence is very simple, and the addition of some descriptive words results in it being packed with good information:

 

This single-owner 1979 AMC Concord Wagon is showing 58,000 miles on the odometer and was sold new in Litchfield, MN.

 

At this point, we have successfully incorporated four of the above listed facts into our opening sentence. Now is a good time to discuss the problems that can arise from getting this step wrong… and this first sentence is a prime example! Misrepresentation is the devil in the details. Fraud or Misrepresentation by the Seller can supersede “as-is” in a court of law. A Seller (you), NOT the auction company, may remain liable for issues with a vehicle because of misrepresentation or fraud. In the sentence above, it is very descriptive and very full of claims. Words such as “single-owner” and “58,000 miles” are statements of fact. A statement of fact then becomes a guarantee. By using statements such as “single-owner” or “58,000 miles,” you as a Seller must be prepared to substantiate to a Buyer such accusations or statements. In the above example, all the statements made in the sentence are true because: you went to the dealership in Litchfield MN with your dad when he bought the car new in 1979, and you still have the original Bill of Sale from the dealer in your dad’s name, and it has been in your family ever since. 

On the other hand, if you do not know the history of the car or do not have any documentation, the sentence should look like this:

 

This 1979 AMC Concord Wagon is believed to be a 58,000 mile single-owner car. 

IMPORTANT: Adding the word “believed” to the sentence protects the Seller because it changes a statement of fact to an opinion.

 

Category 2) Mechanical: Engine, Transmission, Brakes, and Suspension

The following sentence is very straight forward, yet is full of useful information:

 

The car features the legendary and reliable AMC 232 cubic inch straight six engine moving 125-horsepower to the rear wheels through a 3-speed automatic transmission. 

 

It is important to point out the engine horsepower statement above. Using factory ratings, as in the sentence above, is totally acceptable from a legal standpoint. If you go above the factory ratings and say your engine has 700 horsepower, you must clarify and have solid proof to back up your statement.

Clarify: Is your engine 700 horsepower to the crank or to the wheels?
Solid proof: Do you have the Dyno sheet with the peak horsepower readings showing 700? 

If you can’t prove your statement, be careful how you say it! In this example, if you can’t prove your engine has 700 horsepower, it is acceptable to say, “Engine believed to be around 700 horsepower.” From there, the market will decide with their wallets. One last point – on any horsepower claim, we at SG Auctions are very aware of what it takes to make large horsepower engines. So, if we receive a description with a high horsepower number, we will follow-up before it gets posted.

Stating in the Mechanical category, we have enough information to add another sentence:

 

On the engine, the original fan belts and spark plug wires are still in service with the AMC logo and part numbers clearly visible on both.

 

The above sentence is a prime example of a clear statement of facts; it provides proof of the facts, “…AMC logo and part numbers clearly visible…” and avoids fraudulent or misrepresentative statements.

Category 3) Body: Condition, Paint, Chrome, and Features

This is usually a two sentence category and gives potential buyers a feel of the car’s exterior condition. Let’s add another sentence and discuss a “hot button” word that is often used in several categories: 

 

The sheet metal is very straight and is showing a few rust holes in bottom of both rear quarters while the exterior is wearing original paint from the Kenosha factory. 

 

By now, you probably are able to identify which word in the sentence above may cause trouble. If you said “original,” you are right! Using the word “original” in a description is very dangerous! If you feel strongly the description benefits from the word “original,” you must be able to prove what you are describing is truly an “original” part to the car or an “original” condition of the car. If you cannot prove it, but believe it is true, you can add the words “believed to be” in front of “original,” as we did in the Category 1 example, to change the statement from a fact to an opinion.

We want you to be aware of these potential hot button words, but please do not be overly nervous. We at SG Auctions are well-versed in hot button/problematic description words, and if we come across them, we will contact you.

Category 4) Interior: Condition, Materials and Features

There are two potentially problematic words in the sentence below. Can you pick them out?

 

The interior upholstery and carpet are original to the car and reflect like new condition. There are no rips in the seats and a non-smoker drove the car since new.

 

This one is a bit tricky… if you said “original” and “new,” you are correct! The tricky part is that the word “new” is preceded with the word “like,” which changes that portion of the sentence from a statement in to an opinion. When writing a description, be very careful with the use of the word “new.” The word “new” is in same cautionary group as other hot button/problematic words discussed above. If you is it, make sure you have solid proof to back it up!

Category 5) Special Features and Closing Sentence

If you have covered all the special features in you car in the above categories, simply finish with a closing sentence and be done! With our 1979 AMC Concord Wagon, there is one special feature to be added before we finish with a closing sentence:

 

Brand new ZR rated tires were mounted on the billet aluminum rims in July of last year and been in service for less than 500 miles. The car runs as like new and is ready for many miles of fun, reliable driving!

 

Mission completion!

When you put all the categories together, the full description looks like this:

This single-owner 1979 AMC Concord Wagon is showing 58,000 miles on the odometer and was sold new in Litchfield MN. The car features the legendary and reliable AMC 232 cubic inch straight six engine moving 125-horsepower to the rear wheels through a 3 speed automatic transmission. On the engine, the original fan belts and spark plug wire are still in service; the AMC logo and part numbers are clearly visible on both. The sheet metal is very straight and is showing a few rust holes in bottom of both rear quarters while the exterior is wearing original paint from the Kenosha factory. The interior upholstery and carpet are original to the car and reflect like new condition. There are no rips in the seats and a non-smoker drove the car since new. Brand new ZR rated tires were mounted on the billet aluminum rims in July of last year and been in service for less than 500 miles. The car runs as like new and is ready for many miles of fun, reliable driving! The car runs as like new and is ready for many miles of fun, reliable driving!

We hope this framework helps you organize your vehicle’s information into a nice clean description. If these instructions are overwhelming, don’t worry – SG Auctions staff are very well trained in spotting hot button words and will be checking each description to make sure there are no problems.

Super Tips: Take Great Photos!

Taking Great Photos Helps Sell Your Car!

Proper, clear photos will be the single most important marketing tool our auction company has to promote your vehicle. That said, we put together this page to help guide you through the process. Your photos will be featured in the “LISTINGS” section on sgauction.net website and used for many other promotional publications and websites… getting this right is huge!

Let’s start with what we have identified as “3 Best Practices” for taking awesome photos:

1) Camera Set-Up; within your camera settings, set image size at, or as close to 1500 KB (equal to 1.5 MB or higher) and select 16:9 aspect ratio setting.

2) Camera Orientation; make sure to take your photos in a widescreen format (landscape). To do this, hold your phone or camera horizontally and back up until the entire vehicle fits within the screen.  

 
 

3) Location, Location, Location; find an outdoor location to take your photos. The perfect location would be on pavement with an attractive, or a simple, or an attractive simple background.  The photo should, ideally, be free of people, other vehicles, distracting clutter.

Now that you have the camera settings and the location dialed in and ready, let’s get into how the photos should look.


How to photograph your vehicle in 5 simple categories 

1) Title and VIN Photos: 
Three clear photographs are required: front of title, back of title & VIN tag on car. You must verify the title and VIN on the vehicle before the auction.

2) Exterior: 
Eight different shots are required, follow the pattern and you can’t miss! The pattern starts with a shot of the left front corner of the car #1, the next shot moves counterclockwise to the left side of the car #2. The next shot is the left rear corner #3, and then the next is of the rear of the car #4. Following this counterclockwise pattern will yield a total of eight photos. Essentially, when all 8 photos are done, you will have taken, in sequential order, a photo of the front, the rear, both sides and all 4 corners of the vehicle. 

 The #1 photo is called the “Lead Shot.” The Lead Shot is most likely the photograph we will use in our promotional printed publications; please take extra care to make sure it is a good one!

**SUPER IMPORTANT NOTE: WHEN FRAMING YOUR VEHICLE IN THE PHOTO, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ENTIRE VEHICLE IS IN THE PHOTO, TAKE VERY SPECIAL CARE TO NOT CUT OFF ANY PART THE FRONT BUMPER OR THE ROOF OR THE TIRES**

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3) Interior: 
**Stop, before you start snapping photos of the interior!  Please take some time to wipe down the dash, interior panels, clean out any debris and vacuum the carpet.** 

This category is much less regimented than the first 2 listed above. The only required interior photo is a clean, clear shot of the whole dash. After the dash photo is in the bag, photos of specific items like the odometer and/or gage clusters is encouraged. Be sure to include photos of special features or factory exclusive items like a factory “Slap Stik” shifter or a rim-blow steering wheel. 

4) Engine: 
There is only 1 photo of the engine required. Please take care to get the entire engine and engine compartment in at least 1 photo. From there, feel free to take up to 5 more photos of the engine.

 
 

5) Beauty Shots: 
Here you can express your creative side and really zero in on the details that make your car special. Please try to limit these kinds of shots to 2 or 3 total.

Hopefully this photo page was helpful as you prepare to consign your vehicle. Please let us know if you have additional questions! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS:
Submit your photos via email by sending them to: consign@sgauction.net  Make sure you include your vehicle year, make, model in the subject line, and include consignor's name and phone number in the email as well.