Trailer auction draws global attention
A dispersal auction planned for a Lacombe business is attracting attention from as far away as Ukraine.
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will conduct an unreserved public sale at Lacombe Trailer Sales & Rentals Inc. next Thursday. The more than 250 items on the block will include 63 van trailers, 22 step deck trailers, 15 container trailers, 12 hiboys, nine lowboys, eight reefer trailers and eight equipment trailers.
“We’ve got brand new trailers, right down to very well-used trailers,” said owner Bill Woof, who’s operated the business since 2002.
He added that Lacombe Trailer Sales & Rentals is also liquidating its own equipment, such as trucks and forklifts.
An unreserved auction is a risky way to sell off inventory and operating equipment, acknowledged Woof. But it should attract a good audience and ensure everything goes in one day.
So far, the strategy appears to be working.
“We had guys here today from Montana, and I’ve had phone calls from overseas.”
Buyers can attend the sale in person or by proxy, or bid in real time online.
Woof said Lacombe Trailer Sales & Rentals’ lease on its property is up, and it seemed like a good time to step away.
“The stars are all lined up, and when they’re lined up you should do something.”
He now plans to focus on Red Rose Trailer Sales & Rentals in Red Deer, which he also owns. That business carries jobsite trailers of virtually all sizes.
The Lacombe Trailer Sales & Rentals auction will start at 9 a.m. on Sept. 27. It will take place at the business’s premises at Site 9, Box 4, Rural Road 1, Range Road 27-2.