ACV Auctions bridges two areas of research we’ve been studying for a decade: auctions / marketplaces and the auto retail and wholesale market. More specifically, the inefficiency in the physical auto wholesale process led us to focus our research on understanding how ACV’s auction compares to traditional wholesale auctions. 

This learning journey curates our work across:

  • The structure of US auto wholesale market 
  • How inventory quality defines the wholesale channel 
  • How a physical vs ACV digital auction works 
  • How the inspection process differs at ACV vs Manheim
  • How ACV’s Assurance program works 
  • How Carvana is positioned with ADESA

US Wholesale Auto Market Structure 

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