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2023 N A T I O N A L C O O P E R A T I V E H I G H W A Y R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 1074 Maximizing Proceeds from the Fleet Asset Disposal Sales Process Henry Canipe Steve Varnedoe Mott MacDonald Raleigh, NC Geo Morrison Daniel Harrison The Cadmus Group LLC Arlington, VA John Hildreth Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC Lisa Kunzman Fair Oaks, CA Dennis Halacho Pine, AZ Lew Brown Chapel Hill, NC Subscriber Categories Administration and Management â¢ Vehicles and Equipment Research sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Ofcials in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration
NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM Systematic, well-designed, and implementable research is the most effective way to solve many problems facing state departments of transportation (DOTs) administrators and engineers. Often, highway problems are of local or regional interest and can best be studied by state DOTs individually or in cooperation with their state universities and others. However, the accelerating growth of highway transporta- tion results in increasingly complex problems of wide interest to high- way authorities. These problems are best studied through a coordinated program of cooperative research. Recognizing this need, the leadership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in 1962 ini- tiated an objective national highway research program using modern scientific techniquesâthe National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). 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TRB is uniquely suited for this purpose for many reasons: TRB maintains an extensive com- mittee structure from which authorities on any highway transportation subject may be drawn; TRB possesses avenues of communications and cooperation with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, univer- sities, and industry; TRBâs relationship to the National Academies is an insurance of objectivity; and TRB maintains a full-time staff of special- ists in highway transportation matters to bring the findings of research directly to those in a position to use them. The program is developed on the basis of research needs iden- tified by chief administrators and other staff of the highway and transportation departments, by committees of AASHTO, and by the FHWA. Topics of the highest merit are selected by the AASHTO Special Committee on Research and Innovation (R&I), and each year R&Iâs recommendations are proposed to the AASHTO Board of Direc- tors and the National Academies. 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 1074 Waseem Dekelbab, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs, and Manager, National Cooperative Highway Research Program Ann M. Hartell, Senior Program Officer Dajaih Bias-Johnson, Senior Program Assistant Natalie Barnes, Director of Publications Heather DiAngelis, Associate Director of Publications Doug English, Senior Editor NCHRP PROJECT 13-09 PANEL Field of MaintenanceâArea of Equipment Rod Bliss, Texas Department of Transportation (retired), Austin, TX (Chair) Laura Carey, Ohio Department of Transportation, Columbus, OH Michelle Doane, Idaho Transportation Department, Boise, ID Rick Durham, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Frankfort, KY Greg A. Hansen, Washington State Department of Transportation (retired), Tumwater, WA Courtney Lattimore, Office of Contracting and Procurement, Washington, DC Pooja Thakkar, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Trenton, NJ Morgan Kessler, FHWA Liaison Jonathan Sirianni, AASHTO Liaison
NCHRP Research Report 1074: Maximizing Proceeds from the Fleet Asset Disposal Sales Process describes approaches to selling surplus vehicles and equipment that can increase real- ized prices and net returns to a state department of transportation (DOT). Accompanying the report is a spreadsheet-based tool for comparing potential returns from various sales channels. The report and accompanying resources will be of interest to fleet managers and others responsible for decisions about the disposal of fleet assets. State DOTs own and manage fleets of vehicles and equipment. An important part of fleet management is the process of disposing of fleet assets once vehicles and equipment reach an age, level of use, or condition that limits usefulness for state DOT operations. Once the decision is made to dispose of these assets, a key objective is to maximize net proceeds from the sale. Fleet assets can be sold using various sales channels, including live auctions of a wide range of equipment at a centralized location, specialized offerings at regional or local venues, and online auctions operating on a continuous basis. The process used for bids and pricing can also vary: bids can be sealed or open and public, or the selling agency can establish a reserve or minimum bid. Time of year for a sale is a further consideration because the seasonal nature of construction activities and macroeconomic cycles can affect the number of buyers and the prices they will pay. Some state DOTs use purchase-based methods to manage fleet disposal, such as guaranteed buy-back and trade-in programs. An important consideration for agencies is how best to market and present fleet assets. For example, reconditioning, repairing, or repainting equipment to prepare it for sale can increase sales prices, but that increase must be balanced with the costs for preparation. Some buyers may be attracted to sales where equipment is bundled into larger lots. Other types of buyers may be interested in certain categories of vehicles or equipment, such as only light- duty vehicles or non-self-propelled equipment. Understanding the interests, preferences, and needs of buyers is important to ensure that a state DOT is effectively marketing and conducting disposal sales so as to maximize proceeds. Under NCHRP Project 13-09, âMaximizing Proceeds from the Fleet Asset Disposal Sales Process,â Mott MacDonald was tasked with developing a manual for state DOT fleet managers on strategies for preparing, marketing, and selling surplus equipment and vehicles to maxi- mize proceeds. The research team reviewed the research literature on buyer behavior, sales practices, and factors that determine sales prices. The research team also conducted a national survey to collect information on current fleet asset disposal practices among state DOTs. A Delphi panel of industry experts was convened to gain additional perspectives. NCHRP Research Report 1074 documents the results of these activities and provides insights on buyer behavior and effective marketing strategies. To support implementation of the research, F O R E W O R D By Ann M. Hartell Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
a spreadsheet-based tool is available for separate download. The tool provides information on advantages and disadvantages of various sales channels depending on the asset type, con- dition, and remaining life of the asset. The tool also allows a fleet manager to compare the potential returns from various sales channels and estimate the benefits and costs of developing an alternative sale channel. The report is accompanied by a set of presentation slides sum- marizing the project, a fact sheet about the project, and a memorandum describing activities to promote the adoption and implementation of the research. The tool, presentation slides, fact sheet, and implementation memorandum are available on the National Academies Press website (nap.nationalacademies.org) by searching for NCHRP Research Report 1074: Maxi- mizing Proceeds from the Fleet Asset Disposal Sales Process.
1 Summary P A R T I Conduct of Research Report 9 Chapter 1 Introduction 11 Chapter 2 Research Approach 16 Chapter 3 Research Findings 42 Chapter 4 Marketing Basics P A R T I I User Guide for the Asset Sales Decision Support Tool 53 Chapter 1 Asset Sales Decision Support Tool 54 Chapter 2 Limitations of Asset Sales Decision Support Tool 55 Chapter 3 Using the Asset Sales Decision Support Tool P A R T I I I Conclusions and Recommendations 67 Chapter 1 Conclusions 69 Chapter 2 Best Sales Practice Recommendations 72 Chapter 3 Opportunities for Future Research 73 Chapter 4 Final Reflections 74 References 75 Bibliography 76 Appendix A NCHRP Project 13-09 Internet Survey 88 Appendix B NCHRP Project 13-09 State Department of Transportation/Public-Sector Interview Questions 90 Appendix C Glossary C O N T E N T S