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Edmonton Chosen as Test Site for New Enthusiast Auto Auction Launch

December 14, 2020  |  Edmonton  |  www.rallyautoauctions.com


When car enthusiast Matt Blair heard that Canadian vehicles were being rejected on American-based auction marketplaces he decided he would create a platform specifically for Canadian sellers; RallyAutoAuctions.com.


“We decided to launch Rally in Edmonton and Vancouver, largely due to the enthusiast communities in both these cities. All four of our initial Vancouver auctions resulted in sales and some great deals for the buyers. We’re optimistic we'll see the same result this week in Edmonton," says Blair.

Rally differs from it’s American counterparts by offering free listings to sellers and only relying on a small buyer’s fee to keep the site running. The team at Rally writes the vehicle listing at no cost, recommends a reserve, provides specific instruction on photography and on how to promote a vehicle during the auction. For those not comfortable behind the camera, Rally has also lined up photographers across Canada to shoot seller’s cars.


Assuming an auction is a success, the buyer and seller are given each other’s contact information to complete the transaction in accordance with their own Province’s rules and regulations.

Rally Auto Auctions has an audience of 2,300 followers and subscribers and is currently on boarding public and dealer inventory for 2021.




Vintage Porsche auction to support orphanage

November 2020  |  Vancouver  |  www.rallyautoauctions.com


Mount of Olives Children’s Village, an orphanage on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, has had a tough year. Many of their traditional funding efforts have stalled out due to COVID-19. While the general operating budget has been supported by  online fundraisers, some of their teaching programs have been put on hold due to COVID-19 and a lack of funding. Vancouver entrepreneur, Matt Blair, hopes to give them a bump start by auctioning off his collector Porsche.

“I realize how privileged I am to own vintage cars and figured there is a neat opportunity here to give something back,” says Blair. “When I auction off my Porsche later this month all proceeds above the reserve price will be donated to Mount of Olives Children’s Village.”

This couldn’t come at a better time for Mount of Olives. For several years the orphanage has been working on facilitating a Youth Automotive Program where teens learn to work on cars and even have the opportunity to learn how to drive. Unfortunately, this program has been paused due to COVID-19 lockdowns and tight funds.

“This will be such a great help – especially this year,” notes Program Director, Ruth Penner. “We typically raise funds and build awareness through in-person fundraisers and with our MOOCH (Mount of Olives Children's Home) Racing program, but we haven’t been able to cross the borders due to COVID-19.”

“This could go a long way towards getting the Youth Automotive Program rolling again. It gives our kids a foundation for their futures.”

The auction will be hosted on RallyAutoAuctions.com later this month. Updates will be available on both Rally Auto Auction's and MOOCH Racing’s social channels.






New online option for Canucks to buy, sell collectible cars

Calgary SUN  |  Friday, November 13, 2020
HARRY PEGG  |  Harry Pegg is a lifetime member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.

COVID-19 has not only closed borders, it has shut down personal contact, it's closed doors to Canadian vehicle collectors looking to sell a vehicle.

When Vancouver-based car collector Matt Blair heard that some Canadian vehicles were being rejected on American-based auction marketplaces, he decided he'd create a platform specifically for Canadian sellers.

That decision has resulted in Rallyautoauctions.com.

“With the borders closed due to COVID-19, there are very few places for Canadians to present their vehicles to an audience of enthusiasts,” says Blair.

“I've always tried to support our Canadian car culture. Building the Rally Auction platform is just another way I could do that.”

He's created a site that differs from American counterparts by offering free listings to sellers and only relying on a small buyer's fee to keep the site running.

The team at Rally writes the vehicle listing at no cost, recommends a reserve, provides specific instruction on photography and on how to promote a vehicle during the auction. For those not comfortable behind the camera, Rally has also lined up photographers across Canada to shoot seller's cars.

The site asks sellers to provide a great deal of straightforward information on a vehicle with photos that include VIN, both sides, front and rear, top and bottom, inside and out.

Assuming an auction is a success, the buyer and seller are given each other's contact information to complete the transaction in accordance with their own province's rules and regulations.

“Being a car collector myself, I think it only makes sense that I test the platform on my own vehicles first,” notes Blair.

“Rally Auctions will launch this month in November with a few of my favorites, including my treasured 1966 Porsche 912.”

It is not just collectors the site plans to service.

It's open to people who are looking to sell, or buy, a daily driver and it's open to dealerships as well. You can also buy or sell parts and accessories.

“We started pre-marketing Rally in early October, mostly via social media,” says Blair. ”Our current followers and subscribers are roughly 2,200 enthusiasts between our Instagram (@rallyauctions) and our pre-registration list.

“We've had great reaction from dealers and their input has given us some excellent ideas like shorter auction times for instance.”

The site is in the final stages of testing the platform to make the user experience as pleasing as possible and is scheduled go live later this month.

Updates, contests and more information is available at rallyautoauctions.com

Take a look. It's not your average selling site.




Closed border leads to new car marketplace

Canadian entrepreneur creates marketplace to sell his personal car collection

November 1, 2020  |  Vancouver  |  www.rallyautoauctions.com


When car collector Matt Blair heard that some Canadian vehicles were being rejected on American-based auction marketplaces he decided he would create a platform specifically for Canadian sellers; RallyAutoAuctions.com.


“With the borders closed due to COVID-19, there are very few places for Canadians to present their vehicles to an audience of enthusiasts,” says Blair. “I’ve always tried to support our Canadian car culture. Building the Rally Auction platform is just another way I could do that.”

Rally differs from it’s American counterparts by offering free listings to sellers and only relying on a small buyer’s fee to keep the site running. The team at Rally writes the vehicle listing at no cost, recommends a reserve, provides specific instruction on photography and on how to promote a vehicle during the auction. For those not comfortable behind the camera, Rally has also lined up photographers across Canada to shoot seller’s cars.


Assuming an auction is a success, the buyer and seller are given each other’s contact information to complete the transaction in accordance with their own Province’s rules and regulations.

“Being a car collector myself, I think it only makes sense that I test the platform on my own vehicles first,” notes Blair. “Rally Auctions will launch in November with a few of my favourites, including my treasured 1966 Porsche 912. We’re also actively on boarding dealer and public listings as well.”

Rally Auto Auctions is in the final stages of testing their platform and is scheduled to go live in November 2020. Updates, contests and more information is available at rallyautoauctions.com