About Us

Eric Autenreith

Serving Dealers Like You Since 1960.

At Carolina Auto Auction, we’ve had a special relationship with our dealers for decades. We pride ourselves on providing a superior customer experience for everyone who walks through our doors.

CAA is an independent auction and can easily implement improvements to the auction process without losing our customer service edge.

We believe it is our team of talented individuals who make Carolina Auto Auction the right choice for your auction needs.

Henry Stanley

Our History

Here for over 50 years.

Henry Stanley began his career in the auction industry in 1960 when he went to work as a ringman for the Capital Auto Auction in Columbus, Ohio. He advanced to auctioneer before purchasing the auction in 1969.

After renaming it the Ohio Auto Auction, Stanley and his wife, Patty, sold the auction to GE Credit and in 1987 retired to Florida. Stanley couldn't cure himself of auction fever, however, and after a year of sun and golf, he and Patty bought the Fort Knox Auto Auction in 1990, renaming it the Carolina Auto Auction.

In 2007 the Stanley auction family expanded with the purchase of the Indiana Auto Auction in Fort Wayne, IN. Over the five decades he has spent in the business, Stanley has spent a significant amount of time on the auction block, selling more than one million vehicles.

Giving Back

Henry and Patty StanleyStanley has also given much back to the industry, serving as president of the NAAA from 1999 to 2000. As the Association’s leader, he worked to advance Internet communications and to standardize forms and policies.

He has also been an avid supporter of the NAAA’s Warren Young Sr. Foundation, not only working hard with Patty in establishing the scholarship fund, but also founding two of its annual scholarships.

The Stanleys’ commitment to the industry has more recently continued with key sponsorship and support of the newly formed Auction Academy, which is designed to train the next generation of auction leaders. Patty served on the ServNet Board as President in 2014-2015.

Highly Recognized

Over the years, Stanley’s auctions have been frequently cited for superior performance by the national remarketing community.

  • Since 2005, Carolina Auto Auction has been named top auction in the nation five times for BB&T and seven times for FISERV/RSA.
  • Wheels Inc has recognized Carolina Auto Auction as a Regional award winner on three different occasions, and the auction has received regional awards from Donlen, UACC, CAC, and others.
  • In both 2012 and 2015 Carolina Auto Auction was named Auction of the Year by Donlen, as well as the top auction in the region by ARI.
  • Patty Stanley was recognized in 2013 with her designation as one of the top “Women in Remarketing.”

Most recently, Henry was inducted into the NAAA Hall of Fame, Class of 2013, and Patty inducted into the NAAA Hall of Fame, Class of 2016, making them the first husband and wife team to ever be inducted!

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Stanley Autenrieth Auction Group

A family owned business.

Carolina Auto Auction is a part of a larger auction group owned by Henry and Patty Stanley, and led by their son Eric Autenrieth.

CAA's sister auction is Indiana Auto Auction located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Established in 1965, Indiana Auto Auction has become a driving force in the remarketing industry. Situated in Fort Wayne, IAA is centrally located to some of the country's largest automotive and truck markets including Detroit, Chicago, and Indianapolis.

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Conveniently Located

Carolina Auto Auction is situated in Anderson, South Carolina, midway between Atlanta and Charlotte via Interstate 85, and Asheville and Columbia via Interstate 26. We are conveniently located just thirty miles from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP).

Dealers First

We service customers throughout the United States with a full offering:

  • Dealer Consignment
  • Fleet
  • Lease
  • Daily Rental
  • Insurance, and
  • Financial Institution Vehicles

How to Attend Our Auction

Carolina Auto Auction is a dealer-only auction. If you are a registered automobile dealer, you're invited to attend our weekly Wednesday auctions that start at 9:00am. If you have questions about your dealer status or eligibility, please contact us.



We do our condition reports the right way at the Stanley Autenrieth Auction Group. Each vehicle is carefully inspected, test driven on the road, and accurately assessed a grade based on uniform standards so that you have peace of mind in the buying process.


Learn More About Us

Carolina Auto Auction is a part of the Stanley Autenrieth Auction Group, which is the larger auction group owned by Henry and Patty Stanley and led by their son Eric Autenrieth. CAA's sister auction is Indiana Auto Auction located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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