Local Auto Auctioneers has a proud history of winning big auctions across the country.
In 2016, the Birmingham-based company won the auction of a brand new Ford Falcon, which sold for $1.5 million.
But the previous year, local auto auctioneers were able to buy a Ford Falcon for just $1,200.
Now, they’ve got the chance to win a new Ford Focus, a luxury brand that’s been a staple of local car buying in the past, for a total of $4,500.
Local Auto Auctions is based in Birmingham and is run by a group of family-owned and operated auto dealerships, and the winning bid for the Focus is $4.2 million.
Local Auctions CEO and co-founder James Bensch said the new car has been built by the automaker’s luxury luxury division, so it won’t have much to do with the brand’s history in the area.
He also said the dealership will be keeping the Focus in the family for the foreseeable future, while the Ford Focus is being sold to a buyer in Japan.
“We’re very excited to be able to be involved in the history of this brand and to make a significant investment in a brand that will be very familiar to people in the Birmingham area,” Bensche said.
“It’s going to be a great experience to buy something brand new and a brand you know well.”
Benschel said that the Focus car will be auctioned off this week, which is the first time the Ford brand will be available for sale in the United States since 2005.
Ford has a history of buying local cars.
In 2007, Ford bought a car dealership in the northern city of Oshawa, Ontario, for $5.3 million.
In the past four years, the company has purchased over 100 local auto dealers.
The Ford Focus was sold in November, 2015 to a family in Michigan.