Welcome to Central Auto Auction

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Central Auto Auction is a full service, dealer only, automobile auction offering the lowest auction fees in the area. Complete with a modern eight-lane auction facility and reconditioning center. Situated on seventeen acres and nestled in the heart of Rochester, the auction also provides mechanical services, vehicle transportation, auction representation and dealer financing with approved floor plan sources. Our auction uses AutoCheck on every vehicle prior to the auction.

Founded in 1982, Rochester’s Central Auto Auction is the area’s largest and most established auto auction facility. Straddled equidistant between Syracuse and Buffalo and located less then one mile from the Rochester International Airport and just off the New York State thruway and Interstate 390, the auction is the most convenient and accessible facility for dealers to buy and sell used vehicles.

As a member of NAAA and Eastern Auction Association, Rochester’s Central Auto Auction takes pride in it’s unequalled customer service and reputation for fairness, and to be a convenient and competitive alternative for consignors and buyers nationwide.

The auction accepts dealer consignments, off-lease vehicles, fleet disposals, repossessions and donated vehicles.


Originally located on Central Avenue in the city of Rochester (hence the name “Central” Auto Auction), the auction was actually a converted gas station and consisted of one lane and an average dealer consignment of about 100 vehicles. The auctions were held in the evening because most of the participating dealers were small, independent operators who were required to stay in their stores during the day.

By 1984 the auction had outgrown Central Avenue and was moved to Nash Street where it expanded to 140 vehicles with two lanes. The new home allowed the dealer consignment to grow but dealer parking quickly became a concern, as the growth forced dealers to park in the city streets of Rochester during auction nights.

In 1987, the auction moved to a vacant warehouse on Lyell Avenue in Rochester. Featuring five lanes and over 250 weekly vehicles, Central Auto Auction established itself as the premier facility in Rochester for wholesale automobile dealers.

After nine years on Lyell Avenue, the auction was relocated to a seventeen acre site on Cairn Street, less than a mile from Rochester International Airport. Just two years later, the auction was expanded to eight lanes.

Because of it’s dedication to personal customer service, the auction has demonstrated continuous growth and is currently poised once a gain for additional expansion.