Seemingly half the company and I are getting ready to leave the unseasonably warm Washington DC area and fly off to Las Vegas to attend NADA’s annual convention & expo over the weekend.

From what I’ve been hearing, attendance is way up from years’ past both in terms of the dealer body and exhibitors, which when combined with the fact that it is Super Bowl weekend (in Las Vegas!) should make for a show full of energy and crisp ideas.

I’m really looking forward to spending more time our dealer body and sharing our thoughts on how we believe the used market will play out over the course of the year.  Based on current trends, it looks like we’re in for another year of used price growth, although not to the same degree that we’ve seen over the past couple of years.

This being said, I’ll formally share our forecast for the year on Saturday morning. If you’re planning on joining us in Las Vegas, here are a few convention highlights that you should check out!

• Take a demo at the NADA Convention, and we’ll show you how NADA AppraisalPRO fits into your appraisal process! Just sign up for a year’s subscription to NADA AppraisalPRO and receive a FREE iPad2 at our show booth (#2551)!  With this tool, you get:

- A VIN scanner to book out vehicles fast
- The most valuation data for the lowest cost in the industry
- Accurate view of the current market
- NADA-branded appraisal offers to prove the fairness of your offer
- Profitable trade-ins, new sales and loyal customers!

• Jonathan Banks will provide a 2012 forecast on Saturday, February 4th at 10:20 am in Room N235 on where transaction prices are headed for both new and used vehicles. Banks will also discuss the primary market factors that led to record high used-vehicle prices in 2011 and how that will affect prices this year.

• Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, as we’ll be posting while at the expo! Look for photos while on the Expo floor and at major convention events (Superbowl!!!), free giveaways and a chance to see some NADA Used Car Guide folk flash mob!!!

• While in attendance, make sure to take advantage of keynote speaker, former president George W. Bush, on Monday, February 7th at 3pm and motivational speaker, Aron Ralston, on Sunday, February 6th at 9am.

If you’re going to Vegas this weekend, remember – moderation is key, bring comfortable shoes, and be sure to take advantage of all that NADA’s show has to offer.  Looking forward to seeing you there!