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Set Your Cybersecurity Fears Aside
Have you received letters from your providers that were full of intimidating technical phrasings — things like 'unacceptable levels of risk/control' and 'data integrity issues'? Those terms certainly sound scary, but as Franklin D. Roosevelt once opined, 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.'
Service Advisors Are Working Overtime
The Ninth Circuit has reaffirmed that service advisors are not subject to exemption from overtime pay. Compliance expert unpacks Navarro v. Encino Motorcars LLC and the effect it could have on your fixed-ops budget.
Hudson: My Job Application to Mr. Trump
In response to rumors that President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to oust the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's director, the magazine’s legal eagle says he’s the right man for the job.
NADA Economist: Trump Needs to Clarify Economic Policy Goals
NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly says a clear set of economic policy goals delivered before the New Year would go a long way to ensuring that any immediate uncertainties are smoothed over.
Photo: Kevin Cabral How to Get Bonded With Bad Credit
Expert offers a six-point checklist for dealers who bring past credit challenges to the surety bond application process.
Sharon Kitzman Confessions of a DMS Expert
ADT gets the inside edge with Dealertrack DMS’s Sharon Kitzman.
Magazine Offers Details on Compliance Summit Program
Scheduled for Aug. 29-30, Compliance Summit is designed to deliver a crash course in federal regulations and enforcement action to help dealers, agents and industry execs build sustainable sales and F&I processes without sacrificing productivity and profitability.
Certified for the Future
The magazine’s compliance pro breaks down Compliance Summit’s new certification component. He explains how it’s designed to address the industry’s true regulator.
David Gesualdo The Boiling Point
The Dealers’ Choice Awards reflect the will of the voters and the temperature of the industry.
Allen Turner’s Pensacola, Fla. Hyundai dealership beat out 800 competitors nationwide to earn DealerRater’s 2016 Dealer of the Year honors.  Photos by Caleb Pierce The Ratings Giant
Allen Turner credits his Hyundai store's 2016 Dealer of the Year award to a customer-first sales and service philosophy that has generated more than 1,000 positive reviews on DealerRater.

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F&I Digital Media Awards Now Accepting Entries
Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 F&I Digital Media Awards, organizers announced Friday. The submission deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017.
New York Fed: Auto Originations Reach 18-Year High in 2016
Every type of debt posted a quarter-over-quarter increase, with auto loan balances increasing by $22 billion ($93 billion from a year ago) to $1.16 trillion. Much of that growth was driven by originations, which totaled $142 billion. That’s the highest level recorded in the 18-year history of New York Fed’s data.
Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Odometer Fraud
A Georgia businessman this week pleaded guilty to operating an odometer fraud scheme that revolved around buying later-model cars at auction, tampering with the odometer reading, and then selling the cars at inflated prices, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
Dallas Compliance Summit Set to Break Attendance, Certification Records
Organizers of Compliance Summit say an 'unprecedented' response to the announcement that the next event will be held alongside Industry Summit at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, all but guarantees the Sept. 11, 2017, event will set new marks for attendance and Automotive Compliance Specialist certification.
Saikawa Hiroto Saikawa Replaces Ghosn as Nissan's CEO
Veteran leader Hiroto Saikawa will replace Carlos Ghosn as CEO of Nissan Motor Co., the automaker announced on Thursday. Ghosn will remain chairman of Nissan's board of directors.
Sonic Reports Recordbreaking Fourth Quarter
The nation’s fourth-largest auto retailer reported annual and quarterly records for pre-owned sales, F&I gross profit and fixed ops gross profit.
Randy Henrick Joins Mosaic Compliance Services
Attorney Randy Henrick has joined Mosaic Compliance Services, where he will serve as vice president and compliance counsel.
Interstate Title Solutions Partners With NIADA
The technology solution provider is the association’s newest National Member Benefit partner, which means association members will have discounted access to the firm’s out-of-state tax, title and registration tool, DMV Nationwide.
EFG Launches Multimedia Compliance Platform
The company today announced the launch of Common Sense Compliance, a platform designed to break through the legalese of automotive compliance with practical and actionable information. The platform will feature a video series and podcast hosted by Steve Roennau, the company’s vice president of compliance.
The 2014 Toyota Prius topped J.D. Power’s latest dependability rankings in the compact car segment, one of 10 category wins for the mass-market OEM. Photo courtesy Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. J.D. Power: Quality Not Exclusive to Highlines
J.D. Power’s annual dependability rankings include a strong showing from a number of mass-market manufacturers, including Toyota, General Motors and Hyundai.