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The Great A/B Experiment
Google is taking a ‘multi-armed bandit’ approach to A/B experimentation. Expert says dealers can take advantage by rethinking their own website testing methods.
Regulators' Expectations: The Onus of Compliance
AFIP founder offers eight answers to the question every dealer in America is asking: What do regulators expect of me?
Some retail installment sales contracts slow the repossession process by requiring dealers to offer customers a chance to cure a default — even though that provision may not be required by state law. Complying With Collections Laws
The magazine’s resident legal eagle ponders how laws governing debt collection apply to auto dealers.
cOURTNEY cOLE IS THE CO-O Fundamentally Sound: Don't Forget the Sales Basics
Technology can’t change the game on its own. To remain profitable, dealers still have to be focused on the fundamentals.
David Keller is a partner with CliftonLarsonAllen, a Top 10 nationwide accounting firm with extensive experience in serving new- and used-vehicle retailers, heavy truck and utility trailer outlets, and BHPH dealerships. Contact him at 314.925.4317. DKeller@AutoDealerMonthly.com Managing By The Numbers
A dealership’s financial statement can reveal exactly how it’s perceived in the community. The magazine’s accounting expert identifies the metrics that tell all.
Are Car Dealers Racketeers?
The magazine’s legal expert weighs in on a court case involving a consumer’s use of the RICO Act to sue a dealer.
10 Must-Follow Advertising Guidelines
Jim Radogna offers 10 insights that will help you navigate the sometimes messy business of advertising.
The Hybrid Challenge
Kelly Wadlinger takes a look at the hybrid manager, where the roles of sales and F&I are combined.
California to BHPH Dealers: “Get Lost.”
The magazine’s legal expert explains why California’s attack on buy-here, pay-here dealers was unwarranted and unneeded.
Thoughts on Managing Inventories
CPA David Keller examines why dealers and managers need to make inventory management a top priority if they want to maximize sales opportunities and minimize write-offs and write-downs.

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Dealers' Choice Awards: Cast Your Vote Today
Voting for the 2014 Dealers’ Choice Awards is now open. Readers of the magazine can now cast their vote for the top vendors, consultants and trainers.
Braskamp Joins Industry Summit 2014
The bank's director of national sales and originations will open Industry Summit 2014 with a keynote address on Monday, Sept. 8, at Paris Las Vegas.
ADP Plans to Spin Off Dealer Services Business
The company expects to complete the separation of the two companies in the early part of the fourth quarter. Leading the Dealer Service business unit will be ADP executives Steve Anenen and Al Nietzel.
Kelley Blue Book Announces 2014 Brand Image Award Winner
Honda holds onto its reign as best overall brand and most trusted brand, while Kia, GMC, Jaguar earn first Brand Image Awards.
Industry Summit Adds Dealership Sales & Technology Track
Dealership Sales & Technology joins the F&I, Special Finance and P&A Leadership tracks for the annual event, which will be held Sept. 8–10 at Paris Las Vegas.
Dealers' Choice Awards Moved to August
The publishers of Auto Dealer Monthly have announced that the magazine’s annual Dealers Choice Awards have been moved from the April issue to the August issue.
Auto Dealer TV Debuts
Catch the first episode of Auto Dealer TV, brought to you by Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom magazine.
Evergreen Bank Moves to Flat Fees Due to Regulatory Pressures
Earlier this month, Evergreen Bank Group issued a statement about its decision to move to a flat fee pricing model. The move was in response to a low FDIC rating and alleged violations of the ECOA.
Allstate President Resigns
Douglas Herberger resigned from his post as president of Allstate Dealer Services this week. A replacement has not been named, but the company told industry partners on Tuesday it’s already in the process of transitioning to new leadership.
CFPB is ‘Least Accountable’ Federal Agency, Lawmaker Charges
Rep. Jeb Hensarling, on behalf of the House Financial Services Committee, released a video Monday calling on the CFPB to make its advisory council meetings open to the public.