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June 22, 2018 - Industry News

RideShare Knight Offers VSCs for Uber and Lyft Drivers

Comprehensive vehicle service contracts designed specifically for ride-hailing drivers are now available from RideShare Knight.

June 22, 2018 - Industry News

RoadVantage Wins Second Straight No. 1 Diamond Dealers’ Choice Award

RoadVantage earned first-place honors in the F&I Products category for the second consecutive year in the 2018 Dealers’ Choice Awards.

June 21, 2018 - Industry News

J.D. Power: New-Vehicle Initial Quality Improves Again

The firm’s 2018 study revealed a 4% increase in initial quality from a year ago, with Genesis, Kia, and Hyundai topping the annual study’s rankings.

Tags: Genesis, Hyundai, Initial Quality Study, J.D. Power, Kia

June 21, 2018 - Industry News

Equifax: Pre-Approvals, Credit Checks Drive Sales

Equifax has revealed new insights into auto consumer behavior and how customized searches, understanding buying power, and pre-approvals can move the sales needle.

June 21, 2018 - Industry News

Jeep Cherokee Tops 2018 American-Made Index

Four of the top 10 2018 ‘most American’ vehicles in Cars.com’s latest rankings are built by foreign-based factories, but Jeep claimed the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive year.

June 21, 2018 - Industry News

Michigan Leads Nation in Repair Affordability

CarMD analysts say Michigan remains the most affordable state for ‘check engine’ repairs with an average total light repair cost of $333.

June 21, 2018 - Industry News

SouthwestRe Wins Second Straight Gold Award for Service Contract Reinsurance

SouthwestRe won the Gold award for Service Contract Reinsurance for the second consecutive year in the 2018 Dealers’ Choice Awards.

June 20, 2018 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Wholesale Prices Down in May, Auction Volume Growing

Wholesale prices declined in May, while auction volume continues to grow.  Photo by Eric Gandarilla.   

May’s wholesale prices for used vehicles up to eight years in age fell 1.7% from the prior month, a level that’s typical for this time of year, the firm stated in its June Used Car and Light Truck Guidelines report.

Tags: J.D. Power, used-vehicle values, Wholesale Pricing

June 20, 2018 - Industry News

EFG Companies: Dealers Must Embrace Industry Paradigm Shift

EFG Companies CEO John Pappanastos said digital buying habits, millennial and Gen Z consumers, and women are forcing industry change dealers must embrace.

Tags: compliance, digital retailing, EFG Companies, F&I manager, F&I product provider, Hiring, John Pappanastos, online F&I

June 20, 2018 - Industry News

Kennedy to Lead PointPredictive’s AI Scoring Team

Renowned data scientist Mike Kennedy is expected to drive innovation and advancement for the company’s artificial intelligence solutions.

June 20, 2018 - Industry News

ADT Announces Winners of 2018 Dealers’ Choice Awards

Dealers and dealership personnel have recognized 70 companies and individuals in 34 categories in the 2018 Dealers’ Choice Awards.

June 20, 2018 - Industry News

Continental Reports 25% Time Savings Using Over the Edge’s Administration System

The F&I product provider said it could take 30 to 45 days to receive sold contracts from its dealers prior to adding TecAssured, Over the Edge's administration system and rating engine. Today, those contracts are received instantly, officials say.

Tags: Continental Warranty, econtracting, erating, F&I Administration, F&I product provider, Over the Edge, TecAssured

June 20, 2018 - Industry News

Vin-UP Offers Instant KBB Values

Auto dealers are using Vin-UP’s portable scanners and printers to retrieve Kelley Blue Book trade-in values and source pre-owned inventory from customers.

June 20, 2018 - Industry News

Retail Incentives, New-Vehicle Sales Grow in May

New vehicle sales were up in May, driven in part by bigger incentives. Rising incentive spend could hurt used vehicle values by the end of the year.  Photo by Eric Gandarilla.   

May new-vehicle sales grew by 4.8% from the year-ago period, while average incentive spending per unit grew 6.6% from a year ago to $3,740.

Tags: incentive spending, J.D. Power, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

June 19, 2018 - Industry News

Spireon Rolls Out New GoldStar GPS Feature

The new feature provides instant vehicle location and status to help reduce risk and streamline recovery for buy-here, pay-here dealers and lenders.

Tags: auto finance, buy-here, GPS Tracking, pay-here, Spireon, subprime

June 19, 2018 - Industry News

HyreCar Offers Turnkey Carshare Program to Dealers

HyreCar has opened its peer-to-peer vehicle rental platform to auto dealers and fleet operators seeking new opportunities to capitalize on the growing mobility market.

June 19, 2018 - Industry News

New NY AG Settles With Queens Dealer Group

Recently appointed New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has settled charges of deceptive practices against a four-rooftop, Queens-based dealer group.

June 18, 2018 - Industry News

dealerTEL Adds Campaign Success Metrics

New metrics offered by dealerTEL were designed to help dealers track call success at the most crucial point: after the phone is answered in-house.

June 18, 2018 - Industry News

Vitu Joins Auto/Mate DMS

Auto/Mate announced a new DMS integration with Vitu that should help dealers streamline tax, title, and registration processes.

June 18, 2018 - Industry News

Dealer Solutions North America Opens Offices in U.S.

The Toronto-based mergers-and-acquisitions firm has advised on the closing of more than 160 dealerships in deals worth more than $3 billion. Its expansion into the U.S. market will be led by industry veteran Russell Hill.

Tags: Dealer Solutions North America, Farid Ahmad, Mergers and Acquisitions, Russell Hill

June 14, 2018 - Industry News

Fed Reserve Approves Second Rate Hike of 2018

FOMC Chairman Powell answers a reporter's question at the June 13, 2018 press conference.

For the seventh time since 2015, the Federal Reserve increased the Federal Funds Rate a quarter percentage. Cox Automotive economists say higher interest rates and tighter credit have already led to softening retail demand, noting that further rate increases will impact all corners of the car business.

Tags: auto finance, Federal Reserve, interest rates, Jerome Powell

June 14, 2018 - Industry News

Dealer M&A Fueled by Healthy Economy, New Investors

The latest Blue Sky Report from Kerrigan Advisors credits an expanding pool of dealership buyers and investors with helping to sustain values, and a growing number of groups hitting the market for driving activity and consolidation.

June 14, 2018 - Industry News

NextGear Adds Dealer Auditing Tool

NextGear Capital’s new self-reconciliation tool tackles a key dealer pain point in the auditing process.

June 13, 2018 - Industry News

Edmunds: Used-Vehicle Prices Hit Record High in Q1

Although shoppers continue to flock toward pricier trucks and SUVs, steadily rising gas prices are beginning to stimulate consumer demand and increase residual values for smaller vehicles.

Tags: Edmunds, Gas Prices, used-vehicle prices, used-vehicle values

June 13, 2018 - Industry News

ADESA Canada Names New Vice President of Dealer Sales

The firm named Steve Langdon, who joined the KAR family 15 years ago, to the role. The more than 20-year industry veteran will be responsible for implementing the ADESA Canada dealer sales strategy and promoting KAR’s integrated digital, mobile and physical auction services.

Tags: ADESA, ADESA Canada, Kar Auction Services, Steve Langdon

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