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August 11, 2016 - Industry News

IT Firm Launches Specialized Services Aimed at Dealerships

United Datacom Networks Inc. (UDNI) announced the launch of Dealers Edge, a new IT support program designed to help dealers meet their legal obligations with respect to data privacy and security. Services include remote management and 24/7 monitoring.

Tags: Data, IT, Management, Safeguarding

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

Geitner to Lead Cox's Media Solutions Group

Cox Automotive has named Brian Geitner president of its Media Solutions Group. He replaces Jared Rowe, who is departing the company for a new opportunity outside the automotive industry.

Tags: Autotrader, Cox Automotive, Dealer.com, Hiring, Kelley Blue Book

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

J.D. Power Appoints New Senior Director of Auto Finance

J.D. Power named Jim Houston senior director of its auto finance practice. The 30-year auto finance veteran will help guide the industry through a potentially volatile period of new-vehicle sales and declining used-car values, the firm said.

Tags: auto finance, Hiring, J.D. Power

August 10, 2016 - Industry News

Kontos: Wholesale Pricing Increases 4.9% in July

The average wholesale used price in July was $10,362, a 2% decline from June but a a 4.9% increase from a year ago, according to ADESA Analytical Services. The strength of truck prices carried the year-over-year gains.

Tags: ADESA, Remarketing, Used Vehicles, Wholesale Pricing

August 10, 2016 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Tops $400 Million in Claims Paid

The $400 million in claims paid, combined with the $3.1 billion paid by its sister-company EasyCare, brings the total amount paid by its parent company, APCO Holdings Inc., to more than $3.5 billion.

Tags: Claims Payment, EasyCare, GWC Warranty Corporation

August 9, 2016 - Industry News

Black Book: Most Used-Vehicle Segments Show 'Slightly Better' Retention in July

The average price of a used vehicle for model years 2011-2015 depreciated 1.5%, slightly less than last month (1.7%) but slightly higher than a year ago (1.4%), according to Black Book.

Tags: Black Book, Report, Used Vehicle, Value Retention, Vehicle Value

August 9, 2016 - Industry News

Consumers Believe Dealerships Are Unethical, Survey Shows

Results of an online survey shows that consumers believe dealerships are unethical. However, the online survey of 200 U.S. adults also shows that something as simple as posting the dealership's code of ethics can go a long way in changing perceptions.

Tags: Dealership Experience, Survey, Total Dealer Compliance

August 9, 2016 - Industry News

American Financial Adds Trainer to F&I University Staff

John "The F&I Professor" Vecchioni has joined American Financial & Automotive Services, the company announced this week. He will serve as a trainer for F&I University, a division of the company's Automotive Training Academy.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, F&I manager, F&I Process, John Vecchioni

August 8, 2016 - Industry News

TradeRev Expands Into Northeastern Region

TradeRev announced this week it has expanded into Boston, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. The firm is also planning to hire a total of 10 market sales managers in that region.

Tags: Expansion, Hiring, TradeRev

August 4, 2016 - Industry News

National Auto Care Adds to Senior Leadership Team

National Auto Care Corp. has named Matthew Osborn to the newly created position of chief information officer. The veteran of the insurance and third-party administrator industries will also serve as a member of the company’s senior leadership team.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I office, F&I products, National Auto Care

August 4, 2016 - Industry News

103 Lawmakers Call on CFPB to Eliminate Mandatory Arbitration

On Wednesday, more than 100 members of Congress called on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to proceed with its effort to eliminate forced arbitration.

Tags: American Financial Services Association, Arbitration, CFPB, Congress, Richard Cordray, Senate

August 4, 2016 - Industry News

Portfolio Makes OC Business Journal's 'Best Places to Work' List

For the third time, California's Orange County Business Journal named Portfolio to its 2016 Best Places to Work list.

Tags: Awards, Best Places to Work, Portfolio

August 4, 2016 - Industry News

Truck and Few Car Segments See Growth in 2016, Jumpstart Automotive Reports

Cheap oil prices in recent years have caused consumers to rediscover their love of SUVs, CUVs and trucks. Jumpstart Automotive said today that trend continued in the first half of 2016, with some notable exceptions.

Tags: Cars, Jumpstart Automotive, Trends, Trucks

August 4, 2016 - Industry News

Carvana Enters Washington, D.C., Market

Carvana is continuing its ongoing market expansion with its official launch in Washington, D.C. The online pre-owned retailer now provides next-day delivery to nearly 103.5 million customers nationwide, including more than 13.2 million in the Washington, D.C., area.

Tags: Carvana, Dealership Experience, Online Buying

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

Compliance Summit Panel to Include F&I Pro, Experts, Editor

Organizers of the upcoming Compliance Summit have announced that a panel dedicated to “Your Responsibilities” will include an award-winning F&I director, two compliance experts and a member of the Auto Dealer Today editorial team.

Tags: ARMD resource Group, F&I, F&Idol, Justin Gasman, Max Zanan, Michael Tuni, Total Dealer Compliance

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

Millennials Want to Buy Cars, Study Finds

Findings from the 2016 Credit Karma Millennial Report have revealed that 90% of Millennials throughout the country currently own a car or want a car.

Tags: Car Ownership, Millennials, Study

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

KBB Releases List of Top 10 Back-to-School Cars

For the third year in a row, the Honda Fit ranked No. 1 on Kelley Blue Book’s list of 10 Best Back-to-School Cars. Honda also claimed the third- and fourth-place spots with its Civic and HR-V models, respectively.

Tags: Affordable, Best Back-to-School Cars for Students, Honda, KBB

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

Cost Estimates are Crucial to Service Appointments, Study Finds

Xtime's survey of 668 vehicle owners shows that a majority (more than 70%) believe cost estimates are either extremely important or very important when setting appointments. These responses outranked all other factors surveyed, like the availability of transportation options and the option to choose different service advisors, the company stated.

Tags: Cost Estimates, Service Appointments, Transparency

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

i3 Brands Announces Integration Deal With Snap-on Business Solutions

Today, i3 Brands announced an integration deal that will have its PartProtection system, a point-of-sale platform that allows car dealers to offer service contracts on OEM parts, integrated into Snap-On Business Solution's electronic parts catalog.

Tags: OEM Parts, PartProtection, Service Contracts, Snap-on Business Solutions

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Ally Financial Moving More Downstream Into Higher Risk Tiers

During Ally Financial's second quarter earnings call, company officials said the finance source is moving downstream into the higher risk, higher yield credit tiers and focusing less on the low-risk superprime loans.

Tags: Ally, Quarterly Earnings, Second Quarter, Super Prime

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Crisorio to Helm Processes and Controls Panel at Compliance Summit

Organizers of the upcoming Compliance Summit have announced that United Development Systems Inc. (UDS)’s Brian Crisorio will lead a panel discussion dedicated to “Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls” at the 2016 event, which will be held Aug. 29–30 at Paris Las Vegas as part of the annual Industry Summit.

Tags: Brian Crisorio, CNA National, Compliance, Dealer Safeguard Solutions, F&I Express, F&I manager, UDS

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Average Transaction Prices Rise in July, KBB Reports

The average transaction price in July was $34,264, a 2.5% increase from the year-ago period, according to Kelley Blue Book. The firm noted that transaction prices were up for all manufactures, with the exception of Nissan.

Tags: Average Transaction Price, July Auto Sales, KBB

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Carfax Introduces Carfax Snapshot

Carfax Snapshot is designed to help consumers shopping on third-party websites make faster buying decisions by putting key vehicle history details — including reported accidents, number of owners, service records, and open recalls — on the search results and vehicle details pages.

Tags: Carfax, Carfax Report, Online Shopping, Used Vehicles

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Industry Summit Extends Early Bird, Hotel Deadline

Attendees who register by midnight this Friday, Aug. 5, will enjoy a $100 discount, will be offered accommodations in the event’s exclusive room block, and will be entered into a drawing for one of two $500 gift cards. The three-day event will begin Monday, Aug. 29, at Paris Las Vegas.

Tags: Compliance Summit, Industry Summit, Las Vegas

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

NADA Maintains 17.7 Million Sales Forecast for 2016

Despite current economic and political uncertainties, the NADA is sticking with its original sales forecast of 17.7 million news cars and light trucks for 2016. The association's chief economist, however, predicted that total sales will drop to 17.1 million units in 2017, noting that most of the pent-up demand from the Great Recession has been satisfied.

Tags: Auto Leases, NADA, New Vehicles, SAAR