November 5, 2012 - Industry News
Dealership technology provider AutoStar Solutions is making its popular Fusion Ignite dealer management software system available at no up-front cost to independent dealers in qualifying states. As part of this promotion, dealers will receive a two-user license for the software and will only be required to pay a nominal fee of $5 per transaction. This could result in significant discounts to the Ignite software system, which is regularly valued at more than $1,200 per year.
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October 24, 2012 - Industry News
Dominion Dealer Solutions today announced a new release of its equity alert tool, DealActivator, to further empower automotive dealers to pull in-service customers into the buying market.DealActivator mines the retailer’s database for highly-qualified equity customers from sales and service, delivering data to the dealer daily. Dealers can locate quality inventory at better prices, yielding higher gross and volume.
October 23, 2012 - Industry News
Bill Underriner, chairman of NADA, has outlined two contentious factory issues facing new-car dealers and urged automakers to support a level playing field for dealerships of all sizes. “Two-tier pricing and mandatory facility upgrades are symptoms of a bigger overall problem—manufacturer intrusion into dealers’ businesses,” he said today in remarks to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit. “NADA wants the automakers to stop unfair practices.”
October 22, 2012 - Industry News
Ally Financial announces 57 dealers from across the United States have been selected as nominees for the 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year award. These nominees are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.
CAR-Research XRM today announced the release of “Victory by Inches: The Key to Auto Dealers’ Sales Success in a Social World.” The new e-book is a best-practices guide for auto dealerships covering CRM strategies in today’s social world.
MPi, a leading provider of revenue and retention solutions for automotive dealership service departments, today announced the release of a new e-book for retailers and fixed ops directors, “Using Technology to increase Profits through the Service Lane.”
October 19, 2012 - Industry News
Ford and Carfax have agreed to provide Carfax vehicle history reports for the Ford and Lincoln certified pre-owned (CPO) programs. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, Ford is committed to providing a free Carfax Vehicle History Report for every Ford and Lincoln CPO vehicle.
InspectMyRide.com, one of America’s largest consumer car inspection services provider, has been selected as the exclusive vehicle inspection provider for Swapalease.com, an industry pioneer and leader in lease transfers and lease assumptions.
October 17, 2012 - Industry News
DealerRater, a top auto dealer review website, has launched mobile-optimized version of its website. Automotive consumers can now easily research dealer reviews, rate their own car dealership experiences and browse cars for sale using mobile browsers on iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices.
October 16, 2012 - Industry News
Pennsylvania-based Sands Auto Group has reduced its dealership management system expense by 75 percent since switching from its legacy DMS to Auto/Mate. Terry Sands, owner of the auto group, also credits Auto/Mate’s flexible, simple reporting tools with helping him see trends and stay competitive when he reviews the performance of his four stores.
DrivingSales today announced that six leading auto industry media organizations are official sponsors of the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit, the most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers, to be held Oct. 21-23 at the Bellagio Las Vegas. The 2012 DSES offers and exciting agenda and includes high-profile keynote speakers and presentations from some of the nation’s most successful dealerships.
October 15, 2012 - Industry News
In an age when almost everyone has a smartphone, nearly nine in 10 car shoppers with a mobile device are already using or planning to use the technology in their search for the right car, according to a new study conducted by Briabe Mobile, a resource for mobile marketing trends.
CAR-Research XRM's new monitoring program for auto dealers, CAR-DealFinder, uses Internet shopping behavior technology to eye those dealership prospects who are currently shopping on automotive websites and notifies the dealership of any activity through its Internet lead management tool. CAR-DealFinder takes the guesswork out of identifying possible customers who might want to purchase a new vehicle and places in-market buyers in front of the dealer. The new program is CRM agnostic, integratin
Kevin Root, an industry veteran with a quarter-century of automotive and technology experience, has been named president and COO of DrivingSales, the company announced last week. Root joins the rapidly-growing business intelligence and performance improvement company to further build on and execute its mission of delivering unbiased, actionable insights to help automobile dealers increase profitability.
October 4, 2012 - Industry News
Putting the power of Manheim’s marketplace in the palms of dealers’ hands, Manheim has just released myMobileListing. The new mobile app allows dealers to list vehicles in the Manheim marketplace and disclose vehicle condition information directly from their lots using an iPad and/or iPhone.
October 2, 2012 - Industry News
DealerTrack today announced the acquisition of ClickMotive LP, a leading provider of interactive marketing solutions for the automotive retailing industry.
September 21, 2012 - Industry News
Exeter Finance Corp., a specialty auto finance company, announced the completion of its second rated term securitization, issuing $300,000,000 in notes backed by subprime automobile installment receivables.
CarsDirect, the company that pioneered online car buying, today announced a major evolution in the way consumers can shop for cars online: social car buying.
Dataium, the largest aggregator of online automotive shopper behavior, released its monthly ASI report. The ASI (Automotive Shopper Intensity) index, a leading predictive indicator of automotive retail sales, illustrated a tepid growth in auto demand in August.
September 14, 2012 - Industry News
The Reynolds and Reynolds Company today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued two U.S. patents relating to docuPAD®, which is a finance and insurance (F&I) selling and document processing system for automotive dealerships.
September 13, 2012 - Industry News
Erhard Automotive Group is using a cloud-based CRM system from AEROS by AULtec, Inc. to streamline its sales processes and aggressively pursue sales opportunities.
Ally Financial is launching Ally Balloon Advantage in New York and California today as part of its broad set of financing options for dealers to offer auto customers. The company plans to make the product available in other markets across the United States in the coming months.
August 30, 2012 - Industry News
The new 56,295 square foot Lundgren Honda dealership, located at 145-163 Washington Street in Auburn, Massachusetts, will open for business on September 1, 2012.
August 27, 2012 - Industry News
AutoTrader.com and vAuto announce the integration of AutoTrader.com’s Trade-In Marketplace (TIM) into vAuto’s suite of inventory management tools.
August 24, 2012 - Industry News
Auto Dealer Monthly is pleased to announce the addition of Tom White as a speaker at the upcoming 2012 Subprime Conference, part of the 2012 Industry Summit sponsored by Auto Dealer Monthly and F&I and Showroom. Tom will be explaining how to manage your reputation in a special finance environment.
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