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September 14, 2017 - Industry News

ASI Raises Industry Standard With TruGAP Launch

Accelerated Service International (ASI) has launched TruGAP, a new product designed to meet customers’ expectations for coverage and value and raise the bar for GAP coverage industrywide.

September 12, 2017 - Industry News

ASI Launches Care Free VSC Program

Accelerated Service International (ASI) has launched Care Free VSC, a new program designed to benefit agents, dealers and customers with a combination of highly favorable terms and a built-in maintenance component.

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage Donates Free F&I Videos to the Industry

The F&I program provider released a series of non-brand-specific videos designed to raise consumer awareness about nine F&I protections and the value they provide vehicle owners. The videos can be downloaded for free and posted to a dealer’s website or played in a dealership’s waiting room.

Tags: digital marketing, F&I office, F&I process, online F&I, RaodVantage

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

Nobilis to Bring Hall of Famer ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez to Industry Summit

Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez will greet attendees and sign complimentary copies of his autobiography, ‘They Call Me Pudge,” at Industry Summit in Dallas.

Tags: Industry Summit

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

CDK, ActivEngage Roll Out New Retailing Platform

CDK Global and ActivEngage Inc. have partnered to launch Concierge Chat, a new feature built into CDK’s Next Gen websites.

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: New-Vehicle Sales Down 2.8% Through August

Out of the 22 vehicle segments tracked monthly by Kelley Blue Book, only 10 posted higher sales numbers compared to the first eight months of 2016. Of those 10, large vehicles commanded eight of those spots.

Tags: Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Southwest Dealer Services Acquires Wash.-based F&I Agency

Ryan Hoff, Southwest Dealer Services

Income development company SouthWest Dealer Services (SWDS) has acquired Spokane, Wash.-based Evergreen Dealer & Insurance Services (Evergreen). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tags: F&I products, F&I training, general agents, Southwest Dealer Services

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

AUL Promotes Bryan Nieves to Vice President of National Accounts

Byran Nieves

Aside from the promotion of Nieves, who has been with the company for more than 20 years and previously served as national accounts manager, AUL announced the promotion of Henry Paoli to national sales manager.

Tags: AUL Corp., F&I manager, F&I products, used vehicles, vehicle service contracts

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim to Close Florida Auctions Ahead of Irma

Satellite image of Manheim Fort Lauderdale via ThingLink.

Manheim said it's closing four of its Florida auctions on Friday ahead of Hurrican Irma's expected landfall there. The storm battered Puerto Rico on Wednesday after striking the northern Lesser Antilles and the Virgin Islands with 185-mile-per-hour winds.

Tags: ADESA, Auto Auctions, Hurricane Harvey, Kar Auction Services, Manheim, Natural Disaster

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

(Video) Industry Summit 2017: Don't Miss the Who's Who in F&I

Industry Summit 2017 (Sept. 11-14) is quickly approaching. American Financial & Automotive Services' John Vecchioni, the conference’s master of ceremonies, explains why it’s the premier event in the F&I industry.

Tags: F&I managers, F&I Think Tank, Industry Summit, showroom, Vehicle Sales

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

AIADA: Harvey Takes a Bite Out of August Auto Sales

According to the American International Automobile Dealers Association, Hyundai and Nissan registered significant sales declines in August, while Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo finished the month on a high note.

Tags: American International Automobile Dealers Associat, Hurricane Harvey, Hyundai, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Eric Cotter Joins SpinCar as Chief Product Officer

Cotter’s prior experience includes leadership roles and product launches with CompetitorPro, TrueCar and Cox Automotive.

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Traffic Control Adds Acuant Auto-Fill

Traffic Control CRM announced the integration of its mobile app with Acuant Inc.’s data-capture and auto-fill technology, giving users the ability to scan and capture customer info anywhere in the dealership and with minimal disruption.

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Houston-Area Auto Auctions Coming Back Online

Photo of Manheim Houston in 2013 via YouTube.

Houston auto auctions are slowing coming back online after assessing the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Tags: ADESA, America's Auto Auction, Houston Auto Auction, Hurricane Harvey, Manheim

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Category Winners Named for 2017 F&I Digital Media Awards

F&I and Showroom and F&I Express announced the five category winners for the inaugural F&I Digital Media Awards. The Grand Prize winner will be announced at Industry Summit next week.

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Automakers Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief

Ford, Toyota, Nissan, and other automakers have made cash donations and other contributions to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in south Texas and other Gulf Coast areas.

Tags: disaster relief, Ford, Hurricane Harvey, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Group 1 Assesses Hurricane Harvey Impact

A preliminary assessment by Houston-based Group 1 Automotive found that employees were able to protect most of the company’s inventory in its Houston and Beaumont, Texas, stores from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Tags: disaster relief, Group 1 Automotive, Hurricane Harvey, Natural Disaster

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: Average New-Car Price Rises Nearly 1% in August

The average transaction price rose despite mixed results for major automakers, with Fiat Chrysler topping the list with a 6.1% year-over-year increase in the brand’s average price.

Tags: Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai, Kelley Blue Book, Kia, transaction prices

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha Warranty Honored as 11th Fastest Growing Business in Utah

Utah Business named Alpha Warranty Services to its rankings of the 50 fastest growing companies in the state, marking the company’s first entry on the coveted list.

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Scott Painter’s Fair Launches in Los Angeles

Fair was founded last year by former TrueCar CEO Scott Painter and auto finance legend Georg Bauer. Today, the company launched its car-buying app, which allows a customer to get a pre-owned car with just a driver’s license and a bank account.

Tags: digital retailing, Fair, George Bauer, online F&I, Scott Painter, TrueCar

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Harvey May Have Totaled 1 Million Vehicles

Black Book issued its estimate days after Cox Automotive Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said the number of damaged vehicles could reach half a million. With Harvey coming ashore near the Texas-Louisiana border on Wednesday, forecasts remain fluid.

Tags: Auto Auctions, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricanes, Retail Sales, Wholesale Pricing

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Jumpstart: Interest in Entry Luxury Sedans Grows

Photo: Honda Motor Co.

The media, insights and marketing solutions provider reported today that the share of interest for entry luxury sedans increased 9% from a year ago across its portfolio of automotive websites.

Tags: Jumpstart Automotive

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Client Command Makes List of Fastest Growing Companies

Client Command has earned recognition as one of Inc.’s 5,000 fastest growing companies for the sixth consecutive year.

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

ShowroomXpress Adds KBB’s Instant Cash Offer

Pearl Technology’s ShowroomXpress car-buying platform now features Kelley Blue Book’s Instant Cash Offer for online and showroom customers.

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

DealerSocket Hires New President and CEO

DealerSocket CEO Jonathan Ord is stepping into a new role within the company he co-founded in 2001. Replacing him as president and CEO is Sejal Pietrzak

Tags: CRM, DealerSocket, desking, digital retailing, Jonathan Ord, online F&I