May 9, 2017 - Industry News
Dave Rathjens, Greg Milam and Martin Sandoval have been promoted to general manager of their respective markets in Lakeland, Fla., Seattle and Central California.
Peter Grupposo has been promoted to vice president of dealer sales while Holly Capps joins the company as vice president of inventory solutions commercial and vehicle sales.
The index's April reading was 124.7, a year-over-year improvement thanks to the 0.5% increase in wholesale used-vehicle prices. Manheim officials said any weakness is more a result of excessive new-vehicle inventory, with more than four million new units sitting on dealer lots for the last three months.
Tags: Manheim Used Vehicle Report, new-vehicle sales, Used Vehicle Value Index, used-vehicle values, Wholesale Pricing
The new offering places two years of unlimited mileage warranty coverage on the hoods of all vehicles sold under the Officine Maserati Certified Pre-Owned program. Buyers also get a free three-month trial of SiriusXM.
Tags: certified pre-owned vehicles, Maserati, used-vehicle sales
May 8, 2017 - Industry News
Sarasota Ford was the subject of a recent Facebook Business feature, which highlighted the dealership's work with Dealers United on an ad campaign that generated 30,185 video views and five vehicle sales within 30 days.
Tags: digital marketing, facebook advertising, Sarasota Ford
Certified public accountant Sean D. Goodman was appointed senior vice president and CFO of the group. He previously served as vice president, chief accounting officer and CFO for Unifi Inc., a textile solutions manufacturer and distributor listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Tags: Asbury Automotive
May 4, 2017 - Industry News
With the approval, the separation of the two brands is expected to be completed on May 31. While the spin-off still requires regulatory approval, Cars.com shares are expected to begin trading June 1 on the New York Stock Exchange.
Tags: Cars.com, digital marketing, TEGNA, third-party sites
Sonic's F&I operations posted a record per-copy average of $1,370. But with new-vehicle retail volume down 2%, total same-store F&I gross profit remained flat with a year ago. Officials also talked expansion of the EchoPark platform and the expected roll out of an ecommerce site next year.
Elizabeth McClung has started a social media campaign aimed at convincing Sterling McCall Toyota to give her a new Tundra to replace an older truck that was stolen from the dealership’s service center.
Describing F&I as 'very fundamental' to its success, Asbury CEO Craig Monaghan said the group will continue to push for improvements in that area as long as 'margin pressure' continues to squeeze the showroom.
May 3, 2017 - Industry News
Not even another strong performance in U.S. new-vehicle margins, a record quarter in the group's U.K. market, and a profitable quarter in Brazil were enough to offset "extreme weakness" in Group 1's energy price-impacted markets.
Tags: F&I profit, Group 1 Automotive, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle sales
The American International Automobile Dealers Association reports slumping sales for imports, particularly among sedans and coupes.
For the first time in more than two years, Black Book’s Used Vehicle Retention Index registered a slight increase.
The multitouch attribution provider says the new tool will improve data-driven media purchases at the dealership level.
Alberta Koch Automotive Group unveiled its new ecommerce platform with a relaunch of the Koch Ford Lincoln website.
May 2, 2017 - Industry News
Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas engaged AutoNation Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson in a frank discussion about whether new safety technology could hasten the obsolescence of used units.
WiseMVP offers three levels of coverage for vehicles up to 20 years in age and with up to 200,000 miles on the odometer. The new offering includes towing, car rental, and roadside assistance, among other benefits.
Tags: F&I manager, F&I office, pre-owned, Used-Vehicle Service Contracts, vehicle service contract, Wise F&I
Executives with the nation’s largest auto retailer are looking forward to the second quarter after recording falling new-car sales and flat F&I profits. They also provided an update on the dealer group's move to a one-price strategy.
The vehicle information site pinned the year-over-year increase on high demand for SUVs, noting that most manufacturers registered higher average transaction prices despite softening sales.
May 1, 2017 - Industry News
Through the new co-listing capability, dealers can gain access to vehicles listed on manufacturers’ digital sales platforms powered by RMS Automotive before they cross the auction block.
Tags: Manheim, Off-Lease Vehicles, RMS Automotive, used-vehicle values
April 27, 2017 - Industry News
Lithia Motors’ first-quarter results include continued gains in F&I penetrations and revenue, a result the dealer group credits to its aggressive acquisition strategy.
Tags: F&I products, fixed operations, Lithia Motors, used-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values
According to an online survey conducted by Black Book, 46% of the 2,100 consumers polled said getting the right trade appraisal was either ‘very important’ or ‘extremely important’ to pulling the trigger on a vehicle purchase.
Tags: Black Book, Car-Buying Experience, Trade-In Appraisal
Program designed to spur friendly competition among digital marketers industrywide will accept entries until May 12.
Tags: digital marketing, digital retailing, F&I Express, online F&I
April 26, 2017 - Industry News
Security National Automotive Acceptance Co. agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle the bureau's charges that it failed to pay $2.275 million in consumer redress for illegal debt-collection tactics under the regulator's October 2015 order. But the company did so without admitting to the CFPB's finding, company officials said.
Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporatio, SNAAC
A ‘weaker-than-expected’ March and an abbreviated April prompts Kelley Blue Book to reduce its 2017 new-vehicle sales forecast. It calls for sales in the range of 16.8 million to 17.3 million units, which would represent the first down year for the industry since 2009.
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