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November 1, 2016 - Industry News

AutoNation Continues Living Above $1,600 Per-Copy in Q3

For the third time this year, AutoNation's F&I department has cracked the $1,600 per-copy mark. But the big news is the group's intention to open used-only dealerships in 2017. They will be called AutoNation USA stores, and will feature noncommission-based sales associates and negotiation-free pricing.

Tags: AutoNation, Financial Report, Q3, Quarterly Earnings

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

Yamaha Captive Launches Credit Card Program

Launched last year to serve first-time and limited credit buyers, Yamaha Motor Finance Corp. is in expansion mode. The captive launched a new credit card to replace a program managed by various banks over the last 20 years. The finance source will also be targeting prime customers with its new card.

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

Vehicle Depreciation Accelerates Heading Into Q4

A steep decline in Crossover/SUV wholesale values, which have been strong all year, may point to more than seasonality as the reason for the accelerated depreciation of two-year-old vehicles, Black Book said this week.

Tags: Black Book, Finance, used-vehicle values, vehicle depreciation, wholesale values

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

Carl Grane Appointed Director of Training for EasyCare

The 28-year industry veteran will spearhead the development and execution of new financing, sales, and service training programs, as well as refine the company’s overall training strategy for internal employees, agents and dealers.

Tags: EasyCare, F&I manager, F&I products, F&I training, general agents

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

Unotifi Integrates myCarfax Service Shop Tools Into CRM System

With open recall information from Carfax integrated into the Unotifi Communicator platform, dealerships and service shops can alert new and existing customers about safety recalls on their vehicles.

Tags: Carfax, CRM, Parts and Service, Recall Management, Unotifi

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

MVSC Rolls Out Titling Solution for California, Nevada Credit Unions

Vitu Lending is designed to cut down on what had been a two-week process for Nevada and California credit union clerks to two days. Additional regional solutions are planned for the start of 2017.

Tags: Credit Unions, ELT, Finance, MVSC

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Teams With JM&A on F&I Product Suite

The products will be marketed as Volvo Increased Protection Plans, or VIP. The suite will feature vehicle service contracts, including plans geared toward certified pre-owned units, prepaid maintenance, and tire-and-wheel protection. JM&A will also provide F&I performance and compliance training.

Tags: F&I products, JM&A Group, Partnership, Volvo

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

Florida Dealer Sues Competitor For Selling Vehicles With Takata Airbags

A Florida dealer who has ceased selling Takata airbag-equipped cars is now suing a competitor for failing to disclose to consumers that vehicles on his lot are equipped with the defective airbag.

Tags: dealer, Disclosures, Florida, Lawsuit, Takata

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

DRIVIN Wins Chicago Innovation Award

DRIVIN, which operates an online marketplace for dealers to sell, search and buy used inventory, was named one of the winners at the 15th annual Chicago Innovation Awards, the firm announced this week.

Tags: Awards, DRIVIN, Online Marketplace, Used Vehicles

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

KBB: SUV Sales to Top Car Sales in October

For the first time on Kelley Blue Book’s record, SUV sales should top car sales in the United States. The firm also expects new-vehicle sales to decline 6% in October due, in part, to two fewer selling days vs. a year ago.

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

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

Lithia: Right People, Pay Plans and Product Deliver Record F&I Performance in Q3

Record-setting F&I, a strong used-vehicle segment, and gains in parts and service paved the way for a year-over-year improvement in total gross profit for Lithia Motors during the period.

Tags: F&I, Financial Report, Lithia Motors, Third Quarter

October 26, 2016 - Industry News

Group 1 Automotive Chooses Margin Over Volume in Q3

Margin over volume was the message coming out of Group 1 Automotive during its third-quarter earnings call. The dealer group reported that a sharp decline in unit sales offset improved new-vehicle margins, as well as gains in F&I and parts and service.

Tags: Financial Report, Group 1 Automotive, Third Quarter

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

VW to Start Diesel Buybacks

Volkswagen will begin buying back its 2.0L diesel models following approval Tuesday of a $14.7 billion settlement by a federal judge. The automaker expects to complete the process by the middle of November, a spokeswoman said.

Tags: TDI, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scandal

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Have Pickup Sales Peaked?

Ford's decision to idle production of its F-150 pickup last week has followed several months of slowing demand in retail and fleet channels and may point to a larger trend in pickup sales.

Tags: Chevrolet, Ford, F-Series, General Motors, JD Power, LMC Automotive, Pickup Trucks, Ram, Silverado

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB’s Project Catalyst Opens Door to Innovation

Automotive retailing isn’t the only segment exploring the risks and opportunities of the Digital Age. On Monday, the CFPB issued its first-ever Project Catalyst report highlighting its efforts so far to facilitate consumer-friendly innovation.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Online, Project Catalyst

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Millennial Car Buyers Busting Gender Stereotypes

Millennials are bucking the stereotype that women are damsels in distress and men are confident decisionmakers, according to new research from Edmunds.com.

Tags: Edmunds.com, Millennials, Study

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

BW Dealership Advisors Expands Capabilities to Address Digital Retailing Push

Automotive consulting firm BW Dealership Advisors announced the hiring of Nick Brunotte as senior operations consultant. He will lead the company's new digital capabilities and help the firm's dealer clients attract and engage car buyers online.

Tags: BW Dealership Advisors, Hiring, Retail Sales

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Reynolds Makes Direct Equity Investment in The Appraisal Lane

The partnership involves the appointment of a credit facility for the acquisition and sale of vehicles. Reynolds and Reynolds' Robert Burnett, senior vice president of corporate development, and Trew Hiers, vice president of business development, were also added to The Appraisal Lane's board of directors.

Tags: Investment, Partnership, Reynolds & Reynolds, The Appraisal Lane, Used Vehicles

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Used Pickup Sales Weakening

A rising supply of used pickups coupled with aggressive pricing for new models is expected to cause a weakening in values in the wholesale market, according to new data from Black Book.

Tags: Black Book, depreciation, Retention, Trucks, Used Vehicles

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Ally Announces 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year Nominees

Forty-nine U.S. auto dealers have been nominated for the 2017 Time Dealer of the Year award, according to Ally Financial. For being nominated, Ally will contribute $1,000 to each dealer's charity of choice.

Tags: Ally Financial, Award, TIME

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

EasyCare Announces Executive Appointment

EasyCare has appointed Pete Lee as vice president of product development and business performance. His focus will be on expanding the company’s line of F&I benefits and helping dealers improve process and profitability, the company stated.

Tags: EasyCare, Hiring, Vice President

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Gubagoo Adds Facebook Integration

Gubagoo has announced that its dealer solutions are now fully integrated with Facebook Messenger, allowing Facebook users to chat with dealerships just like they would with friends.

Tags: Dealerships, Facebook, Gubagoo, Mobile Applications, technology

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

VW to Start Diesel Buybacks

Volkswagen will begin buying back its 2.0L diesel models following approval Tuesday of a $14.7 billion settlement by a federal judge. The embattled automaker expects to complete the process by the middle of November, a spokeswoman told F&I and Showroom.

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

CloudOne Hires New Director of Business Development

The automotive-specific call center announced the appointment of Ceren Isildak as director of business development. She will be responsible for developing relationships with agencies and dealer vendors that would benefit from the firm's services and infrastructure.

Tags: CloudOne, Director of Business Development, Hiring

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

Dent Wizard Names Finance Director for South Region

Dent Wizard promoted Regional Business Development Manager Eric Walker to finance director of the company's South region, which includes Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

Tags: Dent Wizard, F&I, Promotion