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March 4, 2015 - Industry News

Utah Lawmakers Take Aim at State Dealer Laws

Four bills up for consideration in the current legislative session would change how dealers do business in the state. The bills were proposed by Republicans who view the current dealer laws as anti-competitive.

Tags: legislation, sales tax, Sunday Sales Ban, Utah

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

New-Car Transaction Prices Climb in February, KBB Reports

New-car prices increased 3.6% over last February, with Hyundai-Kia showing the largest percentage gain of all major OEMs.

Tags: February, Kelley Blue Book, New Vehicles, Transaction Prices

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

Mass. Dealer Sued for Selling Defective Cars

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a complaint against a used-car dealer who allegedly had customers fill out blank contracts and then charged them at least twice the agreed-upon price for defective cars.

Tags: Attorney General, defect, Fraud, Lawsuit, Massachusetts

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

J.D. Power: In-Car Tech Impacting Dependability, Brand Loyalty

Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition issues are the most frequently reported problems after three years of ownership, according to J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.

Tags: J.D. Power and Associates, Study, Technology, Vehicle Dependability, vehicle quality

February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Santander Agrees to $9.35 Million DOJ Settlement

Santander has agreed to settle charges that it illegally repossessed more than a thousand cars it financed for active service members over a five-year period.

Tags: Debt Collection, Department of Justice, Santander, Subprime

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

JPMorgan, DOJ Engaged in Discussions About 'Potent Statistical Disparities'

The finance source revealed in a regulatory filing Tuesday that it is in discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice about the possibility that minorities are paying higher rates for auto loans.

Tags: auto lending, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, discrimination, Disparate Impact, DOJ

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Would Allow Md. Dealers to Tell Buyers About Car Defects

The president of a Maryland dealer group asked a state Senate panel this week to pass a bill that would grant dealers the right to tell customers about potential vehicle safety problems without backlash from manufacturers.

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Flick Fusion App Allows Video Capture from Phone

Flick Fusion released upgraded versions of its mobile apps for iPhone and Android. New features include the ability to create inventory videos from the app, distribute videos to clients, and upload them online.

Tags: Flick Fusion, inventory, Mobile Applications, Video Advertising

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

A1 Seeks Beta Testers for Selly CRM

AI Software Group is seeking beta testers for Selly Automotive, a mobile- and social media-focused sales platform for franchised and independent dealerships.

Tags: A1 Software Group, CRM, mobile leads, Selly Automotive, Social Media

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

ADESA Pulls Out of Proposed Multi-Platform System

ADESA will not participate in the automotive remarketing industry's initiative to establish a platform that would allow simultaneous bidding on vehicles listed on multiple online auction sites.

Tags: ADESA, Auto Auctions, Manheim, Remarketing

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

CPS CEO: Finance Source Ahead of the Compliance Curve

Consumer Portfolio Services CEO Charles Bradley laid out the lender’s compliance efforts during a quarterly earnings call last week. The finance source’s subprime lending activities are currently being investigated by Department of Justice.

Tags: CFPB, Compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Portfolio Services (CPS), Debt Collection, Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, Settlement

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

J.D. Power Projects Best February Sales in 13 Years

Total light-vehicle retail sales are expected to reach 1.3 million units in February, the highest total for the month since 2002, according to projections from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.

Tags: J.D. Power and Associates, LMC Automotive, monthly sales, Retail Sales, SAAR

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

CPO Sales Reach Record High in 2014

Sales of certified pre-owned vehicles hit an all-time high of 2.3 million units sold in 2014, according to the latest Used Vehicle Market Report from

Tags: certified pre-owned vehicles, CPO,, used car sales

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Equifax Refutes ‘Subprime Bubble’ in New Report

A new analysis by Equifax economists shows the median consumer credit score increased by 52 points after taking out a subprime auto loan.

Tags: Credit, Equifax, Report, Subprime

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Autobytel Invests in GoMoto’s Car-Shopping HUBs

Autobytel has made a strategic investment in GoMoto’s cloud-based HUB, a large touchscreen display that allows showroom customers to browse new- and used-car inventory, research, build and price vehicles.

Tags: Autobytel, GoMoto, HUB, Internet customer, Showroom

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

New Country Motor Car Promotes New Vice President

New Country Motor Car Group recently promoted Timothy Parker to vice president, overseeing the group’s three Harford, Conn., dealerships and five franchises.

Tags: BMW, Dealerships, MINI, Promotions

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Manheim Names New General Manager

Manheim named Danny Brawn as the new general manager of Manheim Darlington in South Carolina.

Tags: General Manager, Manheim, Promotions, Remarketing

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

AFIP Awards $1,000 Scholarship

The Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals has named Ryan Cole, a senior in the Automotive Marketing and Management program at Northwood University, as the Jakob Murray Lange Memorial Scholarship winner for 2015.

Tags: AFIP, merit scholarships

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

AutoHook Wins Automotive Website Marketing Award

HookLogic's AutoHook marketing solutions suite received an Automotive Website Award for Marketing Innovation from PCG Consulting.

Tags: Awards, HookLogic, Marketing, online marketing, PCG Consulting

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

CNA’s Participation Plans Distribute More Than $38 Million in 2014

To date, the F&I product provider has returned $329 million through its dealer participation plans, with company officials noting that 2014 distributions exceeded the highest return since the inception of those programs.

Tags: CNA National, dealer participation plans, F&I office, Reinsurance

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Ricky Beggs to Retire From Black Book

Ricky Beggs will retire from Black Book on April 1 as one of the leading authorities in the vehicle remarketing industry, ending a 34-year career with the used-vehicle data provider.

Tags: Black Book, online marketing, Remarketing, retirement

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

FTC Approves Final Order in Texas Auto Dealer’s Deceptive Ad Case

The FTC unanimously approved a final order settling its deceptive advertising complaint against Dallas-based Trophy Nissan, which was charged on Dec. 23 with violating the FTC Act, the Consumer Leasing Act and the Truth in Lending Act.

Tags: Consumer leasing Act, Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, Regulation M, Regulation Z, Trophy Nissan, Truth in Lending Act

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

N.C. Dealerships Reach $225K Settlement in Predatory Loan Case

Two used-car dealerships and their owner reached a settlement this month with the Department of Justice and the state attorney general. The settlement resolves a lawsuit that alleged the dealerships charged African American buyers more for loans and repossessed vehicles without reasonable notice.

Tags: Attorney General, Department of Justice, discrimination, fair lending, GPS devices, Lawsuit, North Carolina, Repossessions

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

Dealertrack, Hyundai Partner on Digital Marketing

Hyundai dealers across the United States will now have the ability to incorporate Dealertrack’s integrated websites, inventory merchandising, digital retailing and advertising tools into their dealership’s digital marketing strategies and operations.

Tags: Dealer Websites,, Dealertrack, digital marketing, Hyundai, online marketing

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

IHS Evaluates Impact of Oil-Price Decline on Global Auto Market

Consumer confidence is expected to continue to rise, resulting in potential shift to larger vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, thanks to low oil prices.

Tags: consumer confidence, Gas Prices, IHS Automotive