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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

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Names New Strategic Brand Manager

The F&I product provider has named Therese Pramick to the post. She will be responsible for developing strategies that increase GWC’s brand awareness and value among new and existing GWC partners.

Tags: GWC Warranty Corporation, Hiring, Marketing

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

EasyCare Looks to Increase Agency Connections With New Hire

EasyCare has appointed Steven Spivey as director of new business development. The former CNA executive will look to expand the F&I product provider's partnership opportunities with independent agencies.

Tags: EasyCare, Executive, Hiring

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Roadster Adds In-Store App to Digital Storefront Experience

Launched as a California broker site two and half years ago, Roadster took another step in its evolution to dealer solution provider this week. It announced the launch of a mobile app that brings its ecommerce platform into dealer showrooms.

Tags: Digital F&I, Ecommerce, Online Buying, Roadster

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Edmunds: Tacoma Truck Owners Are Most Loyal

According to Edmunds estimates, nearly 75% of Tacoma trade-ins this year have gone toward the purchase of another Tacoma. The popularity of Tacoma pickups, the study added, pushed Toyota’s overall truck loyalty rate to about 70%.

Tags: Study, Tacoma, Toyota, Trucks

October 19, 2016 - Industry News

Ohio Town Recognizes National Automotive Experts

National Automotive Experts received Strongsville, Ohio’s 2016 Innovation Award, which is presented annually to companies that demonstrate continued growth, investment and innovation within the community.

Tags: Award, National Automotive Experts, Ohio

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

DealerVault Rolled Into Authenticom

DealerVault and its holding company, Data Specialty Group LLC, have merged into Authenticom LLC, creating one company serving more than 15,000 dealerships across the company, the companies announced today.

Tags: Authenticom, Data, DealerVault, Merger

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Manheim Rolls Out AiM Software to 79 Locations

AiM and Manheim have completed the North American rollout of AiM software to 79 Manheim locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, according to a company announcement.

Tags: AiM, Manheim, Software, Vehicle Inspection

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Black Book Records Largest Weekly YTD Decline in Car Values

Whether a seasonal trend or a sign of things to come, Black Book recorded the largest year-to-date weekly decline in car values last week. Trucks also recorded a sizable drop in values.

Tags: auto finance, Black Book, Used Vehicles, wholesale values

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Survey: Consumers Dissatisfied With How Dealers Resolve Complaints

Results of an online consumer survey conducted by Total Dealer Compliance show high levels of consumer dissatisfaction with how dealers resolve their complaints.

Tags: Complaints, Compliance, Survey, Total Dealer Compliance

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Cars.com Readies for IPO With New Hire

Cars.com has appointed James F. Rogers as the company’s chief legal officer. He will be responsible for directing all areas of legal and compliance, including legal-related aspects of strategic initiatives and acquisition-related legal and integration matters.

Tags: Cars.com, CTO, Hiring, IPO

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Firm Urges Dealers to Remain Vigilant in Wake of CFPB Ruling

Automotive Compliance Consultants warned dealers not to let their guard down after last week’s federal appeals court ruling that the CFPB’s structure is unconstitutional. The firm said other regulators have taken note of the bureau’s activities, adding that next month’s elections will determine if the ruling has teeth.

Tags: CFPB, Compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, customer disclosures, dealer markups, dealer participation, F&I products

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Guidepoint Systems Releases Loaner-Vehicle Management Platform

The developer of GPS-based vehicle tracking and safety solutions said its new platform is designed to reduce costs associated with loaner vehicles at dealerships.

Tags: GPS, GuidePoint Systems, Loaner Vehicle, Monitoring Software, Software

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Kontos: Wholesale Values Flat in September

Particularly hard hit in September were mid-size cars, while the luxury car segment experienced a nice bounce in its average wholesale price, according to ADESA Chief Economist Tom Kontos. Mini-vans also experienced solid price growth during the month.

Tags: certified pre-owned vehicles, used-vehicle values, wholesale values

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

TradeRev Names New Directors for Southeast, South Central Regions

TradeRev, which provides a live vehicle-appraisal and auctioning app, announced the appointment of new regional directors. Taking over the South Central region is Tory Swedlund, while Will Farmer was named director of the Southeast region.

Tags: Hiring, Mobile Applications, TradeRev, Vehicle Appraisal

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Chicago's Mark Scarpelli Elected NADA Chairman

Aside from electing Mark Scarpelli chairman, the National Automobile Dealers Association’s 63-member board of directors selected Michigan's Wes Lutz as the trade group's 2017 vice chairman.

Tags: Chairman, NADA, NADA Convention and Expo

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Black Book: Truck Retention Rates Fall Again

Wholesale values continued to fall last week, although cars fared better than trucks, according to Black Book. The firm reported that the wholesale value for the overall car segment decreased by 0.57% from the week prior, while the truck segment declined 0.58%.

Tags: Black Book, Depreciation, Market Insights, Trucks

October 12, 2016 - Industry News

Carvana Expands to Cincinnati Market

Fueled by more than $460 million in additional funding, online pre-owned retailer Carvana is expanding into Cincinnati, the company announced today.

Tags: Car Sales, Carvana, Online Buying, Online Retail

October 12, 2016 - Industry News

SNAAC Celebrates 30 Years in Business

The retail sales finance company, Security National Automotive Acceptance Company, LLC (SNAAC), will be celebrating 30 years in business later this month, according to a company announcement.

Tags: Finance, Retail Sales, SNAAC