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March 8, 2016 - Industry News

Black Book: Mid-Size Cars See No Depreciation in February

The vehicle information firm reported that all segments reviewed showed less than 2.7% depreciation except for full-size pickups.

Tags: Black Book, vehicle depreciation

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

Portfolio Names New Chief Compliance Officer

Portfolio has named Casey Van Schoyck as its new chief compliance officer. In her new position, she will lead the company’s efforts to keep its processes and products compliant with state and federal regulations.

Tags: Chief Compliance Officer, Portfolio, Promotion

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

DealersLink Completing Implementation of Retail Tools Into Several Dealer Groups

DealersLink officials say the company's line of automotive solutions can help small and mid-sized automotive groups cut vendor costs by streamlining their dealership tools into one integrated system.

Tags: Dealership, Dealership Solutions, DealersLink

March 3, 2016 - Industry News

Experian: More Consumers Turning to Leasing, Used Vehicles

With new-vehicle loan amounts and monthly payments rising to record highs during the fourth quarter, leasing’s share of the market grew to record levels. Data from Experian Automotive also showed that more consumers turned to the used-vehicle market in the end-of-year period.

Tags: Experian Automotive, Melinda Zabritski, Monthly Payments, new-vehicle financing, new-vehicle leasing

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Tesla-Friendly Bill Resurrected in Connecticut

Introduced last month, Senate Bill 3 would permit electric vehicle makers to sell vehicles directly to consumers at up to three locations. The state dealers association, General Motors and the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers have taken a stand against the measure.

Tags: CARA, Franchised Dealerships, General Motors, Senate Bill, Tesla

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Tom Hudson Joins Dealer Summit Roster

Prominent consumer finance attorney Thomas B. Hudson will be at Dealer Summit this May to discuss how regulators have changed the business model for special finance and buy-here, pay-here operations.

Tags: auto finance, buy-here, CFPB, FTC, pay-here, special finance, Subprime Financing, Tom Hudson

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

ProMax’s Palmer to Share Loan-Approval Tips at Dealer Summit

John Palmer, CEO of ProMax Unlimited, will present “Secrets to Getting More Lender Approvals” at Dealer Summit, organizers announced on Wednesday.

Tags: auto financing, John Palmer, ProMax Online, ProMax Unlimited, special finance, subprime

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

NCM Associates’ Kerr to Break Down BHPH at Dealer Summit

Organizers of Dealer Summit have announced that NCM Associates’ Dustin Kerr will present a session dedicated to buy-here, pay-here (BHPH) operations at the event, which will take place May 3-5, 2016, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel.

Tags: bhph dealers, buy-here, compliance, Dealer Summit, Dustin Kerr, NCM Associates, pay-here

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Americans Concerned About Interest Rate Hikes, Mark Volatility, Survey Shows

Thanks to a rocky start in global financial markets and uncertainty regarding future interest rate hikes, Americans believe there is a 36% chance the U.S. economy will slip into a recession this year, a new survey shows.

Tags: car buying, Consumer Confidence Index, interest rates

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Pickup Rate Not Keeping Up With Rise in Inbound Calls, Survey Shows

Eighty-nine percent of dealers surveyed agreed that having a comprehensive process for handling inbound calls was important; however, only 40% were confident they were managing incoming calls effectively, according to a survey conducted by CallSource

Tags: CallSource, Dealerships, marketing

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Average New-Vehicle Transaction Price Reaches $33,781, KBB Reports

The average transaction price for a new car rose 2.2% to $33,781 in February, Kelley Blue Book reported today. The vehicle information site also noted that incentive spending is nearing pre-recession levels, as vehicle OEMs look to offset rising prices.

Tags: February, Kelley Blue Book, Vehicle Transaction Price

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Garth Cappy Joins CreditMiner

The former director of dealer enterprise relationships for Equifax joins the firm as vice president of credit service for the North American market, a role in which he'll oversee CreditMiner's automotive vertical.

Tags: CreditMiner, Equifax, Experian, Hiring, TransUnion

March 1, 2016 - Industry News

Margin Compression Has Sonic Leaning on F&I, Fixed Ops

Record-high used-car sales, strong gross profit growth in fixed ops, and a healthy F&I department helped Sonic Automotive offset new-vehicle pricing pressure in the fourth quarter 2015.

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan Shuts Down Hackable Leaf EV App, Computerworld Reports

The media outlet reported today that Nissan has disabled its NissanConnect EV app after an Australian researcher discovered a flaw that could allow hackers to remotely access a Leaf's temperature controls and driving records.

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

APCO Acquires Automotive Development Group

The acquisition brings together two firms that have been connected since 1992, with ADG serving as APCO’s largest independent agency for seven of those years, including the last two.

Tags: APCO, Automobile Development Group, EasyCare, F&I product provier, F&I products, general agents

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

2015 a Record Year for Used-Vehicle Market, Edmunds Reports

Automotive dealers sold 38.3 million used vehicles in 2015, the highest single-year total since 2007. And they did so despite the price of an average used car rising 4.6% to $18,600.

Tags: Certified Pre-Owned, Edmunds.com, used vehicles

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Problems With In-Vehicle Tech Rising, J.D. Power Reports

The firm's annual U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study shows that issues with infotainment, navigation and in-vehicle communication systems have led to a drop in consumer perception of vehicle dependability.

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Consumers on Pace to Spend More Than $32 Billion on New Vehicles in February

J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said this week that consumers are on pace to spend more than $32 billion on new vehicles this month, a first for the month of February. The two firms noted, however, that their projected 13.9 million retail SAAR is the lowest level since June and well below the 15.3 million pace set last September.

Tags: Consumer Spending, Forecast, J.D. Power and Associates, LMC Automotive, new-vehicle sales

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Edmunds Names Winners of Fourth Annual Five Star Dealer Award

Edmunds has released the names of the more than 800 winners of the firm's fourth annual Five Star Dealer Award. Dealers named had to have at least 20 site reviews within a two-year period and earned an overall sales rating of five stars on Edmunds.com.

Tags: Awards, Customer Reviews, dealers, Edmunds.com

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Motor Credit Piloting Ride-Sharing Lease Program

The captive is piloting a new program in Austin, Texas, that will allow a group of three to six people to lease a Ford Vehicle. The program includes a mobile app that allows participants to schedule drive times, make payments and keep up with vehicle maintenance.

Tags: Austin, Ford, leasing

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

David Vespremi Joins Izmocars as Marketing Director

Aside from announcing its new marketing director, the retail solutions provider said it will debut a new line of products at the upcoming NADA Convention & Expo.

Tags: Hiring, izmocars, NADA

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

California Dealers Question Legality of GM’s Online Sales Portal

General Motors responded on Friday to legal concerns raised in a Feb. 8 letter from the California New Car Dealers Association. The automaker said it is not infringing on its dealers' used-vehicle operations, adding that projected sales from its Factory Pre-Owned Collection program will represent 'roughly 1% or less of current used retail volume our dealer network sells.'

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, Factory Pre-Owned Collection, General Motors, third-party sites

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

Reynolds and Reynolds Acquires ReverseRisk

Reynolds and Reynolds Co. has acquired ReverseRisk, which offers a web-based analytics reporting platform. The system can be used regardless of the DMS a dealership employs and will become part of the Reynolds Retail Management System portfolio of solutions.

Tags: Acquisition, Dealer Software, ReverseRisk, Reynolds & Reynolds

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

TrueCar's Perry Lays Out Plans to Win Back Dealers, OEMs

TrueCar's new CEO used the firm's recent quarterly investor call to lay out his plans to win back dealers and OEMs. The executive also discussed how the firm plans to better monetize car shoppers using its site.

Tags: Financial Reports, Fourth Quarter, marketing, TrueCar

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

Gina Reuscher Joins Flick Fusion

The firm's new director of marketing will oversee the company's branding and online marketing strategy. She will also manage partner training and communications.

Tags: Director of Marketing, Flick Fusion, marketing, Video Marketing