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December 6, 2012 - Industry News

Dealer.com Sharpens The Point On Its CRM Solution With The Addition Of A Pencil Tool

Dealer.com announced today the latest groundbreaking enhancements to its customer relationship management (CRM) solution, giving customers an unprecedented level of visibility and control over their operations.

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December 3, 2012 - Industry News

Dominion Dealer Solutions and Microsoft Establish Strategic Relationship for Next-Generation Dealer Management System

Dominion Dealer Solutions and Microsoft have established a strategic relationship to collaborate and create a next-generation Dealer Management System (DMS) based on Microsoft Dynamics AX.

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November 29, 2012 - Industry News

Cars.com Launches New Auto Show Mobile App

Cars.com, the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, has introduced an all-new mobile app to help car shoppers navigate auto shows with the help of Cars.com experts.

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November 28, 2012 - Industry News

Auto Loan Originations at Highest Levels in Five Years, Equifax Reports

The latest data from Equifax's National Consumer Credit Trends Report shows that the total number of auto loan originations from January-August 2012 totaled 14.6 million -- the highest number of originations for that timeframe since 2007 (14.8 million).

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November 27, 2012 - Industry News

vAuto Expands Brand, Launches Product Line To Serve More Dealers

vAuto announces a company branding initiative that includes the renaming of its existing used vehicle inventory management product suite and the launch of a new product line.

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November 27, 2012 - Industry News

Santa Margarita Ford Benefits by Increasing Test Drives 20% in First 90 Days Using The Next Up

The Next Up, a retail sales process (RSP) proven to improve dealership sales results, is pleased to announce Santa Margarita Ford has reported test drives up by 20% since implementing the sales process 90 days ago.

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November 27, 2012 - Industry News

vAuto launches product line to serve more dealers

VAuto unveils a company branding initiative that includes the renaming of its existing used vehicle inventory management product suite and the launch of a new product line.

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November 26, 2012 - Industry News

Westlake announces new credit facility with Japanese firm

Westlake Financial Services, a full-spectrum auto finance company, announces a new $30 million credit facility with MG Leasing Corporation (MGL), a Japanese leasing company. The credit facility collateralizes Westlake’s auto finance receivables. The agreement was executed on Nov. 8, 2012 and funds Nov. 26, 2012.

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November 16, 2012 - Industry News

GM teams with firm to develop credible online reviews

Naked Lime Marketing's Digital Reputation Management Service has been approved by General Motors for the 2013 Standards for Excellence program. Naked Lime’s base reputation management package for GM dealers includes everything they need to monitor what their customers are saying online and to help develop credible online reviews for their dealership.

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November 16, 2012 - Industry News

Top online auto marketplace offers better borrowing power

The largest online marketplace for buying and selling all things automotive, eBay Motors, is now providing financing options for shoppers through leading online auto lender RoadLoans.

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November 9, 2012 - Industry News

Partnership simplifies BHPH cash payments

The integration of PayNearMe with AutoStar simplifies the way dealers accept cash payments, benefiting both consumers and dealers. Now car repayments can be made with cash in less than 60 seconds at more than 8,600 local, participating 7-Eleven and ACE Cash Express stores nationwide.

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November 5, 2012 - Industry News

CarSoup.com releases Version 1.1 of iPad app

Users of iPads can browse photos of, shop for, or learn more about the car of their dreams with Version 1.1 of the popular and well-reviewed CarSoup.com car shopping app, which will boast 1.3 million vehicles from across the United States.

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November 5, 2012 - Industry News

AutoStar Solutions offers free BHPH dealership software

Dealership technology provider AutoStar Solutions is making its popular Fusion Ignite dealer management software system available at no up-front cost to independent dealers in qualifying states. As part of this promotion, dealers will receive a two-user license for the software and will only be required to pay a nominal fee of $5 per transaction. This could result in significant discounts to the Ignite software system, which is regularly valued at more than $1,200 per year.

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October 24, 2012 - Industry News

Dominion improves service lane prospecting

Dominion Dealer Solutions today announced a new release of its equity alert tool, DealActivator, to further empower automotive dealers to pull in-service customers into the buying market.DealActivator mines the retailer’s database for highly-qualified equity customers from sales and service, delivering data to the dealer daily. Dealers can locate quality inventory at better prices, yielding higher gross and volume.

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October 23, 2012 - Industry News

NADA to automakers: Stop unfair practices

Bill Underriner, chairman of NADA, has outlined two contentious factory issues facing new-car dealers and urged automakers to support a level playing field for dealerships of all sizes. “Two-tier pricing and mandatory facility upgrades are symptoms of a bigger overall problem—manufacturer intrusion into dealers’ businesses,” he said today in remarks to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit. “NADA wants the automakers to stop unfair practices.”

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October 22, 2012 - Industry News

Ally Financial honors nominees for dealer of year award

Ally Financial announces 57 dealers from across the United States have been selected as nominees for the 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year award. These nominees are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.

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October 22, 2012 - Industry News

New e-book offers key to success in social world

CAR-Research XRM today announced the release of “Victory by Inches: The Key to Auto Dealers’ Sales Success in a Social World.” The new e-book is a best-practices guide for auto dealerships covering CRM strategies in today’s social world.

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October 22, 2012 - Industry News

MPi e-book focuses on fixed ops profitability

MPi, a leading provider of revenue and retention solutions for automotive dealership service departments, today announced the release of a new e-book for retailers and fixed ops directors, “Using Technology to increase Profits through the Service Lane.”

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October 19, 2012 - Industry News

Ford, Carfax partner for certified pre-owned programs

DETROIT, Mich.--Ford and Carfax have agreed to provide Carfax vehicle history reports for the Ford and Lincoln certified pre-owned (CPO) programs. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, Ford is committed to providing a free Carfax Vehicle History Report for every Ford and Lincoln CPO vehicle.

Ford and Carfax have agreed to provide Carfax vehicle history reports for the Ford and Lincoln certified pre-owned (CPO) programs. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, Ford is committed to providing a free Carfax Vehicle History Report for every Ford and Lincoln CPO vehicle.

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October 19, 2012 - Industry News

InspectMyRide now featured on Swapalease.com

ALPHARETTA, Ga.--InspectMyRide.com, one of America’s largest consumer car inspection services provider, has been selected as the exclusive vehicle inspection provider for Swapalease.com, an industry pioneer and leader in lease transfers and lease assumptions. Swapalease.com helps consumers exit their vehicle leases early by marketing their car to buyers seeking short-term leases with attractive payments and little money down. Now part of the website’s offerings, InspectMyRide’s comprehensiv

InspectMyRide.com, one of America’s largest consumer car inspection services provider, has been selected as the exclusive vehicle inspection provider for Swapalease.com, an industry pioneer and leader in lease transfers and lease assumptions.

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October 17, 2012 - Industry News

DealerRater launches mobile-optimized Website

DealerRater, a top auto dealer review website, has launched mobile-optimized version of its website. Automotive consumers can now easily research dealer reviews, rate their own car dealership experiences and browse cars for sale using mobile browsers on iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices.

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October 16, 2012 - Industry News

Dealership lauds Auto/Mate for big DMS savings

Pennsylvania-based Sands Auto Group has reduced its dealership management system expense by 75 percent since switching from its legacy DMS to Auto/Mate. Terry Sands, owner of the auto group, also credits Auto/Mate’s flexible, simple reporting tools with helping him see trends and stay competitive when he reviews the performance of his four stores.

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October 16, 2012 - Industry News

Media sponsor DrivingSales Executive Summit

DrivingSales today announced that six leading auto industry media organizations are official sponsors of the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit, the most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers, to be held Oct. 21-23 at the Bellagio Las Vegas. The 2012 DSES offers and exciting agenda and includes high-profile keynote speakers and presentations from some of the nation’s most successful dealerships.

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October 15, 2012 - Industry News

Study demonstrates mobile key to reaching shoppers

In an age when almost everyone has a smartphone, nearly nine in 10 car shoppers with a mobile device are already using or planning to use the technology in their search for the right car, according to a new study conducted by Briabe Mobile, a resource for mobile marketing trends.

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October 15, 2012 - Industry News

CAR-DealFinder delivers in-market shoppers to dealers

CAR-Research XRM's new monitoring program for auto dealers, CAR-DealFinder, uses Internet shopping behavior technology to eye those dealership prospects who are currently shopping on automotive websites and notifies the dealership of any activity through its Internet lead management tool. CAR-DealFinder takes the guesswork out of identifying possible customers who might want to purchase a new vehicle and places in-market buyers in front of the dealer. The new program is CRM agnostic, integratin

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