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March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Employees Charged With Defrauding Florida Dealership

Three dealership employees are charged with embezzling $400,000 from their employer, The Tampa Tribune reports.

Tags: fraud, marketing

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Audi Opens Largest Store in the Nation

The new Houston store, which opened yesterday, touts a more than 142,000-square-foot facility that houses a 10-car showroom.

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

US Equity Advantage Kicks Off Marketing Campaign

The biweekly and early loan payoff service kicks off a new campaign that touts its 10-year history in the automotive industry.

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

CNW: Used Sales Down 1.3% in Febuary

Bad weather causes drop in used sales, but conditions appear to have favored franchised dealers, the market research company found.

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Dealertrack Completes Acquisition of Dealer.com

Dealertrack completes its acquisition of Dealer.com, which will continue to operate out of its headquarters in Burlington, Vt. The company's former CEO is being retained and will serve as executive vice president and group president of Dealertrack's newly formed Digital Marketing Solutions team.

Tags: Dealer.com, Dealertrack

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

RouteOne Adds Friendly Finance to Credit Application Platform

Dealers using Friendly Finance as a subprime finance source can now electronically submit credit applications through RouteOne.

Tags: Friendly Finance Corp., RouteOne

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Ryan Schumacher Named VP of Finance for NAC, FFDS

The combined entity of National Auto Care and Family First Dealer Services named Schumacher vice president of finance. He previously served with Allstate Dealer Services.

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Maritz, Opportunity Max Roll Out New Digital Marketing Service

Maritz Dealer Solution and Opportunity Max announce a new service designed to examine a dealership’s digital assets to check for consistency and accuracy of its overall online marketing presence.

Tags: Maritz Dealer Solutions, Opportunity Max

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Auto/Mate, DealerSocket Complete Integration

DealerSocket’s CRM tool is now integrated with Auto/Mate’s DMS, allowing for real-time, bidirectional updates of customer, vehicle and deal information in both systems.

Tags: Auto/Mate, DealerSocket

March 3, 2014 - Industry News

Save the Date for Industry Summit 2014

Organizers of Industry Summit 2014 have announced that the event will be held September 8–10 at Paris Las Vegas. The show now includes the F&I Conference, Special Finance Conference, Dealership Sales & Technology Conference and the P&A Leadership Conference.

Tags: Auto Dealer Monthly, Dealer Sales & Technology Conference, F&I and Showroom, Industry Summit 2014, P&A Leadership Conference, Special Finance Conference

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

Cars.com Projects Highest February SAAR Since 2008

Cars.com analyst predicts that new-vehicle sales in February will be up 1.1% from a year ago. He also put the industry SAAR at 15.4 million — the highest selling rate since February 2008.

Tags: Cars.com, Jesse Toprak, SAAR

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

TransUnion: Auto Debt Rises Again, Deliquencies Remain Subdued

TransUnion reported this week that auto loan debt per borrow increased for the 11th straight quarter, while delinquencies remained below the fourth quarter average observed between 2007 and 2013.

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

Frazer Software Integrates Preferred Warranties' eContract Portal

Independent dealers using Frazer management software and offering Preferred Warranties' extended service contracts for pre-owned vehicles can now import data from their DMS directly into Preferred’s econtract portal.

Tags: Frazer Software, Preferred Warranties

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

EFG Partners With Auto Financial Group to Expand Balloon Financing Product

The partnership aims to drive up market share of Auto Financial Group’s DrivingSense option, a hybrid financing product that acts like a lease.

Tags: Auto Financial Group, Balloon Loan Program, DrivingSense, EFG Companies

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

Larry H. Miller CEO to Appear on ‘Undercover Boss’

The company’s chief executive is set to appear on the Emmy Award-winning show on Feb. 28. The episode will focus on the Utah Jazz and game-night operations at EnergySolutions Arena.

Tags: CBS, Greg Miller, Larry H. Miller Dealerships, Undercover Boss

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

Digital Air Strike Launches Social Media App

The company claims to have the first social media app that operates on the Microsoft Windows 8.1 platform. It is designed to allow dealers to manage their social media profiles and online reputation in real time.

Tags: Digital Air Strike

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

Manheim to Purchase Stake in Go Financial

The provider of vehicle remarketing services signs agreement to purchase an equity stake in the subprime finance source. The transaction is expected to close in June.

Tags: GO Financial, Manheim, NextGear Capital

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

Light Vehicle Sales Rebounding in Late February, JD Power and LMC Report

Early returns for the month of February show sales of light vehicles rebounding after being hampered by severe weather disruptions in much of the United States.

Tags: JD Power, Light-Vehicle Sales, LMC Automotive, SAAR

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

CNA Distributes Nearly $30 Million Through Dealer Participation Plans in 2013

CNA officials tout strength, stability and flexibility of its various participation plans after distributing approximately $30 million to dealers for the fourth consecutive year.

Tags: CNA National, Controlled Foreign Corp., dealer participation plans, Noncontrolled Foreign Corp., reinsurance

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

Auto Loan Balances Reach New High in Q4, Experian Reports

Open automotive loan balances reached a new high in the end-of-year quarter, while delinquencies stayed below prerecession levels, according to Experian Automotive’s fourth-quarter data.

Tags: Experian Automotive

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Federal Reserve Investigating CFPB’s Bloated Renovation Costs

The Federal Reserve is looking into costs associated with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's renovation of its headquarters, which have ballooned to three times the original estimate.

Tags: CFPB, Federal Reserve

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Joe Verde Launches Goal-Setting Calculator for Salespeople

Joe Verde Sales & Management Training Inc. has released a new online goal-setting calculator, which can be used by salespeople to set realistic and achievable one-year improvement goals.

Tags: Joe Verde

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

TimeHighway Integrates With Auto/Mate’s DMS

TimeHighway has completed integration of its service scheduling solution with Auto/Mate's Automotive Management Productivity Suite DMS, allowing for a real-time data exchange between the two systems.

Tags: Auto/Mate, DMS integration, Mike Esposito, TimeHighway

February 18, 2014 - Industry News

Penske Holds Off on Adopting NADA Compliance Program

Officials with Penske Automotive Group, which reported a record fourth quarter, said the operation will “wait and see” when it comes to adopting the NADA’s new fair lending compliance program.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, earnings, F&I sales, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, Penske Automotive Group, Quarterly Earnings, reserve

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Dealer Count Slipping Into ‘New Normal,’ Urban Science Reports

Urban Science says the closure of 220 Suzuki franchises was largely responsible for the slight decrease in the dealer count last year. But analysts believe the industry may also be settling into a ‘new normal pattern’ in terms of its dealer count.

Tags: Automotive Franchise Activity Report, Urban Science