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May 17, 2018 - Industry News

Update: Ford to Restart Truck Production

Ford will resume assembly of the top-selling F-150 pickup Friday following a shutdown that followed a structure fire at a key parts supplier.

May 17, 2018 - Industry News

Freed From CFPB Order, Toyota Financial to Raise Markup Caps

Toyota’s captive finance company announced it will raise its dealer markup caps following the early termination of consent orders issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice.

May 16, 2018 - Industry News

Black Book: Car Values Down for First Time in Two Months

With the spring selling season now in the rearview mirror, the car segment broke its two-month streak last week of rising wholesale values. Only full-size and sporty cars realized higher wholesale values through the week.

Tags: Black Book, car segment, depreciation, wholesale values

May 15, 2018 - Industry News

Webinar: Who Will Take Up the CFPB's Torch?

Eric Johnson, partner at Hudson Cook LLP

On June 6, Hudson Cook LLP attorney and partner Eric Johnson will join F&I and Showroom’s Gregory Arroyo for Part 1 of the magazine’s compliance webinar series. He will examine the likely candidates to take up the CFPB’s torch, and explain why F&I product pricing isn't out of the regulatory woods just yet.

Tags: Attorneys General, Compliance, dealer participation, Federal Trade Commission, regulation

May 15, 2018 - Industry News

LHM Wins Best of State Award

Salt Lake City-based Larry H. Miller Dealerships has earned an award from Best of State, a program designed to honor Utah’s best companies.

May 14, 2018 - Industry News

TransUnion: Auto Finance Registers Lowest Growth Rate Since Q1 2012

The firm attributed the slowdown to improvements in oil states and tightening underwriting guidelines, which have also helped stabilize delinquency rates.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loan Balances, delinquencies, TransUnion

May 14, 2018 - Industry News

Votes Pour in for 2018 Dealers’ Choice Awards

DCA voting has begun in earnest as auto dealers nationwide recognize their favorite vendors, suppliers, and finance sources.

May 10, 2018 - Industry News

Asbury Maintains $1,500 PRU, Goes Digital in Q1

Asbury Automotive executives reported on a busy first quarter that included a 2% increase in F&I revenue and gross profit per vehicle and the full embrace of two ‘omnichannel’ ecommerce tools.

May 10, 2018 - Industry News

Group 1 Hits Record PRU in Q1

Group 1 Automotive’s 117 U.S. dealerships averaged $1,718 in F&I gross profit per retail unit, a 4.9% increase from a year ago and a new company record.

May 10, 2018 - Industry News

US Fuel Prices Appear to Stabilize

AAA officials say the price of gasoline has leveled off at $2.81 per gallon after climbing more than 12% in March and April, but a steady seasonal uptick looms ahead.

May 10, 2018 - Industry News

Parts Fire Halts Production of Trucks, Vans

Production on the Ford F-150, GM’s full-size vans, and the Chrysler Pacifica has been disrupted by a fire that struck a major Detroit Three parts supplier last week.

May 8, 2018 - Industry News

House Approves Resolution to Repeal CFPB's Dealer Participation Guidance

As expected, the House approved the resolution of disapproval of the CFPB's guidance on dealer participation. With the Senate having voted on the resolution last month, all that's left to rescind the controversial guidance is President Trump's signature.

Tags: AFSA, auto finance, CFPB, Compliance, dealer participation, guidance, NADA

May 8, 2018 - Industry News

Safe-Guard Canada Announces New Montreal Training Facility

The new facility is located just outside Montreal in St. Laurent, Quebec. It features a boardroom to host corporate and dealer personnel, a large training room, and business offices staged like real F&I offices to simulate real-world scenarios.

Tags: Canada, F&I manager, F&I office, F&I training, Safe-Guard

May 8, 2018 - Industry News

NIADA: Cost of Doing Business Up, Finance Availability Down

The association’s first quarter business confidence survey reveals subdued expectations for sales and economic growth among independent dealers. One factor muting optimism is finance source availability and tighter credit guidelines.

Tags: auto finance, Compliance, Nation Independent Dealers Association, tax season

May 8, 2018 - Industry News

New York AG Schneiderman Resigns

Crusading New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has resigned in the face of reports of assaults and threats against multiple women.

May 7, 2018 - Industry News

Charter Warranty Introduces Car Payment Reimbursement Program

When a financed or leased vehicle is in a licensed mechanical or collision repair facility for more than seven days, Charter Warranty’s new program will reimburse a portion of the vehicle’s monthly payment for up to three months per eligible repair.

Tags: auto finance, Car Payment Reimbursement, Charter Warranty, F&I products

May 3, 2018 - Industry News

EasyCare Adds Connected Car Expert

Bob Dziadosz, who spent the last 16 years with LoJack, has joined the F&I product provider as a dealer performance driver for its SAVY connect car mobile app suite.

Tags: connected car, EasyCare, mobile app, SAVY

May 2, 2018 - Industry News

Podium Adds Webchat to Customer Communications Platform

The software firm’s new feature allows dealers to manage and respond to all webchats from a single dashboard, consolidating SMS/text, Google Business Messaging and Facebook Messenger conversations into one place.

Tags: digital marketing, Podium, technology, Web Tools

May 2, 2018 - Industry News

Park Place Rolls Out Subscription Service

Dallas luxury auto group Park Place has launched Park Place Select, a subscription service offering access to a wide range of premium vehicles.

May 2, 2018 - Industry News

Voting Now Open for 2018 Dealers’ Choice Awards

Voting for this year’s DCAs has commenced with the launch of a survey open to dealers and dealership professionals until May 31.

May 2, 2018 - Industry News

STAR Releases 2018 Dealer Data Security Guidelines

They guidelines were created by members of the Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail and Michigan-based Nuspire Networks in an effort to provide OEMs and DMS providers with a variety of data security measures and industry best practices.

May 1, 2018 - Industry News

Brent Burns Named CEO of JM Family Enterprises

Brent Burns, Jm Family's new CEO

Current CEO Colin Brown, the first non-Moran family member to hold the titles of president and CEO, will maintain his role as chairman of the company’s board while providing guidance and counsel to Burns during the transition. Burns' appointment takes effect July, 1.

Tags: Brent Burns, Colin Brown, F&I products, JM Family, Southeast Toyota Distributors, World Omni Financial Corp.

May 1, 2018 - Industry News

April's Average Transaction Price Rises to $35,411

Less price-sensitive buyers splurged for the latest models in April, with the industry’s average transaction price rising 2% from a year ago despite rising fuel prices.

Tags: average transaction price, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, showroom

May 1, 2018 - Industry News

DealerDNA Earns Fiat Chrysler Certification

FCA dealers can join DealerDNA’s Synergie platform thanks to a new agreement between the factory and the digital marketing provider.

April 30, 2018 - Industry News

Client Command Named Atlanta Pacesetter

The Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized Client Command as a 2018 Pacesetter, an annual list of Atlanta’s fastest growing companies.

Tags: Client Command, digital marketing

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