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June 27, 2016 - Industry News

KBB Predicts Record Sales in June

Kelley Blue Book expects June new-vehicle sales to increase 5% from a year ago to 1.55 million units. This predicted increase should result in an estimated 17.1 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR).

Tags: Compact Segment, CUV, June Sales, KBB, Kelley Blue Book, Mid-Size Segment

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

ADESA Promotes Two to Dealer Services Leadership Roles

The business unit of KAR Auction Services has promoted C.J. Lopez to director of major dealer accounts, and Kjersta Loyd to regional dealer sales manager for the Mideast and Midwest regions.

Tags: ADESA, Auto Auctions, used vehicles

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Black Book: Depreciation Rates Showing Consistency

Over the last four weeks, depreciation rates for both cars and trucks have begun to show some consistency, according to Black Book, with truck depreciation picking up from the spring season.

Tags: Black Book, Used-Car Values, vehicle depreciation

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

F&I Dealer of the Year: Nomination Deadline Extended

David-Moore Automotive's Sean Tarbell accepts the 2015 award from The Warranty Group's Ash Bauer and F&I and Showroom's Gregory Arroyo.

F&I and Showroom has extended the nomination deadline for its F&I Dealer of the Year award to Wednesday, July 13.

Tags: F&I Dealer of the Year, F&I department, F&I manager, F&I Pacesetters, F&I process

June 21, 2016 - Industry News

NIADA's New President Begins Term

The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) presented Billy Threadgill with its President’s Ring and officially opened his term as president during the National Leadership Awards Banquet at the association's 70th annual convention and expo.

Tags: Independent Automobile Dealers Association, NIADA, President

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Wholesale Prices Rise Again in May, Manheim Reports

Wholesale used-vehicle prices increased again in May, suggesting dealers have continued to achieve efficiency gains that allow them to bid-up auction prices even as gross margins narrow, according to Manheim’s Used Vehicle Value Index.

Tags: Manheim, Manheim Used Vehicle Report, used-vehicle values, Wholesale Pricing

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

NADA Announces New Senior Vice President of Dealership Operations

Peter L. Fong has joined the National Automobile Dealers Association as senior vice president of dealership operations. One of his key areas of interest will be to accelerate the process of moving dealerships toward the ‘online to in-store’ car-buying experience for consumers.

Tags: Dealership Operations, Hiring, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

General Motors Appoints New Director of Dealer Development

General Motors named Mark Rainey director of dealer development. He will be responsible for the growth of minority and female dealers within the automaker's U.S.-based Chevrolet, Buick-GMC and Cadillac dealer networks, according to the company.

Tags: Dealership, General Motors, Hiring

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

LHM Dealerships Acquires Three Stores in Denver Area

Dealer Doug Moreland, who sold seven of his Arizona stores to LHM Dealerships in 2013, has struck another deal with the 58-rooftop dealer group. This time, he sold three of his Colorado stores to LHM Dealerships, bringing the number of Colorado stores operated by the group to 11.

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

May Sales Fall 6% From a Year Ago, Autodata Reports

May brought with it two fewer selling days and year-over-year sales declines for most manufacturers. Only four manufacturers — FCA, Hyundai, Kia and Volvo — performed better last month than the same period last year.

Tags: 2016, Autodata Corp, May, Vehicle Sales

June 2, 2016 - Industry News

International Nameplates Gaining Market Share, AIADA Reports

Based on its May sales totals, the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) reported that a larger percentage of new vehicles sold during the month came from international brands.

Tags: AIADA, May Sales, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

May 31, 2016 - Industry News

SUV/CUV Loyalty Soars to Record Levels, IHS Automotive Reports

The analysis, which looked at more than 1.9 million return-to-market events during the first quarter, found that 63% of SUV/CUV owners who returned to market for a new vehicle during the first quarter purchased another SUV or CUV.

Tags: Consumer Buying Habits, CUV, Market Trend Analysis, New Vehicle Registrations, SUV

May 26, 2016 - Industry News

DRIVIN Raises $7.5 Million in Additional Funding

The company that aims to change the way dealers sell, source, acquire, and deliver used cars announced it has raised an additional $7.5 million in equity capital. Launched in mid-2015, the Chicago-based startup has now raised $17.5 million in funding.

Tags: Auto Auctions, DRIVIN, inventory, used-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values

May 24, 2016 - Industry News

AP Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Can’t Afford $1,000 Emergency

Conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center of Public Affairs, the poll found that 75% of households making less than $50,000 a year would have difficulty coming up with $1,000 to cover an unexpected bill.

Tags: Consumer Buying Habits, consumer confidence, consumer debt, Great Recession, parts and service, Repairs, Service Contracts

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

Labor Department Publishes New Overtime Pay Rule

The finalized rule updating overtime regulations will automatically extend overtime pay protections to more than four millions workers within the first year of implementation. The NADA said it is developing outreach materials on the rule’s impact on dealerships and is evaluating potential participation in potential litigation and Congressional oversight.

Tags: employment, Fair Labor Standards Act, U.S. Department of Labor

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

Calif. New Light Vehicle Registrations Exceed 500,000 Units in Q1 2016

The 500,000 units sold in the first three months of the year has California dealers on track to sell more than million units in 2016, according to the California New Car Dealers Association.

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, CNCDA, New Vehicles, Registrations, used vehicles

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

New Dry-Erase Hang Tags Offer Potential Cost Savings

The hard plastic, dry-erase tags give dealers the ability to reuse them instead of throwing them away, as is the case with traditional paper tags. These tags also eliminate the possibility of misprints due to their dry-erase nature.

Tags: Dealership, Hang Tags, Products

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Consumers Prefer Brands With 'Social Good Campaigns,' KBB Says

Consumers not only prefer to buy from brands with social good campaigns, they expect auto manufactures to carry them out. According to a KBB survey, 64% of respondents expect automakers to carry out social good campaigns. An even larger percentage, 70%, would like to see more automakers promote social good campaigns.

Tags: Campaign, dealers, Ford, Honda, KBB, Millennials, Subaru

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

GM Replacing 88% of Lineup By 2020

General Motors should gain market share by replacing 88% of its light-duty lineup by 2020, while Volkswagen and Korean automakers are relying too heavily on cars with consumer demand shifting toward SUVs and trucks, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst has said.

Tags: Bank of America, Chevrolet, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia, Merrill Lynch, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan to Take 34% Controlling Stake in Mitsubishi

Nissan Motor Co. will acquire 34% of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for 237 billion yen ($2.17 billion) in a deal that makes Nissan the leading investor in the struggling automaker.

Tags: Carlos Ghosn, Mitsubishi, Nissan

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Georgia Dealer, State Employee Arrested for Odometer Fraud

The dealer and state employee were charged with devising a scheme to buy high-mileage vehicles in nearby states, roll back their odometers, and then resell them in Georgia. They now face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Tags: Department of Justice, Georgia, Odometer Fraud, Tampering

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Dent Zone Forms New Product Division

Dent Zone’s AutoBodyguard will offer interior and exterior protection products, as well as tire-and-wheel protection, windshield, automobile deductible reimbursement and paintless dent repair. Serving as president is 40-year industry veteran John Martin.

Tags: AutoBodyguard, Dent Zone, Exterior Protection, interior protection, paintless dent removal, Tire and Wheel

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

Demand for Alternative Fuel Vehicles Dwindling

The percentage of alternative-fuel vehicles in the overall automotive market has dwindled over the last three years, the NADA Used Car Guide said this week. Hybrids continue to make up the majority of the alternative fuel market, but data does show consumers are beginning to shift toward electric vehicles in greater numbers.

Tags: Alternative Fuel, Electric Vehicle, Hybrid, Report, Vehicle Sales

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

KBB: Low Fuel Prices Have Used-Vehicle Buyers Flocking to High-Performance Segments

Used-vehicle buyers are turning to sports cars in greater numbers thanks to low fuel prices, which are allowing them to forego fuel efficiency in favor of performance, KBB said this week.

Tags: Auction, Blue Book Market Report, First Quarter, KBB, Kelley Blue Book, Used Vehicle

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB to Discuss Arbitration at Field Hearing Next Month

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be holding a field hearing on May 5 in Albuquerque, N.M., to discuss arbitration. CFPB Director Richard Cordray will issue remarks at the hearing

Tags: AFSA, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Field Hearing, Richard Cordray