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September 14, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity Wins Grand Prize in F&I Digital Media Awards

AutoGravity capped off its two-category win in the 2017 F&I Digital Media Awards with recognition as the contest’s Grand Prize Winner at Industry Summit.

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage Donates Free F&I Videos to the Industry

The F&I program provider released a series of non-brand-specific videos designed to raise consumer awareness about nine F&I protections and the value they provide vehicle owners. The videos can be downloaded for free and posted to a dealer’s website or played in a dealership’s waiting room.

Tags: digital marketing, F&I office, F&I process, online F&I, RaodVantage

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

CDK, ActivEngage Roll Out New Retailing Platform

CDK Global and ActivEngage Inc. have partnered to launch Concierge Chat, a new feature built into CDK’s Next Gen websites.

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Eric Cotter Joins SpinCar as Chief Product Officer

Cotter’s prior experience includes leadership roles and product launches with CompetitorPro, TrueCar and Cox Automotive.

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Traffic Control Adds Acuant Auto-Fill

Traffic Control CRM announced the integration of its mobile app with Acuant Inc.’s data-capture and auto-fill technology, giving users the ability to scan and capture customer info anywhere in the dealership and with minimal disruption.

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Houston-Area Auto Auctions Coming Back Online

Photo of Manheim Houston in 2013 via YouTube.

Houston auto auctions are slowing coming back online after assessing the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Tags: ADESA, America's Auto Auction, Houston Auto Auction, Hurricane Harvey, Manheim

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Category Winners Named for 2017 F&I Digital Media Awards

F&I and Showroom and F&I Express announced the five category winners for the inaugural F&I Digital Media Awards. The Grand Prize winner will be announced at Industry Summit next week.

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Scott Painter’s Fair Launches in Los Angeles

Fair was founded last year by former TrueCar CEO Scott Painter and auto finance legend Georg Bauer. Today, the company launched its car-buying app, which allows a customer to get a pre-owned car with just a driver’s license and a bank account.

Tags: digital retailing, Fair, George Bauer, online F&I, Scott Painter, TrueCar

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

ShowroomXpress Adds KBB’s Instant Cash Offer

Pearl Technology’s ShowroomXpress car-buying platform now features Kelley Blue Book’s Instant Cash Offer for online and showroom customers.

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

DealerSocket Hires New President and CEO

DealerSocket CEO Jonathan Ord is stepping into a new role within the company he co-founded in 2001. Replacing him as president and CEO is Sejal Pietrzak

Tags: CRM, DealerSocket, desking, digital retailing, Jonathan Ord, online F&I

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Palmer to Tackle Soft Pull Tech at Industry Summit

ProMax Unlimited’s John Palmer will present ‘Soft Pull Technology: Best Practices for Both Digital Marketing and Showroom Traffic’ as part of the Special Finance portion of the Industry Summit agenda.

Tags: auto finance, John Palmer, lead generation, ProMax Unlimited, Soft Pull

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

NADA Mobilizes Emergency Relief Fund for Dealership Employees Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

The NADA Foundation is calling on dealers and dealer association groups to donate online to its emergency relief fund. Dealership employees affected by the flooding can apply for financial assistance.

Tags: Hurricane Harvey, NADA Foundation

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Lincoln Opens New Luxury Experience Center

The Lincoln Experience Center at the site of The Star in Frisco in Dallas. Photo courtesy of Lincoln.

The Lincoln Experience Center at The Star near Dallas offers a plush, luxurious space for potential clients to learn about the brand at their own pace.

Tags: Lincoln, Lincoln Experience Center, luxury sales

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Honda Launches Next Phase of Emissions Reduction Program

Brandfon Honda in Branford, Conn. is a Platinum award recipient in Honda's Green Dealer Program. The dealer produces as much or more energy from renewable energy sources than it consumes from its local electric utilities over a one-year measurement period. Photo courtesy of Honda.

The program, launched in 2012, offers a refreshed website with cumulative CO2 reduction data, an updated Green Dealer Guide, and new benchmark metrics for evaluation.

Tags: Acura, CO2 reduction, Environmental Leadership Program, Green Dealer Guide, green dealers, Honda, sustainability, waste reduction

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Pearl Technology Releases Dynamic Payment Calculation Widget for Dealer Websites

The new website widget calculates and displays six different payments to vehicle shoppers in under three seconds, according to company officials. It is designed to work within the search results page and vehicle details page levels of a dealer's website.

Tags: digital retailing, online F&I, Pearl Technology, ShowroomXpress

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

Finalists Announced for 2017 F&I Digital Media Awards

F&I and Showroom and F&I Express announced 13 finalists in five categories for the first-ever F&I Digital Media Awards.

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

LotLinx Adds End-of-Month Sales Booster to VIN-Specific Product Suite

LotLinx VS - VINdrop is designed to boost end-of-month performance and revenue goals by generating up to 10 additional sales in 10 days through a blast of 15 low-funnel shopper VDP views per VIN.

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Roadster Adds Southern California’s Longo Toyota

Roadster is on the move. The startup has secured $7.25 million in additional funding and added the largest Toyota dealership in the world to its digital retailing platform.

Tags: digital retailing, online F&I, Roadster, showroom, technology

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Fastlane Launches Online Car-Buying Platform

Online shoppers who land on a dealer's website equipped with Fastlane's platform can pick out their vehicle, get a value for their trade-in vehicle, get pre-approved for financing and even educate themselves on F&I products and vehicle insurance.

Tags: digital retailing, Fastlane, online F&I, Startup, technology

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

KPA Acquires Automotive Compliance Consultants

KPA Services has acquired Automotive Compliance Consultants in a move the heads of both companies say will pair KPA’s SaaS solutions with ACC’s national compliance team.

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Westlake Financial Now Using Equifax’s Dealer Intelligence Platform

Equifax’s TradeSight allows finance sources to analyze originations, current and future dealer partners, and performance of finance contracts booked through dealer partners. The platform works by combining Equifax’s consumer credit information with dealer and vehicle data from third-party data sources.

Tags: auto finance, Equifax, Westlake Financial Services

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

MUSA Auto Finance Launches Leasing Portal

The finance source’s new portal was designed to automate what has been a typically complicated process. With its launch, MUSA is looking to sign up dealers in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.

Tags: auto finance, MUSA Auto Finance, software

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Unveils New Dealer Texting Engine

Auto/Mate Dealership Systems has launched ‘Texting,’ a new SMS engine built into the company’s DMS and designed to facilitate messaging and improve the customer experience.

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Dave Anderson to Deliver Industry Summit, Best Training Day Ever Keynote Address

LearnToLead founder and nationally recognized leadership trainer Dave Anderson will deliver the Tuesday afternoon keynote address at this year’s Industry Summit as part of the Best Training Day Ever agenda.

Tags: Dave Anderson, Industry Summit, leadership, LearntoLead, training

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

Austin Found: Uber's Loss Was Dealers' Gain

A new study found that 41% of Austin, Texas, residents used their own vehicles when Uber and Lyft left town last year, and 9% bought a vehicle because the ride-hailing services weren’t available.