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June 15, 2017 - Industry News

ADESA Names New General Managers at Three Auction Locations

The KAR Auction Services business unit announced management changes at three of its 77 North American auction location. The company promoted leaders in Arizona, Tennessee, and Florida.

Tags: ADESA, Auto Auctions, Kar Auction Services, wholesale prices

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

Fletcher Jones Adds AutoGravity Inventory App

Auto Gravity and the Fletcher Jones Auto Group have launched ‘FJ Drive,’ a real-time smartphone inventory app.

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Dealers Vote F&I Express No. 1 in F&I Technology for Second Straight Year

F&I Express won its second consecutive Diamond award in the F&I Technology category in the 2017 Dealers’ Choice Awards.

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

ELEAD1ONE Announces Integration With Recall Masters

The connection will allow users of ELEAD1ONE’s Service1One Lane Management App to access Recall Masters’ real-time vehicle recall lookup tool.

Tags: ELEAD1ONE, parts and service, Recall Masters, vehicle recall

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

13 Attorneys General Vow to Fight Emissions Easing By Trump

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A coalition of 13 attorneys general led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told the Trump administration it could expect a "vigorous" legal challenge to any attempt to weaken pollution standards for light-duty vehicles.

Tags: Attorney General, CAFE Regulations, compliance, emissions, Eric Schneiderman

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

RouteOne Econtracting Exceeds $200 Billion in Contract Funding

The technology firm's econtracting platform has now booked 7.5 million econtracts. It also claims more than 6,000 active dealers, 36 live and in-pilot finance sources, and 12 econtracting-integrated dealership management systems.

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Hackers Target Dealer Social Media Posts

Dealer IT security expert Erik Nachbahr is warning dealers not to click on social media posts that may contain malware.

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

Auto/Mate DMS Integrates With DealerMine’s CRM

Dealers who use both systems will benefit from the increased business intelligence that their DMS and CRM deliver via real-time data exchanges between the systems

June 8, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Think Tank Heads to Dallas With Arroyo at the Helm

F&I and Showroom’s Gregory Arroyo will chair the 20 Group-like event, which will close out Industry Summit 2017 on Sept. 14. This year’s theme: ‘Making F&I Great Again.’

Tags: Career Advice, F&I director, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, Industry Summit

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Dominion Integrates Autobase CRM With DealActivator Equity Mining

Dominion Dealer Solutions announced the integration its Autobase CRM with its award-winning DealActivator equity-mining tool. Photo courtesy Dominion Dealer Solutions

The integration was designed to provide auto dealers with real-time updates seamlessly in both Autobase’s CRM and DealActivator’s award-winning equity mining tool.

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Crisorio, Kamal to Chair 2017 Compliance Summit

UDS’s Brian Crisorio and Auto Dealer Today’s Tariq Kamal will serve as co-show chairs for this year’s Compliance Summit.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I manager, F&I office, Industry Summit

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

EFG Companies Launches Virtual F&I Service

The F&I product provider rolled out a new virtual F&I model aimed at powersports and independent dealers, but the executive overseeing the service offered several scenarios in which Simplicity Finance and Insurance can help franchised dealers.

Tags: EFG Companies, F&I process, F&I products, virtual F&I office

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

FrogData Hires Renowned Automotive Consultant

David Shear previously served as an independent training consultant, leading a team of 15 facilitators delivering training to 510 Nissan dealerships.

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

MaximTrak Wins Third Straight Dealers’ Choice Award

MaximTrak Technologies was recognized in the F&I Technology category for the third consecutive year.

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

StoneEagle Wins Platinum in 2017 Dealers’ Choice Awards

Dealers voted StoneEagle to a Platinum award in the F&I Technology category in the annual Dealers’ Choice Awards.

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity’s Car Financing App Now Available in New Jersey

AutoGravity’s mobile financing app is now available in New Jersey. According to company officials, the app has been downloaded more than 400,000 times since its introduction last summer.

Tags: AutoGravity, digital retailing, online F&I

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Cox, Holman Launch Flexdrive Subscription Service

Cox Automotive and Holman Enterprises have announced the launch of Flexdrive, a joint venture designed to offer a subscription option to new-car buyers.

Tags: auto finance, Cox Automotive, Holman Enterprises, mobility

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Adds Dashboard Dealership Enterprises

The new partnership pairs Auto/Mate’s DMS with Dashboard’s data reporting suite. Clients of both companies can now enjoy seamless data exchange and real-time updates.

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

BofA Adds F&I Component to Mobile Car-Shopping App

Bank of America is piloting new enhancements to its mobile banking technology that will allow clients to complete the auto financing process directly with the bank on a mobile device.

Tags: Bank of America, digital retailing, mobile app, online F&I

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

White Clark Group CEO Named ‘Auto Finance Personality of the Year’

The award is designed to recognize an individual who has made the most noteworthy contribution to the auto finance industry in the last two years. Judges described White Clark CEO Brendan Gleeson as a “visionary for the motor finance industry.”

Tags: auto finance, White Clarke Group

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Feds Sue Fiat-Chrysler Over Diesels

Photo of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel by Vince Taroc

The Department of Justice filed the complaint on May 23, claiming FCA installed the software in 104,000 diesel Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles. The filing comes days after FCA submitted a proposed software modification to resolve the issue.

Tags: Department of Justice, Diesel, emissions, Fiat Chrysler

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

VenueVision Launches Centralized Text Messaging Solution for Any DMS

With autoTEXT, dealers can set a single number or different numbers for each department to manage texts from one place. Customers can text to request appointments, and staff can get repair authorization, send service status updates and service completion notifications with payment options, and more.

Tags: digital marketing, parts and service, service department, text marketing, texting

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Experian Acquires String Automotive

String’s marketing intelligence platform will be matched with Experian’s own data-driven insights. The combination will direct dealers on how to spend marketing dollars and where to target their conquesting efforts, officials said.

Tags: data, digital marketing, Experian Automotive, String Automotive

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Westlake Financial Adds eContracting

Through a partnership with eOriginal, Westlake Financial has digitally transformed its dealership management system into an econtrating solution for its network of more than 20,000 new- and used-car dealers.

Tags: econtracting, eOriginal, Westlake Financial Services

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

CDK to Acquire Auto/Mate Dealership Systems

CDK Global has entered into a definitive agreement with Auto/Mate to acquire the technology company, which provides a suite of DMS products and solutions to more than 1,000 new-car dealerships. The transaction is expected to close later this summer.

Tags: Auto/Mate Dealership Systems, CDK Global Inc., data, DMS, DMS integration, Mike Esposito