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June 23, 2017 - Industry News

IPPI to Offer 1st Equity Payment Plan in Texas

1st Equity becomes one of two independent monthly budget payment brands available in the Lone Star State.

June 22, 2017 - Industry News

John 'The F&I Professor' Vecchioni to Emcee Industry Summit

American Financial’s John Vecchioni will return to Industry Summit as the event’s master of ceremonies.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, Industry Summit, John Vecchioni

June 22, 2017 - Industry News

SF Conference Returns to Industry Summit

Industry Summit will once again play host to the Special Finance Conference, the industry’s premier SF training event.

Tags: auto finance, Greg Goebel, Special Finance Conference, subprime, used-vehicle sales

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Futurist Tony Dupaquier Joins F&I Think Tank Roster

The Academy’s Tony Dupaquier will serve as emcee of F&I Think Tank, organizers announced this week. The trainer and F&I futurist will be responsible for guiding the discussions during the F&I 20 Group-like event.

Tags: Dealer, digital retailing, F&I director, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I Think Tank, Industry Summit, Objection Handling, online F&I

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Wholesale Values Decline in May

J.D. Power Valuation Services’ seasonally adjusted used-vehicle price index managed to increase for the first time in a year. While positive, May’s index figure was 7.6% below May 2016.

Tags: J.D. Power, NADA Used Car Guide, used-vehicle values, Wholesale Pricing

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Dealer David Andrews Begins Term as NIADA President

The owner of City Auto in Memphis, Tenn., encouraged fellow independent dealers to keep pace with the rapidly changing automotive marketplace, saying, 'These are the times ripe with opportunities, times for making the seemingly impossible possible.'

Tags: David Andrews, Independent Dealerships, National Independent Automobile Dealers Associatio

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 12, 2017 - Industry News

13 Attorneys General Vow to Fight Emissions Easing By Trump

Photo via Wikimedia.

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 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

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

Manheim Index Hits Record High

With wholesale used-vehicle prices rising in May, the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index rose to a record 127.9. The firm noted that dealers purchased the most vehicles at Manheim auctions for the month of May since 2008.

Tags: Manheim Index, new-vehicle sales, Showroom, used-vehicle values, Wholesale Pricing

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

PassTime Names New CEO, President

PassTime cofounder Jeffrey Frank was named chairman and CEO, while 19-year company veteran Chris Macheca was named president. The latter will retain his title of COO.

Tags: GPS devices, payment assurance systems, special finance, subprime

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

ADT Announces 2017 Dealers’ Choice Awards Winners

Auto Dealer Today named the winners of the 13th annual Dealers’ Choice Awards.

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Pioneer Launches Five Affordable Multimedia Receivers

A 2016 Toyota Carola shown with the AVH-1300NEX, priced at $400.

The company’s AVH-3300NEX offers a motorized touchscreen display that's seven inches wide and two inches tall, making it an easy installation on older and collectible vehicles. And like the other four models, it offers audiophile-grade sound features, Bluetooth connectivity, and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Tags: aftermarket accessories, Infotainment Systems, used-vehicle sales

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Kontos: Wholesale Prices Show Strength Again in April

Average wholesale used-vehicle prices reached $11,141 in April, a 2.2% increase from March and a 2.5% increase from a year ago, Tom Kontos reported. The only three segments registering declines were compact, mid-size, and luxury cars.

Tags: Tom Kontos, used-vehicle sales, Wholesale Values

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Former Chase Custom Exec Joins Westlake

The once head of Chase Custom Finance is back. Today, Westlake Financial Services announced it has contracted Bill Jensen to focus on developing its strategic accounts division.

Tags: auto finance, Bill Jensen, Chase Custom, special finance, subprime, Westlake Financial Services

May 9, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index Increases 1.6% in April

The index's April reading was 124.7, a year-over-year improvement thanks to the 0.5% increase in wholesale used-vehicle prices. Manheim officials said any weakness is more a result of excessive new-vehicle inventory, with more than four million new units sitting on dealer lots for the last three months.

Tags: Manheim Used Vehicle Report, new-vehicle sales, Used Vehicle Value Index, used-vehicle values, Wholesale Pricing

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book Used Vehicle Index Ticks Up in April

For the first time in more than two years, Black Book’s Used Vehicle Retention Index registered a slight increase.

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

New York AG Announces Settlement With 104 Dealers Over Recalls

New York State Attorney General Eric Schniederman

An investigation by the state regulator found hundreds of vehicles were sold with serious safety recall issues, including unintended acceleration, airbag problems, vehicle fires, steering and break lost, among other issues.

Tags: compliance, Eric Schneiderman, New York, used-vehicle sales, vehicle recall

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

NsightLive Taps Black Book for Online Trade Appraisals

NsightLive is a content engagement company that delivers leads to dealers through its Live content platform. With Black Book’s trade appraisal engine, the company now offers independent dealers an online trade appraisal tool.

Tags: Black Book, digital retailing, lead generation, NsightLive

April 24, 2017 - Industry News

Kontos: Tale of Two Markets Resumes in March

While wholesale prices were below year-ago levels for cars, they were up for trucks. The revelation prompts KAR Auction Services' chief economist to revisit a study he began during the industry's first experience with $4 gas back in 2008, when the price gap between trucks and cars closed dramatically.

Tags: ADESA Analytical Services, Kar Auction Services, Tom Kontos

April 19, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Spring Lift Continues

High demand for pre-owned vehicles resulted in increased values, with 13 out of the 22 vehicle segments registering increases in average value, the firm reported.

Tags: Black Book, used-vehicle values, vehicle depreciation

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Used Vehicle Retention Index Falls to 113 Heading Into April

Since registering a score of 125.9 in May 2015, the firm’s Used Vehicle Retention Index has fallen steadily. Last year, it dropped by 6.4%. In March, the index fell from February's 113.9 to 113.

Tags: Black Book, depreciation, Used Vehicle Value Index, used-vehicle values

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

TradeRev Adds New Features to Online Auction

The startup added a title concierge service to help dealers secure titles on vehicles purchased through its automotive exchange. The firm also added an account lookup feature so users can track all money movement between sellers and buyers.

Tags: Inventory Management, online auction, TradeRev

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

5 Vehicle Segments Retain or Increase Values in March, Black Book Reports

The vehicle valuation firm reported today that the average used vehicle for model years 2011-2015 depreciated slightly 0.6%. Cars overall recorded depreciation of 0.3%, while trucks registered depreciation of 0.8%.

Tags: Black Book, used-vehicle values

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