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March 22, 2017 - Industry News

Kontos: Used-Vehicle Prices Soften 'Uncharacteristically' in February

February provided “further concrete evidence of softening” of used-vehicle prices, ADESA's Tom Kontos wrote in his monthly Kontos Kommentary.

Tags: ADESA Analytical Services, Tom Kontos, used-vehicle prices, Wholesale Pricing

March 22, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Cars Continue to Outperform Truck Segment

This week’s Black Book Market Insights report shows the car segment retaining its value better than the truck segment as a whole. However, compact vans saw their values strengthen by 1.17%, outperforming all other vehicle segments.

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

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

Spireon Enhances Recovery Link Feature in Goldstar GPS Solution

Spireon introduces one-step vehicle-recovery process for buy-here, pay-here dealers, who can automatically send locator links on lapsed vehicles to recovery agents via text or email.

Tags: buy-here, GPS Tracking, pay-here, Spireon

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Cars Outperform Trucks, Luxury Cars Continue to Falter

Luxury vehicles continued to struggle last week, leading all segments in terms of depreciation. The other big story was the performance of cars, which continued to retain their values better than trucks.

Tags: Black Book, vehicle depreciation, Wholesale Values

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

DRIVIN, Chrome Data Announce Data Licensing Agreement

DRIVIN this week announced it has signed an agreement to license Chrome Data’s Automotive Description Service (ADS) to enhance its inventory-sourcing marketplace.

Tags: Chrome Data Solutions, DRIVIN, inventory sourcing, Online Marketplace

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Locations Receive Top Honors at CAR

Eleven Manheim auctions took home 15 national and regional awards at this month’s Conference of Automotive Remarketing. Big winners were Manheim Seattle, Manheim Dallas and Manheim Statesville.

Tags: Auctions, Conference of Automotive Remarketing, Manheim

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Retention Holds Relatively Strong in February

Small pickups led the way, but cars also showed retention strength during a month in which the average price of a used vehicle for model years 2011-2015 depreciated by 0.8%.

Tags: Black Book, Depreciation, used-vehicle values

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

ACV Auctions Secures $15 million in Funding to Fuel Expansion

This Series B funding builds on the $5 million in venture capital ACV Auctions secured in 2016, the $1 million the firm secured in 2015 by winning the 43North startup competition, and the $1 million from angel investment the company also secured in 2015.

Tags: ACV Auctions, Depreciation, used-vehicle values

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim: Wholesale Prices Slip in February

Given last February's sharp dip in pricing, the Manheim Index shows a year-over-year gain of 1.1%, putting it at 124.6 for the month of February. The firm also noted that the crazy tax refund season that was expected to negatively impact dealers never materialized.

Tags: Certified Pre-Owned, Manheim Index, used-vehicle pricing, used-vehicle sales, Wholesale Pricing

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Kontos: January Wholesale Prices Rise 6.7% YOY

Wholesale used-vehicle prices in January averaged $10,945, a 6.7% increase from a year ago and a 2.8% rise from the prior month, according to ADESA Analytical Services.

Tags: ADESA, certified pre-owned vehicles, Tom Kontos, used-vehicle sales, Wholesale Values

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Small Crossovers and Cars Have Strong Week

After four weeks of living below 0.37%, the depreciation rate for the truck segment reached its highest level in February — and its second-highest this year — last week, according to Black Book’s Feb. 27 Market Insights report.

Tags: Black Book, vehicle depreciation, Wholesale Values

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

AutoFi Adds iLendingDIRECT Network

AutoFi today announced the addition of iLendingDIRECT and its network of credit unions to its point-of-sale auto finance solution. The fintech firm also announced its entrance into the used-vehicle market.

Tags: AutoFi, Digital Retailing, Online F&I

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

CarMax Opens West Coast Reconditioning Hub

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CarMax has opened a store in Murrieta, Calif., that will include a four-lane auction and serve as the West Coast reconditioning hub for the nation's largest retailer of used cars.

Tags: Auctions, CARMAX, Dealers, reconditioning

February 21, 2017 - Industry News

DealersLink Offers Tips on Getting Cars to the Digital Frontline

Aside from the tips, the firm announced the release of a free ebook titled, ‘Six Steps for Dealers to Get Their Cars to the Digital Front Line.’

Tags: Auto Auctions, DealersLink, reconditioning, remarketing, used-vehicle sales

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

Used-Vehicle Market Bracing for Off-Lease Tidal Wave

While low interest rates and consistent values are making it possible for the market to absorb the wave of newer, more expensive off-lease vehicles, demand for older, less expensive vehicles hasn't waned. But with fewer older vehicles available, sellers will be at a disadvantage, Edmunds said this week.

Tags: Edmunds, Inventory Management, Off-Lease Vehicles, used-vehicle values

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Bankruptcies Register First Consecutive Monthly YOY Increases Since 2010

While bankruptcies plunged last year to their lowest levels since the implementation of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2015, filings are beginning to climb, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Tags: American Bankruptcy Institute, bankruptcies, buy-here, pay-here, special finance

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

Exeter Names New CFO

The subprime finance source announced the promotion of Brad Nall to CFO. The more than 25-year veteran of the consumer finance industry has held various senior roles since joining the company in July 2012.

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim: Wholesale Prices Slipped in January

Manheim's Tom Webb believes the 0.3% year-over-year decrease could have been much worse considering the "sharply rising" supply of used units.

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

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Last Chance: Podium to Present Webinar on Online Review Management

Register to learn about how online reviews can enhance your online reputation, get you noticed on top sites, and drive customer purchase decisions.

Tags: Dealerrater, Edmunds, Google, online reputation management, online reviews, Podium, Yelp

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Weekly Used Luxury Car Prices Tumble

While the truck segment realized its best week in terms of vehicle depreciation last week, values for used luxury cars tumbled, according to Black Book’s Jan. 31 Market Insights Report.

Tags: Black Book, used-vehicle values, Wholesale Values

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Two ProMax Execs Become Owners

ProMax Unlimited CTO Darian Miller and COO Shane Born acquired minority ownership stakes in the software company.

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

The Work Number Connects With Digital Matrix Systems

Digital Matrix Systems has added Equifax Workforce Solutions' income and employment verification service.

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Rapid Recon to Launch ‘Group Reporting’ at NADA

The workflow and reconditioning software and process provider's new offering is designed to compile and index in graphical dashboard format the monthly performance metrics of multi-rooftop operations, providing clarity into the challenges — and potential performance gains — realized by individual dealerships.

Tags: Dennis McGinn, NADA Convention and Expo, Rapid Recon, reconditioning

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Compliance Summit Returns to Texas in September

Held alongside Industry Summit for the second consecutive year, Compliance Summit will include one full day of compliance education for dealers, managers, and sales and F&I professionals. An onsite certification courtesy of Automotive Compliance Education (ACE) will be available to all attendees the following day.

Tags: Auto Finance, Best Training Day Ever, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I training, Industry Summit

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Compact Cars Continue to Show Strength

For model years 2008-2014, compact cars realized a wholesale value decline of 0.11% — the lowest level among all small cars. Alternatively, prestige luxury cars and subcompact cars realized the highest wholesale-value declines, with depreciation of 0.69% and 0.64%, respectively.

Tags: Black Book, CPO, small cars, used-vehicle sales, vehicle depreciation, Wholesale Pricing

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