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November 16, 2017

EFG Companies: 2018 to See Increased Focus on F&I, Service Drive, Customer Loyalty

EFG Companies issued its 2018 predictions and recommendations for the retail automotive and powersports F&I markets this week. These insights reflect another year of cautiousness as well as opportunity for dealers to navigate an uncertain business climate.

November 1, 2017

KBB: Flat Prices, Higher Incentive Spending Signals Headwinds for New-Car Market

Transaction prices continue to rise at a slower pace, with the third-quarter average up just 1% after averaging 3% gains in the first half of the year. And while KBB expects solid sales in October, flat transaction prices combined with ever-growing incentive spending signal headwinds for the new-vehicle market as the year nears its close.

October 31, 2017

Asbury: Q3 Revenue, Gross Profit Down Due to Hurricanes

Total revenue and gross profit were down 5% and 2% from a year ago, respectively, with Hurricane Irma having a significant impact on sales in the group’s core Florida and Georgia markets. F&I was a bright spot, with total gross profit up 4% and the group’s per-copy average increasing by $142 from a year ago to $1,547.

October 25, 2017

KBB: New-Vehicle Sales Expected to Fall 2% in October

Despite the expected decline, October looks to be relatively strong on strong replacement demand in hurricane-impacted states and higher incentive spending. Kelley Blue Book analysts, however, believe these are indicators that new-vehicle demand is still contracting.

October 12, 2017

Manheim Index Reaches Record High for Fifth Consecutive Month

The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index reached a record high in September for the fifth consecutive month, while the SAAR rose to its highest September reading in three decades. The main driver was replacement demand caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

October 10, 2017

Business Leaders Cautiously Optimistic About Trump, Economy, Auto Sales

Despite a few political and economic setbacks, 2017 is expected to be one of the highest performing years on record in terms of auto sales. They key going forward is the Trump Administration’s ability to turn its pro-business campaign rhetoric into reality.

September 27, 2017

KBB Puts September's SAAR at 17.5 Million

Kelley Blue Book said replacement demand driven by hurricanes Harvey and Sandy is already being felt in some areas. The firm predicts that will continue into October and potentially November as vehicle insurance payouts are received.

September 22, 2017

Dealers More Optimistic About Used-Car Market vs. New

Sentiment speaks to recent auto finance data showing prime and superprime car buyers shifting toward used, where the average monthly payment was $139 less than the record $504 average monthly payment for new in the second quarter.

September 19, 2017

S&P/Experian: Auto Default Rate Registers Largest Increase Since December 2011

Despite the nine-basis-point increase, the auto loan default rate remains near levels recorded one year ago. However, declining auto sales and the normal end-of-year push to make room for newer models may encourage easier credit conditions and raise concerns about future defaults.

September 7, 2017

KBB: New-Vehicle Sales Down 2.8% Through August

Out of the 22 vehicle segments tracked monthly by Kelley Blue Book, only 10 posted higher sales numbers compared to the first eight months of 2016. Of those 10, large vehicles commanded eight of those spots.

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