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May 3, 2018 - Industry News

EasyCare Adds Connected Car Expert

Bob Dziadosz, who spent the last 16 years with LoJack, has joined the F&I product provider as a dealer performance driver for its SAVY connect car mobile app suite.

Tags: connected car, EasyCare, mobile app, SAVY

May 3, 2018 - Industry News

USEA to Pay Bonuses to F&I Managers

US Equity Advantage now offers F&I managers bonus income in addition to standard commissions.

May 2, 2018 - Industry News

Incentives to Propel Leases for Compacts, Mid-Sizers in May

The latest forecast from Wantalease.com says factory incentives will spur lease originations for compact and mid-size vehicles throughout May.

May 2, 2018 - Industry News

Podium Adds Webchat to Customer Communications Platform

The software firm’s new feature allows dealers to manage and respond to all webchats from a single dashboard, consolidating SMS/text, Google Business Messaging and Facebook Messenger conversations into one place.

Tags: digital marketing, Podium, technology, Web Tools

May 2, 2018 - Industry News

Park Place Rolls Out Subscription Service

Dallas luxury auto group Park Place has launched Park Place Select, a subscription service offering access to a wide range of premium vehicles.

May 2, 2018 - Industry News

Vboost 3.0 Includes Two New Products

The latest edition of Vboost’s viral marketing platform includes Vboost Live and Vboost Showroom.

May 2, 2018 - Industry News

STAR Releases 2018 Dealer Data Security Guidelines

They guidelines were created by members of the Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail and Michigan-based Nuspire Networks in an effort to provide OEMs and DMS providers with a variety of data security measures and industry best practices.

May 1, 2018 - Industry News

Brent Burns Named CEO of JM Family Enterprises

Brent Burns, Jm Family's new CEO

Current CEO Colin Brown, the first non-Moran family member to hold the titles of president and CEO, will maintain his role as chairman of the company’s board while providing guidance and counsel to Burns during the transition. Burns' appointment takes effect July, 1.

Tags: Brent Burns, Colin Brown, F&I products, JM Family, Southeast Toyota Distributors, World Omni Financial Corp.

May 1, 2018 - Industry News

Chase, Jaguar Land Rover Renew Private Label Agreement

The bank has served as Jaguar Land Rover’s exclusive auto finance provider for 10 years, providing customized retail, lease and commercial financing to the automaker's more than 330 U.S. dealers through Jaguar Financial Group and Land Rover Financial Group.

Tags: auto finance, captive finance, Chase Auto Finance, Jaguar Land Rover

May 1, 2018 - Industry News

April's Average Transaction Price Rises to $35,411

Less price-sensitive buyers splurged for the latest models in April, with the industry’s average transaction price rising 2% from a year ago despite rising fuel prices.

Tags: average transaction price, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, Showroom

May 1, 2018 - Industry News

DealerDNA Earns Fiat Chrysler Certification

FCA dealers can join DealerDNA’s Synergie platform thanks to a new agreement between the factory and the digital marketing provider.

May 1, 2018 - Industry News

Voting Opens for 2018 Dealers’ Choice Awards

Voting for this year’s DCAs begins today with the launch of a survey open to dealers and dealership professionals.

May 1, 2018 - Industry News

Rock Solid: Used-Car Values Flat in April

A strong spring selling season resulted in a flat Used Vehicle Retention Index in April, continuing a remarkable 12-month run in which the Black Book’s meter has only changed by -1.0%.

April 30, 2018 - Industry News

Carvana, SpringboardAuto Debut 'End-to-End' Ecommerce Solution

Carvana has teamed up with SpringboardAuto to launch an online vehicle purchase, finance, and home delivery solution.

April 30, 2018 - Industry News

Black Book Launches Black Book Cherry

Black Book’s new inventory recommendation solution was designed to help dealers identify desirable auction units.

April 26, 2018 - Industry News

ProMax Sold to Private Equity Firm

SNH Capital Partners revealed today it has acquired ProMax for an undisclosed amount, a transaction the automotive software provider's founder hinted at in a social media post two weeks ago.

Tags: auto finance, CRM, desking, F&I menu, inventory management, ProMax Unlimited, SNH Capital Partners, special finance

April 26, 2018 - Industry News

MBUSA Adds Access, Inventory Channels to Online Portal

Dealers using MBonDemand.com now have access to third-party inventories, including off-rental units from Sixt Rent-a-Car.

April 26, 2018 - Industry News

Chicago Dealers, Harper College Partner for Apprentice Program

Chicago-area dealers are throwing their support behind a new registered apprenticeship program that includes real-world training in auto retail, F&I, accounting, fixed ops, and wholesaling.

April 25, 2018 - Industry News

automotiveMastermind Announces Promotion of Three Company Leaders

The promotions will help the organization focus on continued growth and product development, officials said.

Tags: automotiveMastermind, digital marketing

April 25, 2018 - Industry News

VINFactor Partners With Selly CRM

Selly Automotive has incorporated the VINFactor market intelligence tool as a standard feature for U.S. auto dealer users.

April 25, 2018 - Industry News

CarMD: Check Engine Repair Costs Fell 10% in 2017

CarMD’s newly released 2018 Vehicle Health Index indicates more vehicle owners are taking maintenance and ‘check engine’ warnings seriously.

April 25, 2018 - Industry News

ELEAD1ONE Releases Free Ebook

ELEAD1ONE has released ‘The Auto Dealer’s Guide to Digital Retailing,’ a free ebook that includes insights from sales trainers Jim Ziegler and Mark Tewart.

April 25, 2018 - Industry News

Fidelis PPM Adds Remote Auto Repair

A new feature of Fidelis PPM’s preventive maintenance platform was designed to help independent dealers attract more customers and sell more cars.

April 24, 2018 - Industry News

Head of Cadillac Departs

Johan De Nysschen has left the company to pursue other interests. The news comes nearly four years after he was named head of General Motors’ luxury brand.

Tags: Cadillac, General Motors, hires

April 24, 2018 - Industry News

Waymo Applies for Calif. Driverless Vehicle Testing

Waymo becomes the second company to ask permission of California’s DMV to test fully driverless vehicles on public roads.