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August 16, 2018 - Industry News

Alert: Phishing Scam Targets Agents

Jeff Wanning of the Central States Family of Companies is warning F&I agents and their staffs to be on the lookout for fraudulent emails amidst a rash of agency hacks.

August 14, 2018 - Industry News

F&I Dealer of the Year Nomination Period Extended to Aug. 24

Dealership employees, general agents, vendors, finance sources, and F&I product providers are encouraged to nominate their stores and dealer clients for F&I and Showroom's F&I Dealer of the Year award, sponsored by American Financial & Automotive Services Inc.

Tags: DOY Pacesetters, DOY Winners, F&I director, F&I manager

August 6, 2018 - Industry News

Industry Summit to Focus on the Future of F&I

Online F&I will be a key focus at Industry Summit 2018, which will allow dealers to learn about the challenges and opportunities ahead for the F&I product side of the business while their F&I teams get compliance certified and trained by the best in the business.

Tags: Ask Frenchy, Automotive Compliance Education, Compliance Summit, F&I training, Industry Summit, objection handling, PALS

August 2, 2018 - Industry News

KBB: Avg. Transaction Price in June Rises 3%

With cars expected to make up only 31% of July sales, the industry's average transaction price climbed by $985 from a year ago to $35,359.

Tags: average transaction price, Ford, Kelley Blue Book, Volkswagen

August 2, 2018 - Industry News

FTC Charges Arizona Group With Falsifying Incomes on Consumer Credit Apps

According to the regulator, this was the FTC’s first action alleging income falsification by dealerships. Charged are the owners of Tate’s Auto Group, which operates four dealerships in Arizona and New Mexico, near the border of the Navajo Nation.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Federal Trade Commission, income falsification, Tate's Auto

August 2, 2018 - Industry News

Zero Percent Finance Deals Drop to 13-Year Low

Edmunds reports loan interest rates sustained near-record highs in July as automakers make the shift away from traditional summertime financing deals.

July 31, 2018 - Industry News

Retail Fraud Volume and Cost Up Sharply in 2018

LexisNexis Risk Solutions finds auto dealers and other retailers are facing fraud on an unprecedented scale, including a 30% increase in the number of successful fraudulent transactions since 2017.

July 30, 2018 - Industry News

Modern Collectibles: Discontinued Values Vary Wildly

A new report from Black Book uncovers the reasons behind recent product cancelations and shows that no two discontinued models depreciate alike.

July 30, 2018 - Industry News

Vegas Dealer Family Inspires Award-Winning Film

Life Story Media’s ‘Driven By Integrity: The Gaudin Family Story’ was honored in two categories at the 39th annual Telly Awards.

July 27, 2018 - Industry News

Audi to Open e-tron Sales Sept. 17

U.S. car buyers can configure and reserve their version of Audi’s first all-electric vehicle for the first time on Sept. 17, the same day the still-veiled 2019 e-tron SUV will make its global debut at a San Francisco event.

July 26, 2018 - Industry News

Wells Fargo to Begin Growing Auto Loan Portfolio by Mid-2019

Photo by Laimerpramer via Wikimedia Commons

Wells Fargo's continued runoff of its auto loan portfolio resulted in a $10.3 billion year-over-year decline in auto loan balances in the second quarter, but executives said the bank is positioned to begin growing its auto finance business once again.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, OCC, sales scandal, Wells Fargo

July 25, 2018 - Industry News

Former FCA Chief Sergio Marchionne Dead at 66

Sergio Marchionne, former CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ferrari N.V., has died following complications from surgery.

July 25, 2018 - Industry News

Registration Opens for Industry Summit 2018

Dealers and sales and F&I professionals are invited to register for Industry Summit 2018, a unique training, compliance certification, and networking opportunity set for October in Orlando, Fla.

July 24, 2018 - Industry News

Swapalease Users Name Best 'Glamping' Vehicles

A state-by-state survey of Swapalease users yielded a list of five trucks and SUVs consumers say are suited to camping in style.

July 24, 2018 - Industry News

Deadline Set for Industry Summit’s Tech Shootout

Companies and individuals at the forefront of sales and F&I technology are invited to participate in Technology Shootout, a new feature planned for October’s Industry Summit.

July 23, 2018 - Industry News

FCA Elevates Ram Truck Head to CEO

FCA has named Mike Manley its CEO to replace an ailing Sergio Marchionne. Photo courtesy of FCA.  

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has named Ram truck and Jeep head Michael Manley as its chief executive officer, after medical complications forced Sergio Marchionne to step away from the company.

Tags: Fiat Chrysler, Jeep, Mike Manley, Ram, Sergio Marchionne

July 16, 2018 - Industry News

CDK Global to Acquire ELEAD1ONE

The deal was first reported on Sunday by The Banks Report, which described the pending acquisition as checking off 'several boxes for CDK while filling a big product hole — a viable integrated CRM platform with significant market share.'

Tags: CDK Global, CRM, digital marketing, digital retailing, DMS, ELEAD1ONE, online F&I

July 11, 2018 - Industry News

ACE to Debut Product Specialist Certification at Industry Summit

The latest addition to Automotive Compliance Education’s growing compliance certification program was designed to cover basic legal requirements and federal guidelines governing the structure and sale of F&I products.

July 11, 2018 - Industry News

Industry Summit’s Technology Shootout Takes Shape

Organizers have released new details about the inaugural Technology Shootout, a new, interactive feature planned for Industry Summit 2018.

July 11, 2018 - Industry News

DCA Winners to Be Honored at Industry Summit

Winners of the 2018 Dealers’ Choice Awards will be recognized in a special ceremony at Industry Summit in Orlando this October.

July 10, 2018 - Industry News

F&I Dealer of the Year Nominations Now Being Accepted

F&I and Showroom, Auto Dealer Today's sister publication, is now accepting nominations for its 17th F&I Dealer of the Year contest, sponsored for the second straight year by American Financial & Automotive Services. Nominations must be received by Aug. 15, 2018.

Tags: contests, DOY Pacesetters, DOY Winners, F&I Dealer of the Year, F&I director, F&I profit

July 9, 2018 - Industry News

NY AG: Brooklyn Dealership Targeted Non-English Speakers

Bay Ridge Honda has agreed to pay $423,000 in restitution and penalties to settle charges of deceptive acts and practices that followed dozens of complaints from aggrieved customers, many of whom are non-English speakers.

Tags: compliance, Deceptive Practices, fraud, payment packing, UDAP, Unfair Practices

June 27, 2018 - Industry News

Updated: Roadster Secures New Funding, Announces New Ties With Lithia, Lexus

The startup’s war chest now totals $30 million after securing $15 million in new funding. The announcement comes on the heels of two other major developments for the San Francisco-based startup, including new relationships with Lithia Motors and Lexus.

Tags: digital retailing, Ecommerce, online F&I, Roadster

June 21, 2018 - Industry News

Jeep Cherokee Tops 2018 American-Made Index

Four of the top 10 2018 ‘most American’ vehicles in Cars.com’s latest rankings are built by foreign-based factories, but Jeep claimed the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive year.

June 21, 2018 - Industry News

Michigan Leads Nation in Repair Affordability

CarMD analysts say Michigan remains the most affordable state for ‘check engine’ repairs with an average total light repair cost of $333.

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