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Gabler Attorney Questions Prosecution Evidence

Gabler Attorney Questions Prosecution Evidence

An attorney for indicted Pennsylvania dealer and former association head Andy Gabler has filed a motion accusing prosecutors of failing to document instances of alleged fraud.

November 26, 2019

Mass. Dealer Agrees to Nearly $1M Settlement

Mass. Dealer Agrees to Nearly $1M Settlement

The Boston-area AutoMax group has agreed to a $925,000 settlement after facing accusations of misrepresenting vehicles, warranty and service contract coverage, and fees.

November 21, 2019

GM Accuses FCA of Bribery, Corruption in RICO Suit

GM Accuses FCA of Bribery, Corruption in RICO Suit

General Motors has sued Fiat Chrysler in federal court, alleging FCA bribed United Auto Workers officials to secure concessions that included an undue share of lower-wage workers.

November 21, 2019

Chrysler Dealers to Appeal Claims Court Loss

Chrysler Dealers to Appeal Claims Court Loss

An attorney representing hundreds of former Chrysler franchisees in a $1 billion lawsuit against the federal government plans to file an appeal that could make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

November 12, 2019

Louisiana Dealers Do Business Face-to-Face

Louisiana Dealers Do Business Face-to-Face

Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association President Will Green believes the dealers in his state succeed by putting their customers and communities first and maximizing production — and emphasizing compliance — in the F&I department.

November 9, 2019

Former GM Gets 4 Years, Owes $8M for Embezzlement

Former GM Gets 4 Years, Owes $8M for Embezzlement

Amir Bakhtiari will spend 54 months in federal prison and faces deportation to Iran after pleading guilty to embezzling $6 million by paying phony advertising invoices and unearned bonuses.

November 1, 2019

Recall Sweep Targets AutoNation Dealerships

Recall Sweep Targets AutoNation Dealerships

The U.S. PIRG Education Fund issued a damning report after finding one in every nine used vehicles for sale at 28 AutoNation-owned locations in 12 states is subject to an open recall.

October 16, 2019

Calif. Dealers Get Warranty Rate Hike, 10-Year Upgrade Intervals, CCPA Exemption
Sources: Tesla Wants Back in Dealership Game, Seeks Loophole

Sources: Tesla Wants Back in Dealership Game, Seeks Loophole

Electrek reports Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to open ‘Tesla Centers’ around the U.S., once again challenging rules against direct-to-consumer sales. Sources say the firm’s Electric division could provide a workaround.

October 14, 2019

When Dealers Catch Criminals

When Dealers Catch Criminals

Noncompliant and outright illegal behavior by dealers, managers, and staff have generated headlines throughout the year. Less heralded are the instances in which dealership personnel took action that led to arrests.

October 10, 2019

Jury Orders Reagor to Pay Ford Credit $53M

Jury Orders Reagor to Pay Ford Credit $53M

A jury deliberated for less than an hour before deciding Reagor Dykes’ Bart Reagor owes Ford Motor Credit Co. the full amount it demanded following an investigation into the Texas group’s floorplanning practices.

October 4, 2019

Hyundai Claims Dealer Fraud Forced $5M in Repurchases

Hyundai Claims Dealer Fraud Forced $5M in Repurchases

Hyundai North America has sued a Pennsylvania dealer for fraud, claiming he bilked the automaker for $5 million by buying up hundreds of used Sonatas and purposely damaging their engines beyond repair.

September 30, 2019

Mystery Surrounds Seattle Dealership Closures

Mystery Surrounds Seattle Dealership Closures

Five motorcycle dealerships owned by Microsoft executive Howard Crow were suddenly shuttered last week. Managers and staff have returned, without pay, to open the doors and deliver or return bikes to bewildered customers.

September 26, 2019

NADA Mounts Opposition to Enhanced Safeguards Rule

NADA Mounts Opposition to Enhanced Safeguards Rule

National Automobile Dealers Association officials have told the FTC that proposed new provisions to the Safeguards Rule may be unnecessary and could cost smaller dealers more than $400,000 in the first calendar year of enforcement.

September 9, 2019

A Life of Crime at the Heights of Success

A Life of Crime at the Heights of Success

The long list of offenses committed by dealers and other highly successful people proves desperation is not the only cause of criminal behavior.

September 2, 2019