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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

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

DOJ Mystery-Shopped Md. Dealership Before Suing for Racial Bias
EEOC Says BMW Dealer Discriminated Against Older Workers

EEOC Says BMW Dealer Discriminated Against Older Workers

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says BMW Cleveland violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act when it terminated two older salesmen and failed to rehire a former service manager.

October 2, 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

FCA to Pay $40M Fine for ‘Cookie Jar’ Sales Reports

FCA to Pay $40M Fine for ‘Cookie Jar’ Sales Reports

FCA US and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay $40 million to settle charges leveled by the SEC, which accused the automaker of misleading investors by falsifying monthly sales reports to maintain the appearance of monthly gains.

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

Calif. AG Sues Blanco for Bank Fraud, False Advertising
PAR Gets masterQueue Skip Tracing Platform

PAR Gets masterQueue Skip Tracing Platform

PAR North America announced an expansion of its partnership with masterQueue, adding the latter’s skip tracing technology in an effort to increase recovery rates.

September 19, 2019

Former Porsche Salesman Pleads Guilty to $3M Fraud

Former Porsche Salesman Pleads Guilty to $3M Fraud

Shiraaz Sookralli faces 20 years in prison after admitting to charges of fraud and embezzlement relating to a multimillion-dollar scheme to sell nonexistent Porsches from a South Florida dealership.

September 17, 2019

Xtime Adds Text Marketing Features to Invite Platform
EEOC Sues Okla. Dealer for Refusing to Hire Female Salesperson

EEOC Sues Okla. Dealer for Refusing to Hire Female Salesperson

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims a dealer group executive said ‘This is not a lady’s job yet’ to justify failing to retain the only woman on the sales team at a Norman, Okla., Chrysler dealership the group acquired.

September 16, 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

EEOC Hits Dealer With Gender Discrimination Suit

EEOC Hits Dealer With Gender Discrimination Suit

Champion Chevrolet of Reno, Nev., has been sued by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit follows a complaint filed by a female salesperson who says she was bullied out of a job.

September 2, 2019