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S.C. Dealer Sues Former GM, F&I Manager

S.C. Dealer Sues Former GM, F&I Manager

Hoover Mitsubishi’s Mark Hoover has sued two former employees accused of doctoring auto loan applications, a scheme that led to an FBI raid and the shuttering of the dealership.

August 21, 2019

Days’ Supply Hits 71 on Weaker Sales

Days’ Supply Hits 71 on Weaker Sales

The latest report from the Automotive News Data Center finds U.S. franchised dealers were sitting on nearly 3.8 million new units as of Aug. 1, a 27-year high.

August 13, 2019

Va. Parts Manager Faces 20 Years for Embezzlement

Va. Parts Manager Faces 20 Years for Embezzlement

A former dealership employee was accused of systematically scrapping nearly $250,000 worth of catalytic converters and selling them to a recycling center for pennies on the dollar.

August 13, 2019

Nissan Takes Step Back in Full-Size Truck Market

Nissan Takes Step Back in Full-Size Truck Market

Nissan will end production of the diesel V-8 variant of the Titan XD in December after failing to capture more than a fraction of U.S. full-size pickup sales in the first half of 2019.

August 12, 2019

DOJ Settles Nissan Captive Case for $3M

DOJ Settles Nissan Captive Case for $3M

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nissan Motor Acceptance will pay $3 million to settle charges that it unlawfully repossessed 113 vehicles belonging to active military members.

August 7, 2019

Fla. Chevrolet Dealership Agrees to Million-Dollar Settlement
Father/Son Dealers Face Federal Fraud Charges

Father/Son Dealers Face Federal Fraud Charges

Mehdi and Saaed Moslem have been charged with tax and bank fraud after IRS and FBI investigators say they uncovered a scheme to hide — then inflate — income from their Upstate New York auto dealership.

August 5, 2019

Report: Longer Commute, Bigger Auto Loan

Report: Longer Commute, Bigger Auto Loan

LendingTree analysts have discovered a correlation between commute times and auto loan balances, finding that car buyers borrow $269 for every additional minute between home and work.

August 2, 2019

SAAR Dips to 16.6M in Watershed Sales Report

SAAR Dips to 16.6M in Watershed Sales Report

July deliveries increased 1.3% in the first monthly U.S. new-vehicle sales report to include none of the Detroit 3 automakers, but the seasonally adjusted annualized rate fell below 17 million for the fourth time this year.

August 2, 2019

AutoNation Nears $2,000 PVR as Big Groups Grow F&I

AutoNation Nears $2,000 PVR as Big Groups Grow F&I

The nation’s six largest publicly traded dealer groups all increased F&I profit per vehicle retailed in the second quarter, led by AutoNation’s $1,926 per copy and Lithia Motors’ segment-leading 11% improvement.

August 1, 2019

Cornered Fed Announces First Rate Cut Since 2008

Cornered Fed Announces First Rate Cut Since 2008

Facing new global realities and pressure on multiple fronts, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade in an attempt to prolong the economic expansion.

August 1, 2019

Are We Not Capitalists?

Are We Not Capitalists?

Opponents of franchise laws claim they hang on flawed logic, discourage competition, and benefit dealers to the detriment of consumers.

August 1, 2019

Dealer Sues Over Lexus Point Lost in 1989

Dealer Sues Over Lexus Point Lost in 1989

Longtime Wichita, Kan., Toyota dealer Mike Steven has sued the factory’s luxury division, claiming more than $120 million in damages stemming from a 30-year-old dispute over an unawarded Lexus franchise.

July 29, 2019

Price Hike: Tesla Drops Base Models

Price Hike: Tesla Drops Base Models

The starting prices for the Model X SUV and Model S sedan went up nearly $5,000 overnight following the abrupt deletion of their ‘standard range’ variants from Tesla’s lineup.

July 17, 2019

Calif. Dealer Wins $15.8M in Toyota Lawsuit

Calif. Dealer Wins $15.8M in Toyota Lawsuit

An Orange County jury found in favor of Toyota dealer Roger Hogan, who sued the factory for fraud and breach of contract amid claims the manufacturer concealed safety defect data and retaliated against him for going public with his concerns.

July 16, 2019