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Used-Vehicle Volumes Up 4.1% Among Privately Owned Dealers
Subprime Fell to Lowest Share Since 2011 in April

Subprime Fell to Lowest Share Since 2011 in April

An Equifax review of auto finance data from the first four months of 2019 found subprime’s percentage of total originations fell to 22.7% for all purchases and 9.2% of new-vehicle leases.

September 12, 2019

Escalating Finance Costs Drive 24% Spike in TCO

Escalating Finance Costs Drive 24% Spike in TCO

AAA analysts say bigger price tags and higher interest rates have conspired to raise American new-car buyers’ average annual total cost of ownership to $9,282, an all-time high and a 24% year-over-year increase.

September 12, 2019

Pace of Dealership Acquisitions Slows in Q2

Pace of Dealership Acquisitions Slows in Q2

Kerrigan Advisors’ latest Blue Sky buy/sell report counts 49 transactions in the second quarter, a slight decline from Q1 but enough to maintain a 200-plus-transaction pace for 2019.

September 11, 2019

Rooney Joins Hudco as Partner in DC Office

Rooney Joins Hudco as Partner in DC Office

Mark E. Rooney, an attorney whose practice focuses on consumer litigation defense and government investigations in the financial services industry, has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Hudson Cook LLP.

September 9, 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

SAAR Fails to Crack 17M Despite Record August Sales

SAAR Fails to Crack 17M Despite Record August Sales

U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks fell 1.2% year-over-year in August, a sales month that extended through the Labor Day weekend and set new records for Honda, Toyota, and Subaru.

September 5, 2019

Prime Buyers Flock to Used Vehicles in Q2 Report

Prime Buyers Flock to Used Vehicles in Q2 Report

Experian’s Q2 auto finance report consumers continue to uncover ways to manage monthly payments. For a record percentage of prime borrowers, that meant passing on a $32,000-plus new-vehicle loan in favor of a pre-owned unit.

September 5, 2019

UnityWorks Releases Dynamic Inventory Video Ads
AAGI Acquired by Amynta Group

AAGI Acquired by Amynta Group

American Auto Guardian Inc. has been acquired by Amynta Group, creating a combined footprint that includes 15,000 dealers and 1,400 agents in the U.S. and Canada.

September 5, 2019

Fiat Deletes 500 From North American Lineup

Fiat Deletes 500 From North American Lineup

2019 marks the last model-year for the Fiat 500, 500e, and 500 Abarth in the U.S. and Canada, ending a 10-year production run and leaving the 500X CUV, 500L, and 124 Spider as the Italian brand’s only North American models.

September 4, 2019

Affinitiv and AutoLoop Complete Merger

Affinitiv and AutoLoop Complete Merger

The combined company retains the Affinitiv name and now includes more than 6,500 dealer accounts managed by 800 employees and generating approximately $200 million in revenues.

September 3, 2019

Cayenne Leads List of Unworthy $100K Cars

Cayenne Leads List of Unworthy $100K Cars

The Things’ Andre Nalin has released a list of 19 vehicles whose quality or dependability falls short of their six-figure price tags, led by the Porsche Cayenne SUV.

September 3, 2019

DealerBuilt Appoints Baker as CRO

DealerBuilt Appoints Baker as CRO

Twenty-five-year industry veteran Keith Baker has joined DealerBuilt as the DMS provider’s chief revenue officer.

September 3, 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