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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

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

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

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

New-Vehicle Interest Rates Fall to 5.8%

New-Vehicle Interest Rates Fall to 5.8%

The average interest rate for a U.S. new-vehicle loan fell below 6% for the first time all year as automakers and dealers extended model-year selldown promotions.

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

KBB.com Names 10 Most Awarded Cars, Brands of 2019
Report: Slow Sales Aside, Auto Groups Outperform Market

Report: Slow Sales Aside, Auto Groups Outperform Market

Kerrigan Advisors analysts say the stock prices for America’s seven publicly traded dealership groups are outpacing the broader U.S. equity markets and could soar higher on lower interest rates and new trucks.

July 10, 2019

SAAR Holds at 17M as June Sales Slip

SAAR Holds at 17M as June Sales Slip

U.S. dealers sold 2.6% fewer new cars and light trucks in June than in the same month a year ago, but standout performances in key segments kept the seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate above 17 million for the second straight month.

July 3, 2019

IHS: Average Age of U.S. Vehicles Continues to Rise
JD Power: Initial Quality Stalls After 4 Years of Acceleration
Dealer Sentiment ‘Remarkably Stable’ Despite Traffic, Profits
Kerrigan: Dealership Buy/Sell Activity Up 38% in Q1

Kerrigan: Dealership Buy/Sell Activity Up 38% in Q1

Despite headwinds threatening dealership profitability, Kerrigan Advisors’ first-quarter report indicates 2019 is trending toward another 200-plus transaction year for the auto retail buy/sell market.

June 7, 2019