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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

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

Ky. Dealer Charged With Leading $4M Repurchase Fraud

Ky. Dealer Charged With Leading $4M Repurchase Fraud

A federal grand jury has charged a Kentucky dealer and two alleged accomplices with defrauding a manufacturer — thought to be Toyota — of more than $4 million by running 350 used pickups through a consumer buyback program.

October 4, 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

Yesterday’s Standards Are Today’s Felonies

Yesterday’s Standards Are Today’s Felonies

The shady practices dealers and F&I professionals once bragged about are now landing many in jail. Compliance expert offers three forms of fraud you can eradicate immediately.

October 3, 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
Econtracting: Slippery Slope or Big Opportunity?

Econtracting: Slippery Slope or Big Opportunity?

Progress toward a fully online transaction may be inevitable, but you — and your finance sources — must take concrete steps toward process improvement and regulatory compliance to make econtracting work for your store.

September 24, 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

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