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Top 10 Fraud Stories of 2019

Top 10 Fraud Stories of 2019

A number of U.S. auto dealers and dealership sales and F&I personnel were the victims or alleged perpetrators in several major fraud cases this year.

December 30, 2019

Democrats Signal Defeat on EV Tax Credit

Democrats Signal Defeat on EV Tax Credit

The federal spending bill being negotiated by House and Senate leaders is not likely to include an extension of the $7,500 tax credit for buyers of electric vehicles.

December 17, 2019

Sense of Urgency Pervades Q3 Dealership Acquisitions
Discounts, Incentives Stabilize New Vehicle Prices in November
September Depreciation Report Shows 1% Overall Decline
Gilchrist: USMCA a Win for Dealers, Industry

Gilchrist: USMCA a Win for Dealers, Industry

NADA Chairman Charlie Gilchrist voiced his support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in remarks at a press event. The Texas dealer urged Congress not to ignore the ‘reality’ of an auto industry built on favorable relationships among the three nations.

October 9, 2019

Detroit, Japan Factories Suffer in Short September Sales Report

Detroit, Japan Factories Suffer in Short September Sales Report

U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks fell 12% year-over-year in September, suppressed in part by a Labor Day weekend allotted to August. Few were spared the sting, with all six of America’s and Japan’s biggest factories reporting double-digit declines.

October 3, 2019

Report: Used-Vehicle Prices Up 2% From 2018

Report: Used-Vehicle Prices Up 2% From 2018

J.D. Power’s latest index finds average prices for used vehicles were up 2% year-over-year in August. Analysts say the segment will continue to drive profits for dealers for the foreseeable future.

September 20, 2019

Fed Cuts Interest Rates Again, Stock Market Responds

Fed Cuts Interest Rates Again, Stock Market Responds

Stock are on the rise following the second quarter-point reduction to the federal funds rate in less than two months. No further cuts are planned for this year or next, guaranteeing further pressure from the White House.

September 19, 2019

Cox: Franchised, Independent Dealers See Two Different Markets
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

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