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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

Report: GPS Tracking Reduces Impound Costs

Report: GPS Tracking Reduces Impound Costs

In the year since impound fees cost the used car industry $1.1 billion, new data released by Spireon shows maturing technology has made a positive impact.

October 11, 2019

S.C. Ford Dealer Offers Free Gun With Every Purchase

S.C. Ford Dealer Offers Free Gun With Every Purchase

Four months after factory executives put a stop to a similar campaign at an Alabama dealership, Carolina Ford is offering a free rifle, American flag, and Bible to every sold customer through the end of November.

October 10, 2019

WheelsTV Brings Interactive Test Drives to CDK Dealers
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

AutoMap Promotes Sargeant to CEO

AutoMap Promotes Sargeant to CEO

Mark Sargeant has been promoted from vice president of business development and marketing to CEO of AutoMap LLC.

October 8, 2019

Summer’s End Puts Retention Index on Downward Track
Drivers Don’t Trust Lane Centering Systems, IIHS Finds
Thompson Joins CDK Global as Senior VP

Thompson Joins CDK Global as Senior VP

Former Epicor division head Scott Thompson has joined CDK Global as senior vice president and business leader for CRM and layered applications.

October 7, 2019

Report: Why Dealers Struggle to Convert Leads

Report: Why Dealers Struggle to Convert Leads

FrogData analysts say auto dealers can set more appointments, close more sales, and reduce costs by building a lead follow-up process based on timing by lead source.

October 7, 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

MAX Digital Powers DealerCenter Enhanced Market Pricing
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

Wolfe Joins RoadVantage as CFO

Wolfe Joins RoadVantage as CFO

RoadVantage has named Scott Wolfe as its new chief financial officer. Executives said Wolfe’s background and experience are a perfect fit for the growing company.

October 2, 2019

DOJ Mystery-Shopped Md. Dealership Before Suing for Racial Bias