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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

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

Is Your Store Suffering From Cultural Lag?

Is Your Store Suffering From Cultural Lag?

Dealers must find a new unique selling proposition in a market driven by highly informed car buyers who already know your price and are more likely to be swayed by value.

September 30, 2019

Data Can Help Dealers Sell More OE Parts

Data Can Help Dealers Sell More OE Parts

Once treated as classified information, factory parts data is now shared freely. Opportunistic franchised dealers are seizing the opportunity by selling unneeded inventory to independent repair shops.

September 18, 2019

World’s First Carbon-Neutral Dealership Changes Hands

World’s First Carbon-Neutral Dealership Changes Hands

Motorcars Honda of Cleveland Heights has been purchased and renamed by the nine-store Foundation Automotive group. The Ohio store was recognized by BP as the world’s first carbon-neutral auto dealership in 2016.

September 18, 2019

Xtime Adds Text Marketing Features to Invite Platform
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

Report: Chasing Price Hurts Gross, F&I, Service

Report: Chasing Price Hurts Gross, F&I, Service

A new report makes the case for chasing value over price, a strategy that auto dealerships nationwide are adopting to generate higher front-end & back-end grosses while earning lifelong service customers.

September 10, 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

Manheim Moves to Flat Rates for Automatic Inspections
Ally: Soaring Costs Make Case for Service Contracts
Mazda Dealer Faces Termination Over Warranty Work

Mazda Dealer Faces Termination Over Warranty Work

Mazda has attempted to cancel its franchise agreement with a Texas dealer for failing to complete Takata airbag recall orders. The matter will be decided in a hearing ordered by state regulators.

August 26, 2019

Va. Parts Manager Faces 20 Years for Embezzlement

Va. Parts Manager Faces 20 Years for Embezzlement

A former dealership employee was accused of systematically scrapping nearly $250,000 worth of catalytic converters and selling them to a recycling center for pennies on the dollar.

August 13, 2019

Auto/Mate Integrates With Armatus Dealer Uplift

Auto/Mate Integrates With Armatus Dealer Uplift

A new integration between Auto/Mate Dealership System and Armatus Dealer Upfit was designed to boost warranty parts gross profits for auto dealers using Auto/Mate’s DMS.

August 12, 2019

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