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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

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: Customers Want to Buy Insurance at the Dealership
Report: Longer Commute, Bigger Auto Loan

Report: Longer Commute, Bigger Auto Loan

LendingTree analysts have discovered a correlation between commute times and auto loan balances, finding that car buyers borrow $269 for every additional minute between home and work.

August 2, 2019

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

Fed Reserve Approves Third Rate Hike of 2018

Fed Reserve Approves Third Rate Hike of 2018

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates for the third time this year and signaled it will raise the cost of borrowing again in December. Industry economists said it will not get better for consumers or the industry from here.

September 27, 2018

Cox: September Sales to Decline 7.2% From Year-Ago Levels

Cox: September Sales to Decline 7.2% From Year-Ago Levels

Despite the expected volume decline, the firm put September’s seasonally adjusted annual sales rate at a healthy 17.1 million, down from last September’s 18.1 million SAAR. The company said higher interest rates and talks of tariffs may be having some pull-ahead impact in the market.

September 26, 2018

Edmunds: Stage Set for Market Contraction

Edmunds: Stage Set for Market Contraction

June’s annual percentage rate of 5.82% marked a 17% increase since January 2018. Add rising rates to a virtually saturated U.S. market, record-high vehicle prices, and historically high numbers of people who owe more than their cars are worth, and the stage is set for a market contraction, the firm said.

July 5, 2018

Retail Incentives, New-Vehicle Sales Grow in May
LMC, J.D. Power: Mixed Results Expected for February

LMC, J.D. Power: Mixed Results Expected for February

Average incentive spending in February is poised to fall for the first time since 2013 due to lower spending by Domestic manufacturers on trucks and SUVs. The two firms also project a 400,000-unit decrease in the SAAR and a 3% decline in retail sales.

February 27, 2018

Cox Automotive: Dealers Optimistic About Q1 2018

Cox Automotive: Dealers Optimistic About Q1 2018

The fourth-quarter reading of the Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index shows dealers are optimistic about the next three months. Concerns about price pressure and showroom traffic persist.

December 11, 2017

EFG Companies: 2018 to See Increased Focus on F&I, Service Drive, Customer Loyalty

Asbury: Q3 Revenue, Gross Profit Down Due to Hurricanes

Total revenue and gross profit were down 5% and 2% from a year ago, respectively, with Hurricane Irma having a significant impact on sales in the group’s core Florida and Georgia markets. F&I was a bright spot, with total gross profit up 4% and the group’s per-copy average increasing by $142 from a year ago to $1,547.

October 31, 2017