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F&I, Fixed Ops Lead the Way for Sonic in Q1 2016

Record F&I and fixed-ops gross profit helped Sonic Automotive offset low vehicle sales. But the big story for the publicly traded dealer group was the performance of the F&I offices at its one-touch EchoPark dealerships. They increased their per-copy averages by 54.1%.

April 26, 2016

TrueCar’s Painter to Step Down

TrueCar’s Painter to Step Down

TrueCar CEO Scott Painter has announced that he will vacate his post in the wake of second quarter losses of nearly $15 million.

August 6, 2015

Sonic Cautious About CFPB, But Revs Up Hybrid F&I Push

Sonic executives said the company is delaying plans to launch a captive finance company in light of the CFPB’s recent settlement with Honda Finance. But the group has given the go-ahead for the first phase of its much-delayed hybrid sales process.

July 21, 2015

Sonic Delays Further Rollout of Hybrid Process

Sonic executives said that until the group perfects its vehicle-pricing tool, the One Sonic-One Experience initiative will not expand beyond the five stores currently employing the program's hybrid sales and F&I process.

May 7, 2015

Acquisitions Drive 46% Revenue Increase for Dealertrack

Acquisitions Drive 46% Revenue Increase for Dealertrack

Dealertrack officials reported this week that average monthly subscription revenues from dealers were up 30% in the first quarter, thanks in part to the company’s recent acquisition of Dealer.com. Company officials also revealed plans to combine Dealer.com’s CRM capabilities with Dealertrack's own offering to produce a single solution.

May 15, 2014