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Volvo Adds Dealer Inventory to Subscription Program

Volvo dealers will soon be allowed to pull new vehicles off their lots and into the Care by Volvo sub service, a significant change that leads a list of reported revisions to the embattled program.

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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.

IHS: EV Sales, Loyalty Reach Record Highs

U.S. sales of all-electric vehicles more than doubled in 2018, a year in which EV buyer and lessee loyalty increased to 55%.

Are Noncompetes Enforceable?

Although standards vary from state to state, it can be difficult to enforce agreements designed to prevent former dealership employees from taking their skills — and their coworkers and your customers — to competitors.

California New-Vehicle Sales Expected to Exceed 2 Million in 2018

With the car market having plateaued after several years of increases, the California New Car Dealers Association said it continues to see increasing demand for larger, more family-friendly vehicles. But with gas prices continuing to increase, that trend could shift in the quarters ahead.

Marijuana Use Still Illegal on Calif. Roads

Marijuana sales for recreational use became legal in California on Jan. 1, but another change in state law prohibits smoking or consuming the drug while driving or riding in a vehicle.

6 Legal Challenges for California Dealers

California auto dealers and their employees are on a litigation collision course. Attorney lists six problem areas to discuss with counsel.

New Gas Tax Hike Not Enough to Fix California’s Crumbling Roads, Group Says

California roads are crumbling, and a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank says in a newly published white paper that a recently passed transportation funding bill won’t raise enough funds to complete the backlog of needed repairs.

LoJack Recovered $112 Million in Stolen Vehicles in 2015

The most targeted vehicles were those worth more than $30,000. However, the average value of recovered vehicles in 2015 was $10,287. Thieves are also targeting specific vehicle colors, with black and white cars accounting for 20% and 18% of vehicles recovered, respectively.

Former Larry H. Miller Group CEO Acquires California Dealership

Greg Miller, who stepped down as CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group in March 2015, has acquired Bob Baker Toyota in San Diego, Calif. The dealership will be renamed Greg Miller Toyota and will be operated under his new enterprise, Greg Miller Automotive San Diego.