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Business as Usual

A Q&A with Warren Buffett and Larry Van Tuyl headlined the 2015 NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum, where the two executives discussed the direction of the nation’s fourth-largest dealer group post-acquisition.

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N.Y. Dealer Pleads Guilty to Felony Tax Charges

The owner of a dealership in New York pled guilty last week to five felony charges and will serve up to one year in jail for failing to file sales tax and personal income tax returns.

Mass Action Suit Filed Against TrueCar

The law firm of Bellavia Blatt & Crossett has filed a mass action lawsuit against TrueCar, claiming that the lead provider’s business practices constitute false advertising.

N.Y. Shuts Down Subprime Auto Lender

Condor Capital must pay an estimated $8 million in restitution to harmed customers, a $3 million penalty and admit violations of the Dodd-Frank Act and New York state law. The lender will also surrender its licenses in all states.

N.Y. Dealer Convicted of Money Laundering

The owner of Finish Line Auto Sales was convicted by a federal jury this week of money laundering for helping drug dealers purchase high end used cars with cash.

Cadillac Becomes Separate Business Unit

General Motors has announced a strategic realignment that will establish Cadillac as a separate business unit. In addition, the new Cadillac organization will expand to New York with a new global headquarters opening in 2015.

N.Y. Dealer to Pay $27K for Bogus Customer Fees

An investigation of a Toyota dealership in Kingston found that 27 customers were charged an additional undisclosed $650 fee when they purchased their vehicle at the end of the lease. No additional services were provided for payment of this fee.

F&I Products at Center of Legislative Battles in Four States

Legislation regulating the influence captive finance sources have on F&I product sales has popped up around the nation this year, but the industry disagrees on what is driving these state-by-state battles.

NYC Imposes Strict Rule for Used-Car Sales

The city’s Consumer Affairs Department is warning dealers it will issue violations or revoke their licenses to operate if they do not notify consumers who purchased vehicle with unrepaired recall issues.

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Tesla Makes Strides on East Coast

This week, New York Governor Cuomo signed a pro-Tesla bill into law. The New Jersey Assembly also voted to allow manufacturers to directly sell zero-emissions vehicles to consumers.

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