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Black Book: Vehicle Depreciation to Rise in 2015

Vehicle depreciation is expected to increase in 2015 as a larger used-car supply and off-lease volumes place pressure on retention rates, according to a report from Black Book and Fitch Ratings.

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CFPB Lacks Proper Data Security, Report Says

A report released by the United States Government Accountability Office this week found that the CFPB, which has collected information on up to 600 million financial accounts, has fallen short in its data-protection efforts.

U.S. Sales Per Store to Reach All-Time High, Urban Science Reports

The average number of sales per dealership in the United States is on track to hit an all-time record of 904 units based on vehicle sales of 16.2 million, according to a new report from Urban Science.

Equifax Sees No Evidence of Subprime Auto Bubble

A monthly report from the firm shows that subprime auto lending has been fairly stable since 2012, and that originations have been shifting toward the higher end of the subprime credit-score spectrum, despite reports of an imminent ‘bubble’ in subprime lending.

California on Track to Sell 1.8 million New Units in 2014

California continues to outpace national new-car sales growth, according to a report from the California New Car Dealers Association. The state’s sales are on track to approach 1.8 million new units.

Dealership Buy/Sell Activity Jumps 60% in Q1

The Kerrigan Quarterly Blue Sky Report also finds that blue sky pricing remains high for most franchises, with the market having established a pricing floor.

NADA Launches Initiative to Promote Benefits of Franchised Dealers

The “Get the Facts” initiative provides online materials demonstrating the benefits of franchised dealerships, which the association is encouraging dealers to share on their own websites.

CallSource to Study Dealer Call Management Successes

CallSource announced it will begin measuring call performance for dealers across the country. The company's new report will provide benchmarks for how dealers are doing compared to their competition. It will also rank dealers by their success in converting prospects into showroom visits.

Calif. New-Vehicle Registrations Rise 13.8 Percent in Q3

New-vehicle registrations were up 13.8 percent in the third quarter vs. one year ago, the largest increase this year, according to the CNCDA.

Used-Car Prices Fall to Lowest Levels in Four Years, Edmunds Reports

Edmunds.com’s latest findings show used-car prices have fallen to their lowest level in four years. The company attributes the drop to consumers making a post-recession shift back to the new-car market.