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Data Can Help Dealers Sell More OE Parts

Once treated as classified information, factory parts data is now shared freely. Opportunistic franchised dealers are seizing the opportunity by selling unneeded inventory to independent repair shops.

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March Sales Down 3.1% as SAAR Soars

The U.S. new-vehicle sales forecast improved to 17.42 million units in March, but sales fell 3.1% year-over-year against slowing demand fueled by higher interest rates, prices, and payments and reduced incentive spending.

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.

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.

Retail Incentives, New-Vehicle Sales Grow in May

May new-vehicle sales grew by 4.8% from the year-ago period, while average incentive spending per unit grew 6.6% from a year ago to $3,740.

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.

AIADA: International Nameplate Dealers Optimistic Despite Sales Slip

Total new-vehicle sales didn't grow for the first time since the Great Recession, but the American International Automobile Dealers Association said last week its member dealers remain optimistic about 2018.

J.D. Power: Used Vehicle Price Index Falls 1.4% in November

Underperforming van and car segments led to a decline in J.D. Power's used vehicle price index in November, a reversal from the index's previous three months of consecutive growth.

Perfect Storm

Industry Summit’s executive panel convened to discuss and debate the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the status of the used-car and subprime markets, the GM mandate, and the digitization of the F&I process.

KBB: New-Vehicle Sales Expected to Fall 2% in October

Despite the expected decline, October looks to be relatively strong on strong replacement demand in hurricane-impacted states and higher incentive spending. Kelley Blue Book analysts, however, believe these are indicators that new-vehicle demand is still contracting.