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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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World’s First Carbon-Neutral Dealership Changes Hands

Motorcars Honda of Cleveland Heights has been purchased and renamed by the nine-store Foundation Automotive group. The Ohio store was recognized by BP as the world’s first carbon-neutral auto dealership in 2016.

Generali Targets Specialty Insurance Market With New Division

Generali US Branch’s Specialty Insurance Division will offer insurance and obligor services for warranties and service contracts on a global scale in multiple verticals, including automotive F&I.

Former Porsche Salesman Pleads Guilty to $3M Fraud

Shiraaz Sookralli faces 20 years in prison after admitting to charges of fraud and embezzlement relating to a multimillion-dollar scheme to sell nonexistent Porsches from a South Florida dealership.

Xtime Adds Text Marketing Features to Invite Platform

Xtime Text Marketing was designed to offer U.S. dealers who use Xtime Invite a new way to connect with sales and service customers in a timely and legally compliant manner.

EFG Adds Multifaceted Appearance Protection Product

EFG Companies’ Signature Finish Elite Appearance Protection targets traditionally unprotected surfaces, including body panels as well as glass, chrome, and rubber.

GM Adds Dealer.com as Preferred Website Provider

General Motors’ Website Choice Program now includes Dealer.com, which offers dealer websites as well a range of digital marketing solutions.

Cox: Franchised, Independent Dealers See Two Different Markets

Cox Automotive’s latest Dealer Sentiment Index shows a marked disparity in optimism and fear factors between America’s new- and used-car dealers.

EEOC Sues Okla. Dealer for Refusing to Hire Female Salesperson

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims a dealer group executive said ‘This is not a lady’s job yet’ to justify failing to retain the only woman on the sales team at a Norman, Okla., Chrysler dealership the group acquired.

LoJack: GPS Can Be a Dealer’s Best Friend

A new infographic from LoJack illustrates how GPS-powered inventory management maximizes front-end profits, drives customer retention and service revenue, and reduces lost loyalty.