Used Cars

Penske Q2 net income rises 18% on strong gains in all segments

7:30 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Penske Automotive Group's second-quarter net income rose 18 percent from the year-earlier period on higher new- and used-vehicle unit sales.... Read More »

 

Happy Birthday, boss! Let's open some stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Sonic Automotive President Scott Smith will get a special birthday present when he turns 47 on Oct. 20.... Read More »

 

Honda pushes dealers for buyers' signatures on airbag liability

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
"I understand that if this used car I'm buying is in a crash, the airbag could kill me." That's the gist of a document that American Honda Motor Co. wants its dealers to require buyers of certain 2001-11 used Honda and Acura vehicles to sign.... Read More »

 

AutoTrader, Manheim rebrand under 1 entity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Manheim and AutoTrader Group, a collection of digital automotive marketing and software companies, are now part of Cox Automotive, according to signage and employees representing the various properties at a recent trade show in Florida. Sandy Schwartz, president of Manheim and AutoTrader Group, leads the new entity.... Read More »

 

Auction Broadcasting sites get makeovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Auction Broadcasting Co., expecting to increase its sales at least 20 percent in 2015, will improve seven of its eight auction sites in various ways by year end. Jason Hockett, president of the Indianapolis auction company, says the improvements include drive-thru photo booths and new or expanded reconditioning centers and body shops.... Read More »

 

Certified-used sales fall in June, expected to rise for year

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Sales of certified used vehicles slipped in June for the first time in a year and a half. But analysts still predict certified sales will rise overall this year. Sales dipped 2 percent in June from a year earlier to 181,112, but still posted an 8 percent gain for the first half, to 1,133,588.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times story on subprime offers feds ammunition

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
A withering account of subprime auto lending in Sunday's New York Times reinforces bad stereotypes about used-car dealers, smears subprime lenders and their investors, takes out of context an increase in delinquencies and loan losses from record lows, and provides ammunition to auto finance industry critics in Washington.... Read More »

 

GM halts sale of some Cadillac CTS models over switch issue

7:24 pm U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
GM ordered Cadillac dealers to stop selling some versions of the CTS because the automaker does not have a fix yet for cars recalled in late June over an issue where engines can be shut off if the driver's knee bumps the ignition key.... Read More »

 

Sales staff gets more responsibility, higher pay

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Sonic Automotive began preparing its staff for the transition to its One Sonic-One Experience initiative years ago when it launched its playbooks, or guides for how to sell used cars, new cars, finance and insurance products and so on.... Read More »

 

Used-vehicle prices soften, demand strong

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Used-vehicle prices are beginning to soften as more units come off lease, but they remain above last year's levels and aren't depreciating as fast as in pre-recession days.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Why buy-here, pay-here is losing some turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
More consumers are passing up offers from buy-here, pay-here stores in favor of cheap financing by some franchised new-car dealerships, one giant used-car retailer says.... Read More »

 

Retail demand, favorable credit keep wholesale used-vehicle prices high

4:29 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Wholesale prices of used vehicles in June fell 1 percent from the previous month’s level but were 4 percent higher than in June 2013, according to the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index released today.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

GM recall blitz spotlights used-car sales loophole

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Used-car retail giant CarMax has dozens of Cobalts and Ions listed for sale that haven't had their switches replaced, GM's online VIN database shows. And this is perfectly legal.... Read More »

 

TrueCar to drop 75 franchisees in policy disputes

4:24 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
TrueCar this month plans to drop up to 75 of its 8,000 participating franchisees for failing to honor price guarantees made to car buyers or for other violations of TrueCar policies, President John Krafcik said today. TrueCar also will launch a new app in the coming days that allows consumers to take photos of their trade-in vehicles and seek a price for the vehicles from competing dealers in the TrueCar network, Krafcik said.... Read More »

 

For some, buy-here, pay-here makes sense – and profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Gary Tillery wants every customer who walks into his J.D. Byrider used-vehicle lot in Albuquerque, N.M., to drive off in a vehicle they will pay for and like.... Read More »

 

Subprime lenders finance smaller share of CarMax sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
The percentage of CarMax vehicles purchased with loans from subprime lenders declined to 16.1 percent in the company’s fiscal quarter ending May 31, from 21.3 percent a year earlier, the nation’s largest used-vehicle retailer said.... Read More »

 

Want to relive the 1990s? Just hit the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
You'd think the number of really old vehicles on the road would come down given all that "pent-up demand" that has been released in the past couple of years. Not so, according to Experian.... Read More »

 

Strong new-vehicle sales bode well for auctions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
National Auto Auction Association member auctions increased their sales of used cars and trucks 4 percent to 8.2 million in 2013 as the number of vehicles entering their auctions increased 4 percent to 15.2 million.... Read More »

 

Auction companies think outside the block

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Auction companies are crafting ways for large dealership groups to buy and sell used vehicles more efficiently online and off.... Read More »

 

Dealer doesn't charge for powertrain warranty for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
Rick Case Automotive Group is offering a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty on some used cars and trucks, excluding those covered by manufacturer certification. But it is not charging a premium for those vehicles -- at least not yet.... Read More »

 

Used-vehicle prices dipped in May, but pickup prices edged up

2:35 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
In line with seasonal patterns, overall wholesale prices of used vehicles dipped in May from April levels, but prices of used pickups rose, according to data in the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index.... Read More »

 

Consumer awareness aids CPO sales and prices

2:22 pm U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
Certified used-vehicle sales are expected to grow this year and next year in lock step with increases in the supply of late-model used vehicles, the latest issue of Perspective, a monthly report by NADA Used Car Guide that highlights industry trends, says.... Read More »

 

Top seller CarMax watches as rivals circle

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
CarMax Inc. is the 400-pound gorilla of the used-car market. Now Sonic and Asbury Automotive Group Inc. are on track to open stand-alone used-car stores this year. CarMax is watching, but not all that worried.... Read More »

 

URGENT STRATEGIES

Retailers want piece of huge used-car market

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
The used-car business is hot, prompting franchised new-car dealers across the nation to pay more attention than ever to their used-vehicle operations, in some cases opening used-only stores.... Read More »

 

Sonic, Asbury's paths to stand-alone used-car stores diverge

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
When it comes to stand-alone used-car stores, Asbury Automotive Group Inc. is dipping its toe in the water while Sonic Automotive Inc. is jumping in.... Read More »

 

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