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This is an actual conversation with a car dealer — and it shows how the industry is juicing sales
Car dealers and buyers across the country are having a disturbing conversation. - Business Insider, 8/28/14

New Jersey car dealer ordered to repay customers sold Sandy-damaged cars
A New Jersey car dealership operator will have to pay back customers who unknowingly bought Superstorm Sandy-damaged cars from his lot, thanks in part to a five-month "ABC's The Lookout" investigation into flooded cars being sold on used car lots. - ABC News, 8/26/14

Norfolk car dealer charged with selling illegal tags
Investigators have arrested the owner Donald Jabbar for illegally selling 30 day, temporary tags to drivers he never sold cars to. - News Channel 3, (Norfolk, Va.), 8/28/14

Car dealers roll to better days
During the recession, with sales of new cars drastically reduced and manufacturers cutting back on production, auto dealerships had a rough ride. - Miami Today, 8/27/14

N.J. car dealer admits selling Sandy-flooded cars
A used car dealer in New Jersey has admitted selling seven vehicles that sustained flood damage during Superstorm Sandy after a Motor Vehicle Commission office employee created clean titles for them. - The Star-Ledger, (Newark, N.J.), 8/26/14

Length of car loans rises, helps fuel sales
New car and truck loans have ballooned to an average of 5 1/2 years from four to five years not long ago, allowing buyers to afford more expensive vehicles and fulfill their urge to drive the newest thing now. - Detroit News, 8/24/14

Former car dealer enters plea in wire fraud case, second charge dismissed
The owner of the former Johnny's Car Dealership entered an Alford Plea to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud as part of a negotiated agreement, his attorney said. - WCSC TV, (Charleston, S.C.), 8/22/14

Antioch used car dealer, his wife facing nearly 80 charges In alleged odometer tampering
An Antioch used car dealer and his wife—suspected in what DMV officials say is the state’s biggest car dealership odometer tampering case in memory—have been hit with nearly 80 charges in Contra Costa County Superior Court. - CBS Local, (San Francisco Bay area), 8/21/14

Dealership focuses on vintage cars
A used car dealership with a new twist has set up shop in Trumbull County. - WKBN 27, (Youngstown, Ohio), 8/16/14

Car struck by lightning at Florida dealership
If you ever thought you were safe from severe weather in your car, you may want to reconsider. - News 13, (Orlando), 8/15/14

Olympic wrestler cited for hunting deer In car dealership parking lot
10-time U.S. Nationals wrestling champion Dremiel Byers was bow-hunting a wounded buck when his prey led him into the parking lot of a Lexus car dealership. - New England Sports Network, 8/17/14

Craigslist buyers beware: For sale by owner, sold by dealer
Henrietta Howard believed she was dealing with a private seller when she agreed to buy a Kia Amanti. - The News-Press, (Southwest Fla.), 8/10/14

Police say they have prime suspects in Daytona car dealership thefts
The ads that car dealer Gary Yeomans typically runs in the newspaper call attention to the latest deals on shiny new Mustangs and Benzes. - Daytona Beach News Journal, (Fla.), 8/10/14

Exel Inc. fined $52,500 for Toledo safety issue
A company that distributes parts for Chrysler Group LLC in Toledo has been fined $52,500 by federal workplace safety regulators. - Toledo Blade, (Ohio), 8/8/14

Ex-office manager stole $700K from car dealership
The former office manager at a Pittsburgh-area car dealership has pleaded guilty to federal fraud and false tax return charges stemming from her theft of $700,000 from the business. - Morning Times, (Sayre, Penn.), 8/8/14

Car dealer accused of defrauding state on sales tax
The sole corporate officer for a Brisbane car dealership defrauded the state of more than $273,000 in sales tax owed on sold vehicles, according to prosecutors who charged him this week with six felonies - The Daily Journal, (San Mateo, Calif.), 8/7/14

4 more robust years forecast for car sales
U.S. auto sales will remain healthy for the next four years, economists said Tuesday. - Detroit News, 8/6/14

Former Jackson County car dealer gets 15-year prison sentence in identity theft case
A former Kansas City area used car dealer behind one of the largest identify theft cases ever prosecuted in a Missouri court was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison. - Kansas City Star, 7/31/14

Focusing on G.M. unit, U.S. starts civil inquiry of subprime car lending
Federal prosecutors have begun a civil investigation into the booming business of subprime auto lending, focusing on the packaging and selling of questionable loans to investors. - New York Times, 8/4/14

Car dealers conundrum: When customers think you're more profitable than you are
For example, the survey found 26 percent of buyers say they overpaid when buying a car or truck and 32 percent said they wouldn’t go back to the same dealer out of dissatisfaction. - Forbes, 7/30/14

Maryland's largest independent car dealership deploys digital signage for customer education
Maryland's largest independent car dealership deploys digital signage for customer education. - Digital Signage Today, 7/27/14

Auto dealer hit with two-by-four over car deal dies
The owner of a dealership in Providence, R.I., who was struck with a two-by-four in a fight over a junk-car deal, has died. -, (Providence, R.I.), 7/27/14

Just Cool Cars: Used car dealer sells only classics
As soon as you see the hot pink Volkswagen camper bus with the leopard-print seats, you know this is no normal used-car lot. - USA Today, 7/28/14

Customers protest car dealership
A car dealership in Wilmington is under fire. Customers say the cars they bought are not up to par. - WWAY 3, (Wilmington, N.C.), 7/24/14

Officials uncover fraudulent sales at Pennsylvania car dealership
Two salespeople are facing various offenses after an investigation into the business practices of a West Lampeter Township car dealership. - Lancaster Newspapers, (Pa.), 7/24/14

‘Suspicious’ fire damages vintage autos at Miami-Dade classic-car dealer warehouse
Ted and Robin Vernon are nationally known for their vast collection of vintage cars. - Miami Herald, 7/24/14

Thieves steal dozens of wheels, tires from Oklahoma car dealership
The Bartlesville Police Department is investigating the theft of dozens of wheels and tires from a dealership over the weekend. - News on 6, (Tulsa, Okla.), 7/22/14

Norfolk car dealership off limits to military personnel
Service members of all military branches are now prohibited from visiting Victory Lane Motors, the Norfolk used-car lot at the center of a Department of Motor Vehicles investigation. - Virginian-Pilot, 7/23/14

Jacksonville car dealer gives woman refund in pennies
Irena Mujakovic purchased this 2003 Saab from Holiday Motors in January and now regrets her decision. - First Coast News, (Jacksonville, Fla.), 7/22/14

Former salesman accuses car dealer of age discrimination
A former car salesman is suing, alleging he was fired because of his age. - West Virginia Record, 7/21/14

Florida group buys Pat Lobb’s Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealership in Frisco
Toyota dealer Pat Lobb has sold his relatively new Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram store in Frisco to a Florida auto group. - Dallas Morning News, 7/21/14

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