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Tupelo car dealer renews call for oversized sign
A Tupelo car dealership is trying again to win approval for a sign that's three times as tall as city regulations allow. - WTVA, (Miss.), 9/17/14

Auto dealer involved with car fire has OWI history
A Des Moines metro auto dealer is facing multiple charges after a crash on I-235 Saturday night and an OWI charge in a different town. - KCCI News, (Des Moines, Iowa), 9/16/14

Pittsburgh dealers talk about their first cars, dream cars and what they're driving now
Our vehicles have become a favorite pastime, a storage bank of memories and even an extension of who we are. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, (Pa.), 9/18/14

Why electric car owners don't want gasoline loaners from their dealers
It's often said by electric-car owners and advocates that once you start driving electric, you never want to go back. - Green Car Reports, 9/15/14

Dealership sells couple a car without giving them the title
Every day Jennifer Boydston walks past the new car sitting in her driveway and climbs inside another one she’s been forced to borrow from a relative. - WDAF-TV, (Kansas City, Mo.), 9/15/14

Consumer-finance regulator plans auto-lending examinations
The U.S. consumer-finance regulator is preparing to launch in-depth reviews of about 40 large auto lenders to determine whether the firms are following federal consumer-protection laws, according to people familiar with the matter. - Wall Street Journal, 9/16/14

Woman suspects dealer allowed car to pass inspection despite problems
Even before she bought it, Susan Quinn's car was having trouble, starting with the air conditioning. - WIVB, (Buffalo, N.Y.), 9/9/14

Dealers sold short in EV conversation
I have attended dozens of electric vehicle conferences during the past six years, and have noticed a glaring omission in the proceedings. - PluginCars.com, 9/10/14

Car ads offering specific 'trade-in values' banned under new guidelines from Better Business Bureau
Car dealer advertisements offering trade-in values like "$2,500 over Kelley Blue Book" are not allowed under new guidelines announced Wednesday, Sept. 10, by the Better Business Bureau. - MLive/The Grand Rapids Press, (Mich.), 9/10/14

Car dealerships turn to iPads, not sign twirlers, to win business
The traditional car-buying experience of going to three or four dealerships, kicking tires and getting wined and dined by a series of sharply dressed salesmen is going the way of the travel agent and the video rental store. - Fortune, 9/2/14

Former owner of high-end California car dealership returns to court
A Huntington Beach man who is accused of embezzling more than $3 million dollars from customers of a Costa Mesa car dealership was in back in court Aug. 26 for one of several preliminary hearings. - Orange County Register, (Santa Ana, Calif.), 9/2/14

Auto Sales Are Sizzling, But GM Has a Cadillac Problem
The overall auto industry sizzled in August, setting an annualized sales pace not seen in several years, but General Motors Co., still the No.1 player in terms of volume - Wall Street Journal, 9/3/14

Salem car dealer sells Rod Shop after drug, gambling convictions
A veteran Salem car dealer facing fallout from recent criminal convictions has sold his dealership. - Roanoke Times, (Virginia), 9/3/14

Mercedes faces speed bump in luxury car sales drive in China
When Daimler decided to post a board member to Beijing for the first time, it did so with a simple mandate: repair long-running operational problems at the German company’s Mercedes-Benz unit in China and close the gap with BMW and Volkswagen’s Audi. - Financial Times, 9/2/14

Ex-car dealer finds success as homebuilder
Bo Trivett has successfully sold cars, mortgages and cellphones through a series of successful job changes and business ventures. - Daytona Beach News Journal, 9/1/14

Some fear auto industry returning to bad habits
Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past. - CNBC, 9/2/14

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

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