Used Cars

Fewer photos prevents 'image fatigue,' used-car shopper report says

4:04 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Too many photos in online used-vehicle listings can cause “image fatigue” for consumers, a study released today found. The optimal number? Nine.... Read More »

Calif. recall bill would tighten used-car loopholes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

California lawmakers are considering potentially precedent-setting legislation designed to protect consumers from unknowingly buying used vehicles that have been recalled but not repaired.... Read More »

Ford's new F-150 gets resale boost from fuel economy

10:26 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

The resale value of Ford's new 2015 F-150 pickup jumped more than 11 percent over last year's model as improved fuel efficiency outweighed concerns over repair costs for its aluminum body, according to TrueCar's ALG division.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Why the F-150 pricing 'gravy train' will eventually slow down

3:35 pm U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Even Ford executives admit being surprised at how fast transaction prices on pickups keep rising. Not that they're complaining, of course.... Read More »

Auction changes meet hurdles as coalition breaks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

For two years, the hottest topic in the auto-auction world has been multiplatform selling: A vehicle listed on one company's online auction would show up on rivals' platforms as well, allowing buyers to bid across those competing platforms until the sale is done. But that dream is now in danger.... Read More »

Manheim offers a la carte services

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Manheim, the nation's largest auto auction company, is unbundling services that it had offered only on vehicles that dealers bought or sold through its auctions. The company will offer vehicle acquisition, inspection, reconditioning, transportation and other services a la carte.... Read More »

Report: Prices of used cars to tumble as supply rises

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Prices of used cars and light trucks up to 5 years old will drop 3 to 4.5 percent this year, fueled by a rising supply of the vehicles and an increase in off-lease volume.... Read More »

ADESA bows out of multiple platform auction sales

7:52 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

After investing nearly two years and “several million dollars” to help create online auction selling across multiple platforms, ADESA is bowing out, said Peter Kelly, president of ADESA's corporate sibling in charge of digital services.... Read More »

Salvage auction does a bang-up business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Salvage auto-auction company Insurance Auto Auctions Inc., sibling to auction giant ADESA, has been on a growth spurt since December 2013. In that time, it has opened, acquired, reopened, moved or expanded sites in 13 markets. The moves were necessary to meet the demand of quickly disposing of wrecked vehicles, says CEO John Kett.... Read More »

VW sees 'banner year' for certified-used sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Volkswagen division's certified used-vehicle sales rose 17 percent last month to 7,675. It was the brand's best certified used-vehicle sales for a January and the beginning of a "banner year," said Michael Ashton, VW's senior manager of CPO and used-vehicle operations.... Read More »

Black Book's Beggs to retire April 1

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Ricky Beggs, senior vice president and editorial director for Black Book, will retire April 1, the company said today.... Read More »

AutoWeb sells Web traffic -- but it's not stopping there

11:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015

There’s another Web traffic source for dealers to use. Miami-based AutoWeb is an online search company that allows dealers to see which vehicles potential shoppers are interested in.... Read More »

Honda shines in Best Cars for the Money awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Honda claimed nearly a third of US News & World Report's 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards, leading a pack of mostly import winners.... Read More »

JIM HENRY

BLOG: Auto lenders cite discipline with U.S. sales booming

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015

“Discipline” was the watchword for auto lenders in panel discussions and interviews in and around the National Automobile Dealers Association convention.... Read More »

Exec: Enterprise holds steady on program cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Unlike its two closest competitors, Hertz Corp. and Avis Budget Group Inc., Enterprise Holdings is not increasing the percentage of its 2015 fleet filled by program cars, vehicles for which the automaker takes responsibility for remarketing, said the executive in charge of the company's vehicle acquisitions.... Read More »

Used-vehicle prices finish 2014 strong

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Greater volumes of off-lease, retired rental and other used vehicles returned to the market last year, but overall values of used vehicles closed 2014 with prices in December registering year-over-year increases.... Read More »

Certified used sales poised for another record

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Buoyed by an uptick in off-lease vehicles flowing back into the market, the industry will sell at least 2.5 million certified used vehicles this year, breaking last year's record, some analysts predict.... Read More »

Service lanes can become source of used-car inventory

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

Brian Benstock has found that his own service department is the best place to shop for used vehicles. When the general manager of Paragon Honda in Woodside, N.Y. needs a used car or truck of a certain model year, color and trim level, he searches his database and invites owners of those vehicles into his service department. He offers them discounts on maintenance work.... Read More »

Reports aim to aid VW certified used sales

6:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

Volkswagen of America will provide free CarStory Market Reports to VW dealers to help educate consumers about the benefits of VW's certified used-vehicle program and to help dealers sell more certified used VW vehicles.... Read More »

JIM HENRY

BLOG: The lesson of the pizza delivery man

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015

Here’s a lesson for dealerships that run security cameras in the F&I office and elsewhere: Treat all store visitors well.... Read More »

ARLENA SAWYERS

BLOG: How will the newest metal in Detroit hold up in the used market?

2:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015

When analysts who examine used vehicles and establish prices for them look at an all-new or redesigned car or pickup, they study exterior styling, engine specs and technical innovations. The also weigh factors such as price, incentives, competitors and deliveries to rental fleets.... Read More »

More off-lease pickups, SUVs and crossovers in 5 years, KBB says

6:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015

Cars dominated the top segments of vehicles coming off lease in 2014, but the segments with the most projected off-lease growth in 2019, vs. 2014 volumes, will be SUVs, crossovers and pickups, analysts from Kelley Blue Book predicted Sunday.... Read More »

KAR Auction names Peter Kelly president of new digital group

1:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015

KAR Auction Services, parent of ADESA, has named Peter Kelly president of its new Digital Services Group, effective immediately. Kelly, 46, co-founded Openlane in 1999 and has been KAR’s chief technology officer since 2013.... Read More »

Tesla to help Chinese buyers trade in their old cars for Model S

8:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014

Tesla Motors will help Chinese buyers trade in their old cars if they buy a Model S, part of the automaker’s latest efforts to spur sales of its all-electric sedan in the world’s biggest vehicle market.... Read More »

Hertz raises U.S. prices as fleet costs increase

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2014

Hertz Global Holdings raised prices for rental cars to be picked up January 1 or later. The stock had its biggest gain of the year, and Avis shares soared, too.... Read More »

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