Dealer Groups

Discounts, falling gas prices driving Nov. sales higher

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
The U.S. auto industry may post its highest November sales volume since 2001, and one forecaster says light-vehicle transaction prices are on pace to reach the highest level ever for a second consecutive month. Year-end clearance sales and the lowest gasoline prices since 2010 are two big factors behind the forecasts....
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Structural damage or fender bender?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
TrueFrame will inspect any vehicle, at a dealership's request, that has an accident on its history report. TrueFrame issues its own report if the vehicle passes its cosmetic and structural standards. The TrueFrame report is sent to the dealership that requested it and to vehicle history reporting companies such as Carfax Inc., which has agreed to link TrueFrame reports to its vehicle history reports....
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Next phase of multiplatform sales? Hold your horses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Remarketers, auto dealers and others had hoped to hear at a remarketing conference this month about when the next stage in online multiplatform auction selling would arrive. But when Jay Cadigan, who represents Manheim in conversations with other key players hammering out details of the initiative, was asked about its timeline, he demurred....
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GABE NELSON

Fisker flexes muscle with coachbuilt 725-hp Mustang

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Henrik Fisker, the Danish designer behind the Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8 and the ill-fated Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, apparently can design an American muscle car, too....
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ARLENA SAWYERS

Popping the subprime bubble myth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
There is no subprime auto loan bubble, darn it. That message came through loud and clear in session after session during the recent Used Car Week conference sponsored in Las Vegas....
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Technology training can help close a sale, AutoTrader.com says

10:39 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
As automakers incorporate in-vehicle technology features in more models, dealers have to find a way to sufficiently teach customers how to use the new tools, AutoTrader said in a report....
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Manheim stocks used cars for Sonic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Sonic Automotive is contracting with Manheim to buy and stock used vehicles at a new-car store near Denver as part of an unprecedented pilot program....
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AutoNation's plan to change the retail game

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
By the end of 2015, AutoNation customers will be able to finance and buy a car online -- even signing the paperwork electronically from home, says AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson. That's the promise of a $100 million-plus investment to establish the AutoNation brand and transform the company's websites from informational to transactional....
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3rd-party partners? Why AutoNation said no

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Before moving away from third-party lead providers earlier this year, AutoNation Inc. explored whether those companies could help the retailer seamlessly connect its online and brick-and-mortar operations....
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Cox Automotive to buy Xtime for $325M, enters service software business

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Cox Automotive has agreed to pay $325 million in cash to buy Xtime, a leading provider of service scheduling and workflow software to dealerships, the companies announced today. The deal is expected to be completed in the next few days, said Keith Jezek, software division president at Cox Automotive....
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Benefits of Lithia-DCH deal go beyond numbers, CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Before Warren Buffett bought Van Tuyl Group in October, the buy/sell sensation of the year was Lithia Motors' surprise acquisition of DCH in June. Lithia paid $340 million in cash and another $22.5 million in stock for the 27-store group. But did Lithia over- or underpay for DCH?...
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Dealertrack is content in background

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Sites such as TrueCar Inc., Edmunds.com, AutoTrader.com and Cars.com, provide millions of leads to dealers. Critics say they do so by building their own brands, too. Mark O'Neil, CEO of Dealertrack Technologies, is trying to provide dealerships an alternative....
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AutoNation's Jackson: Hot sales years ahead Jamie LaReau

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales will continue in the high 16 million to low 17 million range for the next "several years," AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson told the Detroit Economic Club....
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EDITORIAL

Dealers must tailor technology to their needs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Sonic Automotive's One Sonic-One Experience pilot in Charlotte, N.C., is the latest effort to make car buying easier....
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Auto vet Joe Herman dies at 72

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Joe Herman had a knack for knowing people from all walks of the automotive industry, said Greg Goodwin, CEO of Kuni Automotive in Vancouver, Wash....
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Rising off-lease volume hits ADESA lanes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The number of vehicles sold at ADESA's physical auctions rose 4 percent in the third quarter as a much-anticipated rising volume of off-lease vehicles began to be felt in the remarketing world, said the CEO of the auction company's parent....
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AMY WILSON

Joe Herman's lessons about the business will live on

9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2014
Joe Herman, even in the months before his death at age 72 in October, was focused on keeping his auto dealerships at the forefront of technology....
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Mercedes gears up for its 3rd Super Bowl appearance

4:27 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Automakers' plans for the Super Bowl in February are beginning to emerge. Mercedes-Benz has bought time in the big game, according to Donna Boland, a spokeswoman for the company. The news was reported earlier Friday by The New York Times....
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Dealertrack raises financial targets after Q3 revenue surges

8:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Dealertrack Technologies, which supplies a wide variety of auto dealership retail software and services, said its third-quarter business surged and it bumped up its revenue and profitability forecast for the year....
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TrueCar boosts outlook as Q3 revenue jumps 51%

6:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
TrueCar, the online car-shopping platform, raised its outlook for the fourth quarter and full year as it continues to add dealers and draw more customers to its network....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Looking for a new F&I product? Mull this

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Consider this a free idea -- the kind that hopefully somebody out there takes and develops and uses to make a lot of money....
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Longer vehicle ownership might mean less loyalty, study says

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
The longer a customer owns a vehicle, the less likely he or she is to buy that same brand again, an Experian Automotive study found....
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ADESA doubles Q3 profits on growing auction volume

2:29 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
KAR Auction Services, parent of ADESA, said its third-quarter net income more than doubled to $47 million from $22 million a year earlier, on revenues that increased 10 percent to $589 million....
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VW joining with Fiat Chrysler would be 'brilliant' idea, Krafcik speculates

4:18 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
A merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Volkswagen would create a well-balanced global automaker that would be highly profitable, John Krafcik, president of auto-buying website TrueCar, said today....
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AutoNation's October new-vehicle retail sales rise 8%

11:03 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
AutoNation said its new-vehicle retail sales climbed 8 percent in October from the year-ago month, reaching 24,844 vehicles....
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