Dealertrack aims to introduce 'seamless, easy' F&I platformJan. 23
Dealertrack's next-generation F&I system is a simpler, more deal-centric approach to working with Dealertrack's tools, such as credit applications, bureau reports, compliance tools, desking solutions and F&I product menus. That should allow dealerships to do everything in one place instead of opening multiple programs.
Turnover set off alarm bells at Toyota storeJan. 23
Employee turnover costs dealers billionsJan. 23
FIRST OF A FOUR-PART SERIES: When look-alike stores sell the same vehicles at roughly the same prices, only the people distinguish one dealership from another. Yet very few dealers are good at hiring and retaining employees. It's costing the industry billions of dollars a year.
New chairman talks Trump, regulations, sanityJan. 23
Mark Scarpelli, NADA's incoming chairman, is eager to work with President Donald Trump's administration to bring more “sanity” to regulations and clarify recalls. He talks about his and NADA's top priorities for the coming year in this Q&A.
Dealers watching inventory, adding staffJan. 23
Dealers, slightly cautious about 2017, are holding the line on facilities expansions or renovations. More plan to trim new-vehicle inventory in anticipation of flat to lower U.S. sales. But overall, dealers are almost evenly split on their inventory plans.
Exec: Alliance could benefit from Mitsubishi dealersJan. 23
Mitsubishi Motors' alliance with Nissan Motor has sparked speculation about sharing parts, vehicles or production capacity. But Mitsubishi's No. 2 executive in North America says it also could benefit Mitsubishi dealers.
2017 NADA convention events calendarJan. 23
Suburban stores at greatest risk of consolidation?Jan. 23
NADA consultant Glenn Mercer says suburban dealers are most likely to sell out in the next wave of store consolidation. Rural stores have lower volume, but also are less subject to price competition. And suburban real estate is worth more, so the suburban dealer has exit options.
Autonomous cars could mean new role for dealersJan. 23
The advent of autonomous cars and ride-sharing mobility services could mean massive changes for dealers. No one knows exactly what those changes will be, but industry officials are confident that the dealer body won't go extinct.