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Fla. M-B dealer e-validates contracts, gets paid fast
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17
Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables rarely has to wait more than 24 hours to be paid by lenders that commit to finance the Florida store's loan and lease customers, said Scott ...


Dealers prying payments from some lenders
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17
Dealers are still seeing big differences in how quickly lenders pay them on contracts in transit, despite awareness and technology campaigns aimed at speeding payments to ...


Strike shows restless UAW is going after two-tier wage system
3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16
The word “strike” has returned to the UAW lexicon. The union struck on Saturday at a Lear plant in Indiana that makes seats for Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. ...


UAW deal with Lear would shed two-tier wages at Ind. plant
10:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15
The agreement that ended a one-day strike at a Lear seat plant supplying Ford in Chicago would get rid of a wage structure that pays new-hires less than their veteran col ...


Edmunds pushes dealers toward Price Promise
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Edmunds.com, a popular car-shopping site, intends to drop dealers unwilling to join a sales program that guarantees vehicle prices to consumers, President Seth Berkowitz ...


Fla. M-B dealer e-validates contracts, gets paid fast
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables rarely has to wait more than 24 hours to be paid by lenders that commit to finance the Florida store's loan and lease customers, said Scott ...


Dealers prying payments from some lenders
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Dealers are still seeing big differences in how quickly lenders pay them on contracts in transit, despite awareness and technology campaigns aimed at speeding payments to ...


VinSolutions promotes 2 managers after exec departs
2:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2
Dealership software supplier VinSolutions has promoted two of its top managers, effective immediately, upon the departure of executive Brian Skutta, the company said toda ...


JCI, Unifor labor deal averts threat to GM output in Canada
1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25
About 300 unionized workers at a Johnson Controls interiors plant in Ontario ratified a new three-year contract, heading off a potential strike at the factory and work st ...


Search Optics purchases website rival DigiGo
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Search Optics, a growing provider of dealer websites and digital marketing services, last week said it purchased KPA's DigiGo division, formerly known as TK Carsites. ...


Canadian JCI workers reach tentative pact
4:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22
Canadian union workers at an interiors plant that supplies General Motors' Oshawa assembly complex have reached a tentative contract agreement that could avert a strike a ...


Dealer website provider Search Optics acquires DigiGo
3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19
Search Optics, a growing provider of dealer websites and digital marketing services, has purchased KPA's DigiGo division, formerly known as TK Carsites. Terms were not di ...


Social media fall flat for car shopping, research finds
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
The body of evidence continues to grow that social media are ineffective for selling vehicles. ...


Honda digital ad budget to grow
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Honda dealers are endorsing factory plans to increase spending next year for digital advertising. ...


TrueCar growing at faster pace than strong U.S. vehicle market
5:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12
TrueCar, the online car-shopping site that went public with its stock in May, is growing its sales and dealer network faster than overall U.S. vehicle sales and faster th ...


Even millennials bypass social media during car-buying journey
12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12
Despite years of hype by automakers and dealers, social media remain a non-starter for car shopping. Just 1 percent of car buyers use social sites to shop for a vehicle, ...


Mich. Honda dealer cashes in on clunkers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Eighteen months ago, River Town Honda in Grandville, Mich., embraced older, high-mileage trade-ins instead of automatically selling them at near-zero profit to wholesaler ...


Kia aims to take lead on leads
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Kia Motors America wants to cut its outsize dependence on third-party shopping sites for online sales leads. ...


Dealers' phones ring again
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
Because of the ubiquitous smart phone, car shoppers are flooding dealerships with phone calls instead of e-mail inquiries. ...


Tech-savvy buyers driving new breed of young managers
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Whether shooting video, changing sales and marketing strategies or finding new ways to use social media, young managers such as this year's other 40 under 40 honorees are ...


Chrysler, TrueCar offer discounts after crashes
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
Chrysler Group has agreed with TrueCar Inc. to offer discounts to car shoppers whose vehicles are totaled in crashes. ...


Pioneer's advice: 'Build a good Web site and drive traffic to it'
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
John Holt, who is retiring in September as digital marketing chief of ADP Dealer Services, advises dealers to rely less on third-party lead generators. ...


TrueCar to drop 75 franchisees in policy disputes
4:24 pm U.S. ET | June 26
TrueCar this month plans to drop up to 75 of its 8,000 participating franchisees for failing to honor price guarantees made to car buyers or for other violations of TrueC ...


Auto Internet pioneer John Holt retiring from ADP to climb other mountains
5:19 pm U.S. ET | June 25
John Holt, an Internet pioneer in auto retailing, is retiring from ADP Dealer Services to climb mountains with his daughters. ...


The elusive 1-hour transaction
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25
Dealerships nationwide are adopting 60 minutes as the gold standard for completing a new-car transaction. They are also learning how tough it is to reach the goal. ...


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