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Pay disparities are hurting morale, dealership retention, expert warns
11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10
Rising disparities in pay between the F&I and sales departments are leading to morale problems and high turnover at dealerships, a noted F&I authority said at a conferenc ...


How Jim Harbour and David Power improved the U.S. auto industry
6:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9
Jim Harbour, who died Saturday at age 86, was one of two men who dramatically improved the American auto industry at a time when Detroit was deeply in denial about how fa ...


Searching far and wide for service techs
9:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20
How far is your dealership willing to go to get well-qualified service technicians? GM dealers in the Mideast went all the way to the Philippines. ...


Toyota, supporter of Korean culture
12:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8
Would you do a double-take if Volvo were the sponsor of the Country Music Awards? How about if BMW were the primary sponsor, and the only automotive sponsor, of a museum ...


GM Financial subpoena shifts investigation away from dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
When dealers saw headlines saying the U.S. ...


A failure to punish fails members
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
A New York Times report on July 20 cast some car dealerships once again as unscrupulous businesses. Both the NIADA and NADA issued strong statements against the pr ...


Mitsubishi's quarterly profit gains paced by Europe
4:14 pm U.S. ET | July 30
Europe was Mitsubishi's most profitable region in the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, the company said today. ...


GM, Manheim kiss and make up
3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 25 | UPDATED: 7/26/14 11:23 pm ET
About four years after a spat strained their business relations, GM and auction company Manheim are starting to kiss and make up. ...


Shoppers wary of dealer loans
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Although most car buyers finance their vehicles through dealerships, the vast majority don't plan to do so while in the online-research phase of shopping. ...


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At Courtesy Auto Group in Illinois, second-generation dealers Ray and Rik Fregia have seen a 30 percent boost in sales this year, thanks largely to million-dollar overhauls at their three stores. Mon., September 15
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