Dealership management system giants CDK Global Inc. and Reynolds and Reynolds Co. have roused dealerships and third-party vendors in recent years by charging vendors a hefty certification fee for access to data.
Motor Vehicle Software Corp., an electronic vehicle registration and titling vendor, has elevated the controversy by filing an antitrust lawsuit against the two companies and Computerized Vehicle Registration Inc., their jointly owned registration and titling company.
The complaint, filed Feb. 3 in federal court in Los Angeles, says that CDK and Reynolds are illegally blocking Motor Vehicle Software from joining their data access programs, which would grant it access to data from dealership management systems, in order to protect Computerized Vehicle Registration from competition.
In separate statements, both CDK and Reynolds declined to comment in detail on pending litigation but said that Motor Vehicle Software elected not to participate in their third-party access programs.
In the past, CDK and Reynolds have defended their practice of certifying, at a cost, outside software companies that want to have access to data in their dealership management systems as being necessary to maintain the security of highly confidential consumer data.