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NADA was among the entities that submitted official comments to Regulation.gov in response to...

NADA Mounts Opposition to Enhanced Safeguards Rule

National Automobile Dealers Association officials have told the FTC that proposed new provisions to the Safeguards Rule may be unnecessary and could cost smaller dealers more than $400,000 in the first calendar year of enforcement.

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A new whitepaper from Binary Automotive Solutions urges dealers to focus on lifelong...

Report: Chasing Price Hurts Gross, F&I, Service

A new report makes the case for chasing value over price, a strategy that auto dealerships nationwide are adopting to generate higher front-end & back-end grosses while earning lifelong service customers.

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Honda reported a one-month record tally of nearly 174,000 units sold by U.S. dealers in August,...

SAAR Fails to Crack 17M Despite Record August Sales

U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks fell 1.2% year-over-year in August, a sales month that extended through the Labor Day weekend and set new records for Honda, Toyota, and Subaru.

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Outstanding automotive loan balances totaled $1.197 billion in the second quarter, with the...

Prime Buyers Flock to Used Vehicles in Q2 Report

Experian’s Q2 auto finance report consumers continue to uncover ways to manage monthly payments. For a record percentage of prime borrowers, that meant passing on a $32,000-plus new-vehicle loan in favor of a pre-owned unit.

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An investment in tools designed to capture more service opportunities can also pay off for your...

Top 5 Ways to Increase Profitability Storewide

The digital revolution is not only upon us, it’s the new normal. Expert lists the five strategies dealers are adopting to stay ahead of the technology curve, meet customers where they live, and maximize revenue in sales, F&I, and service.

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Harnessing the power — and competitive advantage — of the data your dealership collects every...

3 Keys to Harness the Power of Dealer Data

Shoppers are increasingly moving online for all purchases. Few auto dealers have fully realized the competitive marketing advantage this potentially lucrative data stream can bring.

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Five F&I professionals will attend Industry Summit as a guest of IAS and veteran trainer Eric...

‘Ask Frenchy’ Returns to Industry Summit, Seeks Competitors

Five F&I professionals will attend Industry Summit as a guest of IAS and veteran trainer Eric ‘Frenchy’ Mélon, who will select finalists for the third annual objection-handling competition and F&I training session.

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The first 100 dealers and GMs who register for Industry Summit 2019 will attend for free.

100 Dealers and GMs to Attend Industry Summit for Free

The first 100 dealers and GMs who register for Industry Summit 2019 will attend for free. The event will be held Nov. 4–6 at the New Orleans Marriott.

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Auto/Mate Adds Text Messaging Solution to DMS

Auto/Mate Adds Text Messaging Solution to DMS

Auto/Mate Dealership Systems announced the integration of its dealer management system with the Text2Drive two-way text messaging platform.

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AUL has launched a new website designed to drive advancements in econtracting, reporting, and...

AUL Unveils New Website, Plans Enhancements

AUL Corp.’s new website is part of a multiphase digital strategy executives say will modernize the automotive econtracting experience.

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A new online training platform developed by Protective Asset Protection focuses on product...

Protective Introduces Online Dealer Training Platform

Protective Asset Protection’s Dealer Training Institute was designed to help F&I personnel better understand product offerings to maximize sales, profits, and CSI.

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AAGI Acquired by Amynta Group

AAGI Acquired by Amynta Group

American Auto Guardian Inc. has been acquired by Amynta Group, creating a combined footprint that includes 15,000 dealers and 1,400 agents in the U.S. and Canada.

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The latest upgrades to Manheim’s mobile app were designed to provide dealers greater control...

Manheim Adds Vehicle Recs, Offer Tools to Mobile App

The Manheim Express mobile app now includes a machine learning-fueled Recommended tab and in-app access to the auction company’s offer management tools.

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On YouTube and Google, UnityWorks’ Dynamic Inventory Video Ads start off with a model and...

UnityWorks Releases Dynamic Inventory Video Ads

UnityWorks now offers a VIN-based video ad platform designed to push dealer inventory to Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Sales of the 2019 Fiat 500, 500e, and 500 Abarth will continue into 2020.

Fiat Deletes 500 From North American Lineup

2019 marks the last model-year for the Fiat 500, 500e, and 500 Abarth in the U.S. and Canada, ending a 10-year production run and leaving the 500X CUV, 500L, and 124 Spider as the Italian brand’s only North American models.

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Retained values for subcompact cars such as the Toyota Yaris increased by 2.1% in August,...

Hot August: Subcompacts Lead 1.4% Gain in Retained Values

Black Book’s Used Vehicle Retention Index shows a 1.4% month-over-month increase in August, a month in which all but a few pre-owned segments showed improvement.

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fusionZONE Names Swanson OEM Director

fusionZONE Names Swanson OEM Director

fusionZONE Automotive has hired automotive industry digital marketing specialist Adam Swanson as OEM director.

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PWI Expansion Includes Markets in 4 States

PWI Expansion Includes Markets in 4 States

Preferred Warranties Inc. announced an expansion into the Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Alabama, and Mississippi markets.

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Industry Summit organizers say the rapid-fire Technology Challenge will return after a...

Technology Challenge Set for Second Round at Industry Summit 2019

Industry Summit organizers say the rapid-fire Technology Challenge will return after a successful debut at last year’s event.

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Fort Worth will host VinSolutions’ annual user summit this fall.

VinSolutions User Summit Set for October

VinWorx 2019 will be held Oct. 7–9 in Fort Worth, bringing VinSolutions users together with performance managers and other industry experts.

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A new tool now available to Darwin Automotive users was designed to improve dealer-to-customer...

Darwin Adds Digital Markup Tool for F&I Pros

Darwin Automotive’s new U-Draw feature was designed to allow users to draw on, mark up, and circle items on mobile devices throughout the vehicle financing process — at the dealership or anywhere else.

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Affinitiv and AutoLoop Complete Merger

Affinitiv and AutoLoop Complete Merger

The combined company retains the Affinitiv name and now includes more than 6,500 dealer accounts managed by 800 employees and generating approximately $200 million in revenues.

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As many business owners have learned, income doesn’t necessarily guarantee profitability.

5 Profit-Draining Dealership Accounting Practices

If your bottom line is falling short of your expectations, bad money management could be to blame. Operations expert offers five common bad practices you can end today.

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Ryan Norris and the Next Generation of On-Camera Dealers

Ryan Norris and the Next Generation of On-Camera Dealers

Ryan Norris and Toyota of Easley (S.C.) have all but abandoned traditional advertising to focus on building an online library of videos inspired by customers, starring the dealer, and driving sales and service traffic — often with no mention of buying a car.

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Opioid abuse puts employees and customers at risk, particularly in the service department.

3 Steps to Address Opioid Addiction in the Dealership

Opioid use and abuse among dealership employees can’t be tolerated, but termination is not the only answer. Attorney offers three tools American business owners are using to confront the opioid crisis in a compassionate and compliant way.

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A David and Goliath story concluded — pending appeal — when a California jury agreed with a...

Stay in Your Lane, Mr. Dealer. We’ll Be There Too.

Manufacturers can’t resist any opportunity to put their hand in the dealer’s wallet, but a recent lawsuit proves the consequences of any incursion on your factory’s business can be dire.

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