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First Quarter

Group 1's U.S. F&I Operations Delivers Record Q1 Performance

The dealer group's U.S. F&I operations increased its per-copy average by $26 to a record $1,564. Including operations in the United Kingdom and Brazil, the group's consolidated average increased 0.7% to $1,385.

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KBB: Low Fuel Prices Have Used-Vehicle Buyers Flocking to High-Performance Segments

Used-vehicle buyers are turning to sports cars in greater numbers thanks to low fuel prices, which are allowing them to forego fuel efficiency in favor of performance, KBB said this week.

Subprime Loan Percentage Falls to Lowest Level in Three Years

In the first quarter of 2015, the percentage of automotive loans that fell within the subprime and deep subprime risk categories made up 19.7% of the market, the lowest share since 2012, according to Experian Automotive.

Asbury’s Q Auto Stores a Work in Progress

The tablet-driven, fixed-price F&I process at Asbury’s Q Auto stores didn’t perform as well as the traditional F&I process employed at the group's core stores, but officials said they are happy with the new format’s progress.

Dealership Buy/Sell Activity on Pace For Blockbuster Year, Firm Reports

Buy/sell activity is being driven by the fact that auto dealers are enjoying some of the best operating conditions in more than a decade, Haig Partners reports.

Dealership Buy/Sell Activity Jumps 60% in Q1

The Kerrigan Quarterly Blue Sky Report also finds that blue sky pricing remains high for most franchises, with the market having established a pricing floor.

Manheim: Used-Vehicle Values Increase in Early 2014

Despite the harsh weather, used-vehicle sales continued to motor along in the first quarter of the year. Keeping demand high were insurance vehicle replacements and tax refunds.

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