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AutoNation, Sonic Set Records as Publics Grow PVR

All six of America’s big publicly traded dealership groups enjoyed year-over-year gains in F&I profit per vehicle retailed in Q3, led by record highs at AutoNation and Sonic Automotive.

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AutoNation Nears $2,000 PVR as Big Groups Grow F&I

The nation’s six largest publicly traded dealer groups all increased F&I profit per vehicle retailed in the second quarter, led by AutoNation’s $1,926 per copy and Lithia Motors’ segment-leading 11% improvement.

Group 1 Debuts Digital Sales and F&I Platform

Group 1 Automotive has launched AcceleRide, a fully online buying process that includes vehicle configuration, trade-in valuation, and financing options, at 79 U.S. dealerships.

Carvana Crashes Used-Vehicle Dealer Rankings

Carvana broke into the top 10 in its first appearance on Automotive News’ list of the nation's Top 100 Used Retailers, more than doubling its output to more than 94,000 units and outpacing the Asbury, Larry H. Miller, and Ken Garff groups.

Group 1 Assesses Hurricane Harvey Impact

A preliminary assessment by Houston-based Group 1 Automotive found that employees were able to protect most of the company’s inventory in its Houston and Beaumont, Texas, stores from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Group 1: Earnings Hurt by 'Extreme Weakness' in Oil-Dependent States

Not even another strong performance in U.S. new-vehicle margins, a record quarter in the group's U.K. market, and a profitable quarter in Brazil were enough to offset "extreme weakness" in Group 1's energy price-impacted markets.

Group 1’s U.S. F&I Team Delivers Record PVR

For the year, the nation’s third largest dealer group grew its U.S. F&I per-copy average by $129 from the prior year to $1,644. Company officials, however, tell investors and equity research analysts ‘not to model anything higher.’

Group 1 Automotive Chooses Margin Over Volume in Q3

Margin over volume was the message coming out of Group 1 Automotive during its third-quarter earnings call. The dealer group reported that a sharp decline in unit sales offset improved new-vehicle margins, as well as gains in F&I and parts and service.

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.

Group 1's U.S. F&I Operations Stays Above $1,500 Per Copy in Q4

Group 1 Automotive's U.S. F&I operations realized a 4% increase in F&I profit per retail unit, with the group's per-copy average settling in at $1,525 in 2015's end-of-year quarter.