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Sense of Urgency Pervades Q3 Dealership Acquisitions

Kerrigan Advisors’ latest Blue Sky Report finds the pace of U.S. dealership buy/sell activity quickened in the third quarter and could accelerate further in Q4.

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Talk Is Cheap — Unless It’s Personal

The next phase in digital marketing is intelligent messaging, an emerging technology that allows dealers to customize marketing efforts down to the individual buyer.

Asbury Acquires Park Place in $1B Deal

Asbury Automotive has agreed to acquire the Park Place group of dealerships, adding 17 Texas rooftops and raising Asbury’s highline revenue to approximately 50% of its total.

DealerSocket Adds Single Page Appraisal to Inventory+

DealerSocket announced the launch of Single Page Appraisal, a new feature available to users of the company’s Inventory+ platform.

Trump, Democrats Agree to Revised USMCA

President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and factory and labor officials all cheered the imminent passage of a revised version of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade bill.

Digital Cadillac Sales Platform Makes U.S. Debut

Franchised dealers in five states can now opt into Cadillac Live, a new sales platform that connects car shoppers with remote agents for real-time online demos.

U.S. Dealers Remain Optimistic Despite External Threats

Concerns over the economy and political climate failed to discourage franchised and independent retailers surveyed for Cox Automotive’s latest Dealer Sentiment Index.

8 Ways Small Dealers Can Compete With Big Franchises

The digitization of the auto retail and finance industry has helped level the playing field for dealers who are willing to invest in new tools — no matter your size or location.

Q3 Auto Finance: Used Accounts for 55% of Loans

Experian analysts say buyers of pre-owned vehicles accounted for 55.15% of all U.S. auto loan originations in the third quarter, a 2.4% year-over-year increase.

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November Sales Report Pushes 2019 Total Closer to 17M

All but a few Asian and highline factories reported double-digit gains in U.S. sales last month, priming the industry for a big December and a fifth straight 17 million-unit year.