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Report: Used-Vehicle Prices Up 2% From 2018

J.D. Power’s latest index finds average prices for used vehicles were up 2% year-over-year in August. Analysts say the segment will continue to drive profits for dealers for the foreseeable future.

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ADESA Livestreams CPO Auction for FCA Dealers

ADESA partnered with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to debut the next phase of its Simulcast cloud-based online auction solution at a national meeting of franchised dealers.

vAuto Joins Inventory, Recon Management With New Integration

An enhanced integration with iRecon will allow dealers using vAuto Provision to manage inventories and reconditioning at the same time, an ‘end-to-end’ process billed as the industry’s first.

PAR Gets masterQueue Skip Tracing Platform

PAR North America announced an expansion of its partnership with masterQueue, adding the latter’s skip tracing technology in an effort to increase recovery rates.

Data Can Help Dealers Sell More OE Parts

Once treated as classified information, factory parts data is now shared freely. Opportunistic franchised dealers are seizing the opportunity by selling unneeded inventory to independent repair shops.

World’s First Carbon-Neutral Dealership Changes Hands

Motorcars Honda of Cleveland Heights has been purchased and renamed by the nine-store Foundation Automotive group. The Ohio store was recognized by BP as the world’s first carbon-neutral auto dealership in 2016.

Former Porsche Salesman Pleads Guilty to $3M Fraud

Shiraaz Sookralli faces 20 years in prison after admitting to charges of fraud and embezzlement relating to a multimillion-dollar scheme to sell nonexistent Porsches from a South Florida dealership.

Xtime Adds Text Marketing Features to Invite Platform

Xtime Text Marketing was designed to offer U.S. dealers who use Xtime Invite a new way to connect with sales and service customers in a timely and legally compliant manner.

Used-Vehicle Volumes Up 4.1% Among Privately Owned Dealers

Haig Partners’ Q2 report charts an astonishing 60% drop in buy/sell activity among U.S. auto dealerships and finds privately held stores and groups are increasingly focused on pre-owned sales.

Escalating Finance Costs Drive 24% Spike in TCO

AAA analysts say bigger price tags and higher interest rates have conspired to raise American new-car buyers’ average annual total cost of ownership to $9,282, an all-time high and a 24% year-over-year increase.