Congratulations to Andy Crews — Time Magazine’s 2015 Dealer of the Year

Congratulations to Andy Crews — Time Magazine’s 2015 Dealer of the Year

January 26, 2015 — It’s no secret that the automotive retail industry gets pummeled in the press. Dealers often are journalists’ favorite punching bags. It’s one of the reasons I appreciate and like the Time Magazine’s Dealer of the Year award, which is handed out each year at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention. The program, sponsored… Continue Reading

What China’s Automotive Struggles Means for the U.S.

What China’s Automotive Struggles Means for the U.S.

January 1, 2015 — China’s car dealers’ inventory battle with automakers shows the need for strong franchise laws. Also, what do the current challenges in the Chinese automotive market mean for the U.S. and the potential entry by players such as Volvo’s parent Geely or the Warren Buffett-backed BYD Auto?  The recent spate of stories highlighting…

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Dealerships Are Key in Cyber Attack Wars

December 27, 2014 — Much of the auto industry’s discussion regarding cyber warfare focuses on the inherent vulnerabilities of the connected vehicle. But one area that receives little scrutiny is the retail side of the automotive industry. This will soon change as dealerships likely will become one of the central battlefields in the cyber wars that will be… Continue Reading

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The Problems with CFPB’s Approach Toward Dealers

By David Ruggles with Cliff Banks The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created as a part of the sweeping Dodd – Frank Act, recently entered into a “consent agreement” with ALLY Bank. The penalty and restitution levied amounts to $98 million, plus ongoing costs mandated by the CFPB to ensure continued compliance with the “agreement.” According…

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CFPB Poses Real Threat to Dealers

NADA convinced Congress three years ago to not place dealers under the purview of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). It turned out be a hollow victory as the CFPB is using banks and financial institutions to gain control over dealer financing practices. Here is what’s been happening: 1. In March, the bureau provided formal…

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