Category : News

23 Feb

Beepi sold for parts, ELEAD1ONE Hack?, Cars.com Expands Pricing Tools

by Ryan G

The Data Breach That Wasn’t: What Really Happened Between ELEAD1ONE and Reynolds (The Banks Report) The industry had a scare last Thursday when it appeared that a large data breach occurred involving several dealer management system (DMS) providers and dealer groups. What actually happened was much more benign, and involved none of the DMS vendors. Read More…

08 Feb

Cars.com Partners with Clarivoy, Used Car Prices Drop in 2016, and more…

by Ryan G

How Auto Makers Fared During Super Bowl 51 (Auto News) Going into Super Bowl Sunday, the talk was about social awareness and inspirational themes that automakers would be promoting with their ads. It appeared the metal-driven formula of traditional car ads wouldn’t be used much this year — and then Alfa Romeo came out of Read More…

01 Feb

CarSaver Partners with Wal-Mart, January Car Sales Forecast, and more…

by Ryan G

Forecast: January Forecast Calls for Low Sales, High Inventory (Edmunds) The U.S. automotive industry is expected to a have a slow start in the new year, with January light-vehicle sales down 4.4% from like-2016. The WardsAuto forecast calls for 1.107 million LVs to be delivered over 24 selling days, resulting in a 46,109-unit daily sales Read More…

28 Jan

Surety Bond Increase for New York Used Auto Dealers

by Ryan G

New York used auto dealers will need to increase their surety bond coverage this year. AB 8166 was passed in September and takes effect on April 8, 2017. The change applies only to dealers exclusively selling used vehicles. Used car dealers that are bonded under current law, or dealers whose bond renewal date falls before Read More…

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14 Jun

Cox-Dealertrack Acquisition Pinnacle of Industry Consolidation

by Ryan G

You have to appreciate the way that Cox Automotive publicized its acquisition today of Dealertrack: “Cox to invest into customers and industry.” This is a terrific PR spin, but what’s really going on is consolidation and it is occurring because there are greater profits at play. I am not on any bandwagon for or against consolidation, it’s only natural Read More…

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22 May

How does the Autobytel Acquisition of Dealix affect Your Dealership?

by Ryan G

With Autobytel’s announcement yesterday acquiring Dealix from CDK, of course we must rewind back to fewer than 18 months ago when ABTL acquired AutoUSA. Two important questions come to mind for me: How does this follow-up acquisition set the stage for the future of 3rd party lead generation? More importantly how do these acquisitions affect Read More…

14 Apr

Toyota Partners with 3 Birds Marketing to Help Enhance Dealerships Online

by Ryan G

  On the heels of its announcement with Toyota Motor Sales, USA about 3 Birds Marketing partnering to bring “comprehensive technology solutions” to Toyota and Scion dealers nationwide, I am also proud to announce my own partnership with 3 Birds Marketing. That is, that I have agreed to join the 3 Birds team as well. As a Regional Sales Director Read More…