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Westlake Financial Prevails in Patent Dispute with Credit Acceptance Corp.

Westlake Financial Prevails in Patent Dispute with Credit Acceptance Corp.

January 28, 2016 — The nearly three-year patent dispute between Westlake Financial and the Credit Acceptance Corporation is finally over. And the news wasn’t good for CAC as the Patent Trial and Review Board ruled this week that several claims it makes regarding the disputed patent fall under the Cover Business Method (CBM) classification, essentially…

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GM’s Factory Pre-Owned Collection – Good for Dealers?

GM’s Factory Pre-Owned Collection – Good for Dealers?

January 16, 2016 — General Motors’ Factory Pre-owned Collection, announced last week during the North American International Auto Show, looks to be an intriguing opportunity for the automaker’s dealers, but it does raise questions. There are benefits, but numerous dealers have emailed TBR expressing concern that GM is trying to provide a solution to a problem that doesn’t…

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Pounding of Auto Retail Stocks Continues

Pounding of Auto Retail Stocks Continues

January 18, 2016 — When the stock market closed Friday, shares of the seven publicly traded automotive retail companies (including Carmax) had lost on average, 27% of their value since the market’s opening for the year two weeks earlier on January 4. Wall Street finished the week with its roughest two-week opening of any year…

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TBR 2015 Auto Retail Vendor Acquisition Report

January 14, 2016 — Vendor acquisition activity in 2015 was brisk with 30 transactions getting across the finish line. But even though the number of acquisitions doubled what the industry saw in 2014, the total dollar figure was significantly less in 2015. More than $30 billion in equity changed hands in 2014 as several deals…

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Two Luxury Dealership Buy-Sells Close Out 2015

Two Luxury Dealership Buy-Sells Close Out 2015

January 11, 2016 — Acquisitions of an Audi dealership in Austin, TX and a Mercedes Benz store in Freehold, NJ closed out 2015 in what was a record year for dealership buy-sells. Approximately 470 dealerships changed hands according to data compiled by The Banks Report which will be published in the TBR 2015 Dealership Buy-Sell Report…

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Brutal Morning for Dealer Group Shares

Brutal Morning for Dealer Group Shares

January 6, 2015 — Better check your portfolios if you are holding shares in any of the publicly traded dealer groups. stock prices have plunged for each of the seven automotive dealer groups following Monday’s overall market selloff (due to concerns about China),  yesterday’s report of softer than expected December sales along with remarks made…

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