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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Industry Specific Domains Selling Quickly

January 20, 2016 — The domains are going quick — more than 700 auto-specific domains have purchased from Cars Registry, a joint venture between XYZ and Uniregistry, since the “sunrise” period began on December 9 of last year. Today marks the beginning of public availability of urls with the .Car, .Cars and .Auto extensions. Several dealership… Continue Reading

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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CDK & Cox Sign Integration Agreement

CDK & Cox Sign Integration Agreement

January 15, 2016 — Following several months of negotiations, Cox Automotive and CDK Global finally signed an agreement today securing Cox’s participation in CDK’s Third-Party Access (3PA) Program. The agreementt should eliminate any uncertainty in the market about whether Cox’s solutions would be able to integrate with CDK’s dealer management systems (DMS). The agreement also standardizes… Continue Reading

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Fiat Chrysler Says Dealer Allegations Are Baseless

January 15, 2016 — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles came out fighting late yesterday in a strongly worded release rejecting the allegations of falsifying sales made in a civil lawsuit filed this week by dealer Ed Napleton. In the statement, FCA called the lawsuit “nothing more than the product of two disgruntled dealers who have failed to perform… Continue Reading

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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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Lawsuit Alleges Fiat Chrysler Violated Federal Racketeering Laws

Lawsuit Alleges Fiat Chrysler Violated Federal Racketeering Laws

January 14, 2016 — (UPDATED JAN. 15, 2016 7:10 AM — FCA’s Response Below) Hang on to your seats — the latest automotive scandal is beginning to erupt, and this one is going to rock the automotive industry. The news broke yesterday that the Napleton Automotive Group filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Illinois… Continue Reading