Dealership of the Future Already Here

Dealership of the Future Already Here

November 1, 2014 — A dealership in Great Britain is going to try to sell cars without any salespeople. You read that right — no sales people. The dealership provides iPads located throughout the store for customers to use to complete the entire transaction online, including the financing. The dealership does have “product angels” available… Continue Reading

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Cox Automotive Invests in AutoMD

October 9, 2014 — Cox Automotive’s investment in AutoMD is continued indication that interest in the dealership service repair sector is growing and represents huge potential for vendors over the next 10 years. Cox Automotive and Federal-Mogul Motorparts announced last night they have made a minority investment in AutoMD, Inc., previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Auto Parts Network,…

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Lawsuit Shows BMW Punches Sales

Lawsuit Shows BMW Punches Sales

October 8, 2014 — A federal judge in New Jersey Monday approved the settlement of a class action lawsuit resulting from BMW’s long standing practice of forcing dealers to help inflate its monthly sales numbers in what is commonly known as “punching” sales. The lawsuit alleged BMW cheated customers by reducing the length of its four-year Ultimate…

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Virtual Test Drives in the Dealership?

Virtual Test Drives in the Dealership?

October 7, 2014 — Lexus has built a virtual test drive simulator that will be in place at upcoming auto shows and customer events over the next several months, beginning with the Orange County International Auto Show, which was held last week. In March, we wrote a piece called The Coming Changes to Automotive Retail, in which we… Continue Reading

Mr. Buffett Doesn’t Want to Change Automotive Retail, He Likes the Model Too Much

Mr. Buffett Doesn’t Want to Change Automotive Retail, He Likes the Model Too Much

Our analysis of yesterday’s stunning announcement from Warren Buffett that he is acquiring the Van Tuyl Group: Welcome to the Industry, Mr. Buffett. I’ve had several conversations and have read numerous blogs that speculate Buffett will usher in a new world for automotive retail — improving the shopping and buying processes both online and offline. Some of… Continue Reading

Welcome to Automotive Retail, Mr. Buffett

Welcome to Automotive Retail, Mr. Buffett

October 2, 2014 – Warren Buffett’s announcement today that his Berkshire Hathaway Group is acquiring the Van Tuyl Group Group has the potential to change the market over the next year. Certainly, adding his iconic stature to an industry that already has business luminaries such as Roger Penske and MikeJackson only adds further validation that automotive retail is…

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Short Term Overview of the Automotive Retail Space

The automotive retail sector is on the cusp of true transformational change.  Since 1995, when Seattle dealer Marty Rood sold the first vehicle online – a gold Volvo 760 – through a service called DealerNet, the Internet and its surrounding technology has pushed customers, dealers, vendors and automakers closer to an era where real digital…

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Mid-Size Sedan Market Feeling the Pressure

September 15, 2014 — Automotive sales in August far exceeded everyone’s expectations leading to concern that automakers were again relying on aggressive incentives rather than true demand juice showroom traffic. The truth lies somewhere in the middle — but could have far reaching implications for the short term future of  certain market segments, and even,…

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