Autobytel’s Uncertain Future

Autobytel’s Uncertain Future

October 29, 2014 — Autobytel’s next earnings call with analysts, slated for November 5th, could get interesting. A scathing letter last week from activist investor Ancora Advisors LLC reveals intense dissatisfaction with the current management team and likely will force a sale of Autobytel. The question is, who would buy it? The last month has…

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Activist Investor Targets CDK

October 28, 2014 — CDK’s share prices jump as Wall Street welcomes the news of a new investor in the dealership technology vendor. Only trading on NASDAQ just under a month following its spinoff from ADP, dealer technology provider CDK Global already is being targeted by an activist investment group seeking to discuss with management how to…

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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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Bye Bye ADP, Hello CDK

Bye Bye ADP, Hello CDK

September 30, 2014 — After the market’s close today, the ADP Dealer Services Group moniker will cease to exist. The group, a division of ADP, is being spun off today as a separate public company and will be called CDK Global. What does this mean for dealers? The Dealer Services Group was started in 1972…

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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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CDK Global Clients to Get New Financing Partner

September 17, 2014 — ADP announces details and the date of the spin off of its Dealer Services Group (now called CDK Global) along with information about a new financing partner for its dealers. ADP Dealer Services U.S. and Canadian clients who have financed with ADP Commercial Leasing will be moved to a new co-branded financing…

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Group 1 Automotive Doubles Down in Brazil; Exits Long Island

September 15, 2014 — In the words of Kenny Rogers — “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em; know when to fold ’em; know when to walk away; know when to run.” And Group 1 Automotive’s Chairman and CEO Earl Hesterberg is showing he’s not afraid to follow that advice and cut his losses.…

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Edmunds Launching New Mobile and Data Initiatives

September 13, 2014 — Edmunds.com is rolling out new initiatives over the next several months that will integrate into its Price Promise program launched in 2013. The goal is to improve the buying experience for consumers. More than 8,000 of Edmunds’ approximate 10,000 dealership clients are participating in Price Promise, in which they provide a…

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The Problem of Doctored Titles

September 8, 2014 — An industry-wide problem of damaged vehicles with doctored titles seems to be growing. Are there companies that could enter the space and compete with CarFax?     Nearly 800.000 vehicles that are on the road have had their titles “washed” in an attempt to hide significant damage, according to CarFax. The…

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