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49 Dealers nominated for Time magazine award

November 23rd, 2016 by

  November 23, 2016 @ 7:36 am From staff reports Forty-nine U.S. auto dealers have been nominated by automotive trade associations for the 2017 Time Dealer of the Year award. The nominees were announced in October by Time and Ally Financial, the sponsor. The program honors franchised new-vehicle dealers for exceptional performance in their dealerships and […]

Chevrolet Bolt EV wins 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year

November 15th, 2016 by

Henry Payne , The Detroit News1:06 p.m. EST November 15, 2016 The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV took home Motor Trend magazine’s coveted Car of the Year honors Monday during an awards ceremony in Los Angeles ahead of the L.A. Auto Show. The highly anticipated Bolt, which is due in showrooms by the end of the […]

What Does The Election Mean For The Auto Industry

November 9th, 2016 by

DrivingSales News • November 9, 2016 The results are in, and we can now say that starting in January, Donald Trump will be the President of the United States. While there were many issues that were debated and disputed during this election, the auto industry has many challenges ahead, and how Trump handles them will […]


November 8th, 2016 by

Kim Reynolds Words, Motor Trend Staff Photos November 1, 2016 The Numbers Game: Without data, you’re just another automotive outlet with an opinion To paraphrase the quite-dead St. Augustine of Hippo, “Numbers are the language to confirm the truth.” And from where we sit, the old guy may have been on to something. Nowadays, all kinds […]

Managers Who Can Make or Break Car Dealerships

July 19th, 2016 by

WardsAuto John Stephens Jul 15, 2016 The F&I manager must be an experienced orator, marketer, active listener – and more.  A dealer or dealership general manager probably thinks the F&I manager is responsible for increasing your gross profit, maintaining lender relationships and ensuring compliance. This is a fairly comprehensive outlook, but how would the dealership’s […]

FTC Announces Significant Hike to Civil Penalty Maximums

July 6th, 2016 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Violations of the Federal Trade Commission’s prohibition on unfair or deceptive acts or practices are going to get more expensive come Aug. 1. That’s when the commission’s interim final rule aimed at increasing a variety of civil penalties takes effect. According to its website, the FTC has approved final amendments to Commission […]

Most Dangerous Cars Ever Made

June 28th, 2016 by By The Wise Guide Jun 27, 2016 Widowmakers: 5 of the Most Dangerous Cars Ever Made As the saying goes, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye… or until someone overcorrects and slams into a guardrail. Here are five dangerous cars that appear to be designed to ensure a fool and his […]

How to fix a torn leather car seat

June 13th, 2016 by

By Steve Temple, Taking one look at the cracked and splitting car seat, we figured the upholstery was beyond repair. That probably meant an expensive re-covering job, which didn’t seem likely, given the age and value of the vehicle. Not happy about the costly alternatives, we decided to give it a try ourselves. The […]

What Will Cars Look Like In 2026?

June 2nd, 2016 by

by Jay Traugott Growing up, I thought the year 2015 was the real future. That’s what happens to you after watching “Back to the Future: Part II” an endless number of times. Right, so hoverboards never came to the mass market, nor did cars with a hover conversion. Disappointing, to say the least, but today’s […]

10 Cars That Will Make You Look Like a Baller but Keep You on a Budget

May 17th, 2016 by  By The Wise Guide Apr 28, 2016 Your car says a lot about you—but wheels that flash cost lots of cash. Or do they? Buy smart, and you can find some serious baller cars at a serious discount. Here are ten used cars that we think are the bomb… at a price that won’t blow […]

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