Proposed New York Legislation Would Effectively Shut Down Auto Brokers

Some New York auto dealers have had it with auto brokers. They’re blaming brokers for a host of ill-effects on their businesses, including the...

DMS Company Settles with FTC Over Data Breach

Given the nature of the auto sales business, most dealers keep at least some sensitive personal information in their files—names, Social Security numbers, bank...

Alliance of Automakers Urges White House to Reach Fuel Standards Compromise

If the White House had imagined that American automakers would be grateful for the Trump administration’s proposal to lower fuel economy standards from Obama-era...

European Governments and Unions Express Doubts About FCA-Renault Merger

This week, Fiat Chrysler announced that it’s making plans to merge with Renault and create a company whose ownership would be split 50/50 between...

FTC Clarifies: No Contract Language to Prevent Bad Consumer Reviews

With the influence of social media and online news today, it’s not a surprise that businesses live in dread of bad reviews. Bad reviews...

Installing GPS and Starter Interrupters in Vehicles Is a Legal Gray Area for Dealers...

“Don’t let customers drive off with your profits! “Our easy-to-use tracking apps make it easy for car dealerships and auto finance companies track their...

Senator Jeff Merkley Will Introduce Bill to Phase Out Gasoline Vehicles

Is the internal combustion engine a dinosaur facing the asteroid? While legions of car-loving fans might say “no,” some scientists – and increasingly politicians...

Automakers Hold Their Collective Breath in Advance of Auto Tariff Decision or Delay

The automotive manufacturing sector is understandably nervous. Next week (in theory) the White House is due to decide whether it plans to impose expensive...

Toyota and Honda Warn of Missed Earnings Forecasts

News of an escalating trade war with China has done little for the fortunes of automakers, and on Wednesday, both Toyota Motor Corp. and...

Digital Odometer Fraud is On the Rise, Says Carfax

According to a new study by Carfax, odometer fraud is on the rise. The company is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

Nissan’s Woes Continue with a Drop in Preliminary Operating Profit

Its beleaguered former CEO Carlos Ghosn aside, Nissan is not shaping up to have a great 2019. The Japanese automaker’s sales year ended in...

Connected Cars and Autonomy Will Change the Relationship Between Carmakers and Insurers

As vehicles become increasingly connected, they generate more and more data. While we know marketers would like to get their hands on as much...

Toyota Begins Restructuring of Toyota Motor Credit

Toyota Motor Credit, more commonly known as Toyota Financial Services, is making some changes. The company recently announced that it plans to consolidate 29...

Analytics Help Combat Dealership Fraud and Embezzlement

Has your dealership been a victim of embezzlement or theft? If you’re like more than half of American auto dealerships, you’ve had some theft,...

Illinois Bill Aims to Overturn Sunday Auto Sales Ban for the Sixth Time

If Illinois’ Senate Bill 22 becomes law, the state’s auto dealers might find themselves doing something they’ve never had to do before: work on...

FCA Settles Lawsuit by Dealers Pressured to Submit Fake Sales Numbers

More than three years after it arrived in court, an antitrust lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s U.S. unit has come to an end...

New Vehicle Interest Rates to Hit Highest Level in a Decade

The rise in interest rates is squeezing both car buyers, who are finding new vehicles increasingly out of their reach because of high payments,...

Michigan Secretary of State Shuts Nine Auto Dealerships for Rules Violations

On Thursday of last week, the office of the Michigan’s Secretary of State announced that it had ordered the closure of six auto dealership...

Chrysler Dealers Shuttered During 2009 Bankruptcy To Get Their Day in Court

At the time of its bankruptcy filing in April of 2009, Chrysler had a total of 3,181 authorized dealers in operation. Since just over...

Edmunds Predicts Record Numbers of Preowned Vehicle Sales in 2019

While a variety of external factors – including rising interest rates, stagnating wages and rising sticker prices in anticipation of a trade war --...

Major Online Auto Parts Supplier Settles with California for Emissions Violations

California has some of the toughest environmental rules in the country, particularly when it comes to air pollution. The California Air Resources Board (CARB)...

Cox Dealer Sentiment Index Shows Slight Improvements in First Quarter of 2019

Vehicle dealers are feeling a little bit better in the start to 2019. This is according to the first quarter Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment...

How Does Tesla Plan to Walk Out of Its Store Lease Commitments?

Was Tesla head Elon Musk’s surprise decision to shut down its retail stores a brilliant move to save money and reduce the cost of...

White House Tries to Persuade Automakers to Support Its Rollback of Fuel Economy Standards

In its effort to roll back Obama-era fuel economy standards, the White House appears to be nervous that automakers – and the State of...

New Report Exposes New Jersey “Fly by Night” Used Car Business Practices

The State of New Jersey has a new tool in its arsenal to fight predatory used car dealers. The State Commission of Investigation recently...

Online Car Sales Scams on the Rise

Online Car Sales Scams on the Rise With the rise of online car sales, comes the rise of online car sales scams. While many legitimate...

Americans Delinquent on Car Loans Hits High Water Mark

It’s a signal of how well the economy is doing for ordinary Americans. People behind on their car payments are probably struggling financially, so...

Fiat Chrysler Discloses Two Separate Recalls for 750,000 Ram Trucks

Fiat Chrysler began the week with a headache, facing the recall of more than 750,000 Ram trucks for two separate defects. The first recall,...

Ward’s Auto Reports Cease Publication After 96 Years

For nearly a century, Ward’s Auto Reports newsletters have been a staple of the automotive industry. The 96-year-old publication, which first debuted in 1924...

SEC Opens Investigation into Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn

Back in November, Japan’s Nissan Motor Co.’s board unanimously voted to fire Chairman Carlos Ghosn based on allegations that Ghosn misused company money for...