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Andy Wright reveals insight into Hyundai-Amazon partnership and CDK ransomware attack

On today’s episode of Inside Automotive, Andy Wright, Managing Partner of Vinart Dealerships, joins host Jim Fitzpatrick. In this insightful interview, Wright delves into the latest developments in the Hyundai-Amazon partnership, the ramifications of the recent CDK ransomware attack, and the evolving dynamics of the automotive market in 2024. Stay tuned as we explore how these factors shape the future of automotive retail and what it means for dealers nationwide. 

Key Takeaways 

1. The Hyundai-Amazon pilot program is expanding, adding more dealers to the initiative. However, significant challenges remain, such as the inability to process trade-ins, leases, and co-buyers. The full-scale rollout is anticipated toward the end of the third quarter 2024. Wright emphasizes the need for a specialized business services agreement addendum with Amazon due to the unique nature of automotive retail compared to other products sold on the platform.

2. The CDK ransomware attack has had widespread repercussions across the automotive industry, affecting dealers, OEMs, and third-party vendors. Wright highlights the swift response from Hyundai’s executive team, which provided an assistance package to impacted dealers. The incident underscores the importance of robust data security measures and the need for industry-wide standards to prevent future breaches.

3. Wright discusses the heightened awareness and scrutiny of technology vendors following the CDK incident. Dealers must reassess their data security protocols and vendor relationships to mitigate risks and ensure business continuity. He advocates for a collaborative approach among dealers, OEMs, and technology companies to establish comprehensive security standards and safeguard the industry’s technological infrastructure.

4. The first half of 2024 has been a mixed bag for Vinart Dealerships, with variations in new car sales across different brands and a steady performance in the used car market. Wright notes that while some OEMs respond well to market conditions, others must adapt more quickly to changing demand. The upcoming presidential election and its potential economic impact influence market dynamics, requiring dealers to stay agile and responsive.

5. Overall, the parts and service segment remains robust, driven by consumers who want to maintain and repair their existing vehicles amidst the high prices of new and used cars. Wright acknowledges that this trend’s sustainability is uncertain but plans to leverage it for as long as possible. He stresses the importance of ongoing vigilance and readiness to pivot in response to evolving economic conditions and industry challenges.

"Our industry has definitely been behind the times in how we've approached technology, particularly with respect to data security and security protocols. I think we need to be solutions-oriented and outcomes-based, coming together to form a consensus on how to conduct business going forward." – Andy Wright

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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