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gas prices

Are Prices At the Pump Influencing The Industry?

What gives automobile dealership owners chills at night? Stiff competition. A threat from Mother Nature. Rising gas prices. Gas prices, indeed, are on the rise, climbing from a relatively comfortable national average of $1.65 per gallon in the early 2016…
Ford

Ford Prepares for 2020 EV Push

Here's a question nobody ever thought to ask: What would happen if the decision makers at one of America's big three automaker's announced one day they had decided not to make cars anymore? Such a hypothetical question might have been…
Nissan

Dealership Upgrades At Nissan Embrace The Future

The familiar circular logo is staying, but Nissan Motor Company said that many showroom changes are afoot with the company aiming for upgrades in 9,000 of its 10,000 stores over the next five years. The company says it is acknowledging…
electronic pricing

Pros And Cons Of Electronic Pricing Hang Tags

Question: What do grocery stores and automobile dealerships have in common? Answer: Lots and lots of price tags. And what does that mean for your dealership? Often it means hiring someone almost at full time to scramble around the new…
sales events

Sales Events – Are They Losing Their Purpose?

With the coming of spring, dealerships around the country will be sprucing up their showrooms and getting that lot full of cars to sparkle once again. In hopes of shaking off the winter doldrums and putting some spark into their…
Raj Nair

Appropriate Behavior in A Dealership Starts at The Top

Ford Motor Company sent a strong message to employees and the public this week, sending one of its top executives packing after investigations revealed incidents of “inappropriate behavior.” The executive, Raj Nair, was the head of Ford's North America and…
customer interviewvideo

Conducting customer interviews online to discuss F&I options

It’s time to face a new reality. Offsite deliveries aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. COVID-19 has forever changed the way car dealers do business, quite possibly forever if not for the foreseeable future. In growing numbers, more dealers performing offsite…
digital payments

Vaccines and digital payments pave the way for car buyers to return to normal

For commerce to return to normal, much is riding on the development of a vaccine and digital payments. The "How We Shop" report by PYMTS.com sheds light on what consumers are thinking about as they change their shopping routines. In…

FCA and PSA revise merger due to COVID-19

Fiat Chrysler and PSA announced plans to amend the merger that will launch Stellantis in 2021.  FCA announced in a press release that the amendments were made to address the liquidity impact on the automotive industry due to COVID-19. The…
charities

Dealerships team up with charitable organizations

Charities have been especially hard-hit by COVID-19. Many previous donors might be in financial straits themselves, and limits on gatherings and events further challenge fundraising efforts. At the same time, needs have grown, with more people than ever relying on…
geofencing

How dealerships can use geofencing strategies to target customers

As dealerships enter into their next quarter of the marketing plan, many think creating a new marketing campaign is not in the budget. Especially now. However, you can add something new by using geofencing to reduce your overall marketing cost…

Auto ventures capitalize on stock market strength to push through acquisitions...

Welcome to another edition of The Friday 5 with Steve Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Automotive Ventures, an auto technology advisory firm that helps entrepreneurs raise money and maximize the value of their companies. In this episode, Greenfield takes a…

The role diversity plays in your dealership’s customer communications

Welcome back to Diversity in Automotive brought to you by TrueCar and CarNow. As you look across your customer base, there are several moving parts of communications that everyone has to get right. Externally, dealers have to represent the franchise…

Conducting customer interviews online to discuss F&I options

It’s time to face a new reality. Offsite deliveries aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. COVID-19 has forever changed the way car dealers do business, quite possibly forever if not for the foreseeable future. In growing numbers, more dealers performing offsite…

Auto investors make bold moves with this week’s tech company deals

Welcome to the first edition of The Friday 5 with Steve Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Automotive Ventures, an automotive technology advisory firm that helps entrepreneurs raise money and maximize the value of their companies. This weekly CBT News series…