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Bob DiGiacomo joins Inside Automotive to discuss how United Dealers Alliance can drive results in the F&I department and beyond.How quality F&I vendors boost performance at all levels — Bob DiGiacomo | United Dealers Alliance
Partnering with the right F&I vendor is critical to driving sales and increased profits in your dealership. On this episode of Inside Automotive, host Jim Fitzpatrick is joined by Bob DiGiacomo, vice president of operations at United Dealers Alliance, a finance product and income development company serving automotive, RV and power-sport dealerships, to discuss the power of his company’s lifetime warranty policies and the tools needed to drive results in the F&I department. Watch the full segment here.

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Referral program TeslaIn a plan to increase sales, Tesla is rolling out a new program allowing buyers to earn extra referral incentives. The “Refer and Earn” program is the equivalent of $500 in cashback for new buyers purchasing its Model 3 and Y vehicles and three months of its Full self-driving feature. The incentive also includes a free Tesla Wall Connector, 500 miles of its Supercharger, and a few entries into the Cybertruck raffle when utilizing a referral link. Read More

General Motors saw an 18.8% increase in sales over the second quarter but struggled to capitalize on rising electric vehicle demand.
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General Motors saw an 18.8% increase in year-over-year sales throughout the second quarter but struggled to capitalize on the increasing demand for electric vehicles. For the April-through-June period, General Motors sold a combined total of 691,978 new vehicles, 113,471 units more than the 578,507 it sold the previous year. Read More

Tesla EV sales
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Legacy automakers remain committed to pushing massive growth in EV sales and production. However, their efforts to change the market have had a minimal impact. Even though EV sales have increased noticeably over the past few years, market leader Tesla continues to outsell other traditional automakers. Read More

An Indiana automotive group is giving Jeep-lovers the opportunity to help local humane societies with the "Woofs and Wheels" party.An Indiana automotive group is giving Jeep-lovers the opportunity to support four local humane societies with what it calls the “Woofs and Wheels” party. Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Columbus will hold the event at its Jeep section on Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will be treated to an automotive show from nearby Jeep clubs, in addition to a performance by the band “Three Beards Strummin.” Read More

For Dealers 

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Opinion | Toyota’s fake vroom: gimmick or game-changer?
Well, there was quite the buzz when Toyota announced they were considering simulating manual gearboxes and motor noises in their upcoming EVs. Did anyone ask for this?Reactions varied from incredulous “Are you kidding me?” to intrigued “Well, that might be cool?” It’s important to note that Toyota isn’t breaking entirely new ground here; the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT have actual multi-speed transmissions and artificial engine sounds, even though they sound like a kid’s toy. Read More

Robert “Bob” DiGiacomo, Vice President of Operations at United Dealers Alliance

Tell, don’t sell: The old way of doing business is the wrong way, but it’s still practiced today
Robert “Bob” DiGiacomo has been immersed in the retail side of the automotive industry for nearly 30 years. He has enjoyed a very successful career optimizing several finance departments in a very tough market in the Northeast.  Read More

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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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