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What Awaits Auto Dealerships in 2017?

Posted by Vic Lance on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 08:19 AM

2017 may prove to be like no other recent year for auto dealerships and manufacturers. 2016 was the seventh consecutive year of record sales, and December was one of the best months of the year for U.S. light-vehicle sales in history.

Yet, predictions about what will follow range from panic that the market will inevitably contract to a moderate view that it has plateaued, and even expectations that the best is yet to come. Then there is the influence that the newly-elected president will have on the industry which is, as of yet, not defined, and with some calling him an X-factor in the whole equation.

So what can auto dealerships expect in 2017? Read on for an overview of automotive industry trends 2017.

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Are Auto Dealerships Really Important to the U.S. Economy?

Posted by Todd Bryant on Fri, Mar 03, 2017 @ 03:39 PM

In 2016, auto sales in the U.S. hit a new record of 18.4 million vehicles. The impressive numbers came straight after the previous all-time record of 17.47 million units in 2015. The sales amounted to nearly $900 billion, or about 20% of total retail sales. The annual results are positive for a seventh year in a row.

With its fast pace of development in the last few years, the dealership industry is certainly back on its feet after the slowdown during the economic crisis. It’s definitely returning to being one of the solid pillars of the U.S. economy.

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How to Prevent Car Hacking [Infographic]

Posted by Andrew Donahey on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 01:45 PM

Our good friends at Select Car Leasing in the United Kingdom produced a great infographic about car hacking that they asked us to share with you. In it you will learn:

  • Who discovered car hacking
  • What are the most hackable cars
  • What are people doing to secure your car
  • How to be hack proof
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In-Car Bluetooth Payments System Will Help Auto Dealerships

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

An in-car Bluetooth payments system under development will help auto dealerships move inventory in the near future. It’s now being beta tested on parking meters, but developers will soon focus on fuel pumps. Other companies are expected to assimilate the process once the wrinkles are ironed out, and use it to sell drive-through goods such as burgers, coffee, prescription drugs, car washes and even Las Vegas weddings.

The payments system prototype is a cooperative effort of VISA, American Honda, Gilbarco Veeder-Root (fuel pumps) and IPS Groups (parking meters) according to an article in that is accompanied by a demonstration video.

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Auto Dealers at the North American International Auto Show

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, Jan 06, 2017 @ 10:37 AM

Auto dealers and car enthusiasts are heading — some behind the wheel — to Detroit this month for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The mega event is North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase, featuring over 750 vehicles and numerous interactive displays. The show runs January 14 to 22 at the Cobo Center along the waterfront of the Detroit River.

NAIAS presents The Gallery, an extravagant black-tie event; AutoMobili-D, a new dedicated exhibit about future mobility platforms; Press, Industry and Charity previews; and a nine-day Public Show.

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Auto Dealers Mourn Clarence Ditlow from Center for Auto Safety

Posted by Andrew Donahey on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Who? What? Clarence Ditlow? Auto dealers mourning? OK, maybe not mourning, but even the most cynical, hardened, multi-location, millions-of-units-selling auto dealer veteran has a professional appreciation for the contributions of Clarence Ditlow. What's ironic is that very few know who he was, let alone the fact that in some ways he single-handedly saved, and will continue to save, millions of lives on American roadways.

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