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Formula One Improves Performance of Everyday Autos

Posted by Brandes Elitch on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 @ 09:45 AM

There is an old saying, sometimes attributed to Sochiro Honda, that “Racing improves the breed.” It goes hand in hand with an old NASCAR saying, “Race on Sunday, sell on Monday.” Both sayings capture the excitement of automobile racing, which started way back in June, 1895, when a Panhard won the Paris-Bordeaux race, covering 732 miles in 49 hours, an average of 15 m.p.h.

Five months later, the first American auto race took place between Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. The winner, a Duryea, took seven hours to cover 54 miles, averaging 7 m.p.h. That set the stage for over a century of competition on the track and in rallies on public roads as well as off-road racing and drag racing. Today, racing is more of a commercial business than a sport, but it wasn’t always the case.

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Tags: Auto Dealerships

A Biography of Car-Bio for Used Car Sales

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 10:42 AM

Some companies are launched on the principle of creating a better widget than what is already on the market. CrossCheck is one such company. As the story goes, the founder of CrossCheck developed a suite of “new and improved” check processing services in 1983 after receiving an inadequate pitch for standard check guarantee while operating a record store (see “The History of CrossCheck in the Payments Industry”).

On the other hand, there are visionaries who develop entirely new products or services by responding to pre-existing needs in the marketplace. Car-Bio fits into that category. Read More

Tags: Auto Dealerships

CrossCheck & Auto Dealerships Celebrate 100 Years of NADA

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

The buzz surrounding the 2017 NADA Convention & Expo has reached the CrossCheck headquarters in Petaluma, California where key personnel are planning their visit to New Orleans and fine-tuning the presentation of payment solutions that have helped auto dealerships increase profits over the last four decades.

Founded in 1983, CrossCheck has been a longtime participant on the floor of the exhibitor showcase where its staff will command a booth and break away to catch a few interesting workshops.

The festivities begin Thursday, January 26 when guests will be entertained at NADA 100 Carnival, an opening gala featuring Foreigner, Cowboy Mouth and local jazz musicians as well as cuisine from the top restaurants in the Crescent City. This event is located at Mardi Gras World, the renowned pavilion where most Mardi Gras floats are built by hand.

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Tags: NADA, Multiple Check, Auto Dealerships

Security for Connected Cars: Tune-up for Auto Dealerships

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, Oct 05, 2016 @ 01:40 PM

With hackers nipping at the heels of automobile software security around the clock, it’s always best to stay one step ahead of the hackers. CrossCheck addressed this issue one year ago and revisits with an update from Arxan Technologies, a company dedicated to protecting connected cars as well as other vulnerable points of entry including healthcare, mobile gaming and digital media. Arxan also has a web page on automotive IoT security measures dedicated to related security measures that enables auto dealerships to review the latest technology and advise their customers.

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Tags: Auto Dealerships

Mobile Shopping is a Two-way Street for Auto Dealerships and Consumers

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

When it comes to silver linings, the CrossCheck editorial team generally devises strategies for increasing auto dealership sales after interpreting the latest content and data. This approach was expedited in a recent article published by Auto Remarketing, distilling the new features offered by Cars.com into mutual advantages for consumers and dealerships. Bravo. It’s always nice to have someone help with the chores.

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Tags: Auto Dealerships

Auto Dealerships Put Drivers Behind the Wheel with Virtual Reality

Posted by Isabella Passey on Fri, Aug 05, 2016 @ 12:50 PM

You’re test driving a new car fresh off the lot. Your hands run over the clean leather seats, your eyes covet the state-of-the-art navigation system, and your nose takes in that classic new-car smell. Why travel to a dealership when you can use virtual reality to “take a test drive” from the comfort of your own home?

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Harris Poll: Top 10 Reasons Buyers Are Unhappy with Auto Dealerships

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 @ 01:00 PM

New research shows Americans are fed up with auto dealerships, so much so, that 56% said they would rather clean their homes than negotiate with a car salesperson. Based on an online Harris Poll survey, the first-ever Beepi Consumer Automotive Index spells out a harsh reality — dealerships need to improve their sales techniques in order to win back the trust of consumers. There is a silver lining to the dark cloud, however, where numbers are up for used car sales and leasing. As always, CrossCheck stands ready to offer attractive payment solutions that help consumers get behind the wheel and improve revenue for dealerships.

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2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study: Auto Dealership Diagnostic

Posted by Brandes Elitch on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 07:00 PM

You probably know that the global research company J.D. Power & Associates does an annual ranking of automotive brands. Now in its thirtieth year, “the 2016 U.S. Initial Quality Study is based on responses from more than 80,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2016 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study was fielded from February through May 2016.”

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Hype Over Self-Driving Vehicles Excites Auto Dealers

Posted by Maria Shayna Tzouvelekis on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

It's as if the world's I.T. department and the largest names in the automotive industry are competing for who can do it better — self-driving vehicles that is. While not many autonomous vehicles have hit the streets yet, US auto dealers anxiously await snippets of stories released every day by companies like Google, Tesla and recently Rolls-Royce. The competition to launch the first production self-driving car has the fervor of a drag race where companies reveal virtual information via tweets, press releases and videos, practically revving their engines to grab your attention. This update combines the latest developer news in conjunction with established content.

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Tags: Auto Sales, Maria Tzouvelekis, Auto Dealerships, Automotive

Using Features, Benefits and Advantages to Increase Auto Dealer Sales

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Mon, Jun 06, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

What do automobiles, burritos and aged whiskey have in common? … As it turns out, quite a bit. The three seemingly different products have been marketed with taglines for a very long time. Consider “The Ultimate Driving Machine” by BMW, “Live Más” by Taco Bell, and more recently, actress Mila Kunis softly saying, “That’s how Jim Beam makes history. …How will you make yours?”

Taglines and slogans are the creative work of well-compensated advertising agencies that may chew up months of time and thousands of permutations developing a few simple words that are intended to express conscious and subconscious meaning that will resonate with consumers.

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Tags: Auto Sales, Auto Dealerships, Increase Sales

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