A swath of GM dealers chose to bet the farm in the hope of keeping their franchises amid the automaker’s massive 2009 restructuring, but that decision is turning out to be a bad one for at least eight locations. Continue Reading...
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Ford’s flagship electric vehicle, the plug-in Focus, is finally heading to dealerships according to unnamed inside sources connected to Reuters. Continue Reading...
Social media is a great way to keep in contact with friends, family and share baby photos with one another, but it can also be used for finding a favorable car dealership. Thats according to a new study released just on the eve of Facebook’s IPO. Continue Reading...
We’ve all heard of “Girls Gone Wild” videos, but today we present to you a video with a different twist on wild. Taken from a security camera at what looks like a Russian Nissan dealership, a crazed person (not sure if he was a disgruntled customer or just a destruction enthusiast) rams his vehicle into… Continue Reading...
However, despite being an effective system in theory, in practice it has proved harder to implement, with some dealers simply not responding to follow ups. Continue Reading...
Shopping for a car has always been harder for a woman. You’re always concerned you’re going to be taken advantage of or talked down to, just because you’re female. Bringing a male friend or husband to a dealership is standard practice – and when you think about it, it’s just plain unfortunate that women still… Continue Reading...
Who would have thought that in an era where the government is mandating increasingly stringent fuel consumption guidelines, used SUVs would be a hot commodity. Believe it or not, that’s the case, or at least it probably will be very soon. The number of three-year-old SUVs being returned from lease has dwindled from about 2,500… Continue Reading...
Starting today, through January 3, 2012 you can feel especially good about buying or leasing a new Subaru.The company kicks off their fourth annual Share the Love event that lasts 46 days and promises to raise as much as $5 million in charitable donations. The company will donate $250 for every new sold or… Continue Reading...
Buying a new car takes time. And you’d think with all the resources at our disposal, thanks to the Internet, the process would be a lot speedier. But new research out says the opposite is true. According to market research presented at the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Automotive Internet Roundtable, the World Wide Web… Continue Reading...
We’ve all heard the horror stories about women who take their cars into a mechanic to fix a minor problem, only to be charged outrageous fees for non-existent or small issues. A national news program went undercover to get the scoop. After placing hidden cameras at several dealerships, the show’s decoy was overcharged for service… Continue Reading...
As part of the agreement, Chrysler will retain ownership of the land and buildings, through its Realty division, though New Century will own the franchise rights and inventory. Continue Reading...
The rejuvenation of Lincoln doesn’t just begin with Roger Sterling. Ford has ordered its Lincoln dealers to spend at least $1 million per dealer to keep up with contemporary luxury trends, or get the hell out of the way. Lincoln’s rebuilding begins now, said Alan Mulally to 120 Lincoln dealers at a meeting in Detroit… Continue Reading...
Most luxury car dealerships have a style that befits their high-end clients, however Cadillac had lagged behind in this area. Most Cadillac dealerships are usually a part of a GM store where more affordable makes are also sold. Now things are about to change, as Cadillac franchises are about to get a look of their… Continue Reading...
Pied Piper’s study uses a patent pending process to tie ‘mystery shopping’ measurement and scoring to actual sales success. Continue Reading...
When Chrysler went through its unpleasant bout of restructuring in June of 2009, it shut down 789 dealerships in an effort to reduce its dealer network by 25%. Now, 64 of those dealers are filing suit against the United States Treasury Department, claiming that the government terminated those dealerships and violated the U.S. Constitution. More… Continue Reading...
This morning, we got an automated Email from Overstock.com advertising their “Lowest Price Guarantee” car-buying service. Does this mean they are keeping huge fleets of cars somewhere? Not exactly. Overstock is a widely-known service that helps retail outlets and manufacturers of consumer goods liquidate excess inventory by offering it online, and they have just extended… Continue Reading...
Finding the right car online that’s fits in your budget just got a whole lot easier, thanks to a new website called Autopitch. No longer will you have to scroll though pages upon pages of results to find one or two cars that kinda match your search parameters. This site puts you, the buyer, in… Continue Reading...
General Motors will cut 1,124 dealerships loose by October of 2010. The struggling automaker on the verge of bankruptcy sent letters out to the dealerships last week as it searches for ways to reduce it’s current dealer network of 5,969 to just 3,600. GM says it will not renew dealership agreements with the 1,124 companies… Continue Reading...
Days after General Motors announced it would cut it’s number of dealerships in the U.S. by 1,124, GM Canada is following suit. The number of Canadian GM dealerships being closed may sound much smaller at 292, however, with roughly 700 dealerships nationwide, the cuts represent a 42 percent dealership reduction. GM Canada says the Sales… Continue Reading...