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Recent articles
Jaguar, Land Rover, Ford gain in blue-sky store values
2:42 pm U.S. ET | April 23
Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford saw their blue-sky multiples increase in the second half, according to a study by a dealership buy/sell advisory firm. But BMW, Mini, Hyundai, ...


AutoNation swipes at third-party car sites as it builds digital footprint
3:26 pm U.S. ET | April 23
AutoNation wants to reduce its dependency on online lead generators and third-party shopping sites. ...


Asbury to open 2 used-vehicle stores; COO to retire
7:35 am U.S. ET | April 23 | UPDATED: 4/23/14 12:19 pm ET -- adds details, background
Asbury Automotive said today it will open two stand-alone used-vehicle stores later this year. The company plans to open the two used-vehicle stores in Florida under the ...


AutoNation envisions quick, easy buying at digital store
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23
When AutoNation fully rolls out its so-called digital storefront, the following scenario may not be all that far-fetched. ...


Sonic Q1 profit falls 9% on weather, used-car start-up costs
11:30 am U.S. ET | April 22 | UPDATED: 4/22/14 1:21 pm ET -- correction
Bad winter weather and costs associated with its standalone used-car store initiative contributed to a 9 percent drop in first-quarter profits for Sonic Automotive. ...


Jackson: We'll get our own leads
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21
CEO Mike Jackson put the big Internet shopping sites on notice last week: AutoNation is building Web products that will slash the number of leads the group's 229 stores g ...


Blue sky high, acquisition action is, too
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21
Auto dealers are scrambling to buy new stores despite record high dealership values. They figure the earlier they can buy before the next downturn, the sooner they’ ...


AutoNation envisions quick, easy buying at digital store
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19
When AutoNation fully rolls out its so-called digital storefront, the following scenario may not be all that far-fetched. ...


AutoNation says Q1 net income rose 15% to $95.1 million
7:11 am U.S. ET | April 17 | UPDATED: 4/17/14 4:27 pm ET - adds stock close
Despite 10 weeks of problematic winter weather to start the year, a late March rebound in dealership traffic helped drive AutoNation's net income 15 percent higher in the ...


N.J. weighs direct EV sales; states covet gigafactory
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31
The Tesla vs. dealers clash was already intense. Now the fight has escalated, with the addition of presidential politics and bidding for a battery factory. ...


Texas dealers argue against altering franchise laws to lure Tesla plant
3:39 pm U.S. ET | March 28
Texas dealers defended the state's franchise laws today, just days after Gov. Rick Perry suggested that the laws should be reviewed and perhaps changed to let Tesla Motor ...


AutoNation CEO will get base salary raise in 2014
3:42 pm U.S. ET | March 24
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson is getting a salary increase for the first time since 2002. Jackson will be paid a base salary of $1. ...


Old repair bill is a powerful tool for F&I team
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 19
When the air conditioning compressor in LeAnna Cowan's car failed in the Las Vegas heat, the $1,250 repair bill wasn't a hardship. ...


Presidio founder to head automotive practice
12:20 pm U.S. ET | March 18 | UPDATED: 3/18/14 3:18 pm ET - adds detail
Presidio, a key player in the buying and selling of auto dealerships in the United States, last week named a new head of its automotive investment banking practice after ...


Tesla: N.J. can't pull plug on us
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says the electric-vehicle maker will explore "judicial remedies" to restore its ability to sell directly from two factory-owned stores in New J ...


Tesla may be forced to shut N.J. stores after state commission vote
12:22 pm U.S. ET | March 11 | UPDATED: 3/11/14 5:46 pm ET
Tesla may have to shut down its factory-owned stores in New Jersey starting April 1 after the state's motor vehicle commission on Tuesday adopted new rules on dealership ...


Old repair bill is a powerful tool for F&I team
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10
When the air conditioning compressor in LeAnna Cowan's car failed in the Las Vegas heat, the $1,250 repair bill wasn't a hardship. ...


Looking to sell more prepaid maintenance? Try using a worksheet
10:06 am U.S. ET | March 5
At Team Ford Lincoln in Las Vegas, F&I managers use a special worksheet to sell customers on prepaid maintenance. ...


Latest battles in states likely to yield mixed results for Tesla
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3
A new round of state legislative battles between Tesla Motors Inc. and dealers looks like a draw so far. ...


Dealership profits keep soaring
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3
The auto retail business is red hot and getting hotter as dealership profits continue to rise. ...


Sonic's big changes to begin in N.C.
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3
Sonic Automotive's iPad-enabled bid to reduce transaction time and transform customers' car-buying experiences kicks off in July in Charlotte. ...


Tesla's state-by-state battle with dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1
A breakdown of where states with Tesla storefronts stand on the issue. ...


How U.S. dealers can boost their margins, according to McKinsey study
11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26
U.S. dealerships can significantly improve on the industry's average profit margin if they upgrade the capability of sales and service employees and pursue new sales form ...


Lithia, Sonic: Service is key to '14 growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24
Lithia and Sonic Automotive, the nation's third-largest dealership group, see significant opportunities for revenue growth this year by improving customer experience and ...


Sonic extends hours to make up for time lost to weather
3:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21
Sonic Automotive is extending store hours in parts of the country hit by severe winter weather in an effort to make up vehicle sales and service revenue lost during the s ...


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