All Blog Posts Tagged 'cars' (248)

2014 LEASE CREDIT APPROVALS FINISHED WITH TURBULENT APPROVAL LEVELS

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals for 2014 ended with a rate of 69.0%, down from the 2013 approval rate of 77.7% approvals. December 2014 specifically ended with a monthly approvals rate of 60.9%, down from the previous December that saw 73.3% approvals in 2013.



“The year ended much the same way it progressed, with turbulence as the approvals theme for the entire 2014 campaign,” said Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of…

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Added by John Sternal on January 22, 2015 at 9:48am — No Comments

Still Healthy Demand For Some Smaller Cars Despite Low Gas Prices

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, analyzed four of today’s most popular fuel-sippers against four of today’s most popular large trucks/SUVs to see if low gas prices are impacting consumer demand. The company analyzed search and consideration data from 2013 against 2014, when gas prices fell continuously through the end of the year.



The analysis showed that some small cars remained in healthy demand, while others did not. The analysis showed the same for…

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Added by John Sternal on January 20, 2015 at 3:15pm — No Comments

BLACK BOOK ACTIVATOR ADDS CHRISTOPHER GLUTH AS ACCOUNT MANAGER, NATIONAL ACCOUNTS

Black Book® announced today that it has added Christopher Gluth as Account Manager, National Accounts, to its Activator Division. In his new role, Mr. Gluth will be responsible for expanding Activator’s relationships with national dealership and manufacturer (OEM) customers.



Mr. Gluth draws on more than twenty years of business development and account management experience in the automotive industry. Most recently, he worked at CARFAX for over eight years where he served as Senior…

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Added by Black Book on January 19, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Active And Moving Ahead

Hello and welcome to this week’s Used Car Market Report with insight from Black Book. Our editors have been extremely busy over the past few weeks since the start of the calendar year. The short lull in the auction business during the holidays has dealers and remarketers chomping at the bits to do business. And overall, the greatest interest right now seems to cover the vehicles that each year are very…

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Added by Black Book on January 19, 2015 at 11:45am — No Comments

TV Shows Have Made Us Better Car Negotiators

Below are some stats from a recent survey you might find interesting from a December online Swapalease.com survey that was presented to 2,500 people across U.S. and Canada.



54.8% of men said they do not look forward to environments where negotiation takes place (66.7% of women).

However, while 32.5% of men said TV shows like Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and American Pickers have made them better negotiators, 78.2% of women said the…

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Added by John Sternal on January 14, 2015 at 4:32pm — No Comments

An Amazing Piece of Machinery

Welcome to this week's used car market report, with insights from Black book. The overall market activity and market movement that so non-traditionally trended in November and the non-holiday weeks of December have mostly carried over into the first two weeks of January. The trend that has continued is the steady and consistent fall in gas prices at the pump. Now at $2.21 a gallon, down…

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Added by Black Book on January 13, 2015 at 10:55am — No Comments

SURVEY: AMERICANS WANT USED CAR AND TRUCK LEASE OPTIONS

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, unveiled results of its latest survey showing that 82% of drivers across the U.S. would consider getting a used car or truck lease that was three years old. Swapalease.com is studying the consumer appetite for used leasing and presented an online survey in front of 2,500 drivers across the country during November, 2014.



One of the benefits of a used lease would include a lower monthly payment, and approximately a third of…

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Added by John Sternal on January 8, 2015 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Will Service Technicians Need Computer Development Skills Soon?

Each year OEMs add more and more advanced technology to their vehicles. As a result, the skill set demanded of today’s technician has transitioned from one that is purely mechanical, into one that is more technology-based. Up until now, technicians have had access to master techs at their respective manufacturers to…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 8, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

BLACK BOOK PROMOTES ADAM MANN TO VICE PRESIDENT, DEALER SERVICES, ACTIVATOR DIVISION

Black Book® announced today that it has promoted Adam Mann to Vice President, Dealer Services, Activator Division. Mr. Mann will be responsible for leading a team of U.S. sales professionals and executing business development initiatives for Black Book’s Activator Division.



Mr. Mann joined Black Book in 2008 as Northwest Regional Manager, successfully developing a young territory for Activator. In 2010, he became the Southwest Regional Sales Manager, while also managing clients in…

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Added by Black Book on January 7, 2015 at 9:12am — No Comments

Another Solid Week of Activity

Hello and welcome to this week’s Used Car Market Report from Black Book. Last week we reported how the market has been trending in a non-traditional December way. Little has changed this past week. Bidders are still pretty aggressive and the results were over 2250 vehicles adjusted on average each day of the week, with 52% being increasing adjustments of the previously published values.…

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Added by Black Book on December 22, 2014 at 2:21pm — No Comments

How Customer-Centric is Your Dealership? Take the Test!

We are well into December. It's time to take stock of your year and your accomplishments. It’s definitely time to have fun and to be mindful of what is ahead. As we turn the corner into a new year, 2015, today’s Women’s Wednesday you are invited to take a short, interactive quiz to evaluate where there is room to expand your dealership’s customer excellence. And in doing so, your competitive…

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Added by Anne Fleming on December 17, 2014 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

END-OF-YEAR LEASE DEALS; MONTHLY PAYMENT MINDSET FUEL RISING LEASE CREDIT APPROVALS ENTERING DECEMBER

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during November continued to increase, fueling even more end-of-year momentum for lease applications and vehicle exchange rates. November saw an approvals rate of 84.2%, the second-highest monthly lease approvals rate during 2014 (August saw 85.7%).



The monthly approvals rate was driven by early holiday lease campaigns and offers, with a rising number of lessees exchanging vehicles from brands…

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Added by John Sternal on December 17, 2014 at 11:04am — No Comments

BIGGEST MISPERCEPTION WHEN SHOPPING FOR AN END-OF-YEAR CAR LEASE: OUTGOING MODEL YEAR IS CHEAPER

Conventional wisdom among many end-of-year car shoppers is to choose the outgoing model year in order to save a few dollars. However, an analysis by nationwide car lease marketplace, Swapalease.com, shows consumers can often get a better lease deal if they opt for the incoming model year, even in December when end-of-year negotiating heats up.

 

For example, consumers can lease a 2015 Toyota Camry for $293.71 per month, compared to a new 2014 model priced at $319.22. A 2015 Chevrolet…

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Added by John Sternal on December 15, 2014 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Unusual Seasonal Activity

Hello and welcome to this week’s Used Car Market Report, with data and insights from Black Book. Thank you for tuning in and your interest in Black Book’s insight into the market for the past week. And what a week it has been with our editors tracking and reporting the used market, working on some residual forecasting for the lease and risk markets and also getting specific details into a couple of…

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Added by Black Book on December 15, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -

DMDIRECT announces Michael Vahl as Director for Software Design and Technology

Machias Me, December 15, 2014 - Former software designer for ADP joins DMDIRECT.  Michael Vahl has signed on as the technology director for the data mining company.  He is responsible for the platform design as well as adding innovations to the data mining service.  He has assembled a team of…

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Added by John Fuhrman on December 15, 2014 at 10:19am — No Comments

BLACK BOOK EXPANDS JARED KALFUS’ ROLE TO INCLUDE ACTIVATOR SALES DIVISION LEADERSHIP

Black Book® announced today that it has promoted Jared Kalfus to Senior Vice President of Sales where he will expand his current role overseeing Data Licensing and Lender Solutions to now include the sales team of Black Book’s Activator Division. The promotion further   solidifies Black Book as the leading provider of data and insight to the broader automotive industry, which relies on data-driven solutions to serve customers across every aspect of the automotive supply chain.



With…

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Added by Black Book on December 9, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments

Lowest Depreciation In Months

Hello and welcome to this week’s Used Car Market Report, with insights from Black Book. As we just celebrated Thanksgiving and also just completed the first week of December, and the results of the market study show a level of change not familiar for this time of the year. The activity strength of the new…

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Added by Black Book on December 8, 2014 at 11:48am — No Comments

HOW EFFECTIVE ARE THE LUXURY “DECEMBER TO REMEMBER” AUTO CAMPAIGNS?

Just how successful are the “December To Remember” campaigns? Swapalease.com analyzed vehicle search and consideration patterns from the 2013 holiday season to gauge which luxury brands see a rise in consumer consideration during the holiday season. Lexus saw the biggest increase in search and consideration patterns, but only by a slim margin.



Swapalease.com is the nation’s largest online lease marketplace, processing tens of thousands of lease exchanges each year for today’s most…

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Added by John Sternal on December 4, 2014 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Report: Top Sites Visited by Women When Buying A Car

Womens-Drivers.com, the leading dealer ratings and review site for Women buyers, conducts ongoing research through our Women’s Satisfaction Index (WSI®) report to provide dealers with important insights into buying habits of women.

Women-Drivers.com asks women to complete an optional 25 question survey about their dealership experience after completing a dealer review. An amazing ninety-two percent of women complete this extensive survey primarily to share their experience with other…

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Added by Anne Fleming on December 3, 2014 at 9:30am — 11 Comments

BLACK BOOK DATA SHOW USED CAR DEPRECIATION IS LOWER HEADING INTO LATE 2014

According to Black Book® data, the average price of a used vehicle for model years 2009-2013 saw slightly less depreciation in November (-1.9%) compared with October levels (-2.0%). Domestic cars changed -2.2%; import cars changed -1.8%; domestic trucks changed -2.2%; and import trucks changed -1.6%. Average pre-recession depreciation is historically between -1% and -2% monthly, and Black Book expects overall 2014 depreciation of -13.5%.



Truck segments saw some of their largest…

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Added by Black Book on December 3, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments

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