All Blog Posts Tagged 'cars' (121)

Want the REAL Reasons Women Buy from their Salesperson?

Welcome to Women Wednesdays!

Dealers who “get it” know that the key distinction in optimizing sales to women is having exceptional sales advisors who offer exceptional service. But what does that really look like? 

Women tell us directly through our car dealer review platform what works for them when interacting with a sales agent.  Below are their top 5 reasons for buying a car from…

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Added by Anne Fleming on April 16, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Kelly Ford Named Top 2014 Women-Drivers Friendly Dealer

Kelly Ford Named Top 2014 Women-Drivers Friendly Dealer

Reviews Show Consistent, Extraordinary Experiences by Women 

Congratulations to Kelly Ford! Here is the press release that was sent out. Wanted to showcase this on dealerElite!

Last year, women purchased an estimated 27.5 million vehicles – an impressive 75,000 units a day at new and used car…

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Added by Anne Fleming on April 15, 2014 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Are We Seeing The Market Peak?

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market with used car valuation data trends from Black Book and Ricky Beggs. We trust the market has been good to each and every one of you as a buyer, a seller or a player in the lending side of the business. As I stood on the lanes this week I truly appreciate the comments that were made about the market strength, how some vehicles are identified and listed within the guides, and even the effects that actual VIN decoding…

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Added by John Sternal on April 14, 2014 at 10:53am — No Comments

How Much is a Front Line Ready Used Car Worth to Your Dealership?

For all you car dealers and auto wholesalers that buy/sell a majority of your used vehicles from auctions, are most of your vehicles Front Line Ready? I know from experience that the answer is no. For most dealers, used vehicles are checked over by the service department for inspection on the engine, frame, brakes, and tires, they then go to the body shop to have dings, dents, scratches fixed, then they have to be detailed. If you have all these services on site or close by you have to farm…

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Added by Brandon Macomber on April 11, 2014 at 8:57am — No Comments

Winter Weather Alters Pricing Patterns

According to Black Book® data, used vehicles model years 2008-2012 overall depreciated -0.3% in March, showing continued strength in seasonal retention compared to the -1.1% rate in February. Domestic cars gained in value by +0.7%; import cars depreciated -0.6%; domestic trucks gained in value by +0.6%; and import trucks depreciated -0.8%. Average pre-recession depreciation is historically between -1% and -2% monthly, and Black Book expects overall 2014 depreciation of -13.5%.



March…

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Added by John Sternal on April 10, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments

Continued Price Increases On Used Cars

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market, with the latest vehicle valuation data from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. We trust you have had a good week on the retail lots, in the auction lanes and airwaves and within the finance offices.



For those of you who have commented over the past several weeks that you expect the market to soften, you will…

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Added by John Sternal on April 7, 2014 at 11:21am — No Comments

Relevancy of Reviews with Women: Timing is Everything

Welcome to Women Wednesdays!

Have you ever walked into a store or visited their website and seen an award that says “Voted #1 in 2010”?

Doesn’t that beg the question and make you wonder what happened since then; who has won it this year?

This situation can be likened to when car dealers have a lapse in (getting) consumers reviews on dealer review sites

– like Google, Yelp, Dealer Rater,…

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Added by Anne Fleming on April 2, 2014 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Latest Numbers From The Current Sellers Market

With reports of the “sellers are happy” and “it’s a sellers’ market”, the results of the weekly market changes were bound to show continued strength. The only question remaining was just how strong it would actually be after a full week of auction activity. Welcome back to this week’s Used Car Market Report with insights from Ricky Beggs from Black Book.



As I reviewed the various comments…

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Added by John Sternal on March 31, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

A New Peak Is Established! Used Car & Truck Prices Rise For Spring Season.

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Used Car Market from Black Book. And by springtime, not just because the calendar says we have reached that point in the year, but after talking with a couple of industry folks in Detroit, the DC area and even from…

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Added by MANNY LUNA on March 30, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Prices Peak For Spring Selling Season

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market from Black Book. And by springtime, not just because the calendar says we have reached that point in the year, but after talking with a couple of industry folks in Detroit, the DC area and even from two mid-west states, there was a freshness in their voices due to no snow in the air or on the ground, with some sunny skies bringing…

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Added by John Sternal on March 24, 2014 at 11:57am — No Comments

Lease Credit Approval Data Is Up 11% in February From a Year Ago



Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during the month of February were at 66.6%, down from the 70.5% level in January and 73.3% level in December of 2013. February’s rate was the lowest since September of 2013, when the marketplace saw just 62.9% approvals from credit applicants.



So far in 2014 the credit approvals rate stands at 68.3%, close to the…

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Added by John Sternal on March 18, 2014 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Breaking the Imbalance of Women Executives at Car Dealerships: Breaking the Gender Gap?

Whether it’s the film industry or the auto industry, the shift in lead roles is hard to miss. The 2014 Oscars that took place a couple of weeks ago was truly a revelation of the changing gender role trends in films. More than one film nomination had strong female leads, enjoying almost all the air time as opposed to…

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Added by Anne Fleming on March 18, 2014 at 12:08pm — 5 Comments

The State Of Women And Car Leasing



How do women view their car lease experience? Swapalease.com wanted an inside look at how women drivers feel about leasing a vehicle, the shopping experience for a lease, and whether they would like to return to leasing in their next vehicle choice. Highlights from its latest report, "The State Of Women And Car Leasing" is below, and full results may be found on the …

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Added by John Sternal on March 13, 2014 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Spring Is Alive And Well

Here is this week's Used Car Market Report from Ricky Beggs, Editorial Director of Black Book. Everywhere I turned this past week I was being told of 70% to 80% sales conversions definitely indicating a booming market. One buyer even said the opening bid was many times higher than his planned top bid. And the actual…

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Added by John Sternal on March 10, 2014 at 11:08am — No Comments

Spring Buying Season Begins For Dealers

Here is this week's Used Car Market Report with analysis from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. Judging from the overall comments Black Book received this past week and the ultimate level of adjustments based on the auction results and…

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Added by John Sternal on March 3, 2014 at 11:57am — No Comments

Response To J.D. Power's Lease Growth Figures

From today’s news report:



"J.D. Power Reports: Auto Buyers Are Committing to Leasing and Long-Term Loans at Record Levels   



WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The use of long-term loans and leasing for new-vehicle retail sales is on pace to reach…

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Added by John Sternal on February 27, 2014 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Amplify your Automotive Content by Engaging the Community

By the traditional canons of business, some of the things that are going on here on DealerElite might be classified as true madness. It’s no secret that most of us are competitors – we’re selling the same cars and we’re fighting for the same customers, nevertheless we’re really friendly and help each other out constantly.

What’s going on? This is how social networks have changed the way we see things. We’ve come to realise how the Law of Reciprocation and the more ethereal Law of…

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Added by Arvid Linde on February 25, 2014 at 1:48pm — No Comments

The Harsh U.S Winter Altered 2014 Car Shopping Preferences

Has the winter of 2014 altered what kind of vehicle choices are made by drivers? Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports a slight change in vehicle preferences this winter, with utility vehicles replacing certain car segments in many locations.



During the previous three winters, a mix of car segments and smaller utility vehicles carried a large percentage of lease…

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Added by John Sternal on February 25, 2014 at 10:56am — No Comments

Tax Season Has Appeared

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market with data from Black Book. Thanks for tuning in this week and also for the comments we received over the past week about the market activity.…

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Added by John Sternal on February 24, 2014 at 11:42am — No Comments

Your Lease May Be In Demand Overseas



Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, believes a growing number of U.S. leases are being taken over for the purpose of getting shipped overseas at the end of term, particularly as fewer lessees and dealers plan to keep the leases because of the changing equity position.

In several European markets, pent-up demand is pushing up local car sales. Exports of U.S. cars have been on the rise, with brands like Ford and Honda showing increasing exports recently. In…

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Added by John Sternal on February 21, 2014 at 8:57am — No Comments

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