The Truth About Cars » Dealers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:27:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 An Innovative Car Dealer Is a Future Car Dealer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/innovative-car-dealer-future-car-dealer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/innovative-car-dealer-future-car-dealer/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:30:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1318338 I worked at a Ford dealer in Silicon Valley from 1994 to 1999. It was a transitional time in the car business; a time when old-school car guys told war stories about back-lot portables stocked with sales incentives, while young consumers arrived with astonishingly accurate invoice and holdback information. We packed payments, sold $79 undercoat […]

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I worked at a Ford dealer in Silicon Valley from 1994 to 1999. It was a transitional time in the car business; a time when old-school car guys told war stories about back-lot portables stocked with sales incentives, while young consumers arrived with astonishingly accurate invoice and holdback information. We packed payments, sold $79 undercoat […]

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Volkswagen Sued by Dealer Group, Non-VW Diesel Producers Breath Sigh of Relief in Europe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/volkswagen-sued-dealer-group-non-vw-diesel-producers-breath-sigh-relief-europe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/volkswagen-sued-dealer-group-non-vw-diesel-producers-breath-sigh-relief-europe/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:30:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1320034 The Napleton Automotive Group of Illinois tread a well-worn path to its lawyers yesterday, this time filing a suit against Volkswagen for damaging its business model. Three Volkswagen dealerships owned by Napelton filed the suit, which seeks class-action status, alleging the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal amounts to “criminal racketeering,” Automotive News has reported. In addition to […]

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The Napleton Automotive Group of Illinois tread a well-worn path to its lawyers yesterday, this time filing a suit against Volkswagen for damaging its business model. Three Volkswagen dealerships owned by Napelton filed the suit, which seeks class-action status, alleging the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal amounts to “criminal racketeering,” Automotive News has reported. In addition to […]

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Talk to Our Committee to Avoid Lawsuits, Volkswagen Dealers Tell Automaker http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/talk-to-our-committee-to-avoid-lawsuits-volkswagen-dealers-tell-automaker/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/talk-to-our-committee-to-avoid-lawsuits-volkswagen-dealers-tell-automaker/#comments Sat, 02 Apr 2016 14:19:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1317242 Volkswagen dealers in the U.S. have formed a go-to team tasked with drawing compensation out of the automaker while avoiding a looming barrage of dealer lawsuits. The five-member committee was formed at a dealers-only meeting held yesterday at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas, one day before U.S. dealers were expected to […]

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Volkswagen dealers in the U.S. have formed a go-to team tasked with drawing compensation out of the automaker while avoiding a looming barrage of dealer lawsuits. The five-member committee was formed at a dealers-only meeting held yesterday at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas, one day before U.S. dealers were expected to […]

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Sales are Rising, But Incentive-Happy Automakers are Kneecapping Profits http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/sales-are-rising-but-incentive-happy-automakers-are-kneecapping-profits/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/sales-are-rising-but-incentive-happy-automakers-are-kneecapping-profits/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1316466 Light vehicle sales haven’t peaked in the U.S., but the way they’re being sold is putting automakers in some financial peril. That warning was delivered by Thomas King, vice-president of the Power Information Network, ahead of this weekend’s National Automobile Dealers Association, Wards Auto reports. Speaking at the J.D. Power Automotive Summit, King said retail […]

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Light vehicle sales haven’t peaked in the U.S., but the way they’re being sold is putting automakers in some financial peril. That warning was delivered by Thomas King, vice-president of the Power Information Network, ahead of this weekend’s National Automobile Dealers Association, Wards Auto reports. Speaking at the J.D. Power Automotive Summit, King said retail […]

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DOT Goes Wikileaks on Dealers, Puts Your Car’s Secrets Online http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/dot-goes-wikileaks-dealers-puts-cars-secrets-online/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/dot-goes-wikileaks-dealers-puts-cars-secrets-online/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1315682 Your vehicle’s hidden flaws and most shocking (mechanical) secrets will soon be just a click away. The Department of Transportation is ending the clandestine relationship between your car’s dealer and the manufacturer by posting all Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) online, according to Consumer Reports. TSBs, which outline the recommended procedure for repairing vehicles, will be […]

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Your vehicle’s hidden flaws and most shocking (mechanical) secrets will soon be just a click away. The Department of Transportation is ending the clandestine relationship between your car’s dealer and the manufacturer by posting all Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) online, according to Consumer Reports. TSBs, which outline the recommended procedure for repairing vehicles, will be […]

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True to His Word, Chip Perry is Revamping TrueCar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/true-word-chip-perry-revamping-truecar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/true-word-chip-perry-revamping-truecar/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1313146 TrueCar, the prolific third-party car shopping site, is changing the way it does business in the hopes of mending dealer relations and reversing the company’s flagging fortunes. When TrueCar president and CEO Chip Perry took the helm of the site last December, his stated goal was to make amends with ornery partners and bring the […]

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TrueCar, the prolific third-party car shopping site, is changing the way it does business in the hopes of mending dealer relations and reversing the company’s flagging fortunes. When TrueCar president and CEO Chip Perry took the helm of the site last December, his stated goal was to make amends with ornery partners and bring the […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Nissan Needs a Faster Pipe, Creeping Autonomy, and Mercedes Goes Gaga Over AMG http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-nissan-needs-faster-pipe-creeping-autonomy-mercedes-goes-gaga-amg/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-nissan-needs-faster-pipe-creeping-autonomy-mercedes-goes-gaga-amg/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1313034 Nissan’s product pipeline has all the flow of a crusted-over faucet, and that’s not good for business. That, automation is insidiously infiltrating cars all around you, Mercedes-Benz goes all in on AMG, Jaguar teases China with something special, and foreigners flee the Russian automotive landscape … after the break! Failure to launch … on time […]

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Nissan’s product pipeline has all the flow of a crusted-over faucet, and that’s not good for business. That, automation is insidiously infiltrating cars all around you, Mercedes-Benz goes all in on AMG, Jaguar teases China with something special, and foreigners flee the Russian automotive landscape … after the break! Failure to launch … on time […]

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Ghosts are Real, and They’re Sitting on Dealer Lots http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ghosts-real-theyre-sitting-dealer-lots/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ghosts-real-theyre-sitting-dealer-lots/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:15:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1310394 When an automaker posts its sales figures at the end of the month, how many vehicles actually left the dealer lot? Not all of them, according to a top BMW executive, who admitted that his company and others “punch” up sales numbers to boost their standing, according to Automotive News. Punching cars is “not an […]

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When an automaker posts its sales figures at the end of the month, how many vehicles actually left the dealer lot? Not all of them, according to a top BMW executive, who admitted that his company and others “punch” up sales numbers to boost their standing, according to Automotive News. Punching cars is “not an […]

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The Internet Pricing Bait and Switch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/internet-pricing-bait-switch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/internet-pricing-bait-switch/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 15:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1285474 The Internet brings transparency to the car buying process and allows us to search the whole country for our favorite car. While shopping for a WRX a few months ago, I got quotes from dealers as far as 1,500 miles away. I ended up skipping the local dealers and travelling to a dealer 80 miles away […]

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The Internet brings transparency to the car buying process and allows us to search the whole country for our favorite car. While shopping for a WRX a few months ago, I got quotes from dealers as far as 1,500 miles away. I ended up skipping the local dealers and travelling to a dealer 80 miles away […]

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Inside Stories From the War Between Automakers And Dealers Over Exports http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/inside-stories-war-automakers-dealers-exports/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/inside-stories-war-automakers-dealers-exports/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1282818 There’s not a more uncomfortable phone call for a car dealership’s finance manager to make then asking a customer to come back to have their finance or lease contract rewritten. This is typically caused by sales managers — the people most despised by finance departments — who spot deliver a vehicle based on their wrong guess about the rate or term a lender would approve the […]

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There’s not a more uncomfortable phone call for a car dealership’s finance manager to make then asking a customer to come back to have their finance or lease contract rewritten. This is typically caused by sales managers — the people most despised by finance departments — who spot deliver a vehicle based on their wrong guess about the rate or term a lender would approve the […]

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Volkswagen is Buying Back Dirty Diesels, But Not From Owners http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/volkswagen-is-buying-back-dirty-diesels-but-not-from-owners/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/volkswagen-is-buying-back-dirty-diesels-but-not-from-owners/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1280226 Volkswagen Group of America has begun the process of buying back cars affected by the ongoing diesel emissions scandal, but you shouldn’t expect to receive a letter or phone call with a buyback offer anytime soon. VW is going ahead with a buyback program that will see the automaker acquire affected vehicles from dealers’ certified pre-owned (CPO) inventories, a source familiar […]

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Volkswagen Group of America has begun the process of buying back cars affected by the ongoing diesel emissions scandal, but you shouldn’t expect to receive a letter or phone call with a buyback offer anytime soon. VW is going ahead with a buyback program that will see the automaker acquire affected vehicles from dealers’ certified pre-owned (CPO) inventories, a source familiar […]

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What’s Going On with Volkswagen’s Golf GTI? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/whats-going-volkswagens-golf-gti/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/whats-going-volkswagens-golf-gti/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:59:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1270354 Dealers are shaving thousands off of Volkswagen’s Golf GTI — up to $5,000 at some dealers — and the hatchback is relatively easy to find at rental car counters across the country. So, is everything going OK with 2015’s North American Car of the Year™? For starters, in Volkswagen’s defense, most of its cars are […]

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Dealers are shaving thousands off of Volkswagen’s Golf GTI — up to $5,000 at some dealers — and the hatchback is relatively easy to find at rental car counters across the country. So, is everything going OK with 2015’s North American Car of the Year™? For starters, in Volkswagen’s defense, most of its cars are […]

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GM’s Online Sales Program Isn’t Direct-sale, But It Is Pretty Clever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/gms-online-sales-program-isnt-direct-sale-pretty-clever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/gms-online-sales-program-isnt-direct-sale-pretty-clever/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1267009 General Motors will sell highly coveted lease returns and company cars online starting next month through a program called the Factory Pre-owned Collection. The program, which we’ve covered briefly, will sell lease returns and company cars through an online portal that makes those cars available nationwide. GM said its inventory would be roughly 30,000 cars, which all […]

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General Motors will sell highly coveted lease returns and company cars online starting next month through a program called the Factory Pre-owned Collection. The program, which we’ve covered briefly, will sell lease returns and company cars through an online portal that makes those cars available nationwide. GM said its inventory would be roughly 30,000 cars, which all […]

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How An 86-Year-Old African-American Woman Was Charged Over Sticker For Last Year’s Buick http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/86-year-old-african-american-woman-charged-sticker-last-years-buick/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/86-year-old-african-american-woman-charged-sticker-last-years-buick/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1251249 Imagine the following scenario: You’re a Buick salesman. An elderly woman comes into your showroom to inquire about a replacement for her Regal. You decide that she’s a great candidate for an Encore, and since you have some previous-year Encore stock you decide that she’s a great candidate for a 2015 Encore instead of the […]

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Imagine the following scenario: You’re a Buick salesman. An elderly woman comes into your showroom to inquire about a replacement for her Regal. You decide that she’s a great candidate for an Encore, and since you have some previous-year Encore stock you decide that she’s a great candidate for a 2015 Encore instead of the […]

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Cadillac Drafting New Dealer Incentive Program http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/cadillac-drafting-new-dealer-incentive-program/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/cadillac-drafting-new-dealer-incentive-program/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1232161 With the CT6 and XT5 hitting the floor soon, Cadillac is working on a new dealer incentive program to encourage improvement of the buying experience at its stores. Automotive News reports the program could bring as much as $850 million to $1 billion USD “in incremental profit” for the brand’s dealership network over the next four to five […]

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With the CT6 and XT5 hitting the floor soon, Cadillac is working on a new dealer incentive program to encourage improvement of the buying experience at its stores. Automotive News reports the program could bring as much as $850 million to $1 billion USD “in incremental profit” for the brand’s dealership network over the next four to five […]

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For Some TDI Owners, Conflicting Messages on Trade-in http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/tdi-owners-conflicting-messages-trade/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/tdi-owners-conflicting-messages-trade/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:10:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1216073 As Volkswagen works to make amends with customers and the public, TDI owners ready to give up their illegally polluting cars are hearing conflicting messages from some Volkswagen dealers who are either unwilling to or begrudgingly taking in those cars on trade. A TDI owner said when he took his car into Flow Motors Volkswagen in […]

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As Volkswagen works to make amends with customers and the public, TDI owners ready to give up their illegally polluting cars are hearing conflicting messages from some Volkswagen dealers who are either unwilling to or begrudgingly taking in those cars on trade. A TDI owner said when he took his car into Flow Motors Volkswagen in […]

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Volkswagen Buying Back Bad Diesels From Dealers At Pre-crisis Prices http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volkswagen-buying-back-bad-diesels-from-dealers-at-pre-crisis-prices/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volkswagen-buying-back-bad-diesels-from-dealers-at-pre-crisis-prices/#comments Sat, 31 Oct 2015 15:12:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1209369 Volkswagen told dealers that it would buy back some of its unsellable, used diesel cars withering on their lots at fixed prices to help dealers cope during the automaker’s growing diesel scandal, Automotive News reported. The cars that dealers are accepting on trade-in, but can’t sell due to their illegally polluting engines, have sat on lots while […]

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Volkswagen told dealers that it would buy back some of its unsellable, used diesel cars withering on their lots at fixed prices to help dealers cope during the automaker’s growing diesel scandal, Automotive News reported. The cars that dealers are accepting on trade-in, but can’t sell due to their illegally polluting engines, have sat on lots while […]

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Volkswagen Has Brilliant Plan To Sell Cars During Crisis (Hint: It’s By Giving You Money) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volkswagen-has-brilliant-plan-to-sell-cars-during-crisis-hint-its-by-giving-you-money/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/volkswagen-has-brilliant-plan-to-sell-cars-during-crisis-hint-its-by-giving-you-money/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 18:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1202905 Volkswagen is offering up to double the average amount of incentives on some of its cars to help dealers during its diesel crisis, Bloomberg reported (via Automotive News). Dealers, who received no-strings-attached cash from Volkswagen at the beginning of this month, are offering up to 11 percent off their cars’ stickers to help weather the […]

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Volkswagen is offering up to double the average amount of incentives on some of its cars to help dealers during its diesel crisis, Bloomberg reported (via Automotive News). Dealers, who received no-strings-attached cash from Volkswagen at the beginning of this month, are offering up to 11 percent off their cars’ stickers to help weather the […]

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Analyst: Car Sales May Peak By 2017, Rising Rates Could Impact Buyers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/analyst-car-sales-may-peak-2017-rising-rates-impact-buyers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/analyst-car-sales-may-peak-2017-rising-rates-impact-buyers/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 17:30:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1196090 (Updated with comment from GoodCarBadCar’s Tim Cain) Analysts at IHS Automotive says car sales may be nearing its peak and automakers may expect a downturn in sales by 2017 due to rising interest rates, Automotive News reported. Strong demand for auto loans is starting to wane, banks are reporting, and a pending federal interest rate hike […]

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(Updated with comment from GoodCarBadCar’s Tim Cain) Analysts at IHS Automotive says car sales may be nearing its peak and automakers may expect a downturn in sales by 2017 due to rising interest rates, Automotive News reported. Strong demand for auto loans is starting to wane, banks are reporting, and a pending federal interest rate hike […]

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Mercedes Expanding AMG Brand, Asking Dealers To Pay For Upgrades http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/mercedes-expanding-amg-brand-asking-dealers-to-pay-for-upgrades/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/mercedes-expanding-amg-brand-asking-dealers-to-pay-for-upgrades/#comments Mon, 12 Oct 2015 22:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1193834 Mercedes-Benz will open performance centers at specific dealerships across the U.S. to expand the AMG brand from enthusiast sub-brand to mainstream performance line, Automotive News is reporting. Dealers may have to pay up to $200,000 for extra showroom space and training, the report said. The automaker expanded its AMG brand this year with the Mercedes-Benz […]

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Mercedes-Benz will open performance centers at specific dealerships across the U.S. to expand the AMG brand from enthusiast sub-brand to mainstream performance line, Automotive News is reporting. Dealers may have to pay up to $200,000 for extra showroom space and training, the report said. The automaker expanded its AMG brand this year with the Mercedes-Benz […]

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Hammer Time: How Can Volkswagen Save Themselves? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/hammer-time-can-volkswagen-save/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/hammer-time-can-volkswagen-save/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1183114 Twenty-two vehicles on the front line and not a single one of them a Volkswagen. This wouldn’t be surprising if this were a used car lot or a new car store that sold a different brand, but this is Jim Ellis VW — the most successful Volkswagen dealership in the entire metro-Atlanta area. How successful? They have two locations […]

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Twenty-two vehicles on the front line and not a single one of them a Volkswagen. This wouldn’t be surprising if this were a used car lot or a new car store that sold a different brand, but this is Jim Ellis VW — the most successful Volkswagen dealership in the entire metro-Atlanta area. How successful? They have two locations […]

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Volkswagen Will Offer More Cash to Dealers as It Skids Completely Out of Control http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/volkswagen-will-offer-cash-dealers-skids-completely-control/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/volkswagen-will-offer-cash-dealers-skids-completely-control/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:30:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1178362 Amid slumping sales and a snowballing diesel-emissions crisis, Volkswagen announced Monday a plan to offer more money to dealers for cars that they can sell. Over the weekend, Volkswagen issued a stop-sale for cars equipped with their 2-liter diesel engine after admitting the those cars cheated to pass emissions test. According to Automotive News, a Sept. 21 […]

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Amid slumping sales and a snowballing diesel-emissions crisis, Volkswagen announced Monday a plan to offer more money to dealers for cars that they can sell. Over the weekend, Volkswagen issued a stop-sale for cars equipped with their 2-liter diesel engine after admitting the those cars cheated to pass emissions test. According to Automotive News, a Sept. 21 […]

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Toyota Asking Dealers To Stop Advertising Below Invoice, World Not Over Yet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/toyota-asking-dealers-stop-advertising-invoice-world-not-yet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/toyota-asking-dealers-stop-advertising-invoice-world-not-yet/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1151489 At an upcoming dealer meeting in Las Vegas next month, Toyota will ask its dealers to stop advertising cars below invoice in an attempt to help keep residual values higher and keep dealers from competing in a “race to the bottom,” Automotive News is reporting. If accepted, Toyota would join Honda in penalizing dealers who […]

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At an upcoming dealer meeting in Las Vegas next month, Toyota will ask its dealers to stop advertising cars below invoice in an attempt to help keep residual values higher and keep dealers from competing in a “race to the bottom,” Automotive News is reporting. If accepted, Toyota would join Honda in penalizing dealers who […]

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Interest in Hybrid Cars the Same, But Not When Money is Involved http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/interest-in-hybrid-cars-the-same-but-not-when-money-is-involved/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/interest-in-hybrid-cars-the-same-but-not-when-money-is-involved/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1150945 Two stories paint an interesting present reality for hybrid and electric vehicles in America. Interest in hybrid vehicles has stayed consistent for the last two years among people in the U.S., AutoGuide is reporting. But apparently dealers and buyers can’t keep their hands off of those cars in Connecticut, where that state recently offered up to $3,000 […]

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Two stories paint an interesting present reality for hybrid and electric vehicles in America. Interest in hybrid vehicles has stayed consistent for the last two years among people in the U.S., AutoGuide is reporting. But apparently dealers and buyers can’t keep their hands off of those cars in Connecticut, where that state recently offered up to $3,000 […]

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I Tried To Buy A Charger Again, And Failed Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/tried-buy-charger-failed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/tried-buy-charger-failed/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1145953 The automotive journalism industry is infinitely weird. I’m much more likely to be recognized by someone in a foreign land than I am in my own city. Just recently, during Halifax’s Pride Parade, a man I didn’t know walked up to me and asked, “Are you Mark Stevenson?” It’s the first time that’s ever happened to me […]

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The automotive journalism industry is infinitely weird. I’m much more likely to be recognized by someone in a foreign land than I am in my own city. Just recently, during Halifax’s Pride Parade, a man I didn’t know walked up to me and asked, “Are you Mark Stevenson?” It’s the first time that’s ever happened to me […]

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