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Tesla sues Michigan for the right to sell cars: is this the end of franchise laws?
Tesla sues Michigan for the right to sell cars: is this the end of franchise laws?

The gloves have been loosening for years, and now, they've finally come off: Tesla Motors is preparing to throw punches in the courtroom as it sues Michigan for the right to sell cars. If the company makes its case successfully, it could have implications far beyond the borders of the Wolverine...Read More»

Schoolhouse Rock: 'I'm Just A Bill'
Finally: House Passes Bill Requiring Rental Companies To Repair Recalled Cars (But It's Not Perfect)

The quest to move a multi-year transportation bill through the U.S. Congress met with a bit of success yesterday, as the House of Representatives passed its own version of the legislation. A similar version of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act of 2015 was previously...Read More»

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Dealers Gear Up To Fund GOP Presidential Candidates, But Will Tesla Supporters Lose Out?

It's no surprise that U.S. auto dealers and dealer networks skew heavily Republican. The GOP has built a reputation as being pro-business and anti-regulation -- stances that appeal to many in the business community. According to Auto News, though, the 2016 election cycle could be a confusing one...Read More»

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As Dealers Become Irrelevant, NADA Fights Back: "At Least We're Not Selling Furniture!"

What would a world without auto dealerships look like? A generation ago, the question would've seemed absurd, but today, we may be on the way to finding out. Tesla is upending the traditional auto sales model, showing off its cars in relaxed "galleries" and selling its vehicles online. Survey after...Read More»

Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display
Terrified Of Tesla, NADA Launches Campaign To Tout Benefits Of Franchise Dealerships

Tesla's roadmap to success has been long and winding and full of potholes. One of the biggest obstacles vexing the startup automaker has been America's network of state franchise laws, most of which prevent automakers -- even small ones like Tesla -- from selling directly to consumers. But CEO Elon...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
What Does The Sequester Mean For The Auto Industry? Meh, Not Much

Tomorrow's the big day: it's Ron Howard's birthday (he'll be 59), the anniversary of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and the day that the 2013 Sequestration goes into effect. What does that mean for America's auto industry? Probably not much -- for now. As you might've heard, the Sequestration is a...Read More»

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NADA: U.S. Auto Sales Should Reach 15.4 Million In 2013

Automakers sold roughly 14.5 million new cars during calendar year 2012 -- up 13% over 2011. Will that kind of growth continue in 2013? The Wall Street Journal and marketing firm Polk have already said "Yes, indeed", and now the National Association of Automobile Dealers has announced its own rosy...Read More»

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Selling Your Ride? Used Cars To Remain Valuable Through 2014

If you have plans to sell your current ride anytime soon, we have good news and great news. The good news is that your used car isn't depreciating very much, and it's not likely to do so for the next couple of years. That prediction comes from the National Automobile Dealers Association, which says...Read More»

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Need A Used Car? Buy This Summer From A Downtown Dealer

If you're in the market for a used car, now might be a good time to get serious about shopping. New data, paired with time-honored auto industry trends, could add up to big savings for consumers in the coming weeks. Last month, we told you that used car prices were slipping. According to the...Read More»

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Looking For A Used Car? You May Want To Wait Until June

If you're looking to buy or sell a used car, take note: the National Automobile Dealers Association says that used car values are about to peak. If they're right, now could be the perfect time to unload your current ride, but you may want to wait a couple of months before investing in another used...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe  -  2012 Detroit Auto Show
Survey: Hyundai, Subaru, Lexus Score High With Dealers

Each year, thousands of consumers answer surveys about cars and the people who sell them. Those studies -- like the ones we recently mentioned about brand loyalty and the shopping habits of men and women -- can tell us a lot about buyers, but for an insider's look at the auto industry, you need to...Read More»

Car shopping
Dealers Warn Fuel Rules Will Boost Car Costs By $5000: We Break It Down

Back in November, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation announced new fuel-efficiency regulations affecting vehicles built through 2025. Many automakers and environmental groups have praised the guidelines, but dealers warn that they could boost the cost of new...Read More»

2011 MINI Countryman
2011 MINI Countryman: Safe, Sporty, Fun-To-Drive Four-Seater

Who doesn’t love a MINI? Ever since the diminutive MINI came out, eager customers have been snapping them up. MINI’s latest new model, the 2011 MINI Countryman, a compact crossover that easily seats four adults, is attracting even more attention – if that’s possible...Read More»

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Gas Prices Fueling Price Spike On High-Mileage Hybrids, Small Cars

Gasoline prices are on the rise. And as surely as we can say that more Americans will start putting half-tanks into their cars and complaining loudly about the extra $20 or so a month they'll need to shell out—and schemes like drilling into fuel tanks emerge—let the rush on small cars...Read More»

NADAGuides mobile site
Attention Car Shoppers: Get Vehicle Values To Go (If You're Lucky) On NADAguides.com

In days of old, research-minded car buyers would toddle into showrooms armed with brochures and Blue Books and printouts of web pages. But for today's savvy shopper, it's all about the smartphone. There are lots mobile apps to help buyers determine the value of trade-ins and purchase models --...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge - first drive in and around Nashville
NADAguides Names Vehicles With The Lowest Ownership Costs

No way around it, cars have a way of nickling and diming you. When you shop for a new car, there's a lot more to budget, related to car ownership, than just your monthly payments. If it's not maintenance or repairs, there are fees, fuel costs, finance costs, and the cost of your annual insurance...Read More»

Used car salesman
Congress Cracks Down On Lending, But Car Dealers Squeeze Through

Car dealers, at least for now, don't have to answer to the same regulations, restrictions, and oversight that would apply to nearly every other type of consumer lending. After the House of Representatives voted to exclude auto loans earlier this week, the Congressional committee negotiating a final...Read More»

Used car salesman
Latest Threat to Carbuyer Safety: The Evil of 'Curbstoning'

Have you heard of "curbstoning"? We hadn't, and we like to think we're up on new automotive trends. But if the National Automobile Dealers Association has its way, you will. Curbstoning, you see, is a dangerous threat to used-car buyers, who put themselves and their families in dire peril by buying...Read More»

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