dealers

So Is Chrysler's Invisible Ad Monkey Flipping Off PETA?
So Is Chrysler's Invisible Ad Monkey Flipping Off PETA?

Annoying end-of-model-year dealer closeout ads have swarmed the airwaves, as they do every year around this time. But Chrysler threw a touch of whimsy into its 30-second array of black cars in front of a tent with confetti, with the voice of Michael C. Hall--better known as the civic-minded serial...Read More»

Abarth Fiat 500C
Fiat Dealer Network Starting To Take Form

You might have heard that Chrysler plans to soon sell the stylish, city-savvy Fiat 500 minicar in the U.S., but beyond that intent plans have been sketchy at best as to where exactly you’ll go for your test drive. Full “Fiat Experience” market plans are going to be presented later in the...Read More»

Car repair
For Repairs, Maintenance, GM Dealerships Take A Cue From Wal-Mart

If you get great service, and a consistently low price that competes with independent repair shops or franchised service centers, would you return to the dealership to get your older, higher-mileage vehicle maintained or repaired? GM is hoping so; to help drum up more business on the service side...Read More»

Used car salesman
One Ugly Auto Dealer Trick Down, The Rest? Status Quo

Although we still haven't yet seen what exactly what the soon-to-be-signed financial reform bill will do for consumers, we already know who won big: auto dealers. Auto-title lending is the only significant auto-related area of the financial industry that's targeted for tighter regulation under the...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»

Dealer
Dealers Sidestep New Consumer Protection Bill

American auto dealers were dealt a winning hand yesterday as the U.S. House of Representatives agreed to exclude auto loans from an upcoming consumer protection bill. A competing bill from the Senate has similar language, and the two are now being reconciled in conference committee. The consumer...Read More»

Chrysler 300 at Golden Globes
Chrysler 1, Dealers 0 In The Arbitration Game

The results of Chrysler's first arbitration hearing are in, and the news for dealers isn't good. The arbitrator has determined that Joe Kidd Dodge of Cincinnati, Ohio met Chrysler's criteria for elimination and that Chrysler broke its contract with the dealer in an impartial manner. As Chrysler...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»

2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8
Chrysler On The Move: Automaker Welcomes 86 Dealerships Back To The Fold

After a very long dry spell, the good news for Chrysler fans is finally flowing again. First we heard that the automaker was ratcheting up its production timeline on the eagerly anticipated 2011 Chrysler 300. Then, Fiat mentioned that it's on-track to assume a 35% stake in Chrysler within the next...Read More»

2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid
Frugal Shopper: The Ten Most Discounted Hybrid Models

If you're considering one of many hybrid models but think that there are no deals to be had on green vehicles, now would be the time to think again—and potentially head out shopping in the near future. Data from the pricing-intelligence firm TrueCar shows that a lot of hybrid models are selling...Read More»

Edward E. 'Ed' Whitacre, Jr.
General Motors Chairman Ed Whitacre: Savior Or Saboteur?

Every day, there's a new story about General Motors' wobbly return to profitability. Between the management shakeups, the gut-churning attempt to sell off HUMMER, Saturn and Saab, and even a spate of recalls on cars like the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, much of the press surrounding GM is negative and...Read More»

Car Dealer
Frugal Shopper: What Time, Day, Month Is Best For Deals?

If you're thinking of heading out to the dealership to close the deal this weekend—especially if it's Friday—you might want to hold off. And Saturday? Well, it depends, but unless it's close to the end of the month, you're more likely to get a better deal if you wait until Monday or Tuesday...Read More»

Sears Auto Center in Salem, Oregon
Sears Comes To The Rescue Of Defunct Chrysler & GM Dealerships

Since last year, over 2,000 dealerships have been cut from the Chrysler and General Motors networks, and there's been a great deal of discussion about what to do for these businesses and their employees -- reinstatement? restitution? nothing at all? Today, things are moving forward with a...Read More»

Kendall Toyota  -  Eugene, OR  -  First LEED Platinum dealership facility
Toyota Dealership Goes Green—With More Than Prius And Recycling

Whether you're among the most eco-savvy customers considering the 2010 Toyota Prius or just a smart shopper who'd prefer to buy green, it's likely you haven't thought about this one: Just how green is the dealership itself? An Oregon new-car dealership—one that sells the Prius, of course—is...Read More»

Chevrolet dealership
Dealers Contesting Termination Rush To Meet Tonight's Filing Deadline

When Chrysler and General Motors underwent restructuring last year, they eliminated over 2,000 dealerships from their networks. Their reasoning for the cuts ranged from poor sales performance to duplication, but no matter what rationale they used, dealers were rarely satisfied. Many of those...Read More»

2010 Detroit Auto Show, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inspecting a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Surprise: Auto Shows Really Do Sell Cars, Says NY Auto Show Owner

Sometimes we get a press release that makes us scratch our heads. Take this morning's little epistle from the 2010 New York Auto Show, the nation's largest, which opens to the public on April 2. According to the findings of a "third-party research group," 72 percent of last year's New York Auto...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz flagship dealership in Manhattan [via NewYorkTimes]
Mercedes-Benz To Launch Top-Of-The-Heap Showroom In Manhattan

For the few Manhattanites that can afford to own cars, and for those visiting from less-cramped spaces, Mercedes-Benz is opening a 333,000 square-foot flagship store on 11th Avenue between 53rd and 54th. Its light, airy look -- with tones of light blue, yellow and apricot "to convey the qualities...Read More»

General Motors Cadillac Dealership
GM Reins In Dealerships By Offering To Pay For Facelifts

GM is nudging its dealerships along by offering them some direct money—paid out over five to ten years—to remodel and freshen-up, and meet some tighter standards. Anyone who's shopped around—in a major metro area, especially—knows that while dealerships are the 'face' of the automaker, they...Read More»

Geely Familia
Geely Autos: Coming Soon To A Volvo Dealer Near You?

While much of the auto world's attention has been focused on Geely's attempt to buy Volvo from Ford and what that might mean for the popular Swedish marque, there's another side to the story that's gotten far less coverage: the possibility that Volvo dealerships will begin selling Geely vehicles...Read More»