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LEASE ESCAPE GROWTH HIGHER FOR TOYOTA THAN SCION ON SWAPALEASE.COM

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, has new data that shows that Scion vehicles were performing adequately on Swapalease.com, and in some cases had better performance than certain Toyota models and other peers. The analysis was conducted following Toyota’s decision to wind down production of the Scion brand.Toyota declared that Scion, a division of Toyota Motor Corporation, will be discontinued as of August 2016. The upstart brand was launched in 2002 in an attempt to…See More
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Sub-Compact Car Values Stabilizing

Welcome to this week's edition of Black Book Market Insights, with in-depth analysis of used car and truck valuation trends and insights straight from the auction lanes. Click here to download the full…See More
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Truck Segments Experiencing Low Depreciation As Gas Prices Continue to Drop

This week’s Black Book Market Insights looks at valuation trends as we close out January and inch toward the spring selling season. This past week, trucks saw a strong period of retention while cars continued to show some weakness. More specifically, Full-Size Pickups are showing noticeable strength in activity. This week’s report also includes highlights and updates for all specialty market segments. “Trucks experienced the smallest week-over-week depreciation seen this year,” said Anil Goyal,…See More
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Welcome to this week's edition of Black Book Market Insights, with in-depth analysis of used car and truck valuation trends and insights straight from the auction lanes. Click here to download the full…See More
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CHEVY CRUZE LT LEASE OFFERED AT $69 MONTHLY ENTERING JANUARY ON WANTALEASE.COM

Wantalease.com, the nation’s first online marketplace for new auto lease deals, reports its lowest-ever lease deal offered entering January, with the Chevy Cruze LT starting at just $69 per month. The Nissan Sentra SV is also being offered at just $129 per month nine other vehicles are being offered for less than $200 per month.While the majority of low lease prices are being offered on compact and midsize cars, a handful of small SUVs are also at the low end of the price spectrum. The Honda…See More
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LEASE ESCAPE GROWTH HIGHER FOR TOYOTA THAN SCION ON SWAPALEASE.COM

Posted by John Sternal on February 10, 2016 at 8:40am 0 Comments

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, has new data that shows that Scion vehicles were performing adequately on Swapalease.com, and in some cases had better performance than certain Toyota models and other peers. The analysis was conducted following Toyota’s decision to wind down production of the Scion brand.

Toyota declared that Scion, a division of Toyota Motor Corporation, will be discontinued as of August 2016. The upstart brand was launched in 2002 in an attempt to connect with the younger generation of car buyers. After 13 years, Toyota has decided to end Scion due to falling sales numbers and that the company believes Millennials now resonate more with the Toyota brand.

Data provided by Swapalease.com reveals that Toyota may have underestimated the demand for Scion. Between the years 2013-2014, the demand to take over a Scion lease agreement increased by 157%. Although this growth slowed from 2014 to 2015, the demand for Scion vehicles…

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Sub-Compact Car Values Stabilizing

Posted by Black Book on February 10, 2016 at 7:35am 0 Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of Black Book Market Insights, with in-depth analysis of used car and truck valuation trends and insights straight from the auction lanes. Click here to download the full report.

 

This week’s Black Book Market Insights looks at the impact early spring selling season is having on car segments, particularly the SubCompact Cars, which showed an increase last week. What’s more, industry professionals need to take a close look at trends surrounding the SubCompact Crossover, which showed a greater than -2% decline last week alone.

 

“The Sub-Compact Car segment started to show strength with tax season approaching. In addition, most…

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Truck Segments Experiencing Low Depreciation As Gas Prices Continue to Drop

Posted by Black Book on February 2, 2016 at 8:35am 0 Comments

This week’s Black Book Market Insights looks at valuation trends as we close out January and inch toward the spring selling season. This past week, trucks saw a strong period of retention while cars continued to show some weakness. More specifically, Full-Size Pickups are showing noticeable strength in activity. This week’s report also includes highlights and updates for all specialty market segments.

 

“Trucks experienced the smallest week-over-week depreciation seen this year,” said Anil Goyal, Vice President of Automotive Valuation and Analytics.

 

  • Volume-weighted, overall car values decreased by 0.37% last week. Last year, the same week declined by a rate of 0.21%.
  • Last week the Mid-Size Car segment was the first of 2016 to see a rise in value, but this week all car segments experienced downward pressure.
  • Volume-weighted, overall truck values decreased by 0.28% last week. Last year, the same week declined by a rate of…
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First Appreciating Segment of the Year…

Posted by Black Book on January 27, 2016 at 12:53pm 0 Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of Black Book Market Insights, with in-depth analysis of used car and truck valuation trends and insights straight from the auction lanes. Click here to download the full report.

 

This week’s Black Book Market Insights reveals which segment is opening 2016 with a price increase. And while the increase isn’t by a large margin, it’s a segment that might surprise some people, especially given how it fared during much of 2015. Separately, this week’s report shines a light on truck segments, which continue to largely open 2016 with a thud compared to the momentum they had in 2015.

 

“Overall weekly depreciation rates decreased as some…

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CHEVY CRUZE LT LEASE OFFERED AT $69 MONTHLY ENTERING JANUARY ON WANTALEASE.COM

Posted by John Sternal on January 27, 2016 at 12:51pm 0 Comments

Wantalease.com, the nation’s first online marketplace for new auto lease deals, reports its lowest-ever lease deal offered entering January, with the Chevy Cruze LT starting at just $69 per month. The Nissan Sentra SV is also being offered at just $129 per month nine other vehicles are being offered for less than $200 per month.

While the majority of low lease prices are being offered on compact and midsize cars, a handful of small SUVs are also at the low end of the price spectrum. The Honda CR-V LX 2WD, Nissan Rogue S AWD and the Toyota RAV4 LE FWD are each being offered at $209 per month. 

During November and December, when the Volkswagen scandal was still fresh on car shoppers’ minds, Volkswagen had several models available at low monthly prices. Entering January there are just two Volkswagen models offered at noticeably low prices: Jetta S at $219 per month and the Passat 1.8T  Limited Edition at $329 per month.

Also of interest, only four of the fifteen…

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The Benefits of Buying a Used Car from a Dealer

Posted by Adam Smith on January 18, 2016 at 10:17pm 1 Comment

There is a plethora of reasons why people prefer to buy used cars over new ones.  Also, there is a wide variety of used car dealers in Cape Town. Used cars can be bought from private sellers, small independent car lots and major dealers. The following are the benefits of buying pre-owned vehicles from dealers.

  1. Dealers usually supply cars which have been inspected rigorously. Certified used cars with a manufacturer’s warranty have to meet higher mechanical, detailing and appearance standards.
  2. If you do not understand the nitty-gritties of the mechanical aspect of cars, you can rest easy when you buy a used car from a well-known dealer. You would not have to see to any serious repair yourself.
  3. You save the time and effort that would have gone in doing your own research, making calls, and shortlisting vehicles to check out in person, and scheduling test drives and mechanical tests…
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LEASE CREDIT APPROVALS FINISH A STRONG 2015 ON A DOWN NOTE

Posted by John Sternal on January 14, 2016 at 9:36am 0 Comments

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals finished 2015 exactly at the 70.0% mark, squarely in line with what the company feels is a “healthy” rate of approvals. 

November and December lease credit approvals slipped slightly, bringing the moving twelve-month approvals average down from a high of 77.9% back in August. Despite the end-of-year downswing, lease approvals during 2015 mirrored the broader automotive industry with rising lease credit approvals compared with previous years. The lease credit approvals rate finished at 69.0% in 2014.

Interestingly enough, the approvals rate for December, 2014, saw lowered numbers as well, with just 60.9% of car shoppers gaining approval to take over a leased vehicle.

The end-of-year downshift also mirrored the broader economy’s trend for growth in consumer borrowing. Outstanding consumer credit rose by a revised annual rate of 4.8% during November, its slowest pace since…

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TOM CROSS PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY GROUP HEAD, TRANSPORTATION, HEARST BUSINESS MEDIA

Posted by Black Book on January 14, 2016 at 9:29am 0 Comments

Hearst today announced the promotion of Tom Cross to executive vice president and deputy group head, Transportation, Hearst Business Media. He retains the title of president of Black Book. The promotion is effective immediately and was made by Steven R. Swartz, president and CEO of Hearst, and Hearst Business Media President Richard P. Malloch. Cross will continue to report to Malloch.

Hearst Business Media has global holdings in the finance, healthcare and transportation industries. Cross will oversee the transportation portfolio, which includes MOTOR Information Systems, Black Book and Canadian Black Book. 

Hearst Transportation delivers more than 8 billion vehicle valuations annually that are used by dealers and financial institutions throughout the United States and Canada for trade-ins, wholesale and financing transactions. Its solutions guide automotive technicians and insurance companies with respect to the repair steps, parts needed and estimated labor times…

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Market Activity Slows as Expected Near End of Year

Posted by Black Book on January 12, 2016 at 2:04pm 0 Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of Black Book Market Insights, with in-depth analysis of used car and truck valuation trends and insights straight from the auction lanes. Click here to download the full report.

 

This week’s Black Book Market Insights report shows that the higher depreciation seen on smaller cars has continued into the first week of the new year. What's more, Black Book expects a robust spring buying season due to the heavy depreciation experienced during the fourth quarter of 2015.

 

“Values continued their decline in the new year with higher depreciation in small cars. We are anticipating strong buying in the tax season this year after the sharp…

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Why Purchase Car Transmission Equipment from a Recognized Brand?

Posted by Georgia Moore on January 11, 2016 at 9:40pm 0 Comments

Car Transmission plays an important role in providing power to the engine and transmits power from the engine in order to drive the wheels. It uses the engine’s torque effectively thereby keeping the engine running at an optimum speed. A quality car transmission will not only provide powerful performance but also help you save money.

In case, you are planning to purchase a nag1 transmission for your ride, then considering a reputed brand is the best idea. Always be aware of unscrupulous dealers that may provide you with huge discounts just to sell a low-quality and ill-performing transmission that will lead to problems with the ride.



Hence, while purchasing a transmission for your ride always keep in mind, the five tips mentioned below to get the best deals.…

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3 things Car Dealers are doing wrong on Facebook

Started by Myles Harris in Social Media Marketing. Last reply by Alisha Kapoor Nov 29, 2015. 1 Reply

Part of what we do at Petrol Digital is a**** a dealers Facebook page. Here are three of the most common things dealers are doing wrong on Facebook.1. Not replying to reviewsThe Facebook 5 star…Continue

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End of the Road for Auto Repair Shops? Research White Paper for Automotive Professionals and Owners

Started by Russell Logan in Traffic Sep 22, 2014. 0 Replies

It's the end of summer and time to get back to work. However, are you noticing that the soft summer season seems to be lasting a bit longer?We think it is more than just seasonal - and in fact - have…Continue

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Cut your Floorplan rate in half

Started by Chad Gutschow in Social Media Marketing Aug 23, 2014. 0 Replies

Banking the with the most competitive Automotive Floor-Plan Lender will increase your profit marginWe offer Franchised and Independent Auto Dealers integrated financial solutions to help you sell…Continue

Millennials "bypass" social media? Really?

Started by Matthew Russo in Social Media Marketing Aug 16, 2014. 0 Replies

Recently, AutoTrader.com ran their own survey of 1,900 car buyers (300 of which were millennials) and came to the conclusion that "just 1 percent of car buyers use social sites to shop for a…Continue

Social Media Report

Started by Matthew Russo in Social Media Marketing Aug 12, 2014. 0 Replies

Greetings everyone. Our company - Social Auto Leads - is putting together a report on the state of social media within individual dealerships. If you would like to participate (either anonymously or…Continue

Mitsubishi Cars in KC

Started by Neal Weaver in Social Media Marketing Apr 22, 2014. 0 Replies

Visit Northtowne Mitsubishi Kansas city to learn about new Mitsubishi, used car & auto repair. Premier KC Mitsubishi dealer providing the 2013-2014 Lancer, Outlander, Mirage, lancer Evolution,…Continue

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Mazda Cars in KC

Started by Neal Weaver in Sales and Selling on the Social web Apr 22, 2014. 0 Replies

Northtowne Mazda website offer you cars like the 2014 Mazda Mx-5, a crossover like the CX-5, or an ultra-efficient passenger car like the 2013 Mazda6 & 2013 Mazda3, our website offers an…Continue

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Do social media sites help dealers?

Started by Pat McKemy in Traffic Apr 16, 2014. 0 Replies

FaceBook, Twitter, Google Plus and some other social media sites are being used by businesses for quite some time now. Even I am one of those but do these sites really help your business is what I…Continue

Tags: media, social, Facebook

Do reviews help a business?

Started by Pat McKemy in Traffic Feb 10, 2014. 0 Replies

I would like to know what role do positive or for that matter negative reviews help a website or business gain traffic, leads or conversions. Is it true that positive reviews can help a business…Continue

7 marketing strategies to sell more inventory in 2014

Started by Michael Badders in Uncategorized. Last reply by Michael Badders Jan 24, 2014. 1 Reply

Everyone wants to increase sales, so what is NEW in your marketing plan to help you reach your 2014 sales goals?  Do you have any of the following 7 strategies in your marketing mix?  If so, which…Continue

Tags: Sales, Mobile, Social, Software, Youtube

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On This Day In History

February 14, 278: St. Valentine beheaded

On February 14around the year 278A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.

Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.

To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.

Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”

For his great service, Valentine was named a saint after his death.

In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are unclear. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14 February.” One was a priest in Rome, the second one was a bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and the third St. Valentine was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa.

Legends vary on how the martyr’s name became connected with romance. The date of his death may have become mingled with the Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love. On these occasions, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, and he declared that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day.

Gradually, February 14 became a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as flowers.

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