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Used-Vehicle Volumes Up 4.1% Among Privately Owned Dealers

Haig Partners’ Q2 report charts an astonishing 60% drop in buy/sell activity among U.S. auto dealerships and finds privately held stores and groups are increasingly focused on pre-owned sales.

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Escalating Finance Costs Drive 24% Spike in TCO

AAA analysts say bigger price tags and higher interest rates have conspired to raise American new-car buyers’ average annual total cost of ownership to $9,282, an all-time high and a 24% year-over-year increase.

Pace of Dealership Acquisitions Slows in Q2

Kerrigan Advisors’ latest Blue Sky buy/sell report counts 49 transactions in the second quarter, a slight decline from Q1 but enough to maintain a 200-plus-transaction pace for 2019.

Auto/Mate Adds Text Messaging Solution to DMS

Auto/Mate Dealership Systems announced the integration of its dealer management system with the Text2Drive two-way text messaging platform.

SAAR Fails to Crack 17M Despite Record August Sales

U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks fell 1.2% year-over-year in August, a sales month that extended through the Labor Day weekend and set new records for Honda, Toyota, and Subaru.

Fiat Deletes 500 From North American Lineup

2019 marks the last model-year for the Fiat 500, 500e, and 500 Abarth in the U.S. and Canada, ending a 10-year production run and leaving the 500X CUV, 500L, and 124 Spider as the Italian brand’s only North American models.

Volvo Adds Dealer Inventory to Subscription Program

Volvo dealers will soon be allowed to pull new vehicles off their lots and into the Care by Volvo sub service, a significant change that leads a list of reported revisions to the embattled program.

Beverly Hills BMW Sold in Recordbreaking Deal

The four-acre, 93,000-square-foot Beverly Hills BMW has been sold for $70 million, an amount billed as the highest ever paid to acquire a Los Angeles auto dealership.

Survey: Youngest Car Buyers Visit Most Dealerships

Members of Generation Z reported visiting an average of 3.8 dealerships on their car-buying journey in an Urban Science poll, which found the majority of U.S. consumers still lean on dealerships for critical information — and test-drives.

Starks Leaves NBA’s Jazz for LHM CEO Post

Steven E. Starks, president of the Utah Jazz and LHM Sports & Entertainment, has been named CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies.