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    Opinion: Why car dealerships are turning into coffee shops
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    I want my dealer to know about cars not coffee, someone who knows the difference between a Buick and a barista. Need a recommendation for the trendiest eatery around? If you are looking for the latest in gourmet treats, then look no further than your local car dealership. I live on the Upper ...

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    Report: Bailout dealership cuts did their job as profits surge
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    Almost five years after US taxpayers bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, a large majority of their slimmed-down dealership networks are posting soaring profits, Bloomberg reports, and contributing to the US auto industry on track this year to deliver 15.4 million vehicles, the most since ...

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    Report: FTC investigating dealers who opposed TrueCar for collusion
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    TrueCar and automotive dealerships just can't seem to stay out of the spotlight. An investigation is underway by the Federal Trade Commission into a number of dealers that stand accused of "agreeing to refuse to deal with TrueCar," according to an FTC letter obtained by Automotive News. The ...

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    Report: Why upset car dealers are trying to find a way around Google
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    Google is always trying new things, and everyone knows that new things don't always work out. But the search engine company's location on the Internet roadmap is a natural lure to its hundreds of millions visitors, so even when not-so-popular Google projects don't work out – like Wave and ...

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    Report: Why Google is frustrating your local car dealer
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    Car salesmen have long ranked among the most universally reviled members of society, just south of real estate agents and lawyers. But the past decade has seen the plaid sports jacket and gold chain crowd doing much to bolster their image, with many auto dealers building impressive online ...

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    Report: Big Chevy closeout deals have 2013 Malibu Eco sitting on lots in favor of 2012 models
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    First, the good news: The Chevrolet Malibu is selling at a great pace. Now, the bad news: It's the wrong Malibu. Dealer lots are filling up with 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco models as customers turn to the remaining 2012 models still there. After incentives are added up, the older Malibu costs ...

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    Study: NADA: Dealers most happy with Hyundai, Subaru and Lexus
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    Car dealers have a strange and oftentimes contentious relationship with the carmakers. Stories of automakers shoveling unsaleable models down the pipeline with unreasonable expectations are legion in the car sales world. With the number of family-owned, single-brand dealerships dwindling, dealers ...

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    Report: TrueCar polishing edges off business model to comply with state regulations
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    TrueCar has attracted much unwanted attention recently, drawing the ire of Honda and torquing off regulators in several states. In response, the company has announced a series of changes to its business model, designed to address the legality of its service, according to a report in Automotive ...

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    Report: Tight used car supply has dealers looking in their own service bays
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    Used vehicle prices have been on a tear for over a year now, as slow new vehicle sales during the financial meltdown of 2009 have created a dearth of available used models today. Yet the sluggish economy means demand for used vehicles is high, so dealers are going to ever-increasing lengths to ...

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    Video: Kevin Youkilis, Herb Chambers and Biz Markie walk into a car commercial...
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    Being from the Boston area means you learn handful of facts specific to The Hub. One of them is that Kevin Youkilis (A.K.A. "The Greek God of Walks," "Youk") is a great pro baseball player with a few years left in the tank (despite his 2011 woes). Another fact is that you can't throw a stone in ...

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    Report: Number of U.S. car dealer rises for first time in a decade
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    For the first time in a decade, the number of new car dealerships in the United States has risen. Mind you, it wasn't a large increase, but the 66 additional dealerships represent a 0.4 percent increase that brings the U.S. total to 17,725. That's an encouraging economic sign considering we ...

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    Report: NADA and banks working to curb new federal oversight efforts
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    In 2010, the Federal Trade Commission received 1,339,265 complaints. According to the National Automobile Dealer's Association, less than one percent of those complaints were related to new or used auto sales. That relatively low number (compared to the 250,854 people who complained of identity ...

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    Report: Last domestic car dealership in San Francisco shuts its doors
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    According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the very last domestic dealership in the greater San Francisco area closed its doors a little over 10 days ago. Previously, San Francisco Ford, Lincoln, Mercury was the only dealership selling new products with an American badge on the grille in all of ...

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    Report: Ninja Alert! Beware of car salesmen trained in the art of phone calls
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    It may sound obvious to say you should be wary of car salesmen on the phone, just as you should be wary of car salesmen in general. To hammer the point home, though, here are some audio files of Jerry Thibeau training salespeople at car dealerships, in this case a BMW dealership, to schmooze and ...

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    FTC to probe auto dealer practices
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    The Federal Trade Commission will hold a series of roundtable discussions about car dealers' business practices next month. The talks will be held across the country in an effort by the FTC to get a feel for how car dealers are conducting themselves and whether their practices are fair to the ...

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    Report: Ford now has more dealers than Chevy for first time in many years
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    2010 was a good year for Ford. The Blue Oval outsold long-time rival Chevrolet by 160,000 units, but that's not the only area where Ford managed a lead over the Bowtie. Ward's Automotive reports that the Dearborn automaker ended the year with 47 more U.S. dealerships than its cross-town nemesis. ...

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    Report: 64 axed Chrysler franchisees file suit against U.S. Treasury
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    Back in June of 2009, Chrysler terminated relationships with 789 dealerships in an effort to cut its dealer network down by 25 percent. A few of those dealerships didn't think too highly of the move, which was orchestrated in part by the federal government. As a result, 64 former Chrysler ...

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    Study: How car dealers treat customers is more important than price
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    Today's piece of blatantly obvious news comes courtesy of J.D. Power and Associates. According to a new study, a whopping 52 percent of new car buyers said the main reason behind picking one car dealer over another was how they were treated on the lot. In fact, of those surveyed, only 38 percent ...

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    Report: Chrysler wins 73 of its dealer arbitration cases, loses 32
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    Arbitrators have finished wading through the 105 cases of rejected Chrysler dealerships, determining that Chrysler was right to send the lots packing in 73 instances. According to Automotive News, those who weighed in on the cases typically cited the carmaker's plans to sell all four of its ...

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    DetNews: Ford's slow revival of Lincoln taking heat from dealers
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    In a nutshell, the problem with Lincoln is that on the Taurus SHO launch, Ford brought along an Audi A6 4.2 for comparison's sake. Says one Lincoln dealer, "It's hard to sell a $48,000 MKS when the Ford guy down the street has a ...

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