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Car Dealers Group Warns Industry Changes May Increase Prices

The chairman of the industry group said customers need dealerships in order to keep prices down

The head of the national car dealer's industry trade group warned Wednesday that if automakers start selling directly to consumers -- rather than through a middleman, like today's dealership system -- car makers will jack up prices and ignore customers.

Automotive Gripes Top List Of Consumer Complaints

Towing disputes are fastest-growing complaints in U.S.

Complaints about unscrupulous practices conducted throughout the auto industry reached a dubious milestone last year.

Car Dealership's Lawsuit Against Government Over Pill Requirement Backfires

Joe Holland claims Plan B conflict with his religious beliefs

The owner of a car dealership in Charleston, W. Va., sued the federal government over a mandate in the Affordable Health Care Act requiring employers offer the Plan B pill, only to realize his insurance policy already covered the emergency contraception. His lawyers just missed it.

Luxury Car Dealership Sued Disgruntled Customer

Customer won the right to continue online attacks on dealership

On its website, Chicago Motor Cars promises customers a memorable experience and repeat service for those looking to buy luxury cars. One customer had a memorable experience, it seems, in all the wrong ways.

Scam Car Dealership Website Steals Thousands

Make sure to do your homework on your dealership as well as your car

A website posing as a car dealership scams 15 people out of thousands of dollars in New Mexico

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Car Dealership Nearly Surrounds Hawaii Man's House

Despite odd circumstance, he's in no rush to change environment

At first glance, it appears a Hawaii man lives at a local car dealership. Look a little closer, and you'll find that Bishop Kamahiai and his family don't actually live there. His house is just engulfed by the dealership.

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Beware Of The Following Car Dealerships When Seeking A Loan

Federal Trade Commission increases enforcement of dealerships that make deceptive promises

The sales pitch goes something like this on the showroom floor: A car salesman makes an enticing promise. "We'll pay off your car loan, no mater how much you owe!" Or "upside down on your current loan? We'll pay off your trade."

REPORT: Rejected GM, Chrysler dealers telling their story on YouTube [w/VIDEO]

Holdiman Motor terminated dealer plea - click above image to watch the video

REPORT: Credit lines increasingly hard to come by for auto dealers

Like him or loathe him, George W. Bush's clearest, most salient speech came almost a year ago on September 25, 2008 when our Harvard MBA president explained to the nation and the world exactly how bad the economy had gotten and why so much federal money ($700 billion-ish at the time) was being hurled at America's banks. The full speech can be found here, but one little section bears quoting:

Flashy "Taj Mahal" dealerships hit hard by downturn

Like those affected by the overinflated housing market, many auto dealers are experiencing a similar situation with their real estate. During the recent boom times, the thinking was that you needed a big, flashy facility with all sorts of extras and perks to attract customers. Manufacturers helped push the trend by offering extra incentives to dealers for interior and exterior upgrades, or flat-out demanding that some brand outlets conform to a particular standard.

NADA estimates 700 dealers will close in 2008

The sun will set on an alarming number of new car dealerships this year, according to The National Automobile Dealers Association, better known as NADA. This has been an ongoing trend, but it's set to accelerate as slowing new car sales and the tough credit market makes it very difficult for dealerships to stay open. After losing about 430 dealerships last year, the total stood at around 20,700 left, of which 700 are expected to close up shop before the end of the year.