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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.

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Report: Chasing Price Hurts Gross, F&I, Service

A new report makes the case for chasing value over price, a strategy that auto dealerships nationwide are adopting to generate higher front-end & back-end grosses while earning lifelong service customers.

Affinitiv and AutoLoop Complete Merger

The combined company retains the Affinitiv name and now includes more than 6,500 dealer accounts managed by 800 employees and generating approximately $200 million in revenues.

Ally: Soaring Costs Make Case for Service Contracts

An Ally/Harris survey of U.S. consumers found only 21% had purchased a vehicle service contract, propelling their average five-year maintenance and repair costs to nearly $2,000.

Calif. Dealer Wins $15.8M in Toyota Lawsuit

An Orange County jury found in favor of Toyota dealer Roger Hogan, who sued the factory for fraud and breach of contract amid claims the manufacturer concealed safety defect data and retaliated against him for going public with his concerns.

IHS: Average Age of U.S. Vehicles Continues to Rise

The average age of America’s registered cars and light trucks has risen again, to 11.8 years, according to the latest report from IHS Markit.

Kerrigan: Dealership Buy/Sell Activity Up 38% in Q1

Despite headwinds threatening dealership profitability, Kerrigan Advisors’ first-quarter report indicates 2019 is trending toward another 200-plus transaction year for the auto retail buy/sell market.

CarMD: Ignition Coils, Spark Plugs, O2 Sensors Caused Trouble in 2018

Car repair costs were up across all U.S. regions last year in CarMD’s latest Vehicle Health Index report, and ignition coils, spark plugs, and oxygen sensors tied for the lead in check engine repairs.