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Go ‘ROBO’ & Sell More Dealer Repair Services & Accessories

You have been see­ing, hear­ing, and told by reps about how your cus­tomers are shop­ping for new and used vehi­cles dif­fer­ently, par­tic­u­larly for wheels, tires, repair ser­vices, and after­mar­ket products.

Take 3 min­utes and see-hear Patrick San­done, Founder-President of a tech­no­log­i­cal leader, Net Dri­ven, will tell you how your web­site should be designed and posi­tioned to “use” a grow­ing prac­tice by con­sumers called “ROBO or “Research ONLINE, Buy OFFLINE”.

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For Electric Vehicle Sales Strength, it’s Not All About California

The California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative just announced a milestone: the 100,000 mark has been crossed..………

Californians are buying about 40% of all the EVs sold in the US. That has a lot to do with automakers launching these cars in California and keeping the supply and marketing very limited in other states. Here are some other ways OEMs and dealers could see EV sales increase outside that state…............

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 Title Washing

What Dealers Can Do About Title Washing

Title washing has become a pervasive problem for dealers, remarketers, and car shoppers buying used vehicles, according to new research from Carfax. ………

Nearly 800,000 used cars are subject to professional con men are creating false vehicle documents to get title brands such as “salvage” or “flood” removed from a car’s title. Every Motor Vehicle Department in the U.S. and Canada reports branded titles to Carfax, and consumers and dealers have solutions available to them............

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Google protype self driving car

Will Your Dealership Be Selling Any Driverless Cars?

Ever since Google announced its 100 self-driving test cars in May, the issues of driverless, autonomous vehicles has gone viral on the internet – and in think pieces in major news sources………

Jon LeSage, an Automotive Digest editor, has written a white paper called, “Hands off the Steering Wheel,” that digs into where it all stands in state regulations and strategic plans by automakers and technology suppliers. Automakers have suggested they’ll be bringing driverless cars to the market by 2020, but how soon can you expect to see these self-driving cars on showroom floors?...........

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Lori WittmanVice President and General ManagerVinSolutions - 12/31/1969

Lori Wittman, New Vice President and General Manager at VinSolutions

VinSolutions, a supplier of dealership software tools in the US and a subsidiary of Cox Automotive, has announced that Lori Wittman has been promoted to vice president and general manager of the company, and Sean Stapleton has assumed an expanded role as vice president, sales and marketing.

Wittman moves from her role as vice president of operations, a role she took up last year. Prior to that she was vice president and general manager of Rockwell Transportation in Philadelphia.

In her new role, Wittman will be responsible for all aspects of VinSolutions' business and will become part of the software division executive leadership team.

"Lori is a strong leader with a proven record of success in multiple industries, and her previous experience in operations and technology roles positions her well to drive additional value for our VinSolutions dealers," said Keith Jezek, software division president at Cox Automotive. "I am excited about the experience Lori has brought to VinSolutions, and I am certain her ongoing commitment to customers and employees will enable her to lead our business forward."

Meanwhile, Stapleton has led the VinSolutions sales team since 2009. Before joining VinSolutions, he co-founded two automotive software companies, IMS (which was later acquired by Who's Calling) and Visible Customer.

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