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New IARA Website Integrates Management Software

Thursday, 16 February 2017 01:10

The International Automotive Remarketers Alliance’s new website has integrated software that is designed to improve online membership management.
Association Management Software (AMS) will manage alliance membership, improve communication within the organization, streamline the online education process, and improve other website operations, according to the alliance.
The alliance recently launched the new website, IARA.biz, which now allows all sections of the website to be accessible with a single sign-in password.
The IARA board commissioned IARA executive director Tony Long and members of the alliance’s technology committee to seek an AMS solution, which it found in MemberLeap, a product by Vieth Consulting.
The software is also designed to help streamline the processes for IARA’s CAR Certification program, the alliance’s remarketing certification program. The software will now provide student enrollment, course delivery, automated deadline reminders, and proctored online testing. Administrators and students will also be able to track course progress, print certificates, and maintain records.
The new website also features a registration link for the IARA-Northwood University remarketing course, which is primarily used by members as a training resource for new hires or those who have recently transferred to the remarketing segment of the industry.

GWC Warranty Releases Dealer Video

Thursday, 16 February 2017 01:10

GWC Warranty has released the fourth video in the award-winning Behind The Wheel dealer series.
The latest release tells the story of Texas Cars Direct, a destination for luxury used cars in Dallas.
Texas Cars Direct takes a unique zero-frills approach to buying high-end used vehicles that is complemented by a quality VSC product provided by GWC Warranty.
Owner Pete Bulban opened the dealership more than 35 years ago, and has been making luxury vehicle ownership affordable ever since.
Behind The Wheel, winner of a 2015 Automotive Communication Award, pulls back the curtain to unveil the people and communities that make independent dealers successful. Each dealership's story also delves into how GWC Warranty's best-in-class service, products, training and technology align with independent dealers' missions to operate reputable, successful businesses.

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LeasePlan Names New CEO

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 18:08

LeasePlan USA named Jeffrey Schlesinger as the company's new president and chief executive officer.
Schlesinger comes to LeasePlan with 30 years of financial services experience, the last eight in fleet industry leadership.
Schlesinger's previous role was senior vice president and managing director of GE Fleet Services, where he was responsible for global initiatives, strategic planning and international joint ventures.
Schlesinger joins LeasePlan as the company releases its annual results for 2016, which were marked by a 7 percent year-on-year increase in underlying net result.
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State Suspends Dealer for Selling Temporary Registrations

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 18:08

The Michigan Secretary of State has suspended the license of Miller Used Cars after an investigation with area law enforcement found multiple violations including the alleged illegal sale of temporary vehicle registrations.
The investigation began after the Michigan State Police informed the Secretary of State’s Office of numerous traffic stops involving vehicles displaying temporary registrations, often called paper plates, allegedly issued by the Flint dealership. The drivers of the vehicles each provided statements indicating the temporary registrations had been purchased illegally and were also unable to provide sufficient vehicle purchase documentation.
Secretary of State investigators conducted an inspection of Miller Used Cars, with assistance from the Genesee Area Investigations Network. Upon inspection, investigators found that dealership staff could not provide requested records, could only account for 7 of 385 temporary registrations purchased, and could not account for more than 60 vehicles, even though they had the vehicle titles in possession.