Enterprise Holdings will honor 14 automotive auction partners from across the country with its 2017 Auction Achievement Awards.
This annual program recognizes auto auction partners for exceptional services that support Enterprise Holdings' efforts to remarket late-model, low-mileage, well-maintained rental and fleet vehicles to potential buyers.
Regional Enterprise Holdings teams present the awards to the auction partners in their area, in two categories: whole-car auctions and damaged-vehicle auctions. Recipients are recognized for exceptional performance in the areas of communication, customer service, marketing and reconditioning, operational success, and strategic planning.
The 2017 Auction Achievement Award winners in the whole-car category are:
ADESA Los Angeles (Orange, Calif.)
Manheim Central California (Roseville, Calif.)
Manheim Dallas (Irving, Texas)
Manheim Fredericksburg (Rockville, Md.)
Manheim Omaha (Davenport, Iowa)
Manheim San Diego (Orange, Calif.)
The 2017 Auction Achievement Award winners in the damaged-vehicle category are:
Dealers Auto Auction of the Rockies (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
IAA Atlanta (College Park, Ga.)
Manheim Dallas TRA (Irving, Texas)
Manheim NJ TRA (Wayne, Pa.)
Manheim Southern California TRA (Orange, Calif.)
Manheim Tampa TRA
Metro Salvage Pool (Davenport, Iowa)
Staffing site Thumbtack announced the results from its 2017 Small Business Friendliness Survey, ranking all 50 states and 80 cities based on factors including licensing requirements, tax regulations, health and safety rules and labor and hiring regulations, among others
Thumbtack surveyed more than 13,000 local small business owners in 50 states and 80 cities to evaluate how easy local governments make it to start, operate and grow a small business. Wyoming, Maine and Texas and Boise, Idaho, San Antonio and Grand Rapids, Mich., are among the top states and cities for 2017, respectively, each earning an A+ for small business friendliness.
Skilled professionals who found their governments to be friendly for small businesses were most likely to rate them highly on licensing requirements, tax regulations, health and safety rules and labor and hiring rules. These policies have consistently ranked among the top concerns for businesses since the first survey in 2012. Perceptions of licensing friendliness were the biggest drivers for city rankings because local municipalities and counties are often more responsible for licensing, permits and other forms and fees to run a business.
Tax regulations were the biggest drivers in evaluations of state governments.
Facebook is adding car shopping to its Marketplace forum.
Facebook users will now be able to browse inventory from auto dealers through new partnerships with Edmunds, Cars.com, Auction123, CDK Global and Socialdealer. Users can find what they’re looking for by visiting the enhanced vehicles section and filtering listings by year, make, model, mileage, vehicle type and transmission. They can also view car values from Kelley Blue Book.
They can then communicate directly with dealership representatives via Messenger, powered by chat providers like ActivEngage, CarCode, Contact At Once!, and Gubagoo.
Car shoppers are more ready for computer-driven vehicles than they may realize, according to a new report from Edmunds.
Thanks to the rapid adoption of active safety features, more than 60 percent of new vehicle models today can be purchased at Level 1 or Level 2 autonomy, as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Five years ago less than a quarter of new vehicle models offered these features.
In a recent Edmunds survey, more than 40 percent of consumers said they would spend between $1,000 and $2,000 more for a vehicle that had active safety features. Blind-spot detection, pre-collision warning systems and lane keeping assist are the top features consumers said they're willing to pay a premium for.
Edmunds also analyzed which automakers are offering active safety features on the widest variety of vehicles in their lineups and found that Tesla, Volvo, Honda and Mercedes-Benz are leading the way.
As automakers look to build this future buyer base, courting millennials is particularly important, as they're the ones who are most ready to be early adopters. In a recent Edmunds survey, 65 percent of millennials said they would trust a Level 4 autonomous vehicle, and 35 percent said they would buy a Level 4 autonomous vehicle if it becomes available within the next five years.
Only 16 percent of millennials surveyed said they would never buy an autonomous vehicle, compared to nearly 50 percent of those 55 years old and older.
CarStory, the automotive AI platform from Vast, announced general availability of CarStory Leaderboard, a free service that gives dealerships a view into the future. Using AI and machine learning, the CarStory Leaderboard predicts when every car will sell in a local market and then ranks dealerships based on the predicted turn.
“CarStory Leaderboard is an exciting way for dealers to monitor their local market,” said John Price, CEO of Vast. “Using our AI-driven predictive analytics dealers can get a peek into the future and track their progress from week to week.”
CDK Global announced that its CDK Partner Program has grown to more than 350 partners and 450 unique applications. As the largest marketplace for automotive dealer software and solutions, the CDK Partner Program is enabling end-to-end automotive commerce to dealers by increasing the levels of data and workflow integration between CDK products and partner applications.
“The continued expansion of the CDK Partner Program plays a critical role in our ability to enable end-to-end automotive commerce for our customers,” said Howard Gardner, vice president and general manager, CDK Data Services. “We want to provide dealers with more choices and ultimately help them deliver a better customer experience through increased integration with CDK systems and partner applications. We look forward to further broadening the range of solutions available to support dealer operations and the marketing of dealership inventory and services.”
Black Book, a provider of used vehicle valuation and residual value forecast solutions, announced it has signed a partnership agreement with AutoAlert, the industry’s top data-mining and communications solution.
Under the agreement, Black Book will populate AutoAlert’s algorithms with the industry’s most accurate vehicle values, giving dealers precise pull-ahead and sales opportunities.
AutoAlert has long been a leader in dealer solutions for identifying high-quality sales opportunities, increasing gross margins, and improving customer retention. With Black Book as its valuation partner, dealers will be able to maximize sales opportunities and profit potential in a variety of environments, such as trade valuations as well as during service and repair visits.
Capitalizing on the growing popularity of its pre-owned vehicles, Acura debuted a completely redesigned Certified Pre-Owned vehicle website that simplifies Acura’s online CPO vehicle shopping process, offering shoppers the ability to compare vehicles and features and share their selections with friends and family. The new Acura CPO site makes inventory the primary focal point for shoppers, introducing a new vehicle alert feature for the most up-to-date vehicle availability.
The updated site also features a new vehicle recommendations tool and an interactive payment calculator to help potential customers find vehicles within their budget, along with a seamless browsing experience on any device.
AutoGravity announced the expansion of its dealer network development program with the appointment of Chuck Schofield as vice president of dealer sales. Schofield joins Aleks Bogoeski, co-founder and vice president of dealer sales, whose team has grown the AutoGravity dealer network to nearly 2,000 dealerships, including many of the top dealer groups in the country.
“From a standing start in 2016, AutoGravity is proud to have built strong partnerships with some of the largest dealer groups in America,” said Andy Hinrichs, CEO of AutoGravity. “Led by Aleks Bogoeski, our dealer development team has built a dealer network that spans thousands of franchises across the country. With over two decades of sales experience, Chuck will be an excellent complement to our network development efforts, deepening our relationships with our existing partners and accelerating the growth of our dealer group portfolio.”
Prior to joining AutoGravity, Schofield served as Western Region Senior Manager for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services where he was responsible for managing the U.S. finance products and services sales unit, as well as cultivating and maintaining relationships with Mercedes-Benz and smart dealership personnel.
A new report from the In-vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics – “Consumer Interest for In-Car Smartphone Mirroring is Almost Universal” – has found that an increasing number of consumers feel that smartphone mirroring systems such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Baidu CarLife will be a “must-have” when purchasing their next vehicle and moreover, are willing to pay for them at almost any reasonable price point.
“All of our research suggests that consumers will soon be ready to adopt CarPlay and Android Auto for their infotainment needs,” said Derek Viita, report author and senior analyst, “which is another round of bad news for embedded navigation suppliers and OEMs that want to sell upgraded navigation systems.”