Reynolds and Reynolds, a provider of automotive dealership software, documents, and professional services, acquired GoMoto, a provider in kiosk technology for the service lane that provides streamlined, self-led customer check-in and check-out.

As automotive retailing continues its digital transformation, Reynolds already is a leader with technologies such as the docuPAD system, Reynolds eWorkflow, e-contracting, and Advanced Service.  With the addition of GoMoto, Reynolds has expanded those capabilities with a well-established technology and product team.

GoMoto  streamlines the Service check-in process – in as little as two minutes or less – and collects the necessary information with 95 percent accuracy; boosts higher throughput in Service; displays Service recommendations tailored to the customer’s vehicle and helps improve the upsell rate at the dealership by as much as 20 percent and displays other upsell opportunities, including trade-in appraisals, which have increased vehicle trade-in appraisal rate by as much as 11 percent.

An Arizona couple is battling with three insurance companies to recover the losses to inventory and damage to their lot after a small plane crashed into in last month,

Anthony Flores and his wife, Jennifer Wood, own Value Price Auto, a used car lot near Deer Valley Airport, north of Phoenix Arizona. 

On Dec. 11, a small plane crash-landed on the street, but not before clipping cars, fencing and parts of the used-car lot. No one was hurt, but the plane did significant damage to the eight-year-old dealership, which keeps about 50 units in inventory.

The dealership typically opens at 10 a.m., so no one was at work at the time, but the vehicles were damaged, Wood said.

“The right-wing of the plane hit some of our vehicles that were sitting outside of our fence,” Wood said. “Outside of the fence, there were, like, 10 (vehicles) it hit. The left-wing hit a big electric pole, snapped the wire, and it recoiled back into our lot.”

Damaged inventory on the lot of Value Price Auto in Arizona

The wire hit cars inside of the fence of the lot, doing damage to most of those vehicles, such as dents and scratches, Wood said.

The dealer’s insurance wasn’t mean to cover damage from a plane crash. In early January, Flores said all three parties – the pilot, the owner of the plane and the man consigning the plane – are ducking the couple.

“The pilot was flying on empty,” Flores said. “I’m going to have to sue everybody involved. It’s crazy that a plane falling out of the sky isn’t on anybody’s insurance policy.”

Wood said every car on the lot was damaged.

“In the meantime, we’re stuck with inventory we can’t sell because we don’t know what’s safe for the public,” Wood said. “We’ve pretty much been closed down. We’ve had a major loss of revenue. Bills are coming in and we don’t have money to pay them."

“It’s not good at all.”


Watch Good Evening Arizona on KTVK 3TV reporting on the Plane Crash that Hit Price Value Auto below.

An amicus brief filed by the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) urges the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a 9th Circuit decision that endorses the Security and Exchange Commission’s routine use of abusive legal remedies not authorized by relevant federal statutes.

In Liu v. Securities and Exchange Commission, the high court is asked whether the SEC may pursue “disgorgement” as equitable relief for securities law violations even though the court has previously determined that disgorgement is a “penalty,” and the statutory remedies do not authorize such penalties. 

“Little by little, focusing on bad actors rather than the law,” stated NCLA senior litigation counsel John Vecchione, “the SEC and other federal agencies have steadily worked to expand their power and authority far beyond what elected lawmakers in Congress have allowed.

“In the particular case of the SEC, it has pursued a deliberate, bootstrapping strategy over several decades that cultivates judges’ outrage over defendants’ misconduct at the expense of temperance and the rule of law.

“(The) NCLA hopes the justices will seize the opportunity presented by Liu to strike a more definitive blow against the administrative state,” Vecchione stated.

Dealer Group Sues Nissan

December 27, 2019

The court-appointed receiver for the Sage Group of auto dealerships has filed a lawsuit against Nissan Motor Co. and two subsidiaries for fraudulently forcing two popular Southern California dealerships into a fire-sale to a crony of Carlos Ghosn, the automaker’s fallen CEO. The Sage Group was founded by Morris Sage in 1969 and operated a group of successful automobile dealerships, including one of the first Nissan dealerships in the country, Universal City Nissan.

The lawsuit was filed on Dec.19 by Byron Z. Moldo, court-appointed receiver for Universal City Nissan, Glendale Nissan/Infiniti, and West Covina Nissan, against Nissan Motor Co., Nissan North America, Inc., Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., and the Trophy Automotive Dealer Group LLC, which is owned by Nasser Watar. Watar’s business partner is Saudi billionaire Khaled al-Juffali.

Moldo claims the dealerships fell victim to the culture of corporate corruption and greed that flourished at the Japanese automaker under Ghosn before he was arrested in November 2018 for underreporting compensation and raiding corporate accounts.

One of the charges facing Ghosn is that he used $14.7 million in corporate money to repay a personal loan from al-Juffali. The lawsuit claims that Ghosn repaid al-Juffali and Watar’s loyalty by having Nissan enter into a lucrative joint venture with al-Juffali and Watar’s company in Saudi Arabia.

The lawsuit also alleges al-Juffali and Watar unfairly benefitted in the United States from the fraudulent actions of two other Nissan subsidiaries - Nissan North America and its dealer financing arm, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., which conspired to financially bleed the Sage Group’s dealerships and force a fire-sale to Ghosn’s cronies at Trophy Automotive.

A used car dealership based in Framingham, Mass., and its owner, have agreed to a $925,000 judgment that includes restitution to consumers to resolve allegations that the business engaged in unfair and deceptive sales practices that violated Massachusetts consumer protection law.

According to the attorney general’s complaint, filed along with a consent judgment that was entered in Middlesex Superior Court last week, New England AutoMax Inc., AutoMax Preowned Inc., and Auto Max Inc. (AutoMax) and their owner Howard J. Wilner violated the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act by misrepresenting important information about the condition, origin, and history of used cars it sold, selling add-on service contracts to consumers that did not cover the cars they were purchasing, falsifying down payments, and adding undisclosed fees onto car sales transactions. 

Under the terms of the consent judgment, AutoMax and Wilner will pay $750,000 in restitution for affected consumers and agreed to significant injunctive terms, including that the business comply with prior use disclosure regulations, disclose the foreign origin of the cars they sell and the implications on any warranty or add-on products, and ensure accuracy when completing consumer loan applications. The business is also prohibited from charging customers undisclosed or inflated fees. Additionally, the consent judgment includes a $175,000 suspended penalty for any violation of the settlement’s injunctive terms within three years. 

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