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Need That Whale-Shaped Tea Infuser, Pronto? Amazon Delivers to Your Car | News

<meta itemprop=”width” content=”1170″> <meta itemprop=”height” content=”1170″> Amazon Key delivery service Manufacturer image Need penguin-speckled socks or lettuce, like yesterday? Amazon can already deliver pretty much anything at the drop of a hat (including a hat), but you have to be in a building to get the packages — until now. Today, two car companies have announced they’re partnering with Amazon ...

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Target Offers 20% Off New Car Seat With a Trade-In | News

<meta itemprop=”width” content=”1170″> <meta itemprop=”height” content=”1170″> Cars.com illustration by Paul Dolan If your child’s old safety seat is stained beyond cleaning and worn beyond safe use, or if it’s just time to get that growing child a booster seat, Target has a deal for you. Trade the old seat in and get a coupon for 20 percent off a new ...

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2019 Toyota Avalon First Drive: Your Road Trip Hero Has Arrived | News

<meta itemprop=”width” content=”1170″> <meta itemprop=”height” content=”1170″> 2019 Toyota Avalon XSE Hybrid Cars.com photo by Brian Wong After the 2019 Toyota Avalon was unveiled at the 2018 Detroit auto show, I was the only writer on our four-person editor panel to call it a “winner” in Cars.com’s Winners and Losers auto show wrap-up. After driving the new Avalon and Avalon Hybrid ...

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Washington angles to check CFPB’s power

“I don’t know of any director of any bureaucracy who has ever come to you and said, ‘Please take my power away,’ but that’s what I’m doing.”Mick Mulvaney, acting director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Photo credit: BLOOMBERG The U.S. Senate voted to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s auto lending guidance last week. Meanwhile, the CFPB’s acting director pushed for ...

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Nissan wants 9,000 stories renovated worldwide in next 5 years

Customers expect “a more digital and customized experience,” says Nissan’s Daniele Schillaci. YOKOHAMA, Japan — In a glimpse of what changes Nissan Motor Co. has in mind for the next five years, officials here said last week that the automaker wants 9,000 of its dealerships around the world to be renovated during the period. They did not provide details on ...

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Texas’ Reagor Dykes group climbs used-car ranks

On October 2003, Bart Reagor ponied up his own money to buy a used-car store in Lubbock, Texas, with a lot that could hold about 80 vehicles. He had three employees. Today, he heads a 21-store dealership group employing about 800 full-timers that is a growing powerhouse in used-vehicle sales, with a reach that extends beyond the borders of Texas. ...

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More BMW dealers will qualify for bonus program

BMW of North America won’t change the major components of its controversial dealership bonus program for 2018, but it will relax some of the metrics it uses so that more dealerships should qualify for the payments. The updates to the Added Value Program were announced to dealers this month at a meeting in Las Vegas. While the modifications are a ...

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Car dealers fixated on costs

Executives at Crown Automotive Group have controlled expenses since the Great Recession, but this year, they are getting more rigorous about it. “It’s crucial. If you do nothing, you’ll go backwards because everything’s going up in cost — insurance is going up, cost of wages is going up — you have to focus in and make reductions to make the ...

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Car dealers competing with brands in auto subscription business

FlexWheels sounds a lot like the subscription plans that Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz and other auto brands have been rolling out in the past year. Customers can swap vehicles up to three times a month and don’t have to worry about insurance, maintenance and other hassles that come with traditional ownership. But there’s a key difference: FlexWheels  is run by a Florida dealership group ...

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Toyota goes out on a limb with V2V

DALLAS — Toyota is hoping to break an awkward silence in the discussion over getting vehicles to talk to one another. A proposed federal mandate for in-vehicle technology known as dedicated short-range communications has ground to a halt under the Trump administration, which has resisted all manner of new regulations on industry. Nonetheless, Toyota announced last week that it would ...

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Honda sweetens lease deals, a little

Accord sales have been down and dealers have blamed a lack of competitive lease offers for its failure to keep pace with the updated Toyota Camry. Honda dealer Rick Case thinks the Accord is “back in the ballgame” after the automaker trimmed $800 from the down payment on its 36-month lease deal. Accord sales have been down for months, and ...

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Florida dealership cafes taste like success

The cafe at Sun Toyota in Holiday, Fla., serves customers as well as employees. When Morgan Auto Group purchased Brandon Honda in Tampa, Fla., in 2007, investing in a full-service cafe was a success. So much so that in 2016, the group bought Sun Toyota in Holiday, Fla., and allocated space for another one. Under the guidance of recent hire ...

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