Cars

2012-2017 Audi A4, A4 Allroad, A5, A6 and Q5: Recall Alert | News

<meta itemprop=”width” content=”1170″> <meta itemprop=”height” content=”1170″> 2017 Audi Q5 Manufacturer image Vehicles Affected: Approximately 343,000 model-year 2013-17 Audi A5 cabriolets, A5 sedans and Q5 SUVs; model-year 2012-15 A6 cars; and model-year 2013-16 A4 sedans and A4 Allroad wagons — all equipped with turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter engines The Problem: An electric coolant pump can either become blocked with debris from the ...

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SMH! Loose Fuel Cap Is the No. 4 Most Common Car Repair | News

<meta itemprop=”width” content=”1170″> <meta itemprop=”height” content=”1170″> tfoxfoto/iStock/Thinkstock April is — among many things — Car Care Awareness Month and CarMD has released its latest Vehicle Health Index. The Vehicle Health Index breaks down — get it!? I’m sorry —  the most common car repairs resulting from a check-engine-light alert in 2017 while also providing information on the most and least ...

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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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California bill would add muscle to franchise laws

Chrysler Group in 2011 settled a complaint over Motor Village, a factory-owned dealership in Los Angeles, being operated near other Chrysler stores. The California legislature will take its first step toward possibly enacting a new franchise bill when AB 2107, backed by the California New Car Dealers Association, is heard by the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday, April 23. The ...

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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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