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John Sternal
  • Fort Myers, FL
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  • Merit Mile
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Majority of Auto Leases Increase or Maintain Prices Entering January

76% of Today’s Popular Leases Retain or Slightly Increase Their Monthly Payment Prices from DecemberWantalease.com, the nation’s first online car lease marketplace for new lease deals, reports the latest update on new lease offerings, with prices on most of today’s popular leases holding steady or slightly increasing from last month.  Twenty-two different vehicles maintained their prices from the previous month, while twenty-four slightly increased, showing prices are holding steady or coming…See More
Jan 10
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CompliancePoint Announces Cyber Security Service Offerings for Automotive Industry

CompliancePoint, a leading provider of information security and risk management services for compliance and data security, has established a data privacy solutions focus for the automotive industry, with resources to protect manufacturers, automotive lenders, dealers and other users of automotive data.In 2018, more than 100 automotive manufacturing companies including General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Tesla, Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen experienced a…See More
Jan 7
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Jumpstart Metrics: Share of Shopper Interest in GM's Cruze, Volt, Compared with Other Sedans

It has been reported that GM will be eliminating several passenger cars, including the Chevrolet Volt and Chevrolet Cruze, two compact vehicles that were held up as examples of the automaker's post-bankruptcy revival. The decision comes as Americans are reducing their shopper interest in passenger cars in favor of crossovers, SUVs…See More
Dec 22, 2018
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Dec 18, 2018
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More Evidence Of Car Shoppers Turning to Used Vehicles Over New

Data from both Jumpstart Automotive Media and Black Book supports how car shoppers are increasingly looking at used vehicles over new in 2018. According to Jumpstart, 33.6% of all visitors to Jumpstart partner websites are now researching used makes and models (66.4% new). This compares to 30.1% a year ago (69.9%). The largest month for used vehicle research came in May when 35.2% of visitors were looking at used vehicles. "As prices of new vehicles creep up and incentives continue to shrink,…See More
Dec 6, 2018
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New Lease Data Forecasts Entry Mid-Size Vehicles are Best Price to Lease in the Month of December

Wantalease.com Data Shows that Mid-Size Cars could offer Attractive Lease Deals for December Year-End Promotions based on November Lease TrendsWantalease.com, the nation’s first online marketplace for new lease deals, reports the latest update on new lease offerings for the month of November, and forecasts new leasing trends for the month of December.  Ford and Volkswagen offered the most generous discounts on their entry mid-size cars, while most luxury vehicles and mid-size SUV brands…See More
Dec 3, 2018
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Nov 29, 2018
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Jumpstart Automotive Media Offers New Insights On The Dealership Experience For Consumers

Consumers Actually Want To Negotiate Price Face-To-Face, Contrary To Dealer BeliefsSure, 84% of all consumers begin their car shopping through online research, but the vast majority want to negotiate in person at the dealership. The dealership experience is more important than ever. To better understand how dealers can make this a…See More
Nov 19, 2018
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Lease Credit Approval Rates Improve Slightly to 70.9% in October

Lease Approval Ratings Rise Slightly Following -3.9% Dip in Month of September Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports car lease credit applicants registered a 70.9% approval rate in October, a slight rise from the September rate of 69.8%. The number of lease approvals is significantly higher than the same time last year, as just 55.6% of lease applicants were approved in October 2017. Another 61.5% were approved in October of 2016. The modest increase comes as no…See More
Nov 15, 2018
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Nov 7, 2018
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5 “Seriously Scary” Lease Deals for Halloween

Swapalease.com Compiled 5 Most Reasonably Priced Automobile Leases Around the CountrySwapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, today announced the five best lease deals for the Halloween holiday.  Vehicles were selected by Swapalease.com advisors based on new lease price data for the month of October. Swapalease.com customer advisors help guide shoppers into the right lease vehicle that fits their automotive needs.The “seriously scary” lease deals are as follows:Chevrolet…See More
Oct 31, 2018
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Equifax Names Byron McDuffee Automotive General Manager

Seasoned automotive technology veteran will help Equifax drive innovative solutions for customersEquifax Inc. (NYSE:  EFX), a global information solutions company, announced today it has named Byron McDuffee automotive general manager. He will be responsible for leading the company’s automotive business, focusing on expanding enterprise solutions sales opportunities within the automotive market, as well as the continued development of strategic opportunities…See More
Oct 29, 2018
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Oct 23, 2018
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Jumpstart Automotive Media Post-Florence Shopping Analysis Shows Interest In Small Vans, Hatchbacks, Wagons & Midsize Pickups

Residents Along East Coast Interested in ‘Affordable Functionality’Jumpstart Automotive Media, a leading media, insights, and marketing solutions company, today announced new post-Florence shopping analysis that shows what types of vehicles are being considered and researched along the Southeastern coastal region of the U.S. following the storm.Jumpstart experts analyzed the Florence-affected areas and compared regional shopping growth to national growth to see where certain body styles or…See More
Oct 22, 2018
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Oct 16, 2018

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Majority of Auto Leases Increase or Maintain Prices Entering January

Posted on January 10, 2019 at 8:10am 0 Comments

76% of Today’s Popular Leases Retain or Slightly Increase Their Monthly Payment Prices from December

Wantalease.com, the nation’s first online car lease marketplace for new lease deals, reports the latest update on new lease offerings, with prices on most of today’s popular leases holding steady or slightly increasing from last month.  Twenty-two different vehicles maintained their prices from the previous month, while twenty-four slightly increased, showing prices are…

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CompliancePoint Announces Cyber Security Service Offerings for Automotive Industry

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 9:00am 0 Comments

CompliancePoint, a leading provider of information security and risk management services for compliance and data security, has established a data privacy solutions focus for the automotive industry, with resources to protect manufacturers, automotive lenders, dealers and other users of automotive data.

In 2018, more than 100 automotive manufacturing companies including General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Tesla, Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen experienced a…

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What Can Dealers Expect When They Restructure Their Business From an NCFC to a DOWC?

Posted on December 20, 2018 at 11:30am 0 Comments

As car dealer principals look to transition away from operating a non-controlled foreign corporation (NCFC) due to the unknown outcome of the new tax law, many have set their sights on becoming a dealer-owned warranty company (DOWC). As part of this, dealers have been asking about the specifics behind the DOWC structure, and what a transition would look like.

The Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into law by President Trump in December 2017 and is effective for the 2018…

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LEASE CREDIT APPROVALS DROP SLIGHTLY TO 68.9% IN NOVEMBER

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 6:12pm 0 Comments

Lease Approval Ratings Drop Slightly in November Following Slight Increase in October

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports car lease credit applicants registered a 68.9% approval rate in November, a slight drop from the October rate of 70.9%. 

The number of lease approvals is slightly higher than last year for the month of November, as 67.5% of lease applicants were approved in 2017, and 64.7% were approved in November of…

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