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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (November 20, 2014) – Black Book® announces the results of its recent Mobile Usability survey, taking a closer look at how dealers, remarketers and other industry professionals are currently utilizing mobile technology via smartphone or tablets. The results shed light on just how fast the industry is becoming, with respondents saying mobile…
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Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during October rebounded to a rate of 74.1%, compared with 64.5% in September. Roughly three out of every four lease applicants were approved in October, an important indicator given the continued popularity of car and truck leases.
Year to date, Swapalease.com has recorded a lease credit approval rate of 68.6%, just shy of the 70% rate that is considered normal in the marketplace. Over the…
Added by John Sternal on November 18, 2014 at 5:59am — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of the Used Car Market Report, with insights from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. Thank you for taking the time to hear our thoughts on the market activity from the past week. During the conference there were multiple opportunities to hear from so many key industry personnel connected to CPO, lenders, recovery and repossessions and the traditional…Continue
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Under Tesla's new program, lessees have the option to return their Model S within the first three months if they are unsatisfied. Scot Hall from Swapalease.com believes many will take advantage of an early out, but not within the first three months of vehicle possession. Tesla is playing a slight role in this decision, disqualifying drivers from immediately leasing another Tesla if they do return in the three-month window.
However, a closer look at luxury lease exchange trends on…
Added by John Sternal on November 13, 2014 at 11:08am — No Comments
Wantalease.com, the nation’s first online car lease marketplace for new car lease deals, shows 16 popular cars and trucks in November offered for less than $200 per month, with a variety of models between small and mid-sized cars, SUVs and pickup trucks. According to Wantalease.com, it’s the largest variety of makes and models at this price point during 2014.
Headlining the November lease deals is the Chevrolet Cruze LT, listed at $119 per month with less than $1,000 down. The Cruze…
Added by John Sternal on November 12, 2014 at 6:16am — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market, with insights from Ricky Beggs of Black Book. It is the time of the year where I love the crisp cool mornings, the recent changing of the color of the leaves as they go from green, to yellow, red, orange to brown and finally fall to the ground. It is also that time of the year that I don’t get too warm and…Continue
It's been well documented that car shoppers have fewer EV/hybrids in mind given today's gas prices. Now comes word that drivers of these fuel-efficient vehicles are also looking to walk away in an effort to upsize, too. Below are two stories trending in the automotive world with personal financial consequences.
Walking Away From A Gas-Sipper
Electric (EV) and hybrid vehicle…
Added by John Sternal on November 6, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments
According to Black Book® data, the average price of a used vehicle for model years 2009-2013 saw the largest monthly depreciation of the year so far at -2.0% during October. Domestic cars changed the most at -3.2%; import cars changed -2.3%; domestic trucks changed -2.1%; and import trucks changed -1.3%. Average pre-recession depreciation is historically between -1% and -2% monthly, and Black Book expects overall 2014 depreciation of -13.5%.
Two car segments saw at least -4.0%…
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There’s been a lot of discussion recently on the role leasing has been playing on used car prices, with particular emphasis on the rising number of…Continue
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market with insights from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. It has been an exciting week for the Editorial team at Black Book. The primary focus of looking at the actual wholesale market activity and values brought some interesting adjustments. More details on that in a few moments.
New products in the…
Added by Black Book on November 3, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
Swapalease.com is more than just an advocate of lease transfer. The company is also a strong advocate of leasing. Therefore, Swapalease.com is challenging many of the points made by Consumer Reports in a recent lease versus loan comparison column, “Buying vs. leasing basics for cars”, published earlier this month.
“It was disappointing to see the details of the…Continue
Added by John Sternal on October 31, 2014 at 9:32am — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market, with used car market insights from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. It is great to be back with you this week. I hope you gained some insight from the thoughts of Steve Jordan of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association. We will also share with you today another of the short interviews we recorded while at the…Continue
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Black Book expects Luxury-Level car segments will feel the largest depreciation through the balance of the year, largely driven by off-lease returns in lease-heavy segments. Luxury segments in this class will include Premier Luxury (BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Lexus GS/LS, Mercedes-Benz S); Near-Luxury (Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C, Cadillac CTS, Acura TL); and Luxury Level (BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Cadillac DTS, Lexus IS, Infiniti M, Lincoln MKS).
Entry-level and small cars will also…
Added by Black Book on October 21, 2014 at 10:48am — No Comments
Fair or not, some constituents are unhappy with what their elected officials are paying to drive. In the majority of cases, these cars are leased. Some opponents are even using the price of the car lease in attack ads. Politicians have…Continue
Added by John Sternal on October 20, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments
Selling a car online is now mainstream. But you can easily screw up your chances for success, usually with the photos you select.
“Especially when car shopping, price and car design have always been the two biggest hot buttons that will dictate the success of a car sale,” said Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of Swapalease.com. “Photos that showcase the car’s design and features are even more important in a peer-to-peer sales environment such as the Swapalease.com…
Wantalease.com, the nation’s first online car lease marketplace for new car lease deals, shows a growing number of car and truck lease deals offered for less than $150 per month. What's more, a few cars are even offered for less than $120 per month. The deals arrive as leasing continues to grow in popularity for consumers and dealerships.
The Chevrolet Cruze LT and the Ford Focus SE are both offered at $119 monthly in their current October Wantalease.com lease deals, highlighting…
Added by John Sternal on October 14, 2014 at 7:18am — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market, with data and insights from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. From all of the reports and seeing the action first hand we know how active most dealers and remarketers have been this past week. The comments within the Black Book survey personnel summary reports this past week as compared to the prior week took on a…Continue
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Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during the month of September were down at 64.5%, falling after reaching into the low 80% range during July and August. The approvals rate is an important indicator of how successful car shoppers are at getting approved for a car lease.
The approvals rate has witnessed noticeable turbulence in recent months, with SubPrime car shoppers the likely culprit. Year-to-date approvals are at 67.8%…
Added by John Sternal on October 9, 2014 at 9:35am — No Comments
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a new rule that would allow it to oversee companies that finance car loans and leases. The new rule is designed to address…Continue
Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX), a global information solutions company, announced that its auto lending customers will now have the added benefit of direct access to Black Book® vehicle value data and loan-to-value (LTV) model data.
By incorporating Black Book data with differentiated Equifax data, lenders can better evaluate LTVs at origination, migration of LTVs, collateral risk and layered risk.
Additionally, using Equifax and Black Book data gives lenders additional tools…
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