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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%…
Added by Black Book on November 5, 2014 at 12:57pm — No Comments
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
For many car owners, their vehicles become an extension of their lives, a partner, and something that they have a true emotional bond with. In most places, cars are necessary to life. We use them to get to work, visit friends and family and take our kids to football practice. According to…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on November 3, 2014 at 5:00am — 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
In today's Womens Wednesday, we focus on selling to women. Let's get real: Research indicates that women rely on reviews 50% more than men. They account for 52% of the vehicles purchased in the US and influence over 80% of the total purchases! So developing a marketing strategy to target this substantial buying segment is…
Added by Anne Fleming on October 29, 2014 at 10:28am — 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
Added by Black Book on October 27, 2014 at 7:50am — No Comments
Compared to even ten years ago, it seems that everyone is in a rush to get something done fast and with as little inconvenience as possible. The reality is - people have less time, which…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on October 23, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
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…
Today we focus on customization when selling to women. When dealership personnel say that they “treat everyone the same,” what they really mean is that they greet prospects consistently and similarly with a sales process - whether in person or digitally. However, having the capacity and ability to treat each customer the same simply can’t be accomplished. It sounds nice as a concept, but after all we are humans, not robots. We can’t be shaped and programmed to treat…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on October 15, 2014 at 10:22am — No Comments
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
Added by Black Book on October 13, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments
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…
Added by Black Book on October 7, 2014 at 7:06am — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market. In last week’s video market blog in addition to some market movement insight, we included a short interview with Paul Seger, Vice President, Asset Remarketing with GE Fleet Services. We have two more of the key industry remarketing personnel interviews from the recent NAAA convention to share with you today. We will…Continue
Added by Black Book on October 6, 2014 at 9:53am — No Comments
Today we are looking at the Service Drive. This is the critical department where your female customers visit in between purchasing or leasing their vehicles. With all the touch points in the service department, it's also happens to be the highest gross margin department in your store. It's the place where retention happens - or doesn’t.…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on October 1, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments