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Introducing the new Black Book Market Insights, a weekly report capturing the latest vehicle valuation trends straight from the auction lanes and reported as it happens by Black Book’s team of editors. The data, trends and insights delivered weekly in this report will help you make the right decisions to identify growth opportunities and maximize profit potential. This week is the inaugural issue, covering the latest trends and data impacting the automotive industry here…Continue
Added by Black Book on March 19, 2015 at 7:40pm — No Comments
Most people look at old junk cars only as a waste of space. To the trained professional, however, that same heap of junk is a goldmine of materials. It is also true that this is not a well-kept secret. Recycling cars is such a common practice that it has pushed junk cars to the number one spot for the most recycled product in the United States.…Continue
Added by guy shamir on March 19, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
Hello and welcome to the final edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market. Yes, I did say the final edition of this weekly video blog series. But before we reminisce a little, let’s take a look at some recent trends in the used market.
This past month brought pretty solid overall values as the depreciation was at -1.2%, the same level as January results. But there are differences. The industry is right…
Added by Black Book on March 9, 2015 at 12:13pm — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s Used Car Market Report. In addition to the normal auction attendance and data acquisition, a couple of the editors and I had the opportunity to get a hands on presentation to a couple of key refreshed vehicles this past week. There are some things about this week that stand out. One was when we left home on Tuesday morning there were big, beautiful snowflakes falling and…Continue
Added by Black Book on March 2, 2015 at 8:55am — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s Used Car Market Report with insights from Black Book and Ricky Beggs. Well, the word is officially out that Ricky Beggs' time at Black Book is limited. The final day will be April 1, 2015, and no, that is not an April Fool’s joke.
Black Book will be producing a new report that will benefit you each and every week. It's called Black Book Market…
Added by Black Book on February 23, 2015 at 7:26am — No Comments
Swapalease.com, the nation's largest online lease marketplace, compared truck inventory and consideration data from 2014 against 2012 and found that there has been a significant increase in the number of shoppers driving truck leases, and those looking for truck…Continue
Added by John Sternal on February 20, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Black Book today announced that Ricky Beggs, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, will retire from the company effective April 1, 2015. Mr. Beggs has served as the voice of Black Book for the automotive industry since his career began thirty-four years ago in 1981.
“It has been an honor to work alongside Ricky who truly has become an industry legend,” said Tom Cross, President of Black Book. “His legacy of leadership and his dedication to excellence have left an enduring…
Added by Black Book on February 19, 2015 at 5:54am — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s Used Car Market Report with insights from Black Book. Yes, gas prices at the pump are edging up, plus $.02 two weeks ago, and now a significant $.12 this past week. The national average is still a consumer friendly $2.19. Diesel was more stable and indications are this will be the case this year compared to gas. This past week was the first increase in diesel, at…Continue
Added by Black Book on February 16, 2015 at 8:24am — No Comments
It’s Officially the Women Buyers Era...
OEM’s are increasing their advertising towards this powerful buying segment. Smart dealerships are too. Women bought an estimated 13 million cars at new car dealerships last year; an estimated 35,000 vehicles a day.
How many female “up’s” are converting to buyers at your store? If you aren’t tracking that number yet, we suggest you start accounting for sales by gender. The upside of your gross profit potential is tied to this.
Added by Anne Fleming on February 11, 2015 at 10:25am — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of The Used Car Market Report with insight from Black Book.
As the month of January came to an end the…Continue
Added by Black Book on February 9, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
Vehicle depreciation is expected to accelerate in 2015 as increased used-car supply and larger off-lease volumes place pressure on retention rates, according to the latest joint vehicle depreciation report from Black Book® and Fitch Ratings, Inc. Click here to download the full report.
According to the report, 2014 new vehicle sales finished the year at 16.5 million units, and Black Book…
Added by Black Book on February 3, 2015 at 11:37am — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s Used Car Market Report, with insights from Black Book. It’s great to be back with you, and from home base and the Black Book offices. The show in San Francisco was tremendous for our team and with the enthusiasm of the franchised dealers, we are sure to have even higher new car sales in 2015, which means even more used inventory in both the wholesale and retail…Continue
Added by Black Book on February 2, 2015 at 8:20am — No Comments
Most executives believe that providing an excellent customer experience will increase customer loyalty. Many companies are known for it and stand out as examples of how to win business and loyalty – Nordstrom, Zappos and Apple come to mind. While providing an excellent customer experience is certainly more likely to…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on January 29, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments
Women are responsible for buying over 13 million cars at new car dealerships; that’s an impressive 36,000 vehicles a day. Dealerships…Continue
CINCINNATI, OHIO (January 28, 2015) – In truth, there may not be 50 different shades, but 80% of the cars and trucks in the Swapalease.com auto lease marketplace are in the gray family (including white and black). Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, analyzed colors of its entire online ecosystem and discovered that the grayscale dominates the automotive landscape.
Specifically, the colors black (31.4%), white (19.6%), silver (13.1%), dark grey (9.1%) and grey…
Added by John Sternal on January 28, 2015 at 6:37am — No Comments
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of the Used Car Market Report from Black Book.
As you can tell we are again recording this market video blog via Skype while on the road. Where has the industry taken us…Continue
Added by Black Book on January 26, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals for 2014 ended with a rate of 69.0%, down from the 2013 approval rate of 77.7% approvals. December 2014 specifically ended with a monthly approvals rate of 60.9%, down from the previous December that saw 73.3% approvals in 2013.
“The year ended much the same way it progressed, with turbulence as the approvals theme for the entire 2014 campaign,” said Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of…
Added by John Sternal on January 22, 2015 at 6:48am — No Comments
Leasing a car allows you to drive a new vehicle every few years without having to worry about the resale value of the car. Car leasing is a long-term rental that requires you to pay a fixed amount every month to use a vehicle for a number of miles and an agreed period of time. If you want to ensure things before you go for leasing a car, here are some pointers to help you.
Added by Rahul Paul on January 21, 2015 at 10:07pm — No Comments
Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, analyzed four of today’s most popular fuel-sippers against four of today’s most popular large trucks/SUVs to see if low gas prices are impacting consumer demand. The company analyzed search and consideration data from 2013 against 2014, when gas prices fell continuously through the end of the year.
The analysis showed that some small cars remained in healthy demand, while others did not. The analysis showed the same for…
Added by John Sternal on January 20, 2015 at 12:17pm — No Comments
Black Book® announced today that it has added Christopher Gluth as Account Manager, National Accounts, to its Activator Division. In his new role, Mr. Gluth will be responsible for expanding Activator’s relationships with national dealership and manufacturer (OEM) customers.
Mr. Gluth draws on more than twenty years of business development and account management experience in the automotive industry. Most recently, he worked at CARFAX for over eight years where he served as Senior…
Added by Black Book on January 19, 2015 at 11:17am — No Comments