October 2020

Autotrader, KBB share their top car deals for the month

ATLANTA and IRVINE, Calif. –  Under the category of Best Used Car Deals, Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book say the Acura MDX is “a practical choice in three-row, midsize luxury SUVs.” “It’s comfortable, spacious, and legitimately luxurious,” the companies said. That is just one portion of Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book’s latest effort to bring consumers “the most recent information on the best car deals monthly.” Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book are releasing several new lists, bringing together standouts to help make car shopping easier. The companies describe purchasing a car… Read More »Autotrader, KBB share their top car deals for the month

Women in Retail: Sejal Pietrzak of DealerSocket

In a key complement to our Women in Remarketing and Women in Auto Finance franchises, Auto Remarketing is proud to celebrate our second annual Women in Retail awards, a program sponsored by CarGurus. We spotlight these honorees in the Oct. 15 issue of Auto Remarketing, which includes Q&As with each recipient of the award. Next up is Sejal Pietrzak, chief executive officer and president of DealerSocket Auto Remarketing: What was your career path to the retail auto industry? Did you always see yourself in this line of work?Sejal Pietrzak: I’ve always loved technology that makes things simpler, faster… Read More »Women in Retail: Sejal Pietrzak of DealerSocket

Copart launches enhanced product suite for auto sellers

DALLAS –  Online vehicle auction company Copart this week launched its proprietary product suite with enhanced digital offerings that the company says make selling vehicles through Copart more cost-effective, convenient and efficient, especially for finance and insurance companies that must deal with total-loss units. The product suite is called Copart Max, and one of its offerings is Preliminary ProQuote. That is Copart’s proprietary predictive vehicle valuation tool. With the tool, Copart says insurers are empowered to make total-loss determinations more quickly, informed by a preliminary pre-accident and post-accident vehicle valuation estimate. With the… Read More »Copart launches enhanced product suite for auto sellers

Women in Retail: Erin Kerrigan of Kerrigan Advisors

Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, 03:14 PM CARY, N.C. –  In a key complement to our Women in Remarketing and Women in Auto Finance franchises, Auto Remarketing is proud to celebrate our second annual Women in Retail awards, a program sponsored by CarGurus. We spotlight these honorees in the Oct. 15 issue of Auto Remarketing, which includes Q&As with each recipient of the award. Next up is Erin Kerrigan, founder & managing director of Kerrigan Advisors. Auto Remarketing: What is a book you have read that has influenced or helped your career?Erin Kerrigan: ‘Good to Great’ by James C.… Read More »Women in Retail: Erin Kerrigan of Kerrigan Advisors

Women in Retail: Amanda Schrider-Rhodes of Hendrick Automotive Group

CARY, N.C. –  In a key complement to our Women in Remarketing and Women in Auto Finance franchises, Auto Remarketing is proud to celebrate our second annual Women in Retail awards, a program sponsored by CarGurus. We spotlight these honorees in the Oct. 15 issue of Auto Remarketing, which includes Q&As with each recipient of the award. Next up is Amanda Schrider-Rhodes, general manager at Hendrick Automotive Group. Auto Remarketing: What was your path to working in automotive, and what do you enjoy most about the industry?Amanda Schrider-Rhodes: I have been in the automotive industry for almost 21 years.… Read More »Women in Retail: Amanda Schrider-Rhodes of Hendrick Automotive Group

Study: Hybrid owners are satisfied owners

WOBURN, Mass. –  Karl Brauer says hybrid vehicles attract “practical and eco-minded drivers.” Those drivers are willing to spend extra money upfront for vehicles that are better for the environment, said Brauer, who is executive analyst for car search engine company, iSeeCars.com. “Hybrid versions of Toyota’s popular gasoline cars have begun outselling the Prius, suggesting consumers now prefer the hybrid versions of their previously-owned gasoline vehicles,” Brauer said in a news release. Brauer’s statement seems to be accurate if you look at the latest iSeeCars study to determine which vehicles have… Read More »Study: Hybrid owners are satisfied owners

Orbee Auto offers free digital marketing training to NAMAD members

IRVINE, Calif. –  Orbee Auto’s long-standing relationship with the National Association of Minority Auto Dealers resulted in another potential benefit for store principals and their staff. On Friday, the marketing cloud company designed exclusively for dealerships announced a partnership with the association to provide digital marketing courses virtually and free of charge to its members. Leading these courses will be Daniel Kim, chief executive officer and co-founder of Orbee Auto. The firm highlighted the 10-week educational series is now underway and is aimed at advancing digital marketing capabilities for employees of… Read More »Orbee Auto offers free digital marketing training to NAMAD members

AUL executive receives Latino business leadership award

NAPA, Calif. –  An executive who has been with AUL Corp. for nearly 20 years has been honored with a Latino Business Leadership Award by the North Bay Business Journal as part of the publication’s fifth annual competition. AUL financial reporting and analysis leader Elizabeth Gutierrez received the accolade as part of a program created to honor the most outstanding Latino leaders, innovators and visionaries in the North Bay. Gutierrez began her career at AUL in 2001 as a customer service representative, and during her time with the F&I solutions provider… Read More »AUL executive receives Latino business leadership award

Reinsurance expert joins RoadVantage as director of participation programs

AUSTIN, Texas –  An expert in crucial dealership functions such as accounting and dealer-owned warranty companies joined the team at RoadVantage this week. The F&I product provider announced the addition of Richard Ostrowski as director of participation programs. Ostrowski arrives RoadVantage boasting a long and accomplished career spanning four decades. After becoming a certified public accountant in 1989, he joined Aon Corp. (Pat Ryan and Associates) where he gained knowledge of credit life and disability reinsurance sold to dealers. In 2003, Ostrowski moved to Protective Life Insurance Co., eventually serving as… Read More »Reinsurance expert joins RoadVantage as director of participation programs

4 benefits of Auto Master and Omnique integration

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, 11:13 AM WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. –  Independent dealerships that also have their own repair bays now can use complementary tools to keep their retail and service operations running smoothly. This week, shop management software provider Omnique announced a partnership with Auto Master Systems  to create a fully integrated sales and service solution The firms highlighted the all-in-one solution can give expanded flexibility and features to independent dealerships looking to maximize operational efficiency and boost profits. “Especially for busy dealerships who love their management system but need a… Read More »4 benefits of Auto Master and Omnique integration