A dealer trainer tried to buy a car; he now calls car dealers 'clueless'

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In an ongoing battle with Tesla Motors, state auto dealer associations have continually touted the superiority of the traditional franchised dealer model. While surveys have shown that many car buyers are frustrated with the process, dealers claim Tesla's direct sales model does not benefit customers. But the experience of one dealer trainer. dealers dealerships Car Sales Bad dealers

Latest Tesla referral programs draw new CA dealer lobby complaint

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Tesla has once again ruffled the feathers of the California New Car Dealers Association with a new round of referral programs. The dealer association has now noted. Politics dealers California Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships Incentives and RebatesThe Silicon Valley automaker has used referral programs for years; they usually provide perks for current owners who get friends, coworkers, and colleagues to buy a new Tesla vehicle.

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Judge sides with Tesla, slams dealer association in Missouri

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On Tuesday, Tesla scored a decisive victory when the Missouri Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's ruling that would have left Tesla without a state dealer license. Politics dealers Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships Missouri Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) state lawsSince Tesla began selling electric cars directly to customers throughout the U.S., the electric-vehicle maker has had to play franchise-law whack-a-mole in multiple state courts.

Dealers start to worry about ebbing repair income from electric cars

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dealers plug-in cars dealerships service Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV The average vehicle on U.S. roads these days is more than 10 years old, despite three successive years of record new-vehicle sales. That's a result not only of the 2008-2010 recession but also vastly more durable and reliable vehicles compared to those of previous decades. All of those vehicles provide a ready stream of service revenue to.

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This Boston dealer is excited about the electric-car future

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A major challenge for electric-car advocates is finding enthusiastic dealers who are willing to put in the effort to explain and promote them. Given the need to educate different staff on a new type of vehicle, explain the associated incentives, and respond to numerous customer questions, electric cars require dealers to invest more time than. sales dealers Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships Massachusetts

Toyota Prius Prime buyers misled by dealers; more education needed

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If, that is, Toyota's own dealers prove willing to sell it—or even find out that it exists. sales Plug-In Hybrids dealers plug-in cars dealershipsThe Toyota Prius Prime is a far better car than its plug-in hybrid predecessor, and it seems likely to become one of the higher-volume plug-in electric cars on the U.S. market. After three separate complaints by readers in different areas of the U.S.

VW dealers settle too; average payout almost $2 million each

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franchised dealers over the diesel-emissions scandal has been approved by a federal judge. First announced last August, the settlement calls for VW dealers to compensated for the alleged loss in value of their franchises related to fallout from the scandal. Dealers initially considered launching a. dealers TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandalA settlement between Volkswagen and its U.S.

Chevy Bolt EV allocations: dealer in California gets electric-car update

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As its new electric car gets closer to public sale, General Motors has apparently made its first allocations of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EVs to Chevy dealers. Rick Alpern, the general manager of Keyes Chevrolet in Van Nuys, California, wrote that the dealer had. dealers Chevy plug-in cars dealerships Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV The news comes via a posting on the GM-Volt forum from a southern California dealership.

How do you service a hydrogen fuel-cell car at a dealer?

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Reliability data shows that some of them won't visit a dealer service department except for. dealers California hydrogen natural gas dealerships service hydrogen fuel cell Honda Civic Natural GasOver the past century, gasoline-powered vehicles have gotten simultaneously more complex and more reliable. Service intervals have lengthened, drivers no longer check a car's fluids daily or weekly, and many new-car owners will never once open the hood.

VA to deny Tesla a store license; dealers say they want to sell Teslas

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Tesla Motors recently had another setback in its fight with Virginia's franchised car dealers over direct sales of its luxury electric cars. Over the past several months, Tesla has battled dealers and their lobbyists in the state over plans to open a second company-owned store. dealers Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships state laws Virginia

VW dealers use diesel buyback to offer deals even before TDI owners bring in cars

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But some dealers aren't willing to wait to start enticing customers back into showrooms. dealers TDI VW deals Volkswagen diesel scandalThe Volkswagen diesel settlement for 2.0-liter TDI cars received final approval from a federal judge earlier this week. That means VW is now able to send out buyback offers to owners of the 475,000 affected vehicles. DON'T MISS: Final VW diesel settlement.

VW dealers' reparations talks with company: no deal so far

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dealers recently flew to Germany to present concerns over the ongoing diesel scandal directly to the company's top executives. One of the topics discussed was whether dealers should receive reparations for their continuing financial losses, and for the overall damage to the VW brand. dealers TDI VW VW Group Volkswagen diesel scandalRepresentatives of Volkswagen's U.S.

Audi tells its dealers to get with the (electric-car) program

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As many electric-car buyers will tell you, franchised auto dealers can pose a large and tedious impediment to actually buying the plug-in car you want. dealers e-Tron Audi e-tron plug-in cars dealershipsFrom salespeople with no knowledge of the cars to test vehicles that haven't been recharged and have little battery range left, the hurdles are numerous and frustrating. Now Audi has told its.

Tesla a 'predator,' dealer lobby howls; second VA store OKed anyway

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dealers Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships VirginiaThe Virginia department of motor vehicles ruled yesterday that Tesla is eligible to open a second retail store in Virginia, in the state capitol of Richmond. Virginia franchise laws prevent automakers from operating their own dealerships, but the state's Department of Motor Vehicles can grant special dispensation to companies that have no.

What do VW dealers get from the diesel-emission settlement?

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The company's dealers have acutely felt the impact of the scandal, in the form of deflating sales figures. dealers TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandalVolkswagen diesel owners aren't the only ones affected by the VW's ongoing emissions cheating scandal. The proposed settlement announced last month offers cash payments to owners of 2.0-liter TDI models, who can either sell their cars back to.

Small-town Indiana Chevy dealer is big on electric cars

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It's often said that franchised auto dealers are one of the bigger impediments to sales of plug-in electric cars. dealers Chevy Volt Dealership plug-in cars IndianaVehicles with plugs require more explanation, the financial calculations are often more complicated, and home and public charging stations add a further layer of complication. Commissioned salespeople whose pay rises as they sell more.

Tesla can no longer sell cars in Missouri stores; dealer lobby lauds victory

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Politics dealers Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships Missouri state lawsJust as the new year began, Tesla was dealt a fresh setback in its campaign to make its electric cars directly available to customers throughout the U.S. Tesla's license to sell cars through its Missouri showrooms expired Saturday, following a circuit-court judge's decision that prevented renewal. In an August court case, Cole County Circuit Court.

Dealer recruitment on agenda for SsangYong

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SsangYong is focusing on expanding its dealer network, and has appointed Steve Prew to lead the way with the recruitment campaign. Fleet news Dealer news SsangYong Fleet

How to figure out if your local Chevy dealer carries the Bolt EV electric car

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General Motors dealers Chevy plug-in cars dealerships Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV The first few Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars were delivered in California's Silicon Valley more than a month ago, marking the start of what will be a nationwide rollout. Electric-car advocates and buyers outside the Golden State are eager to know exactly when the 238-mile electric hatchback will be available for purchase in their areas as well.

VW promises dealers it will cut prices to boost U.S. sales after diesel debacle

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dealers, Volkswagen said this week it would take measures to increase its sales in the U.S. VW dealers were initially left out of a $14.7 dealers TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandalIn addition to a cash settlement with its U.S. following a year of its still-unresolved diesel-emissions scandal. billion settlement for 450,000 owners of 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TDI cars found to have illegal.

The other VW diesel victims: dealers take woes to Wolfsburg

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dealers TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandalIn the ongoing Volkswagen diesel scandal, the most obvious victims are the owners of the nearly 600,000 VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles found to have illegal "defeat device" software. These owners have been stuck in limbo for the past six months as Volkswagen has struggled to plot a way out of the crisis that will be approved by regulatory.

Tesla loses bid to sell cars in Utah, dealer lobbyists win

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Politics sales dealers dealerships state lawsTesla has once again been denied permission to sell its cars directly to buyers in the battleground state of Utah. Via a unanimous decision, the Utah Supreme Court handed Tesla Motors another setback this week. The state’s top court upheld a 2015 decision that denied the electric-car maker a license to sell new cars, citing a state law that.

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Multi-brand electric-car dealer to open in Canada after Iceland test

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With the notable exception of Tesla Motors' company-owned stores, electric cars must compete against internal-combustion models for space and attention on dealer lots. Canada dealers plug-in cars dealershipsBut what if a dealership sold only electric cars, covering multiple brands? That's the concept behind EVEN Electric, which announced plans for its first dealership in Canada last.

Virginia dealers double down on Tesla attack, demand probe of sales

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Tesla Motors continues to battle Virginia car dealers over the opening of a second company-owned retail store in the Old Dominion State. In March, the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA) filed a lawsuit against both Tesla and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, alleging a conspiracy to "hide" the opening of a second Tesla Store. Politics dealers Tesla Motors Dealership plug-in cars state laws Virginia

Electric-car shopping far too hard; dealers, carmakers can improve, says report

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Greater electric-car adoption requires both dealers and carmakers to be strongly committed to selling plug-in vehicles. sales dealers plug-in cars dealershipsYears of anecdotal evidence from shoppers shows such commitments are often lacking—and that has now been confirmed in a wide-reaching report issued by the Sierra Club. The organization recently conducted what it calls the.

Most Car Dealers Are Lousy At Selling Electric Cars: Here's Why

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But more often that not, the dealers that actually sell the majority of electric cars aren't so interested. Over the past few years, buyers have grumbled about the experience at traditional dealers that sell electric cars. sales dealers The New York Times plug-in cars dealershipsFrom carmakers and politicians to enthusiastic owners, there are many groups pushing for greater electric-car adoption.

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VA auto dealers sue Tesla, DMV over hearing to 'hide' proposed store

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The state-by-state battles between electric-car maker Tesla Motors and lobbyists for state auto-dealer interests often take unusual twists and turns. In the Old Dominion state, the auto-dealers' trade group. Green Dealership Politics Tesla Motors Virginia dealers state lawsBut the situation in the state of Virginia may be among the odder episodes in Tesla's eight years of selling cars online directly to buyers.

GM launches Green Dealer Recognition program

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GM has launched a “Green Dealer Recognition” program for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealerships across the US. Participating dealers have proven track records in areas such as energy reduction, renewable energy use, water conservation efforts, recycling, on-site nature habitats and community outreach. To date, 180 dealers have requested access to complete the performance assessment.

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Car dealer tries to install solar, town-owned utility limits power it can generate

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But car dealer Bariel Ford just happened to be located in a town that owns its own utility. dealers energy policy electric utilities dealerships renewable energy solarIt should have been fairly straightforward. Install some solar panels on the roof of a building, cut carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity bills. DON'T MISS: As Solar Power Spreads, Diverse Users Fight Utility Attempts To Penalize It.

Tesla To Testify At FTC Hearing On Auto-Dealer Franchise Laws

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For the past few years, Tesla Motors has fought battles with franchised car dealers over its direct-sales model on a state-by-state basis. Feeling threatened by Tesla's company-owned stores, state auto dealer associations have campaigned against the carmaker, in some cases pursuing legislation to outlaw direct sales. dealers Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships federal government

Video could replace dealer showrooms in the future, report finds

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Dealer news Nissan Video Editors PicksVideo will be an even more essential part of the car-retailing process in the future, while buying, selling and leasing cars could be done completely.

FTC Calls Michigan's Tesla Ban 'Protectionism' For Dealers

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Politics sales dealers Michigan Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships state lawsTesla Motors has had varied success in its efforts to fight state laws making its direct online-sales model illegal. The electric-car maker lost a round in Michigan last fall, but now a government agency has weighed in on Michigan's revision to its franchise law. Let's just say that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission doesn't think much of.

How Bad Was Nissan Dealer When Buyer Wanted A Leaf Electric Car? THAT Bad

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Five years after the first modern mass-market electric car launched, stories of recalcitrant car dealers continue to surface from buyers. Green Dealership New car sales dealers plug-in cars salesWalk into a dealership, explain that you want to buy an electric car. and then endure a litany of reasons why you don't. But a meticulously documented, amusing written log of all the misery involved in.

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Not All Car Dealers Hate Tesla's Online Sales; Large Chains Back It, Bank Says

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Tesla Motors' business model of selling cars directly to customers without franchised dealers has earned it the ire of many a car-sales mogul. Viewing Tesla's online sales as a threat to their franchise model, quite a few state auto-dealer associations have undertaken campaigns against the carmaker. sales dealers Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships

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Tesla Owners Take Protest To Michigan; Dealer-Backed State Ban Targeted

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Tesla Motors' direct sales business model has met considerable opposition from auto-dealer associations in several states. Yet while Tesla has its detractors, often found among lobbyists for auto dealers, it also. Green Michigan Politics Tesla Motors dealers plug-in cars sales state lawsLobbying efforts have ensured that there are some states where it's illegal for the company to sell you a Tesla Model S electric car.

'Numerous' Advantages To Laws Mandating Car Dealers, Tesla 'Inconvenient': NADA Chairman

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Count on the car-dealer lobbyists of America to keep fighting the good fight on behalf of the state franchise laws that protect their members' businesses by making it illegal for you to buy a car directly from a carmaker. Green NADA Politics Tesla Motors dealers dealerships state laws

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Seattle Honda Dealer Adopts Tesla & Apple Sales Elements, Learns Lessons

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Tesla Motors'' direct online sales model has led to state-by-state battles with franchised dealers and their lobbyists. While Tesla works to sell its electric cars in as many states as possible, dealers decry direct sales as a threat to healthy competition and a danger to consumers. sales dealers Tesla Motors Dealership Seattle state laws

Half of car buyers hate haggling, but Lexus dealers resist fixed prices

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It's a move that may be viewed favorably by consumers, but it's already meeting resistance from Lexus dealers. car buying dealers Pricing no-haggle pricingLexus is about one month away from launching a test of no-haggle pricing at dealerships, which it hopes will entice more buyers. A recent survey by car-buying website Autotrader found that as many as 44 percent of consumers don't want to.

Low-budget Chevy Bolt EV dealer ad normalizes electric cars

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Ah, local car-dealer ads on television. You've likely seen them, usually during the local ad minute on national shows, often late at night or in the cheaper slots. They're mostly formulaic, but each one mixes several elements for its own unique blend of attention-grabbing pitch. DON'T MISS: This family has 2 Chevy Bolt EV electric cars, uses no. Advertising Videos Chevy Dealership plug-in cars Maryland

First Eight CA Dealers Announced For 2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car

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With the 2016 Toyota Mirai set to go on sale this October, Toyota has now announced the first eight dealers that will be selling its first production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. Green California Dealership dealers hydrogen hydrogen fuel cellFour are in Northern California, four in the southern part of the state. Production of the Mirai will be limited to about 3,000 vehicles for the U.S. through 2017.

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