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ON THE WEB: Fitch Reports Growth in Captive Auto Finance

Fitch Ratings reports ending growth in captives’ portfolios continued in 2014 driven by increased demand from a gradually improving global economy, improved supply of liquidity in funding markets, and slight loosening in lending standards. Fitch expects the captive landscape to get more competitive as banks increase their focus in growth areas such as auto finance, which will likely put pressure on pricing/margins and may lead to further loosening of lending standards.

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Gannett Co. Inc. completed its previously announced acquisition of the remaining 73 percent interest in Classified Ventures LLC, which owns, for $1.8 billion on Oct. 1.

Car Transporters Form Strategic Partnership

MetroGistics LLC announced strategic partnerships with Precision Motor Transport Group LLC and McNutt Automotive Logistics LLC.

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NADA Chairman Defends Business Model By Ted Craig

DETROIT – Franchise dealers seem attacked on numerous fronts these days. Tesla threatens their legal protections while the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to change their relationship with finance sources. And then there’s the matter of how to handle all the recalls issued by manufacturers this year. Forrest McConnell, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Associations, spoke about these issues at a recent Automotive Press Association event. McConell said many recent stories about franchise dealers use terms like “monopolistic,” “middle man” and “protectionist.” Nothing could be farther from the truth, he said. “Dealers are so busy competing with each other that it leaves no room for complacency,” McConnell said. Manufacturers constantly measure customer satisfaction today and this drives that competition. A main way dealers compete with each other, McConnell said, is through financing. Now, the CFPB

COMPETITOR: Forrest McConnell, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, explains the benefits of the franchise system to consumers during a recent speech at the Automotive Press Association in Detroit.

wants to change that by having finance companies switch to a flat fee for reimbursement rather than dealer participation. “The government is trying to take away a customer’s right to get a discount,” Mc-

Connell said. Dealers will choose the finance sources that pay the highest flat fee, he said, and those finance sources will pay for those fees with higher rates for the consumers. Another way to eliminate

competition, McConnell said, is through direct sales from the manufacturers. This is the model Tesla Motors Inc. is pushing in several states. Continued on page 3

Wholesale Prices Moderate; Truck Prices Remain Strong The long predicted moderation in used-car prices is finally happening. The average price of a used vehicle for model years 200913 saw the largest monthly depreciation of the year so far at 1.7 percent during September, according to Black Book. Domestic cars declined the most, falling by 3.4 percent. Import cars fell by 1.8 percent. Domestic trucks fell by 1.2 percent, and import trucks fell by 1.5 percent. Average prerecession depreciation is historically between 1 percent and 2 percent monthly. Black Book expects overall 2014 depreciation of 13.5 percent. After seeing lower-than-normal depreciation of 1.3 per-

cent in August, overall depreciation realized its typical seasonal fall pattern of accelerated value decreases. The average segment price at the end of September was $11,601, a 13.7 percent change from year-ago levels ($13,438). A continuing trend over the last several months, trucks represented the vast majority of segments with the strongest performing monthly retention. Eight of the top nine segments were trucks. In another sign of a weaker market, the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index declined to 121.4 in September, down 1.1 percent from a year ago. This was the fifth consecutive monthly decline.

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Auto Shoppers Share Info on Social Media Sites Auto shoppers using a smartphone are more likely to share vehicle information on social media when they have a satisfying online experience with an automotive manufacturer (OEM) or third-party automotive site, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Automotive Mobile Site Study. The study, now in its third year, has been redesigned to capture details on content and tool usage while measuring what content is most effective on OEM and thirdparty automotive websites on a smartphone during the vehicle-shopping process. The study examines website usefulness across four key measures (in order of importance): information/content, navigation, appearance and speed. Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale. One-third of shoppers say they “definitely will” share vehicle information via social media after an exceptional experience (overall scores of 901-1,000), compared with only 3 percent of shoppers after a poor experience (scores of 500 and lower). Among shoppers using an OEM or third-party automotive website, 45 percent say they either “prob-

ably will” or “definitely will” share information via social media about a vehicle they researched. “When vehicle shoppers have a positive experience on an OEM or third-party site, they are more likely to share the content they find useful or interesting with others,” said Arianne Walker, senior director, automotive media & marketing at J.D. Power. “This provides auto brands a great opportunity to get their content out in front of consumers through social media. “The challenge is not only having great content to encourage sharing, but also ensuring that consumers have an outstanding experience no matter what site they are accessing on their smartphone.” Shoppers who share vehicle information on social media are more likely to share imagery, such as exterior images (48 percent), interior images (42 percent) and videos (40 percent) than other less visual content, such as payment/ lease (18 percent) or dealer information (25 percent). Use of videos has a significant positive impact on satisfaction among smartphone shoppers when

researching how a vehicle looks on both OEM and third-party websites. When researching vehicle information shoppers who access an OEM website on a smartphone are much more likely to use a build and price tool (43 percent) than those who shop on thirdparty sites. (30 percent). However, vehicle shoppers accessing a third-party website on a smartphone are more likely to use an inventory search tool (36 percent) than those on an OEM site (32 percent). The largest gap (90 points) in satisfaction between OEM (806) and third-party sites (716) is in appearance of the website. Among OEM websites, Acura ranks highest with a score of 811. Following Acura in the rankings are Cadillac (803), Porsche (802) and Chrysler (801). Among third-party automotive sites, U.S. News Best Cars ranks highest (771), followed by (749), Kelley Blue Book (728) and (726). The 2014 Automotive Mobile Site Study examines the features and content of automotive manufacturer a nd third-party mobile websites and their usefulness in

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calls and recalls that address other defects. “Recalls should be in different buckets,” McConnell said. McConnell also took the opportunity to welcome the latest entry into auto dealership ownership –

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which ranks fifth among all U.S. auto dealership groups . After becoming a part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of businesses, the company will be known as Berkshire Hathaway Automotive. The dealership group will contin-

Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathway Inc. – and its biggest stockholder, Warren Buffett. Berkshire Hathaway and Van Tuyl Group announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which the Omaha, Neb.-based conglomerate will acquire the nation’s largest privatelyowned auto dealership group and


“The Van Tuyl Group fits perfectly into Berkshire Hathaway from both a financial and cultural viewpoint.”

dealers is handling recalls, McConnell said. This has become a hot topic, as millions of vehicles are under recall this year. Some groups are pushing for laws that ban the sale of cars with open recalls. McConnell said the problem with these proposals is they fail to differentiate between safety re-


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Franchise Dealers – Continued from page 1 McConnell said the direct sales method has failed every time a manufacturer has tried it. He cites Volkswagen’s decision to sell its company stores in Germany as the latest example. One vital role played by franchise


ue to be led by Larry Van Tuyl, who will become chairman, and Jeff Rachor, who will assume the role of chief executive officer, as well as its experienced senior management team. The new entity will be headquartered in Dallas. “The Van Tuyl Group fits perfectly into (our company) from

cle shoppers who intend to purchase or lease a vehicle within the next two years. The study was fielded in July and August 2014.

both a financial and cultural viewpoint,” Buffett said in a press release. “Larry Van Tuyl along with his father, Cecil, spent decades building outstanding dealerships operated by local partners. In recent years, he has shared management with Jeff Rachor, a seasoned auto retailer who will retain a financial interest in all dealerships. The Van Tuyl Group enjoys excellent relations with the major auto manufacturers and delivers unusually high volumes at its 78 locations.” Buffett said this is “just the beginning for Berkshire Hathaway Automotive.” The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015 and is subject to obtaining approvals from the major auto manufacturers as well as certain customary closing conditions, including various regulatory approvals.

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MILESTONES James â&#x20AC;&#x153;Odellâ&#x20AC;? Morgan, longtime executive director of the Oklahoma Independent Automobile Dealers Association, died on Sept. 24. Morgan, 87, James â&#x20AC;&#x153;Odellâ&#x20AC;? joined the OklaMorgan homa IADA as executive director in 1987 and served the association for 27 years, as co-executive with his wife, Rose. The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association named him Association Executive of the Year in 1994. In 2002 he became the third member of the State Executives Council Hall of Fame. Members of the Oklahoma Used Motor Vehicle and Parts Commission awarded him the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quality Ambassadorâ&#x20AC;? designation

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GM Uses Social Media to Reach Recall Drivers DETROIT (AP) – Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed. At first, the problem was a shortage of parts. But now the problem is people. Despite the heavy publicity surrounding the scandal, many drivers evidently haven’t heard of the recall or haven’t grasped how serious the defect is because it hasn’t given them any trouble. As a result, GM has been forced to go beyond the usual ominous-sounding recall letters. It has sent out Facebook messages and made phone calls to owners of the cars, mainly Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions. CEO Mary Barra has even sent a personal letter urging people to get the switches replaced. “In some cases we’ve gone to the owners’ home and gotten the vehicle, gave them a loaner, and are working to fix it,” Barra said.

GM announced in February and March that it was recalling the cars after taking more than a decade to disclose the defect, now linked to at least two dozen deaths. The switches can slip out of the run position, causing the engine to shut off. That can knock out power-assisted steering and disable the air bags. Despite recall letters that bluntly warn that the defect can lead to injury and even death – and despite five congressional hearings and thousands of news stories about the furor – only about 1.16 million of the 2.36 million affected vehicles still on the road have been bought in for repairs. One of the unrepaired cars belongs to Kim Atkins, a media relations specialist in Austin, Texas, who received recall notices in April and June for her 2007 Cobalt. Busy with moving back to her hometown from college and starting a new job, she ignored them both. “I didn’t think it was very serious just from the wording on the recall notice,” said

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Atkins, 24. “I’m sure that it was important. I didn’t get a sense of what the actual issue was, just neglected to do it.” Atkins said her fiance is mad at her for dallying. She has made an appointment to bring her car in

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Residents of a flood-prone neighborhood in Salem, N.H., are anxious to hear how developers of a proposed car dealership intend to keep storm water runoff away from their homes. But the developers say they’re aware of the problem, and they’re on it. F&B Salem Realty is planning a dealership with an 18,800-squarefoot building on a 15-acre site in Salem, a town of nearly 30,000 residents north of Boston. Plans call for about 74,000 square feet of paved area for parking, display and storage of vehicles. The site is located at 93 S. Broadway, in between the Town Center District and Belmont Street. Several Belmont Street residents, who say they already experience flooding whenever there’s a heavy rain, are worried that the project will disturb wetlands on the parcel and make a bad situation worse. At an initial presentation of the concept to the town planning board in September, about 20 neighbors attended to listen to the plans and voice their concerns. The planning director for the town of Salem, Ross Moldoff, said the plans would be laid out in further detail at an upcoming public hearing. “I expect the first public hearing on this project to be held on Oct. 28,” Moldoff said. “We will have an outside consultant review the project and comment on the flooding problem, but the applicant is trying to address the issue proactively.” Moldoff said the proposal

incorporates a small front parcel that was formerly a gas station, “but most of this site is undeveloped land.” George Fredette, the project engineer representing the developers, discussed several storm water management measures they would incorporate to keep rainwater from running toward the adjacent residential area. At the September hearing, Fredette told the planning board that the paved area in back would have porous pavement, which lets rainwater run through it. They’re also planning to add gravel wetlands, which filter, detain and then release water, he said. The project will be developed so that floodwater will enter the gravel wetland, he said. And they plan to cut a large swale – a marshy depression between ridges – around the perimeter of the project. Residents said they glad the developers were addressing the issue, but they were skeptical the measures would be effective. Patricia Levesque told the planning board she had lived in the neighborhood almost 20 years and is always afraid of rain. She said she hopes the town won’t consider the project. “Putting something like that – the water will go somewhere,” she said. “We’ve all had a flood problem.” According to Moldoff, there are several approvals still needed before the project can move forward, including approvals of the wetland impact by the Conservation Commission and State Wetland Bureau.

Operator Offers Forgiveness By Jeffrey Bellant

After someone stole a truck from his dealership earlier this year, Bob Snipes tried to appeal to the thief’s conscience. The owner of I-Deal Motors in Chattanooga, Tenn., has been in business 33 years and works with his daughter. He keeps about 50 vehicles on the lot. But one morning, they found an empty space where a 1997 green Ford F-150 was supposed to be parked. “They came after hours,” Snipes said. “My cameras were down that night. I think maybe lightening hit them. So I didn’t see anything.” It wasn’t the first time a car was stolen off his lot. Six months ago, a customer took a car on a test drive and “they kept going,” he said.

Snipes said his initial reaction to the latest theft was anger. “At first, I wanted to strangle the guy,” he said. “But I thought that’s not what a follower of Christ should do. So instead of going for the throat, we figured we should try to go for the heart. “I put a sign up about a week after it was stolen.” The sign was placed in the empty spot where the truck had been. It read: “Whoever stole our truck last (week), we love you. Trust Jesus.” Snipes said they wanted the thief to know that “we do love him, we’re praying for him and hoping for the best.” At press time, the thief hasn’t had a change of heart. But the dealership did get some notice from local news organizations and it prompted a call from the police who checked to see if the truck had been returned.

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Dealer Continues Fight By Jeffrey Bellant

Alabama dealer Anthony Underwood remains in a fight to overturn his election defeat in the Bessemer, Ala., mayoral contest two months ago. A hearing on Un d e r wo o d ’s effort to contest the election was scheduled for Oct. 8, but was postponed when the judge Anthony recused himself Underwood over a conflict, Underwood said. So it gave Underwood time to mull over a challenge to overturn the results that had him finishing more than 2,000 votes short of victory. An election attorney told Underwood that overturning the results rarely happens and would be as unlikely as “winning the lottery.” Underwood, who grew up in Bessemer, runs an auto dealership and owns commercial property in the city. But he has been disappointed in how the city has been managed over several years. Earlier this year, he said the city had become a “mini-Detroit,” with 13.9 percent unemployment and neighborhood deterioration and abandoned homes. So Underwood moved back into Bessemer to run for the city’s top spot. On Aug. 26, he was officially defeated by incumbent Mayor Kenneth Gulley, who tallied 3,432 votes, or about 60 percent, to Underwood’s 2,290 votes. But Underwood claims there were problems with polls opening late and issues with voting machines not working properly and “manipulated in some cases.” Underwood said his team ran a

poll that indicated he would win “in a landslide,” so the election results were suspicious. “What I do know and do believe – and it may sound like I’m a sore loser – but I believe the election was stolen,” he said. But an attorney told him a reversal – without hard evidence – was highly unlikely. “They say possession is ninetenths of the law,” Underwood said. “With elections, it’s the same thing. If you don’t win it at the polls, you’re not going to win it later. Once they get that ball, you’re not going to get it back.” But Underwood had still not made up his mind to continue the challenge at press time, despite already spending $35,000 during his campaign. When asked if being a first-time candidate worked against him, Underwood said this isn’t new to him. “I’ve been campaigning (living and working) for 50 years in this town,” the longtime businessman said. As far as the any election problems, one city official said there were only minor delays at one or two polls. City Attorney Shan Paden said there was a change in the type of voting machine used in the election, but they caused only short delays in one or two polling stations. “I don’t think there were any major issues with the election,” said Paden. Underwood had originally planned on a recount, but failed to meet a city deadline, Paden said. Underwood said he was touched by the support he received from people in the auto industry and citizens in Bessemer. “It brings tears to my eyes,” he said. “I don’t have any regrets. We did everything we could.”

Cab Company Washes Titles

A Chicago used-car broker and taxicab operator was arrested after being indicted on federal charges for allegedly causing at least 180 vehicles that were salvaged or rebuilt to illegally obtain clean titles from Indiana and Illinois and, as a result, to illegally operate as licensed and registered taxicabs in Chicago. The defendant, Alexander Igolnikov, was charged with one count of conspiracy and two counts each of interstate transportation of false automobile titles and possession of false auto titles in a five-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury on Aug. 27 and then unsealed following his arrest. Igolnikov, also known as “Alexandr Igolnikov” and “Alex,” was the

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owner of Seven Amigos Used Cars and vice president of Chicago Elite Cab Corp., which operated taxis under city taxi medallions managed by Chicago Elite Cab and related entities affiliated with Chicago Carriage Taxi Co. The indictment alleges that between 2007 and April 2010 Ignolikov conspired with three unnamed auto brokers, two in Indiana and one in Illinois, to purchase vehicles with salvage titles from online auction sites; fraudulently obtain either clean or rebuilt Indiana titles for those vehicles by submitting false paperwork to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles; and then using those re-issued Indiana titles to obtain clean Illinois titles.

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Copart Founder Shares His Story of Creating Business By Jeffrey Bellant

in Vietnam and the lessons the military taught him – order, timing and discipline – that he would use in his business. After his military service, Johnson bought his first dismantling yard and that’s where the Copart story begins. Johnson discusses the evolution of his business, from a straight salvage business, to self-service U-Pull-It yards, to his specialized Chrysleronly parts yards to his entry into salvage auctions and the online auction business. The book closes with the company’s IPO and expansion internationally, followed by Johnson’s eventual retirement to a ranch in Tennessee that had been owned by country singer Alan Jackson. In the book, Johnson talks about his reputation as a gunslinger, but his ability to takes risks and make quick decisions were integral to his success. Johnson showed that a lack of knowledge about

technology and Wall Street didn’t hold him back from making a move into online business and selling his vision to investors. Throughout his life, Johnson learned from others, using those ideas to improve his business. Despite a betrayal by a friend in one case, Johnson maintained an optimistic attitude, something that seems vital to any business owner. Unlike his dad, Johnson was shrewd in how he valued his business, and those he sought to acquire. Johnson also discusses how he mentored his sonin-law and eventual successor Jay Adair and shows

humility by knowing when to walk away from the company he founded. Johnson’s book reveals the true American dream – building something from nothing.



Copart founder Willis Johnson, a longtime fan of business biographies, has put out one of his own. The self-published book, ”Junk to Gold” is written by a former Copart employee as told by Johnson. It is on a subject he knows more about than anyone – his life and career at Copart. Part of the book’s success is his life story is inspiring in itself – the son of an illiterate farmer who goes from milking cows to building a billion-dollar business empire. The story takes the reader from his start helping his father on various business ventures as a youth, to Johnson’s U.S. Army service in Vietnam and then through his journey in the auto salvage business. It still might not have worked without a good writer. Marla J. Pugh, a freelancer who served as Copart’s first communications manager, does a great

job of capturing Johnson’s voice and storytelling ability. The book is also short – 170 pages – considering all the ground it covers. Johnson sets the tone in the opening pages, talking about his father, Willis Sr., who never learned how to read, but was “the smartest man I ever knew….” One of his father’s big lessons was that “everybody should make his or her own way in the world.” Willis Sr. started numerous businesses, from a construction company to a dairy business and, a dismantling yard. Johnson saw that despite his dad’s talent for building businesses, his illiteracy held him back. He also learned from his father’s mistakes. His father would often sell businesses without knowing their true value. Johnson said “…being able to sell a business with a profitable track record and brand was worth more than the assets alone.” Johnson recounts his time

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21st Century Auto Group, Inc., a Springfield, N.J.-based motor vehicle dealership accused of violating the state’s Consumer Fraud Act and motor vehicle regulations, will pay $130,000 to settle the lawsuit filed against it by the Division of Consumer Affairs. The dealership also will hire a compliance monitor at its own expense to ensure that its business practices comply with consumer protection laws and regulations concerning advertising practices, auto sales, and used car lemon law practices. As part of the settlement, 21st Century Auto Group will resolve 43 consumer complaints previously filed with the Division of Consumer Affairs through negotiation with the complainants. If the dealership and the consumer cannot agree on settlement terms, the complaint will be referred to binding dispute resolution, under terms of the Final Consent Judgment with the state. In December 2013, the state filed suit against 21st Century Auto Group in the Superior Court, Chancery Division, in Union County, alleging that the dealership committed multiple violations of the Consumer Fraud Act, motor vehicle advertising regulations, automotive

sales regulations and used car lemon law regulations. The alleged violations included, among other things, failing to disclose the prior use of motor vehicles as rental vehicles, failing to disclose past damage to and repair of motor vehicles, continuing to advertise motor vehicles after these vehicles had actually been sold (bait-andswitch), failing to honor advertised and negotiated prices of used motor vehicles, and delayed return of traded-in motor vehicles and/or deposits after the sales contract was cancelled by the consumer. The dealership primarily sells high-end used luxury cars such as Lamborghinis and BMWs. Under the terms of the settlement, 21st Century Auto Group will pay $100,513 in civil penalties and will reimburse the state $29,487 for its attorneys’ fees and investigative costs. The dealership will also pay up to $20,000 for a Compliance Monitor who for the next year will check for its compliance with the Consumer Fraud Act. “All sellers of used vehicles should take notice of this outcome and know that we will not tolerate any failure to disclose such information from prospective buyers, nor abusive sales practices,” said Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.

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Manheim Orlando November 4, 11, 18, 25 800-337-8491

ADESA Cincinnati/Dayton November 25 937-746-4000

Manheim Baltimore Washington November 18 410-796-8899

ADESA Golden Gate November 11, 25 209-839-8000 ADESA Houston November 12, 26 281-580-1800 ADESA Indianapolis November 11, 25 800-925-1210 ADESA Kansas City November 11, 25 816-525-1100 ADESA Lexington November 13 859-263-5163 ADESA San Diego November 13 619-661-5565 ADESA Tulsa November 14 918-437-9044 America’s AA-Chicago November 26 708-389-4488 Brasher’s Salt Lake AA November 4 801-322-1234

Manheim Dallas November 5, 19 877-860-1651 Manheim Denver November 19 800-822-1177 Manheim Detroit November 13, 20 734-654-7100 Manheim Fredericksburg November 6, 20 540-368-3400 Manheim Milwaukee November 5, 19 262-835-4436 Manheim Minneapolis November 12 763-425-7653 Manheim Nashville November 5, 19 877-386-5004

Manheim Pennsylvania November 13, 14, 25 800-777-2053 Manheim Phoenix November 6, 13, 20, 25 623-907-7000 Manheim Pittsburgh November 19 724-452-5555

ADESA Boston November 21 508-626-7000

Manheim Dallas November 5 877-860-1651

Manheim Orlando November 18 800-337-8491

ADESA Golden Gate November 11 209-839-8000

Manheim Milwaukee November 19 262-835-4436

Manheim Pennsylvania *November 13, 25 800-777-2053

Manheim Atlanta November 12 404-762-9211

Manheim Nashville November 19 877-386-5004

Manheim Riverside November 20 909-689-6000

*Only Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will be sold on November 13. All other high lines, excluding Jaguar Land Rover, will be offered on November 25.

Mazda Capital Services ADESA Boston November 7, 21 508-626-7000

Manheim Detroit November 13 734-654-7100

ADESA Golden Gate November 25 209-839-8000

Manheim Fredericksburg Manheim Pennsylvania November 6 November 14, 25 540-368-3400 800-777-2053

ADESA Kansas City November 11 816-525-1100

Manheim Milwaukee November 5 262-835-4436

Manheim Pittsburgh November 19 724-452-5555

Manheim Southern California November 26 909-822-2261

Columbus Fair AA November 5 614-497-2000

Manheim Nashville November 26 877-386-5004

Manheim Riverside November 18 909-689-6000

Southern AA November 19 860-292-7500

Manheim Atlanta November 13 404-762-9211

Manheim New Jersey November 5, 19 609-298-3400

Manheim Seattle November 12 206-762-1600

Manheim Riverside November 18, 20 909-689-6000 Manheim Seattle November 12 206-762-1600

Manheim Nevada November 25 702-361-1000 Manheim New Jersey November 5, 12, 19 609-298-3400

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Manheim Orlando November 11, 25 800-337-8491

Subaru Motors Finance ADESA Boston November 7 508-626-7000

Manheim Detroit November 13 734-654-7100

Brasher’s Salt Lake November 4 801-322-1234

Manheim Fredericksburg Manheim Pittsburgh November 20 November 19 540-368-3400 724-452-5555

Columbus Fair AA November 26 614-497-2000

Manheim Milwaukee November 19 262-835-4436

Manheim Seattle November 12 206-762-1600

Manheim Dallas November 5 877-860-1651

Manheim New Jersey November 5 609-298-3400

Manheim Southern CA November 26 909-822-2261

Manheim Denver November 19 800-822-1177

Manheim Orlando November 18 800-337-8491

Southern AA November 19 860-292-7500

Manheim Pennsylvania November 14 800-777-2053

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ing a new or used car. Importantly, auto loan originations to borrowers with subprime credit scores remain stable, providing additional evidence that a bubble is not occurring in that space.â&#x20AC;? The total balance of auto loans outstanding in August is $924.2 billion, an all-time high and an increase of 10.8 percent from same time a year ago. The total number of auto loans outstanding stands at more than 65 million, a record high and an increase of more than 6 percent from the same time last year. Serious delinquencies represent 1.05 percent of total balances outstanding, a decrease of 8 percent from same time a year ago. The total number of new loans originated year-to-date through June for subprime borrowers, defined as consumers with Equifax Risk Scores of 640 or lower, is 3.9 million, representing 31.2 percent of all auto loans originated this year. This is a slight decrease in share from this same time in 2013. Similarly, the total balance of newly originated subprime auto loans is $70.7 billion, an eight-year high and representing 27.8 percent of the total balance of new auto loans, a slight increase in share from the previous year.


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Gannett Broadcasting and Greater Media. Trapp, who joined Manheim in 2006, recently led the launch of Cox Automotive’s Deal Shield Purchase Guarantee as senior director of adjacent growth. He has assumed his new role, and reports to Mike McKinney, RVP, East Region Operations. Trapp assisted the efforts to formalize the first consulting firm for Manheim, beginning in 2006. During his Manheim career, Trapp served as product manager during the launch of, and then transitioned to finance where he facilitated the creation of project proposals, developed pricing strategy for key commercial customers and provided analysis of macro-economic trends. In 2011, he founded Project Merlin, now known as Deal Shield. Prior to joining Manheim, Trapp worked for Delta Airlines. A veteran of more than 29 years in the auto auction industry, Daniels joined Manheim Detroit as general manager in 2011 after spending two years as the general manager at Manheim Metro Detroit. He has assumed his new role. During his 18-year Manheim career, Daniels has served as general manager at Manheim Los Angeles (L.A. Dealers Auto Auction), and assistant general manager and operations manager at Manheim Arena Il-

linois. Prior to joining Manheim in 1996, Daniels served as west coast regional sales director for ADT from 1995-96, and held various roles at San Diego Auto Auction from 1984-94. Under Daniels’ leadership, the Manheim Detroit auction leadership team was selected as the recipient of the Manheim M, President’s and Customer Experience awards for the Northeast Market in 2013. Manheim Detroit was selected as Chrysler Auction of the Year and Santander Auction of the Year in 2013, and was among five auctions to receive General Motors Regional Auction Operational Awards for the first quarter of 2014.

><Û:YhalYdÛKYhkÛ=d]]lÛMG GE Capital Fleet Services has named Todd Good as senior vice president of sales, with a focus on growth of the company’s fleet services business in the oil and gas industry. With more than 20 years of experience, Good will enhance and sustain GE Capital Fleet Services’ growing customer base in the oil and gas industry. Before joining GE Fleet, Good was vice president of business development for PHH Arval, where he focused on energy company fleets in the Texas market.


ADESA announced management changes at the company’s subsidiary, Recovery Database Network (RDN). Zach Hallowell has been promoted to president of the organization. Hallowell joined RDN as chief operating officer in January 2013. In this role, he worked closely with the company’s CEO on all aspects of RDN’s daily operations. Prior to RDN, he served for five years as business line director for Openlane, which KAR acquired in late 2011. He has a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College. Todd Hodnett, who most recently served as RDN’s president, is leaving RDN to pursue another business venture. He will remain in an advisory capacity for RDN through the end of the year. Other management changes at RDN include the addition of a new director of sales, John Houston. He has 15 years of experience in the auto loan industry, in areas ranging from recovery and collections to auto finance. Most recently, Houston served as a consultant in the industry, developing new auto finance products. RDN has also appointed Holly Balogh to senior director of operations and Kathy Toal to senior director of client services.

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Dan Derr, president, Thoroughbred Motors, Oklahoma City, Okla.: “This is our 32nd year in business. We have one location. “We’re kind of a high-end luxury dealer. We handle a lot of Lexus product and a lot of European cars – BMWs, Mercedes, Volvos, that kind of stuff. Lexus is one of the easier cars to sell because I don’t have any problems with them. “We also have a lot of kids’ cars, too, which are things like Toyota 4Runners. A lot of parents bring their kids to buy their first cars here. I’ve been here so long and sold so many cars over the past 20 to 30 years that now I’m selling cars to their kids. “So I get a lot of repeat and referral business. About half our business is repeat and referral. “We keep around 100 cars on the lot. The lot’s not that big, so we’re crammed for space. We usually carry between 85 and 100. We average between 25 and 30 sales per month. We’re

pretty consistent. “Mostly, I buy my cars from Manheim. I buy them from all over the nation. I just bought a 2010 Subaru up in Manheim Pennsylvania for a customer. I also recently bought a Toyota Land Cruiser in Houston that is getting delivered. I buy them online. “Our average retail price on the lot is between $20,000 and $23,000. That’s also pretty consistent. “I would say the average model year is around 2009 to 2010, with average mileage being between 50,000 and 60,000 miles. But I’ve also got vehicles like a couple of Toyota 4Runners, one with a 150,000 miles and one with 200,000 miles. “It just depends on the quality of the car and the make of the vehicle. For example, I wouldn’t put a 200,000 mile Audi out there because you’re going to have a lot of service issues, but a Toyota is just a whole different (animal). “I have a customer who’s going into the Army and he’s a diehard Subaru fan.

:gehad]\ÛZqÛA]^^j]qÛ9]ddYfl I just found him a 2010 Subaru with 170,000 miles on it that fits his price point. So when everything checks out, I don’t have a problem buying a car with more than 100,000 miles on it. I’ve really gravitated a lot toward the Subarus in recent years because they have a high owner loyalty (rating). “Probably 90 percent of my inventory is imports. (For domestics) I have Chevrolet Tahoes, a Ford Explorer, and a Cadillac Escalade – things like that. “I’d say we have 60 percent cars and 40 percent sport utility vehicles. “I bet I average about $750 to $800 (per car) for reconditioning, it might go up to $1,000. Our motto is ‘No excuses.’ We don’t want any surprises once that car leaves. We go through our cars extensively. I have it farmed out. I don’t do any in-house service. I have specific shops for specific cars: All the BMWs go to a BMW shop; all of my Audis go to a specific shop, etc. “We’re a Carfax certified dealer, we have Carfax cer-

tification on all of our cars. “We do 100 percent of our advertising online, either through AutoTrader, CarGurus, or TrueCar. “I just got a 2011 Subaru Outback for a customer, the daughter of a friend of mine. I bought it last weekend in Atlanta. It had 40,000 miles on it. It sold for under $24,000. “It was a nice little car.”


Gary Sargent, president, Sargent’s Motorsports, Portland, Ore.: “This is my 40th year in the car business. We have one lot. “My son has expanded it, and took off with our power sports sales. So we’ve been focusing a lot on motorcycles, side-by-sides and ATVs. I’m third-generation in the industry and my son is the fourth. “We still buy and sell cars, of course. Not as many as we used to do. Now we only carry about five cars. But we carry about 120 motorcycles, UTVs (side-by-sides)

and ATVs. My son grew a passion for motorcycles. It started out as a small entity, but he excelled at the power sports side. “We’ll sell five cars (or more) a month and we’ll sell 35 units overall, with motorcycles, etc. “Our average retail car price is $5,000 to $6,000. That seems to be the niche. The motorcycles average $2,500 to $3,500. “This is all straight retail. No buy-here, pay-here or subprime. “Usually, we get our car inventory as trade-ins on motorcycles. When gas prices first shot up, people started turning in cars for motorcycles. “We rely a lot on referrals and Craigslist for our (marketing). “Our economy in Oregon is kind of like that story about the train, ‘I think I can, I think I can.’ So we’re watching every dollar that we spend. That’s one of the reasons we’re using Craigslist. “I’m kind of in a semiretired mode.”

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Mark Wescott, general manager, Port City Auto Auction, Richmond, Maine: “We’ve been in business since 1988. “We’re running four lanes. We’ve got six lanes. “Volumes spiked up a little bit in September. That’s typical. “We’re running right around the 450 (unit) mark. That’s up from this time last year. “I think it’s because the new-car stores are selling more cars, which is generating more trades. “Sales percentages are at 55 percent. “That’s about the same as this time last year. “We run probably 85 to 90 percent dealer consignment. That’s what it was this time last year. “(Non-dealer) cars are mostly repossessions. We get them from all over the state. “(Our repos) come from banks and credit unions. “The number of dealers in the lanes is staying

pretty consistent. “That’s probably around 225. “Our (bidders) come from all along the East Coast. “We (offer) all of our vehicles online. “That business is doing OK. “We’re probably selling 10 percent online. “We do not have a salvage sale. We don’t do any special sales (equipment, power sports, etc.). “(In terms of reconditioning and other services), dealers are pretty much doing the same as last year. “The average price in the lanes, the last I looked, was about $4,500. “That’s up a little bit from this time last year. “During an election year, which it is, there is an effect on business. “I’m already hearing from dealers that things have been slow. “So we’ll see. Hopefully, after the election, things will take right off again.”

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Doug Doll, owner/general manager, KCI Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.: “We opened up in 1978 in Elwood, Kan., as P & S Auto Auction. We’ve been in Kansas City since July 2008. “We have six lanes and we’re running all six. “Our volumes are up probably 25 percent over last year. “We’re running between 800 and 1,000 cars per week right now. “Our fleet business is up. We’ve added larger accounts. Plus our dealer business is up, too. “Our fleet business is up 50 cars a week sold over last year. Our dealer business is up 10 cars a week sold from last year. “For the year, we’re running about 61 percent (sold). That’s about the same as last year. “From January through July we were running 66 percent. We’ve dipped a little bit since then. “In the lanes, we’re av-

eraging between 500 and 600 bidders. That’s about the same as this time last year. “We get a lot of dealers from the Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo., areas, along with Wichita, Kan. We also draw from Omaha and Lincoln, Neb., as well as Des Moines, Iowa. We get Hispanic buyers from the El Paso, Texas, area. “Our online sales are probably up 25 percent in our online sales. “I believe the reason that’s up is that we started a condition report program in August of last year. We started doing full CRs on every car to hit the auction lanes. Now, we don’t do a mechanical CR, but a physical CR. We do a detailed CR from tire depth to dings, dents and scratches. Pictures are taken. By doing that, our online sales have jumped tremendously. That’s expanded the (bidding) area. Dealers from the East Coast and West Coast, for example, are buying a lot of dealer cars online. We weren’t getting that last

year at all. “We’re 60/40, between new-car trades and fleet/ lease/repo. “We also have a Kia sale and a Toyota Financial Services sale. The Kia factory sale is the third Thursday of the month. Our Toyota Financial sale is scheduled (at different times). We have our next one scheduled at our anniversary sale on Nov. 13. “We’re slowly seeing lease volumes come back. What I’m hearing is that there’s such a shortage of cars that the franchise dealers are buying them up before they come to auction. “Our average price coming through the lanes is $7,800. That’s up quite a bit from last year. “The last Thursday of the month is our heavy equipment sale. We do boom trucks, bucket trucks, etc., from local municipalities. Typically, we run about 40 to 50 (units). “GSA has run four times this year and we’ll run those sales when they have the volume.”

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23,696 21,322 2,374 30,285 3,103 22,245 4,821 87 29 0 1,719 11,826 2,095 5,450 4,281 76 11,902 67,526

17,861 16,050 1,811 25,999 2,098 19,312 4,109 328 152 1,281 8,837 1,711 4,052 3,074 27 8,864 53,978

203,631 184,219 19,412 285,362 27,778 208,730 47,160 1,289 405 1 15,439 108,127 20,570 49,885 37,672 461 108,588 612,560

170,397 153,965 16,432 258,177 20,494 192,957 39,061 3,721 1,944 11 13,756 91,050 18,880 42,047 30,123 219 91,269 533,391

16,244 3,165 11,363 1,938 28,959 6,163 7,657 4,854 3,513 98 4,079 88,033

18,059 174,731 3,099 30,926 8,367 104,141 863 15,599 26,972 268,211 5,657 56,217 5,927 71,253 2,917 35,973 2,994 32,271 64 579 3,103 33,888 78,022 823,789

189,458 31,534 86,247 8,535 281,019 54,585 57,389 25,112 27,864 579 26,974 789,296

Audi Bentley - EST. BMW Fiat Jaguar Land Rover Mercedes-Benz Smart MINI Porsche Volkswagen Maserati Volvo Car Total European

3,866 30 8,710 76 414 961 8,644 4 777 957 7,103 41 1,199 32,782

2,982 30 6,612 27 248 486 6,641 8 557 827 6,163 32 685 25,298

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157,298 1,744,548 1,586,977

Ford/Lincoln/Mercury Ford / Mercury Lincoln GM Buick Chevrolet GMC Oldsmobile Pontiac Saturn Hummer Cadillac Saturn through 2009 Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Chrysler Dodge Jeep Memo: Fiat Memo: Chrysler w. Fiat Total Domestics ASIAN

Honda Acura Nissan Infiniti Toyota Lexus Hyundai Kia Mazda Mitsubishi Suzuki Subaru Total Asian EUROPEAN

34,542 270 75,736 461 4,401 8,822 88,287 65 7,088 8,651 69,006 306 10,564 308,199

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2013 MODELS Domestic Cars Buick LaCrosse 4D Sedan Cadillac CTS 3.6 4D Sedan Chevrolet Cruze LS 4D Sedan Chevrolet Impala LS 4D Sedan Chrysler 300 base 4D Sedan Chrysler 200 Touring 4D Sedan Ford Focus SE 4D Sedan Ford Mustang base 2D Coupe Ford Taurus SEL 4D Sedan Lincoln MKS 4D Sedan Import Cars Acura TL base 4D Sedan BMW 3-Series 328i 4D Sedan BMW 7-Series 750Li 4D Sedan Honda Accord LX 4D Sedan Hyundai Sonata GLS 4D Sedan 2.4 Lexus ES 350 4D Luxury Sedan Mercedes-Benz E Class E350 4D Luxury Sedan Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4D Sedan Nissan Altima base 4D Sedan Nissan Altima S 4D Sedan 3.5 Nissan Sentra S 4D Sedan Toyota Camry LE 4D Sedan Toyota Corolla LE 4D Sedan Volkswagen Jetta SEL 4D Sedan Trucks BMW X3 XDrive28i 4D SAC Cadillac Escalade base 4D Utility AWD Cadillac SRX Luxury 4D Utility AWD Chevrolet Equinox LS 4D Utility FWD Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Ext Cab 4D Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4D Utility 4WD Dodge Grand Caravan SE Wagon Ford Edge SEL 4D Utility Ford Escape SEL 4D Utility 4WD Ford Explorer XLT 4D Utility 4WD Ford F150 XLT Supercab Ford Flex SEL 4D Utility Honda CR-V LX 4D Utility AWD Honda Odyssey LX Wagon Honda Pilot EX-L 4D Utility 4WD w/RES Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4D Utility 4WD

Oct-13 $23850 $28100 $13000 $13300 $19550 $13900 $13250 $18000 $19150 $28900 Oct-13 $27300 $32450 $70000 $17000 $14800 $34000 $41200 $12650 $15050 $19100 $12950 $16950 $13400 $16150 Oct-13 $36000 $49650 $32350 $19350 $21625 $32725 $17750 $22075 $22350 $28050 $22525 $22200 $19450 $21500 $29375 $26800

Apr-14 $21750 $26800 $12300 $12250 $20550 $13200 $12550 $16400 $17650 $24200 Apr-14 $24000 $29950 $70300 $17000 $14500 $31200 $37600 $11850 $14200 $17500 $12500 $16500 $13400 $16150 Apr-14 $33400 $46800 $29950 $17600 $20900 $30100 $15150 $21850 $20650 $28425 $21900 $20950 $18950 $20400 $29000 $24900

2012 MODELS Oct-14 $18950 $24400 $10300 $11550 $18000 $11800 $11600 $15200 $16350 $23650 Oct-14 $22500 $25650 $63300 $16100 $12850 $30800 $32100 $10900 $12300 $15600 $11800 $14300 $12150 $15200 Oct-14 $30000 $44500 $29800 $15750 $20600 $28200 $14000 $21800 $18200 $27000 $21300 $21700 $18900 $20850 $29300 $23900

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Apr-14 $13600 $18950 $9900 $9200 $15800 $10400 $9100 $13100 $13850 $22300 Apr-14 $19300 $19400 $42800 $12650 $11750 $22000 $27600 $9850 $10300 $11600 $9200 $12500 $10900 $13100 Apr-14 $26700 $38450 $23050 $18150 $12100 $17525 $23300 $11450 $18100 $13450 $24125 $18400 $17100 $15200 $15900 $24000

Oct-13 $21350 $24300 $11700 $11450 $17000 $12100 $12000 $15800 $17000 $23600 Oct-13 $24000 $26800 $56600 $14800 $13350 $29200 $35800 $11700 $12350 $13650 $11500 $14950 $11950 $14650 Oct-13 $32850 $46450 $28000 $20750 $16500 $20100 $29800 $15200 $21650 $16300 $27000 $20650 $19400 $17850 $19850 $27850

Apr-14 $19000 $22000 $10950 $11000 $17750 $11600 $10900 $14700 $15700 $20100 Apr-14 $21600 $25250 $53800 $14200 $13000 $25800 $31600 $10400 $11550 $12850 $10550 $14600 $12350 $14450 Apr-14 $29700 $42400 $26300 $19700 $13900 $19375 $27400 $14100 $20525 $16150 $26725 $20625 $20325 $17650 $17900 $27250

Oct-14 $16900 $20900 $9500 $9750 $15800 $10800 $10150 $13500 $15550 $19700 Oct-14 $20300 $23700 $46900 $13000 $11650 $23900 $27400 $10000 $10850 $12150 $10100 $12900 $11250 $13250 Oct-14 $27100 $39500 $25550 $20550 $12900 $19300 $27200 $12500 $19800 $14000 $24800 $20000 $20300 $17250 $18750 $27000

Projected Figures Oct-15 Oct-16 $14700 $12800 $16800 $14325 $7925 $6875 $8325 $7375 $12425 $10650 $8750 $7400 $8300 $7100 $11700 $10450 $12500 $10800 $17125 $14925 Oct-15 Oct-16 $16950 $14575 $18225 $15200 $37450 $31875 $11200 $9950 $9300 $7875 $19975 $17600 $23550 $19700 $8275 $7000 $9200 $8000 $10225 $8875 $8125 $7050 $10925 $9625 $8925 $7825 $11600 $9925 Oct-15 Oct-16 $21600 $18350 $33175 $28300 $21300 $18675 $17250 $15100 $10050 $8400 $16750 $14800 $22300 $19625 $9150 $7350 $15100 $12950 $11225 $9550 $19600 $16600 $16125 $13875 $15200 $12875 $13675 $12100 $15125 $13175 $21925 $19125

Oct-14 $11250 $13400 $5800 $7750 $11150 $7100 $7500 $10800 $12400 $15400 Oct-14 $16400 $14300 $31250 $10000 $7500 $17400 $21200 $7600 $8400 $9700 $7500 $9950 $8500 $9600 Oct-14 $21400 $32450 $19350 $16650 $9425 $16600 $21300 $9700 $13000 $10200 $14000 $16000 $13600 $12650 $11800 $19300

Projected Figures Oct-15 Oct-16 $9200 $7925 $10350 $8625 $4675 $4050 $6150 $5250 $8925 $7600 $4900 $3900 $5875 $4925 $8975 $7825 $9425 $7825 $12200 $9950 Oct-15 Oct-16 $12675 $10475 $12075 $10100 $26225 $21950 $8550 $7400 $6275 $5175 $14750 $12550 $16075 $12950 $5675 $4725 $6800 $5800 $7625 $6475 $5975 $5075 $8150 $7150 $6600 $5750 $7975 $6750 Oct-15 Oct-16 $16400 $13625 $24625 $20150 $15175 $12525 $13300 $11600 $6775 $5625 $13175 $11475 $16600 $13975 $6225 $4875 $10450 $8925 $7775 $6475 $10925 $8850 $11725 $10025 $10375 $8950 $10325 $9075 $10125 $8575 $15500 $13050


2011 MODELS Domestic Cars Buick LaCrosse CX 4D Sedan Cadillac DTS 4D Sedan Chevrolet Cruze LS 4D Sedan Chevrolet Impala LS 4D Sedan Chrysler 300 base 4D Sedan Chrysler 200 Touring 4D Sedan Ford Focus SE 4D Sedan Ford Mustang base 2D Coupe Ford Taurus SEL 4D Sedan Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited 4D Sedan Import Cars Acura TL base 4D Sedan BMW 3-Series 328i 4D Sedan BMW 7-Series 750Li 4D Sedan Honda Accord LX 4D Sedan Hyundai Sonata GLS 4D Sedan 2.4 Lexus ES 350 4D Luxury Sedan Mercedes-Benz E Class E350 4D Luxury Sedan Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4D Sedan Nissan Altima base 4D Sedan Nissan Altima S 4D Sedan Nissan Sentra base 4D Sedan Toyota Camry LE 4D Sedan Toyota Corolla LE 4D Sedan Volkswagen Jetta SEL 4D Sedan Trucks BMW X3 XDrive28i 4D SAC Cadillac Escalade base 4D Utility AWD Cadillac SRX Luxury 4D Utility AWD Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab 4WD Z85 Chevrolet Equinox LS 4D Utility FWD Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Ext Cab 4D Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4D Utility 4WD Dodge Grand Caravan Express Wagon Ford Edge SEL 4D Utility Ford Escape XLT 4D Utility 4WD Ford Explorer XLT 4D Utility 4WD Ford F150 XLT Supercab Ford Flex SEL 4D Utility Honda CR-V LX 4D Utility 4WD Honda Odyssey LX Wagon Honda Pilot EX-L 4D Utility 4WD w/RES

Domestic Cars Buick LaCrosse 4D Sedan Cadillac CTS 3.6 4D Sedan Chevrolet Cruze LS 4D Sedan Chevrolet Impala LS 4D Sedan Chrysler 300 base 4D Sedan Chrysler 200 Touring 4D Sedan Ford Focus SE 4D Sedan Ford Mustang base 2D Coupe Ford Taurus SEL 4D Sedan Lincoln MKS 4D Sedan Import Cars Acura TL base 4D Sedan BMW 3-Series 328i 4D Sedan BMW 7-Series 750Li 4D Sedan Honda Accord LX 4D Sedan Hyundai Sonata GLS 4D Sedan 2.4 Lexus ES 350 4D Luxury Sedan Mercedes-Benz E Class E350 4D Luxury Sedan Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4D Sedan Nissan Altima base 4D Sedan Nissan Altima S 4D Sedan Nissan Sentra base 4D Sedan Toyota Camry LE 4D Sedan Toyota Corolla LE 4D Sedan Volkswagen Jetta SEL 4D Sedan Trucks BMW X3 XDrive28i 4D SAC Cadillac Escalade base 4D Utility AWD Cadillac SRX Luxury 4D Utility AWD Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab 4WD Z85 Chevrolet Equinox LS 4D Utility FWD Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Ext Cab 4D Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4D Utility 4WD Dodge Grand Caravan SE Wagon Ford Edge SEL 4D Utility Ford Escape XLT 4D Utility 4WD Ford Explorer XLT 4D Utility 4WD Ford F150 XLT Supercab Ford Flex SEL 4D Utility Honda CR-V LX 4D Utility AWD Honda Odyssey LX Wagon Honda Pilot EX-L 4D Utility 4WD w/RES

Oct-14 $12200 $16900 $8850 $8550 $14100 $9900 $8250 $12100 $13600 $19650 Oct-14 $18350 $17750 $37800 $11450 $10450 $20350 $23800 $8800 $9550 $10850 $9100 $11250 $9800 $11600 Oct-14 $24950 $34700 $22650 $18550 $11050 $17900 $24400 $11100 $16600 $12150 $22400 $18000 $17400 $14500 $15850 $23450

Projected Figures Oct-15 Oct-16 $10600 $9200 $12525 $10525 $7025 $6025 $7125 $6200 $10700 $9075 $7525 $6325 $6925 $5875 $10575 $9425 $10700 $9075 $15200 $12575 Oct-15 Oct-16 $14700 $12600 $14175 $11975 $31100 $26300 $9800 $8625 $7900 $6600 $17425 $15350 $19500 $16025 $6725 $5650 $7900 $6800 $8850 $7575 $6975 $6000 $9375 $8350 $7875 $6850 $9250 $7875 Oct-15 Oct-16 $18775 $15700 $28175 $23775 $18075 $15450 $15125 $13175 $8225 $6775 $14850 $13125 $19450 $16850 $7900 $6300 $12675 $10825 $9575 $8075 $16550 $13875 $13575 $11700 $12700 $10825 $11850 $10475 $12650 $10950 $18725 $15925

Domestic Cars Buick LaCrosse CX 4D Sedan Cadillac DTS 4D Sedan Chevrolet Cobalt LS 4D Sedan Chevrolet Impala LS 4D Sedan Chrysler 300 Touring 4D Sedan Chrysler Sebring Touring 4D Sedan Ford Focus SE 4D Sedan Ford Mustang base 2D Coupe Ford Taurus SEL 4D Sedan Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited 4D Sedan Import Cars Acura TL base 4D Sedan BMW 3-Series 328i 4D Sedan BMW 7-Series 750Li 4D Sedan Honda Accord LX 4D Sedan Hyundai Sonata GLS 4D Sedan Lexus ES 350 4D Luxury Sedan Mercedes-Benz E Class E350 4D Luxury Sedan Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4D Sedan Nissan Altima base 4D Sedan Nissan Altima S 4D Sedan Nissan Sentra base 4D Sedan Toyota Camry LE 4D Sedan Toyota Corolla LE 4D Sedan Volkswagen Jetta SEL 4D Sedan Trucks BMW X3 XDrive30i 4D SAV Cadillac Escalade base 4D Utility AWD Cadillac SRX Luxury 4D Utility AWD Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab 4WD Z85 Chevrolet Equinox LS 4D Utility FWD Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Ext Cab 4D Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4D Utility 4WD Dodge Grand Caravan SE Wagon Ford Edge SEL 4D Utility Ford Escape XLT 4D Utility 4WD Ford Explorer XLT 4D Utility 4WD Ford F150 XLT Supercab Ford Flex SEL 4D Utility Honda CR-V LX 4D Utility 4WD Honda Odyssey LX Wagon Honda Pilot EX-L 4D Utility 4WD w/RES

Oct-13 $13700 $17900 $7250 $8700 $12900 $8650 $8750 $12350 $13500 $17200 Oct-13 $19400 $18350 $38150 $11900 $8600 $22200 $28000 $9050 $9800 $11100 $9400 $11650 $9400 $11650 Oct-13 $24600 $36800 $23550 $17450 $12275 $17400 $22825 $11000 $17200 $12700 $16850 $16300 $17425 $14250 $13850 $21850

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Disconnected Jottings From Tony Moorby... (This is the second part of a three part series.) The foods available to Londoners back in the ‘50s would h a v e suited today’s “locavores.” T h e y w e r e produced Tony a n d Moorby grown locally and brought to market overnight for sale the next day. Virtually every town or city (there had to be a cathedral to qualify as a city) had its own market square or a main street that was restricted from traffic during market day. To a great extent, they went away with the advent of supermarkets but they’re making a very successful comeback. The food was plain, prepared with little imagination, but of great quality. Welsh spring lamb was and still is some of the best in the world. Pigs from Leicestershire were fatty and flavorful

and those breeds have now been introduced all over the world. Cattle grazed on some of the lushest pastures anywhere produced ‘the roast beef of old England’ and Black Angus cattle are still highly prized. Dairy products were equally good. Milk, in three separate categories, was delivered to the doorstep every morning by the milkman driving his horse and cart. There was “silver top,” which was everyday whole milk; “blue top,” which had more cream that rose to the top of the bottle; and “gold top,” which was produced by Jersey and Guernsey cows in the Channel Isles with thick yellow cream taking up about a third of a pint bottle – artery clogger in a bottle but poured over porridge (oatmeal) or Weetabix at breakfast, it set you up for the day. Some of the cheapest, and therefore most popular, food was fish. Of course, being surrounded by the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel, it was plentiful. Most coastal villages had


their own hard-working fishing port or marina. Nowadays they provide the bucolic backdrop for a healthy tourism industry or trendy TV series. Cod, haddock, plaice and skate (a small ray) were the stuff of every day, typically fried, especially on Fridays for Catholics, but the abundance of other seafood was taken for granted. Briny shrimp, or larger prawns, crab, lobster, cockles and whelks, mussels and clams were regular fair for most families. The displays at the wet fishmongers’ shops were eye-popping and smelled of the sea. All food retailers took tremendous pride in “setting the stall out,” an oldfashioned expression that referred to transforming the market cart into a stall to sell the goods. The butcher would hang everything from chickens and pheasant to a whole side of beef. A split hog would hover over fresh-cut chops and joints of meat, tied and ready for the oven. Even tripe and brains looked appetizing.

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the pairs of birds anywhere from a couple of days for ‘fresh’ to three weeks for ‘green’ – a reference to the sheen that the skin adopted before rotting. Robin would take a Bunsen burner to the insides to rid the carcass of maggots. A green bird could be tugged from the string around its neck in a simple decapitation. The whole affair sounds revolting, I admit. But cooked at a sufficiently high temperature for safety, the taste is unforgettably delicious. I don’t suppose the FDA would support such commerce these days. The rest of Robin’s time was spent keeping the store sparkling clean.

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Greengrocers, too, went to great lengths to make everything look attractive – pyramids of apples, oranges and pears were enhanced by squares of crinkled, colored, crepe paper under each piece of fruit; a different color every day. My twin brother, Robin, had a Saturday job at the butcher’s shop. He rode a heavy bike with a huge pannier at the front holding packages of customers’ orders to be delivered around the neighborhood in the morning. In the afternoon, he helped in the small slaughterhouse at the back, stripping feathers from chickens, geese and other fowl. During the pheasant season they’d hang


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