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Credit Acceptance Corp. announced consolidated net income of $71.5 million for the three months ended March 31, compared to consolidated net income of $49.8 million for the same period in 2014.

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Consumer Portfolio Services Inc. entered into a new twoyear revolving credit agreement with Fortress Credit Co., LLC. The new agreement replaces a revolving credit agreement that CPS has used since December 2010.

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TO THE SERVICE SHOP?: Millions of vehicles, like this Ford Fiesta, will be spending time in service shops thanks to the high number of recalls issued in the past year. The federal government and industry officials are seeking ways to increase recall completion rates.

Both the federal government and an industry group are looking at ways to improve recall completion rates. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hosted its Re-

tooling Recalls event, a oneday workshop that brought together leading transportation officials, automotive industry representatives, safety advocates, and researchers to examine the topic. “Recalls are only success-

ful and can only save lives if they end up getting the cars fixed, but we know that 20 percent of vehicles that are recalled – and possibly more than that – go unrepaired,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This is a safety risk to the drivers

of those vehicles and all the people they share the road with, too.” NHTSA marked a record year in 2014, with the highest number of vehicle recalls in more than three decades. There were 803 vehicle reContinued on page 10

Dealer Jailed for Using Certificate to Dodge Sales Tax By Sheila McGrath

A 60-year-old used-car dealer in suburban Baton Rouge was arrested on charges that he used his Louisiana Revenue Department resale certificate to avoid paying sales tax on two classic cars. Joseph Wayne Leone, of Metairie, was jailed April 7 on felony charges of theft, injuring public records and failing to account for state tax monies. The charges arose out of two transactions, but Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission Executive Director Derek Parnell said further investigation into Leone’s activities is underway, and more charges are pending.

Investigators with the Louisiana Department of Revenue allege that Leone bought a 2006 Ferrari from a Florida dealer using his state resale certificate, which allows sales-tax exempt purchases of items intended for resale to customers. He bought the Ferrari for $124,000, but when he registered it with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, he listed a taxable value of $5,000. He then sold it to himself for that amount, paying $479.75 in state sales tax. State officials say he owes $6,885.48 in taxes, penalties and interest. “Our anti-fraud initiative with the Department of Revenue has resulted in dozens of arrests of individuals whose actions negatively impact the hard-working taxpayers of Louisiana,” Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said in a statement.

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Family Car-Selling Tradition Began During World War I By Jenny King

Cars have been a part of Robbie Collier’s family ever since his great-grandparents Josiah and Matilda Collier bought a Maxwell back in 1902 - the first car in Wayne County, N.C . Josiah Collier became an agent handling Fords and Studebakers during World War I.

Grandfather David Collier sold Willys-Knights and Whippets at his dealership in Pikeville before the Great Depression wiped out his business. More recently the Collier name was fixed to Rambler Motors and Collier American Sales, and Collier Motors AMC. “My father, Bobby Collier, opened a Nash dealership

in the family’s automotive garage in 1954, after working a few years at Western Electric and Blalock Chevrolet,” said Robbie Collier. Today Collier runs Collier Motors, a used car dealership outside Pikeville, a town of about 700 in east central North Carolina. Collier Motors’ reputation as a

source of collectible AMC products and parts has put the tiny burg on the map for old car enthusiasts from around the globe as well as for those who just want to have a look at a business that resists the march of time. The Collier inventory, spread over a large piece of land with one building and a trailer, numbers some 300

vehicles, Robbie Collier said. The dealership sells 25 to 30 cars a year. Several are restorable. Many are better suited to parting out, though Collier prefers to keep them intact. “Everything is for sale here,” Collier said. “We have two decent AMXs and three or four that are restorable. Continued on page 6

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In 1954, after a brief stint in the Navy and having worked a few years at Western Electric and Blalock Chevrolet, Bobby Collier, opened a Nash dealership in the family’s automotive garage. They moved from downtown Pikeville in 1973 into the current location.

In the Forties, Bobby’s first car was a 1929 Plymouth Roadster.

During the Great Depression the dealership went broke and started from scratch again.

David Collier had a Willys Overland dealership in Pikeville in the Twenties. He sold Willys-Knights and Whippets.

In the 1915 era, Josiah was an agent to sell Fords and Studebakers as featured in the local school’s yearbook.

Josiah and Matilda Collier had the first car in the county, a 1902 Maxwell.

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Average Used Vehicle Transaction Prices Continue to Rise Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) fell 0.5 percent in March. March’s decline pushed the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to a reading of 124.5, which was virtually identical to its year-ago reading of 124.4. Although wholesale prices fell in the final two months, the average level for the first quarter was 1.6 percent higher than the fourth quarter of last year and 1.3 percent above the year-ago quarter. Wholesale pricing has remained slightly above trend level due to continued strong profit opportunities on the subsequent retail sale. The seasonally adjusted annual selling rate bounced back in March from a weather-dampened 16.2 million pace in February. March’s strength was concentrated in foreign nameplates due to higher incentives (possibly allowed by exchange rate movements) and the closeout of the fiscal year for Japanese companies. Average transaction prices continue to rise across the

board (up 3.5 percent over the past year to $33,280, according to Kelley Blue Book), and incentive spending was flat in March (down for domestic brands, and up for foreign nameplates). “On the used inventory side, it will be important to see if dealers placed the right money on the slightly higher-than-expected number of trade-ins they received in March,” said Manheim chief economist Tom Webb. “Auction activity in the coming weeks will tell that story.” Retail used unit sales by franchised and independent dealers appear to have been level with a year ago both in March and for the quarter, Webb said. Dealers retailing units in the $18,000 and above range did better than those selling lowerend units. CarMax posted a strong 7 percent increase in same-store retail used unit volumes and an average transaction price of $19,297 for their fiscal quarter ending Feb. 28. Manufacturer CPO sales also continued their record pace, up 8 percent in March

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a year ago. Pricing for rental risk units eases from a year ago. Auction prices for rental risk units sold in March jumped up from February, but the seasonal movement was less than last year’s spike. As a result, prices – although still strong – were down 4.2 percent from a year ago, adjusting for mile-

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Collier - Continued from page 3 “Those include an AMX that once belonged to the late (Arizona) Senator Barry Goldwater,� Collier said. When Collier learned the Goldwater car was for sale, he and his father Bobbie flew out to California, bought the AMX and drove it back to Pikeville. “We bought the Goldwater car a couple of years before the Senator’s death - around 1995,� Robbie said. “I contacted his office because I had read he had a stroke, and concluded that if he still had the car, he probably wasn’t driving it.� Goldwater’s staff put the Colliers in touch with the Senator’s family in California. “After about a month of negotiations we struck a deal on the car and bought round trip tickets to Los Angeles to see it and finish paying for it,� Collier said. John Holt, the grandson, lived in Newport Beach, Ca. The Colliers were very impressed with the condition of the AMX. “We decided it was worth a try driving it back home,� Collier said. “The car gave us no trouble except for a fuel pump around Mississippi,� said Collier. “We also drove the car to Daytona for the 30th anniversary of the AMX, where they graciously let us lead a procession of cars in a lap around the track The Goldwater AMX is one of the few vehicles to find sanctuary in a building. The lot’s trailer, Collier said, serves as his business office. Remaining inventory must take its chances outside. Although they are subject to the vagaries of weather in east central North Carolina, some have fared well enough. Collier said the business had a 1977 AMX on the front line for 20 years. When it eventually was gassed up, the car was driveable.

“We get calls every day about AMCs,� Collier said. His sales are not limited to that make, he said. Last fall he sold two Nash-Healey coupes. “One was very nice, the other wasn’t,� he said. “We still have a Nash-Healey roadster and a Nash-Healey parts car.� Collier Motors once sold a yellow hydrogen-powered Gremlin that had been modified by Barris Customs. It had been in the Harrah collection, he said. “It had a 351 Ford engine in it and about 3,000 miles on it,� Collier said. It was built for an alternative fuels competition. “There was a problem with water collecting in the engine compartment, he said. Other unusual cars from the past have found their way to the lot. Those include: a 1984 K-5 Blazer with removable hardtop; a 1962 Ford Ranchero that Bobbie Collier put an axle on only a couple of years ago; an AMC Rebel convertible, and a 1970 Mark Donahue Javelin. “We actually sold that Javelin to a little old lady, but it was too much (power) for her and someone bought it from her,� he said. Collier, who years ago sold a 1967 GTO to finance his wedding and honeymoon, works full time for UPS, leaving few hours for the car business. Even so, inquiries and visitors continue to find their ways into the dealership. Collier continues to buy vehicles he figures people want to own and restore. Honda coupes and older VWs, he said True, many of his products are not in the best condition, but, he said, they have not been relegated to the scrap yard. But for Collier Motors, “many of these cars would be crushed by now,� he said.

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TECHNOLOGY, EFFICIENCY NEEDED TO BOOST MARKET SHARE By Ted Craig

Following the same process will not bring the same results. That is the message of this year’s National Alliance of Buy-Here, Pay-Here Dealers conference.

The deep subprime market has become very competitive in the past 18 months, said NABD founder Ken Shilson. The quest for yield has flooded subprime lenders and credit unions with cash and they have gone

deeper into the credit pool. This costs buy-here, payhere dealers some of their best customers. Some of the inflow of cash has reached the buy-here, pay-here business, of course. Shilson said there is still considerable interest from pri-

vate equity firms and hedge funds to provide capital. One of the key lessons being taught this year is how to maximize cash flow to take advantage of opportunities. Shilson said the focus of

this year’s conference is winning back that market share and using technology to improve efficiencies. “Dealers are reluctant to change, but they’re going to have to,” Shilson said. An example of how dealers must change is their approach to tax season. Today’s tax season is much shorter. Dealers can no longer expect to sell a majority of their vehicles at the start of the year. The highlight of the event will be a panel of all the living members of the NABD Hall of Fame, including this

year’s inductee, Don Foss. “This is the time we really need them to share their thoughts,” Shilson said. These are the type of operators who have created the biggest change Shilson has seen since the first con-

ference in 1998 - the growing respectability of buy-here, pay-here. “Do we still need to make progress?” Shilson said. “Absolutely. But I’m very proud of what the industry has achieved.”

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Recalls - Continued From Page 1 calls involving 63.9 million vehicles, including two of the ten largest vehicle recalls in history. The Retooling Recalls workshop focused on public education of the recall process; customer and dealership outreach; parts production challenges and recall repair rates. The input gathered by the working groups will be used to identify best practices and new approaches for improving the recall process.

rates, and we brought everyone to the table to help spread those lessons and develop new approaches to the recall process.” Meanwhile, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers announced research is in development to help improve recall completion rates through a better understanding of the actions of vehicle owners upon receiving a recall notice. Currently, the average completion

“To keep Americans safe, the problems we find have to get fixed.” Mark Rosekind “While NHTSA has worked hard to improve our processes for identifying vehicle safety defects, simply identifying problems isn’t enough. To keep Americans safe, the problems we find have to get fixed,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “Recent high-profile recalls have taught us important lessons about the obstacles to higher completion

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City Amends Rules on Price Displays The New York City Council has amended the city’s administrative code to require that price displays advertising a used car for sale at a car dealership accurately reflect the total selling price of the vehicle, exclusive of any taxes or fees for securing a registration or certificate of title. This change is designed so that an advertised price that attracts a customer into a dealership reflects the complete price of the vehicle being advertised. The bill would require that the price be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle or on a sign displayed alongside the vehicle. In addition to requiring clear dis-

play of the total selling price of the vehicle, the change requires that the dealership display the costs of any add-on products that are available for purchase with the used car and disclose that the purchase of such add-on products is optional. A first offense violation of this law would be subject to a penalty of $500. A second offense committed within one year of the first offense would be subject to a penalty of up to $750. A third or other subsequent offense committed within one year of the first offense would be subject to a penalty of up to $1,000. The local law will take effect 120 days after enactment.

Dealer Fined over Mailers to Military A Tennessee auto dealer has agreed to immediately change its advertising practices and pay the State of Tennessee $50,000 following a marketing campaign aimed at service members. The agreement between Wholesale Inc. and state agencies centers around two advertising mailers sent to would-be customers. One of the mailers specifically targeted service members living near Fort Campbell. After reviewing a service member’s complaint filed at Fort Campbell, the state alleged that

the defendant made numerous false representations in violation of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act. According to the state, a fictitious lender called “CreditAble Auto Funding,” which claimed to be “by military, for military” was offering a limited amount of loans to military personnel. Under the settlement, Wholesale Inc. is required to maintain proof to support all advertising claims and will be required to include the company name on all advertisements sent to consumers.

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Feds Side with Toyota in Acceleration Case DETROIT (AP) - U.S. safety regulators have rejected a Rhode Island man’s request for an investigation into low-speed unintended acceleration problems with Toyota Corolla compact cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents posted on its website, said it put over 2,000 miles on a 2010 Corolla owned by Bob Ruginis, of Bristol, R.I. But the agency’s Ohio test lab could not find any problems with the throttle or transmission systems. The lab also found that the brakes could keep the car stationary even at full throttle. The decision is a victory for Toyota, which has been dogged by complaints of unwanted acceleration since 2009. The complaints brought investigations and recalls totaling 10 million vehicles, as well as multiple lawsuits and a $1.2 billion penalty for hiding information from NHTSA. Most of the recalls were for faulty brakes, sticky gas pedals and floor mats that could trap the accelerator. But allegations of problems with its electronic throttle controls lingered. Ruginis, an engineer who specializes in consumer electronics, petitioned the agency in September 2014 seeking an investigation of

nearly 1.7 million 2006-10 Corollas. He alleged that the Corolla driven by his wife, Kathy, surged at low speeds several times, and a Toyota dealer couldn’t find the cause. In June 2014, the Corolla surged as Kathy Ruginis was making a slow right turn into a street parking space in Bristol, and crashed into an unoccupied Jeep, Bob Ruginis said. The brakes, he said, failed to stop the car in time to prevent a crash. No one was hurt. He said the car’s event-data recorder showed the gas pedal was in the idle position when the car crashed, yet the speed at impact was 7.5 miles per hour. But NHTSA said the recorder showed the brakes didn’t come on until immediately after impact, and that even though the data recorder didn’t show it, it was possible that the gas pedal had been depressed. Testing showed that short and rapid pressing of the gas pedal might not be recorded, the agency said. “Vehicle testing demonstrated that acceleration would not occur if the brake pedal had been applied with any meaningful force,” NHTSA’s investigators wrote. Investigators also checked 163 similar unwanted acceleration complaints filed with NHTSA involving Corollas but found that in most cases, drivers pressed the gas instead of

the brake, pressed both the gas and brake, or braked too late. Ruginis also alleged that computer software problems unearthed by an expert witness in an Oklahoma City lawsuit could have caused the Corolla to accelerate unexpectedly. But NHTSA rejected that as well, saying the computer in Ruginis’ Corolla was made by a different company from the one in the Oklahoma City case and used different software. The agency also rejected an assertion by Michael Barr, the expert witness in the case, that Toyota’s engine control computer could

become overloaded and cause the throttle to stick. Barr said he caused the fault to happen in software testing. But NHTSA said neither its Ohio research center, nor Toyota, nor the maker of the computer controls has been able to identify conditions needed to cause the fault or reproduce it in vehicle testing. Ruginis said he had not yet evaluated the NHTSA documents, but said the lab tested his Corolla at colder temperatures than the 74 degrees at the time of his wife’s crash. Barr also said he was evaluating the documents.

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He also said he was worried the same person has access to Hernandez’s money. He declined to name anyone who may have control of Hernandez’s assets. Sheff said he plans to subpoena witnesses to testify under oath about the Hummer and other assets in the wrongful death lawsuit proceedings. Hernandez’s lawyer, Michael Fee, did not return a message seeking comment. Hernandez is serving a life sentence. Police seized the Hummer after they found it parked at an apartment Hernandez rented in Franklin. Inside, police found a magazine for .45-caliber ammunition, the same caliber as the gun used to kill Lloyd. The murder weapon was never found. But the judge threw the magazine out as evidence and would not allow it to be used at trial. She allowed the vehicle to be returned to Hernandez in December, not long before his case went to trial. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancÊe. The motive for the crime has never been explained. Hernandez is still facing two counts of murder in Boston, where he is accused of gunning down two men in 2012.

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Dealer Busted for Clocking A Missouri used-car dealer was ordered to pay $94,416.29 to 45 consumer victims of an odometer scam. An investigation by the attorney general’s office, the Missouri Department of Revenue and the Office of Odometer Fraud in the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found Ashley Bolton misrepresented the actual mileage of vehicles offered for sale by his Excel Auto Group in 2011 and 2012. Last year, Bolton pled guilty to two class D felony unlawful merchandising practices charges, admitting to misrepresenting the mileage on two vehicles. In January, Bolton was sentenced to four years in the Department of Cor-

rections, with the sentence suspended pursuant to completion of a five-year term of supervised probation and completion of 30-days shock incarceration in the Greene County Jail. The terms of his probation include paying restitution, suspending any involvement in automobile auctions, prohibit acting as a licensed automobile dealer or an agent for a licensed automobile dealer, and having no involvement in automobile title transfers. The defendant was taken into custody April 27 to begin serving his 30-day shock incarceration. Failure to meet the terms of probation could result in the execution of the prison sentence.

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LAS VEGAS – In the struggling economy, customer retention remains critical for buy-here, payhere dealers, said a moderator during the recent Buy-Here, Pay-Here World Convention. Dave Brotherton, a twenty group moderator with the Leedom Group said customer interaction; vehicle repairs and a proactive effort to retain customers are critical to success in this market. Brotherton said the issue of retaining customers in today’s buy-here, pay-here marketplace is a common question in his twenty groups. “We lose accounts,” he said, “and lately we’ve been losing accounts at a higher rate. Why? What are some of the underlying causes?” The answer that pops up frequently is the subprime lending business. Brotherton said subprime has eaten into the buy-here, pay-here market and hurt its dealers. It results in voluntary surrenders – where a customer brings the car back and walks away, or payoffs, where a customer goes to another dealer and trades for another car. Subprime is “the 800-pound gorilla in the room,” Brotherton said. Banks are buying deep and it’s not going to change tomorrow, he said.

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Dealers have to prepare the worst and address the problem from that vantage point. “Assume that you’re under siege,” Brotherton said. “But the question is, what can we do about it?” Some things are hard to fight. A customer may just find a subprime dealer that can fund a better car than a buy-here, pay-here dealer can. Brotheton said it’s hard to fight it when a customer can get a better car for close to the same payment. “Buying another car somewhere else is very easy,” he said. “(Plus) customers think there are no consequences for turning a car in.” He calls it a “rental car” mentality. Brotherton believes that in many cases, these situations may involve an undisclosed mechanical problem. Part of the problem is that with electronic payments and other advances, customers are not in front of dealers anymore. They are at “arms-length” which hurts the relationship. Brotherton said the dealer often doesn’t even remember the customer – typically, because that customer was probably a good paying customer. “The collectors didn’t know who they were because they paid on time,” he said. “So we lose a car

Photo by Jeffrey Bellant CUSTOMER SERVICE: Dave Brotherton, of The Leedom Group, discusses the importance of customer retantion for the buy-here, pay-here market during a recent conference.

from a customer that we can least afford to lose.” Dealers don’t know their customers until one surrenders their car and walks away. They have to change that, Brotherton said. “There is no substitute for that weekly face-to-face, eye-to-eye contact that we used to take for granted,” he said. “We don’t see our

customers any more. “As a rule, we only talk to customers who have a problem in the (repair) shop or they’re late on their payments.” Very rarely has Brotherton found a dealership that has regular faceto-face interactions with their good-paying customers. Continued on next page

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Mike Turner, owner, Turner Auto Sales, Greenwood, Miss.: “I’ve been in business for 31 years. “We have two locations, both in Greenwood. “We carry about 150 (vehicles). We’ll buy them from wholesalers and we go to auctions. “We sell around 500 cars a year. “We might be a little ahead of this time last year. “We sell buy-here, payhere. We’ve got two finance companies that we use and we use local banks, too. “Buy-here, pay-here makes up about 25 percent of our business. That’s pretty consistent. We’ll take as little as 10 percent down all the way up to 30 percent. It depends on the car price and on the customer. “In-house deals are usually about 24 months (term length). Longer terms would be for higher-priced cars, but then I’d want to do them through a finance

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company. I don’t want to be calling for 40 months on a car. “I’m going to say the average mileage is going to be around 100,000. We have some lower and we have some higher. The range may be 80,000 to 120,000. It’s what you find nowadays. If you get a three-year-old car it may have 100,000 miles. “My regular sales (cars) will be anything from 2002 up to 2012 or 2013. “I used to sell a lot more cars than trucks. But then SUVs started taking over. So we probably sell 30 percent cars, 40 percent SUVs and about 30 percent trucks. “On cars, we carry a lot more imports. On trucks, I usually sell more domestics. “As far as reconditioning, we probably spend $400 or $500 once we get the car here. It’s getting higher every year because parts have gotten so stupid high. “For advertising, we’re on about five radio (stations), we’re on the Internet and we’re in Tradewinds (classi-

fied) magazine. We do a lot of advertising. “I’m noticing that fourdoor pickups are strong right now. When it comes to buy-here, pay-here financing, you usually don’t have any trouble with somebody that buys a pickup. They pay their truck payments a lot better (than the car buyers). “I recently sold a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche. It had 157,000 miles. We financed that for $9,995.�

 

Kim Bradshaw, owner, First Nations Auto Sales, Burlington, N.C.: “I’ve been here since 1997, but I’ve owned it since 2008. “We have one lot. We normally try to keep about 60 cars. That’s about the same as last year. “Mainly, we get our cars from dealer-only auctions. We don’t go to public sales. “We average about 30 (sales) a month. That’s the same (pace) as last year. “Tax season was pretty good. The last couple of

$"% !(&( !!#' years have not been as good as they used to be, though. But it was pretty decent this year. “We do everything from buy-here, pay-here to bank financing. “I’d say we do about 40 percent buy-here, pay-here, 10 to 15 percent would be prime financing and the balance would be subprime. That hasn’t really changed from last year. “On buy-here, pay-here, we get a minimum $1,000 down. Term lengths are usually 24 to 36 months. “We use starter-interrupt and GPS devices on our buy-here, pay-here cars. We’ve done that for the last 10 years. It’s helped a lot. “Average model years are four to five years old. For mileage, we try to stay under 125,000. “I used to be one who wouldn’t buy high-mileage stuff. When I say ‘high mileage,’ I’m saying 150,000 or 170,000. I would not touch it. “But I noticed that some

of my competitors were buying those higher mileage cars at the auctions. So I’m thinking, ‘If they’re buying them and they’re selling them, then I can buy them and sell them.’ You’ve got to compete. “I carry about 60 percent cars and 40 percent trucks and SUVs. “Most of my (vehicles) are domestics. “When a car comes in, I add $500 across the board to cover (reconditioning). It might be low compared to a lot of dealers I talk to. We do that work in-house. “Our service department does outside work, as well. It is doing really well. In fact, our stuff is probably being put on the backburner because we’re so busy with outside work. “We have our own website. We also use Cars.com and the local newspaper. “Small SUVs are doing well right now. “We sold a 2005 Buick LeSabre and it had 70,000 miles. I sold it for $7,400.�

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Doug Doll, owner/general manager, KCI Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.: “We opened up in Kansas City 2008, but we’ve been in business for 36 years. “We’re running six lanes. Our volumes have been good. We’re running between 800 and 1,000 cars a week. That’s up from last year. We’ve added some national fleet accounts. We’re also getting a lot more dealer business. “Percentages are holding firm. “I’m going to say we get between 500 and 600 dealers. That’s up from last year. I think it’s because we have a little bit better consignment coming in now. We’ve got more new-car trades. We’ve also picked up the Toyota Financial account and are selling those once a month. That’s a big boost for us. “We also have the Kia factory sale which has helped tremendously. “On May 21, we’re going

to run Kia and Toyota on the same day. It’s a big sale. That’s a first. We typically run Toyota on the second Thursday and Kia on the third Thursday. “We also have Westlake Financial, Caprock, Consumer Portfolio Services, Avis and Hertz. And we sell for ARI and TitleMax. TitleMax is a big customer of ours. “We are probably 65 to 35 split between dealer and (commercial/fleet) business. “Our local retail dealers’ business has been decent, not great. But they have still been up from last year’s numbers. The buyhere, pay-here business was very good in the first quarter, dropped back in April, but is coming back strong now. “It was a steady tax season. We didn’t see the big spike like we normally have seen. “We also have an equipment sale on the last Thursday of the month. They can be anything from bucket

trucks and backhoes to digger derricks or box trucks. We’re run between 40 and 60 a month. “The average price (of our regular sale) is right around $7,500. “I think the volumes are going to be up this year around 15 percent. We’re up about 30 cars a week compared to last year. I think conversion rates are going to be a little bit tougher. “Online sales are way up over the last two years. We’re actually doing condition reports on every car that hits our lot. Our online sales have gone up tremendously since we’ve done that. “Minivans were soft in March, but they started coming back a little during the last couple of weeks in April. They’ll be strong from here on out. “The older car market – the higher mileage cars – is not doing that well. “We’re in a promotional season, but our big event Aug. 26 to 27 is our Gui-

tars & Stars concert. It’s going to be David Nail, a country artist.�

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Rick Lallemont, Western Wisconsin Auto Auction, owner/general manager, Chippewa Falls, Wis.: “We started here in 2005, so we hit our 10-year mark. “We’re a three-lane auction. We run between 250 and 300 cars on an average week. “We’ve picked up a few more accounts, although the numbers are about the same (compared to this time last year). “But we’ve had higher conversion rates, so we’re selling more cars. Our conversion rate is 65 percent. “We’re drawing about 150 dealers in the lanes. We also have simulcast in the lanes so we have online sales with AWG. “A lot of the dealers said that tax season never really took off this year. It had a little blip in February and a little bit in March, but that

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21,911 93,431 19,724 84,938 2,187 8,493 33,063 152,599 3,490 13,759 23,871 114,782 5,478 23,991 178 55 46 12 1,872 8,666 11,407 58,067 2,269 10,979 3,326 17,735 3,904 19,506 1,908 9,847 30 272 11,437 58,339 68,253 312,763

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Dent Wizard Adds Staff, Expands to Multiple Channels Automotive reconditioning service provider Dent Wizard International continues its aggressive expansion. The company recently changed owners, with Gridiron Capital LLC buying Dent Wizard from H.I.G. Capital. Dent Wizard also made a flurry of hirings in the past few months as it expands its business in multiple channels. Mike Black, the company’s chief operating officer, said the expansion reflects the company’s investment in its customers. “A recent customer satisfaction survey shows nine out of 10 current customers would absolutely recommend our company,” he said. “We’re very proud of that. It continues to be in the 90s. Our latest was 90.3. We’ve been as high as 91.7, which is something to be very proud of. “It really states that we are delivering to our customers what our promise is in our value proposition.” Black recently spoke on where Dent Wizard is headed. UCN: What is behind all the recent growth? Black: Between 2011 and 2014, our compounded annual growth rate has been 17 percent within our core services. We define our core services as paintless dent removal, wheel repair, minor paint which includes chip and scratch repair, interior repair, locksmith services and catastrophe hail services. We look at our business in two ways; the services we provide and the channels we serve. We categorize our business into five channels. The dealer, rental, auction, and F&I, which really plays into the dealer channel. But, since it’s a niche market, we separate F&I and have a dedicated team of professionals leading that charge. Lastly is the hail market, which includes insurance and body shops and affects all other channels. You’re seeing a lot of announcements as we continue to bring talented people into our organization. These folks will either help us originate or fulfill our new/existing business.

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We’re always looking for talented people. I serve as COO of the company. Terry Koebbe is our president and CEO. We have an unbelievable senior team of leaders that respect and like each other and work well together. We have a special team that lead our field operations that clearly understand how to deliver exceptional results. We invest heavily in training our people, making sure we improve our processes as we go, and ensuring we have the right staffing and tooling. Combine that with a committed group of managers and you have a recipe for success. We continue to work hard to improve. We couldn’t be more excited about the future for Dent Wizard and our people. UCN: How hard is it to recruit talent? Black: When we decide to go after a talented leader or manager, we go after them hard and we spend the necessary time to invite the right people into our organization. That’s not been a huge problem. We are the largest automotive reconditioning service provider in North America. We have a very solid brand. We have just over 1,700 employees today. When we had originally completed the carve-out in late 2010, the company had about 800 employees. So we’ve gone from 800 to 1,700 inside the last fourand-a-half years. We are very active in the trade conferences. We’re very well known and, quite frankly, we have a lot to offer our customers through innovative programs designed specifically for each channel. UCN: Tell us about your new ownership situation. Black: Originally, Dent Wizard started out as a franchise organization. Under Manheim’s ownership (in the 1990s), they rolled all of their franchises together to create one company. In 2010, there were three of us that went to the private equity market to do a leveraged buyout and carve Dent Wizard out from Manheim. Manheim was a great owner for Dent Wizard and remains a great partner for

us today. We believed Dent Wizard is best as a stand-alone entity and explored an opportunity to carve Dent Wizard out. I played a small part on the team that tackled that challenge. We were purchased by H.I.G. in late 2010 and they were a great partner for 41/2 years. They helped us tremendously. We expanded the business to a level that both management and HIG felt it was time to market the business. We went through the process and Gridiron came out as the winner on April 7. Gridiron Capital has come out of the gate utilizing what I call a partnering approach. There are specific guys at Gridiron that have been unbelievable over these last few weeks. Those include Tom Burger, Kevin Jackson and Will Hausberg. These guys love the oppor-

ment and passion each of our people possess relative to performance. We love what we do. We love serving our customers. We’re excited about what’s in front of us. We look for the Gridiron team to add tremendous value. They’re excited about our strategy and our people. They realize we’re a people business and, quite frankly, they have a lot of resources that can add value and help get better as a company. We’re excited about the future.

tunity that’s in front of Dent Wizard. It’s new, but they are engaged and checked in. We have a quarterly review meeting with our senior team from all six regions and all departments that we host every quarter. Burger, Jackson, and Hausberg all attended. We have about 30 managers involved in these quarterly meetings and our new partners certainly walked away with a great feeling about how we approach our business and the commit-

We provide our customers fully integrated reconditioning programs. Those reconditioning programs simplify what dealers call the ‘retail-ready’ process. By simplifying that retailready process, we provide enhanced profitability. Our programs increase the speed by which vehicles are reconditioned. Speed matters. Time matters. Time and speed results in selling cars faster and for more money. That’s the primary economic driver. It’s about

UCN: How can dealers best utilize Dent Wizard? Black: First of all, dealers are very smart operators. They understand what they’re looking for and they understand that having a true reconditioning partner adds a lot of value to their businesses.

reducing holding costs. The investment that the dealer makes in reconditioning provides a compelling return on their investment. What dealers will tell you is this: ‘With every dollar invested, we’re seeing a $1.50 or $2 returned. Therefore, our gross profit is growing on a per unit basis.’ The other thing I’ll tell you – as part of our value proposition – is a simplified reconditioning process makes it easier for our customers to do business. A one-vendor approach providing all of their cosmetic services makes it very simple for our dealerships. What I’d close on is that our value proposition is about simplification, speed and high quality repairs. All of that is delivered through a committed group of highly trained technicians and

managed by very effective leaders. UCN: What is the makeup of your customer base? Black: We serve over 5,000 customers. It’s a mix between the dealer, rental and auction channels. This is a $2.6-plus billion market in terms of the services we provide today. What separates us are our people, scale and geographic footprint. We are in the top 48 of the top 50 markets across the country.

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• 40-year veteran of the industry • President from 1997–2000 of ADT Automotive • Served as ADESA’s executive vice president of sales and marketing • Moorby & Associates 2006–present • Awarded the Ring of Honor by NIADA • NAAA Hall of Famer

– bad news’ sort of thing. Regular readers know what I think of airline services today and I can only report that things don’t change. Except the price, that is. An ordinary fare from Nashville to Heathrow is around $1,280 – $745 of which is for governmentimposed taxes and fees. I assume that’s supposed to fund the TSA. It surprises me that they don’t seem to load up additional staff at airports during their busy

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amount of officers stand around picking their noses with nothing better to do. Airlines know and publish their in-bound and outbound schedules months in advance so it wouldn’t seem too tough to apply a little planning and load management to accommodate the peaks and troughs. It ain’t rocket science and we’re paying through the nose for a government department to perform at less than stellar levels. What else is new?

My connection through Chicago was a disaster, having been assured twice that I had sufficient time for the international transfer. We were early getting in but a gate wasn’t available, making us 20 (precious) minutes late. I walked (I can’t run) as fast as I could to catch a transfer bus, a half a mile hike in its own right, from terminal 3 to terminal 5 only to be told that the service had finished for the day 15 minutes prior. Another sweat-inducing rush to the train got me to the gate as they were calling my name for the flight. I looked (and probably smelled) like a drowned rat. Once aboard I was shoehorned into a seat befitting a goblin or hobbit. Only one person had room for the armrest so I spent the best part of eight hours as a practicing contortionist. Just to add insult, there was a boxed gizmo under the seat in front of me, allowing access for one foot at a time, so I spent the time doing a minor jig

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that the person next to me was probably convinced of some Irish decent on my part. Mealtimes under these circumstances are for the brave of heart, both for content and the dexterity with which you have to handle the accoutrements of eating from a tray that bumps into the next-door neighbor’s, with elbows tucked into hips and a tray table that’s half the size of the tray. Pouring a miniscule bottle of wine is a real adventure so I ended up rudely drinking from the bottle. I must have looked like a desperate sot. Ordering a couple of bourbons for after dinner and sleep inducement only confirmed the view. Reading with the light on during an overnight flight was an imposition on my neighbors that I thought it unfair to exert, so I watched

a few episodes of “Wolf Hall” with an earpiece that rendered total silence if I even thought of touching it. I did, at last, manage a couple of catnaps and was awoken with “breakfast”. Not the full Monty English type – this was British Airways, after all. It was an indescribable brick of something akin to fruitcake, heavy enough to sink the Titanic with no aid from an iceberg. The English can’t make coffee and it tasted like an acidic mouthwash. In fairness, it’s only eight hours out of life and I write this in the comfort of my brother’s office overlooking the town of Cobham in Surrey. ‘It is better to travel than to arrive’ goes the saying. Piffle and hogwash! Being here is wonderful. They’ve just had elections here and voted the Tories back in. Some things are right with the world. Pun intended.

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