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Used-vehicle wholesale prices were down slightly in May. Prices on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis slipped 0.1 percent in May. This brought the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to a level of 119.1, which was 4.8 percent lower than a year ago.

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Experian Automotive reports that new vehicle leasing rose by 12.5 percent in the first quarter to achieve the highest level since it began tracking the data in 2006. According to Experian, leasing accounted for 27.5 percent of all new vehicles financed.

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Recent monthly figures from the National Auto Auction Association show significantly more vehicle consignment at member auctions. The February through April period saw consignment up over 3 percent from 2012.

Photo by Andy Sharp LONE STAR: Dealer Keith Hagler reflects on his career while looking over one of his stores in Taylor, Texas. Hagler will become president of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association during the group’s convention this month.

(Keith Hagler is the incoming president of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association. He owns Taylor Auto Credit, a buy-here, pay-here dealership based in Taylor. He has been married to Marcia for 21 years and has two daughters, Cameron, 15, and Avery, 12.

USED CAR NEWS: Tell our readers about your background and how you got into the car business. Hagler: I’m a first-generation car dealer. My dad was in construction and my mom worked as an administrative assistant at a big company.

I really got my start right out of college. I attended University of Mary HardinBaylor (founded in 1845, the oldest continuously operating college in the state). It used to be an all-woman’s college. Several members of my family graduated from there. My degree was in business

administration in about 1981. After graduation, I went to work for a friend of mine who owned a newcar dealership. He put me in F&I. But I saw many people that I couldn’t get (financed) and I knew another friend who was in buy-here, pay-here Continued on page 8

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Finance Association President Plans Outreach The National Automotive Finance Association recently elected a dealer as its president who has plans to reach out more to his fellow auto retailers. Steve Hall, CEO of Dallas-based Driversselect, became president during the group’s recent conference. This is Hall’s second stint leading the association. Hall said it is crucial for finance companies to work with dealers and other industry stakeholders to improve the image of subprime auto credit. The association spends a lot of time responding to challenges, such as the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, Hall said. But it needs to get ahead of the issues.

Hall said the public today views all subprime lending as predatory, making money by trapping consumers in contracts they can never pay. The truth is the opposite, Hall said. He wants the best interest of the consumer to become the industry’s ultimate goal. The NAF Association attempted in the past to bring more dealers into its ranks, with little success. In fact, Hall is one of the few dealers involved with the group these days. This time the strategy involves reaching out to dealer groups at both the national and state levels to develop relationships.

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CFPB Raises Concerns About Credit Discrimination By Ted Craig

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has nothing against discretionary pricing. But the agency is very concerned about discriminatory pricing. This is the message Richard Hacket, the CFPB’s assistant director, delivered at the recent National Automotive Finance Association conference. Finance companies set a buy rate based on credit risk and collateral. However, dealers can mark up that at their discretion and are paid the difference by the creditors. Jean Noonan, an attorney with law firm Hudson Cook, said finance companies usually don’t know the reason for the mark-up. The CFPB claims that in some cases, consumers with similar profiles pay different rates based on factors such as race and gender. Since auto creditors can’t collect consumer data on race, gender and other related information, they must use proxies to deter-

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mine patterns of discrimination. These proxies use available data, such as ZIP codes and surnames, in an attempt to analyze the data. The CFPB is using the same proxies in its investigation of the topic. “We didn’t make this stuff up,” Hackett said. “The industry has been using this for a long time.” That’s a practice creditors may want to rethink, Noonan said. The proxies come with known error rates. It may prove a better practice to actually collect the relevant data, just like mortgage lenders. At this time, however, finance companies are barred by federal law from requesting that information on applications. Finance companies face a choice regardless of how they analyze the data. That choice is either continuing with today’s practices with increased monitoring or changing the way dealers are compensated. Hackett said the CFPB

Photo by Ted Craig TALKING IT OUT: Consumer Finance Protection Bureau assistant director Richard Hackett, left, answers questions posed by attorney Tom Hudson during the recent National Automotive Finance Association conference.

expects to make no recommendation on this matter. “We try not to be in the business of picking a winner,” he said. Noonan said many of her clients prefer to change dealer compensation away from a discretionary markup to a flat fee with a volume bonus. “But no one wants to be

the first finance company to get rid of the discretionary mark-up because of the concern of losing volume,” she said. The industry as a whole moving toward a flat fee model would constitute collusion, Noonan said. That is illegal. She said clear government action, however, can drive

them in that direction without the legal concerns. Those who opt for a continuation of mark-up will need to monitor all their dealers, from the ones sending in six contracts a month to the largest chains. The monitoring itself proves daunting in scope and continues to carry risk, Noonan said.

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Primeritus Financial Services announced the rebranding of several of their business service segments. Primeritus Recovery is the trade name assigned to front-end repossession placements. Servicing auto finance clients via a network of repossession firms and agents across the country, Primeritus is able to centralize, standardize and better manage the repossession process for its clients. Primeritus SkipMasters is the skip-tracing arm of the company. Primeritus Remarketing has recently replaced the Remarketing Solutions name in the auction channels as the firm remarkets vehicles online and in auction lanes across the country.

Sandy Dampens Copart’s Income

Copart Inc. reported financial results for the quarter ended April 30. For the three months, revenue, operating income and net income were $277.6 million, $82.8 million and $53.2 million, respectively. These represent an increase in revenue of $33.5 million; and decreases in operating income of $5.1 million; and in net income of $2.2 million, respectively, from the same quarter last year. The operating results for the quarter were adversely affected by abnormal costs incurred as a result

of hurricane Sandy. These costs include the additional towing, payroll, equipment, travel, housing and facilities expenses directly related to the operating conditions created by Hurricane Sandy. Also included are costs associated with Copart’s international expansion and the incremental towing and processing costs tied to the 21 percent year-over-year growth in inventory.

America’s Car-Mart Moves Metal

Net charge-offs as a percent of average finance receivables were 7.1 percent, flat with the prior year quarter. Provision for credit losses rose to 22.6 percent of sales vs. 19.1 percent for prior year quarter (20.6 percent for prior year quarter excluding the effect of the reduction to the allowance for credit losses). Selling, general and administrative expenses were at 16.9 percent of sales vs. 17.1 percent for prior year quarter. The Bentonville, Ark.-based chain of buy-here, pay-here stores now has an active accounts base of almost 58,000.

America’s Car-Mart Inc. reported net income of $8.8 million on revenues of $126 million in its quarter ended April 30. Revenue increased from $113 million for the prior year quarter with a same store revenue increase of 5.3 percent. Retail unit sales increased to 10,767 from 9,789 for the prior year quarter. Productivity increased to 29.4 retail units sold per store per month CPO Sales Surge to Near Record from 28.9 for prior year quarter. Certified pre-owned sales reached Average retail sales price increased their second highest level ever to $9,963 from the prior year quarin May. ter and $166 from the quarter ended Dealers sold 187,044 certified units Jan. 31. last month, up 19.2 percent from May 2012 and up 6.1 percent from April, according to AutoData Corp. Published By General Media LLC There were 26 selling days in May USED CAR NEWS (ISSN 1555-7413) is published at compared to 26 in May 2012 and 25 24114 Harper, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080 in April. Phone: 586-772-5200 or 800-794-0760 Fax: 586-772-9400 Year-to-date CPO sales were 861,138, up 14.1 percent from a year ago. Ford, Kia, Mini and Subaru Charles M. Thomas achieved new all-time highs. Founder (1947-2002) C R O S S WO R D by Myles Mellor


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USED CAR NEWS Price Program Empowers Buyers By Ed Fitzgerald

Seth Berkowitz, president and CEO of Edmunds. com, said a recent study by his company unveiled a seemingly simple fact: Car buyers’ top priority when shopping online is to find the actual price of the car they want to buy. “One out of two people – 54 percent – are mystified that they can’t get an instant, actual, locked down price for a car,” Berkowitz said. Speaking in Detroit last week before the Automotive Press Association, Berkowitz said his company’s new Price Promise program can give shoppers the information they want. Berkowitz said that gets 18 million visitors a month. Roughly 700 dealers have signed up for Price Promise. Berkowitz said the study also showed that next to the price of a car, the second most important thing to the buyer was learning the actual condition of a used car.

Berkowitz said he is trying to roll out Price Promise to include used car dealers but it is too early for him to comment on those efforts. To use Price Promise, dealers pay a subscription fee. Customers get the service for free just by providing some personal information. Berkowitz said his company first tested Price Promise with a dealer in Milwaukie, Ore., near Portland. Michael Bailey, the dealership owner, said that since signing up for Price Promise he has received “10 times the number of inventory prospects and closed them twice as often as other prospects.” Berkowitz admitted that Edmunds first tried just listing the prices of a dealer’s inventory. He said he unfortunately found that the rate of people using that information and then buying the car was lower than people who bought cars without learning the price beforehand.

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strictly buy-here, pay-here. My main lot carries about 60 units. Each of the satellite lots carries about 30. We all carry the same inventory. We sell 2002 to 2008 model year, with mileage in the 90,000 to 120,000 miles, like everyone else. My average term length is about 38 months. When we started out, if we did a two-year term, we were just stretching it out. I remember when it got 30-months, I said I would never go to 36. Now we actually have some notes that go out 42 or 44 months. We’ve always offered a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty with every car. What’s funny is, I was on a panel at a conference years ago talking about my warranty. I’ve always had a warranty with vehicles. Other dealers looking at me like I was an alien. Because back then, everyone sold “as-is.” They didn’t do warranties. When I got off the panel, dealers were coming up to me and asking, “were you serious? Do you really offer that warranty?” Now we offer a 24-month, 24,000-mile warranty. I’m actually fixing to go to a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. I bought an old Ford store, which is now my warranty center. That’s just for my customers. I also bought a former Chevy store and that’s my reconditioning center. Compliance people now tell us that we should be taking care of our customers (with warranties), but we’ve been doing that since day one. I have about a 60 percent comeback rate. UCN: Texas is known for having a business-friendly environment. How has doing business in Texas made things easier for you – if it has – considering much of the country has struggled coming out of the recession? Hagler: Texas is fantastic. I couldn’t ask for a better state to do business in. People were saying that we were in a bubble, but, for us, the bubble never burst. It’s especially good where we’re at in Central Texas. We didn’t feel the recession, especially with buy-here, pay-here. Plus we also have a pay-as-you-go sales tax in Texas (buy-here, pay-here)

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several buy-here, pay-here dealers as president – and one lease-here, pay-here dealer. Is this a trend? Hagler: I think it’s that buy-here, pay-here dealers have just been involved in NIADA leadership (in recent years). The NIADA is a mix. A lot of people have thought over the years that the NIADA didn’t represent the buy-here, pay-here dealers and that is totally wrong. Part of it is, a lot of different parts of the country don’t even do buy-here, pay-here. UCN: In the last decade, But I think we’re going the NIADA has elected to see more and more buythat has been great for us as dealers and for the state in general. If anything, as special finance comes back, that has affected us (more than the recession). Plus, we have such a strong independent dealer association (Texas Independent Automobile Dealers Association) with Jeff Martin as executive director. He has a great relationship with the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner and the Motor Vehicle Division.

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LAS VEGAS – Accountants for buy-here, pay-here dealers recently discussed how their clients could avoid ending up in the crosshairs of the Internal Revenue Service over 1099-C forms. Panelist Jeff Taylor, a partner with Indiana-based Katz Sapper and Miller, said 1099-C forms deal with the discharge of indebtedness. So, in buy-here, pay-here, there is a potential reporting requirement based on the circumstances of certain writeoffs or charge-offs. “The regulations are rather complex,” Taylor said. There are discharge scenarios such as bankruptcy, foreclosure and discharge by agreement, for example. A debt discharged in a personal bankruptcy would be excluded from the 1099-C requirements if the vehicle was for personal use and not business, Taylor said. There are two big areas where buy-here, pay-here dealers would be required to submit 1099-C forms, including the discharge by agreement scenario or insurance loss. In the second case, if a customer totals a car and the dealer receives $5,000, but the debt is $7,000, the dealer may not pursue that

additional $2,000. “But that, by default, could become a discharge by agreement,” Taylor said. “On those types of scenarios, we would advise our clients to file a 1099-C. Like a lot of things involving taxes, a good faith, honest effort to comply goes a long way.” Panelist Steven Carstens, an accounting partner with Houstonbased Shilson Goldberg Cheung and Associates, added that only a dealer’s related finance company is required to file a 1099-C. If a dealer doesn’t have an RFC, he is not required. Carstens said dealers often say they are always trying to collect on a debt, so they don’t need to file a 1099-C. “But there will always be instances where you accept a payoff that is less than the balance, or you have some sort of written agreement with a customer to sell his debt for less than full value,” Carstens said. “In those cases, there’s no question that you should be filing 1099Cs.” Dealers who claim they are always pursuing bad debt, should have a written policy and keep notes showing their efforts to collect on accounts. “When you cease collections on Continued on page 12


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Photo by Jeffrey Bellant SOCIAL SETTING: Manheim’s Chris Hood discusses social media strategies during the recent National Alliance of Buy-Here, Pay-Here Dealers Conference in Las Vegas. By Jeffrey Bellant

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“Nobody’s got it all figured out,” he said. “Everybody’s learning just like you are.” He said it doesn’t matter which tool is popular in the future – whether it’s Facebook, Twitter or something else. If a dealer is active in this area, he’ll be ready for the next big thing. There are specific, low-cost tactics that dealers can use to make a splash online. First, dealers should know what they want customers to think about their business. Making sure the dealership is already active in the common spaces, like online classifieds and online newspapers, also helps. Dealers should be on sites where customers review businesses so they can respond. “I know that can be kind of scary,” he said. “But the reality is people are talking about our businesses already, whether we like it or not.” Dealers should try out a site like HootSuite, a social media management tool, which will help dealers measure the activity on some sites they use, like Facebook, Twitter, etc. It can also allow a dealer to automate responses at certain times in advance, saving time. However, Hood warned dealers that these sites don’t replace a dealer’s diligence in staying on top

of what people are saying about the store. Regular posting doesn’t have to be hard. “The best (formula) I can recommend for you is to think about what you’re talking about in thirds,” he said. “Think about 1/3 of it being about really selling. Then dealers should (use) 1/3 of (your time) educating your customer about something. Then think about 1/3 of it as a way to promote others. “It will (show) people that your business is more than just a place to buy cars. It reinforces how active you are in the community (and other things you do).” Unlike traditional advertising, social media allows a dealer to experiment at very little or no cost to see what works. A dealer can make an online offer – a free meal, for example – to a customer who takes a test drive. Also, he urged dealers to survey their customers to find out what their interests are, where they shop and with whom they interact. Like advertising though, dealers have to be patient to let social media do its work, he said. “Social media’s really not about selling a car today,” Hood said. “But being active in social media today will have value down the road.”

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Frank Gromak, president, GT Cars, Newport Beach, Calif.: “This is our 27th year in business. We have one location. “We do it all – retail, subprime and buy-here, payhere. It’s probably a third (of each). Of course, we’re seeing more subprime in the market. “We might be carrying about 30 (units) on average. We’re having trouble in finding inventory. “I’m exhausting every effort I can to find inventory. Years ago, the brickand-mortar auction just had local competition, but now (dealers come from) nationwide, even worldwide online. “We’re probably selling 15 to 20 a month retail. We also do some wholesale. But that’s tough, too. There’s not too much wholesale money left, by the time you pay for the car and reconditioning. “The average model is probably 2005 to 2007. We try to stay (low) on mileage, but that’s getting harder and harder. A good 75 to 80

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percent of the cars we look at in the wholesale pool have 200,000-plus miles. We try to keep them less than 100,000, but we do carry cars with more than 100,000. “It really depends on financing. We have a lot of credit union buyers and most (credit unions will fund) cars seven years and back, but they want them less than 100,000 miles. But there are always exceptions. “We’re trying to carry more imports than domestics. This is pretty much an import market. Those little Toyotas and Hondas are really difficult to buy. But any good car is hard to buy. Even with Korean cars, which are better cars than they used to be, you’re paying wholesale book or better now. “California gas prices are pretty high. So the fourdoor cars are hard to come by. We try to carry cars, trucks, SUVs and passenger vans, whatever people want. “On average, we’re putting between $500 and $800 into reconditioning, “Our average retail price is between $8,000 and

Compiled by Jeffrey Bellant $10,000. We try to stay under the $10,000 price. “People still don’t have the confidence in the economy. I’m getting small business people in who normally look for cargo-type vans and small utility trucks. But the small business owners who come in have been hurting over the past five to seven years. “They are starting to turn the corner, but they don’t want to pull the trigger (on a vehicle purchase). They’ll say they have work going 60 days to 90 days out, but past that, they don’t know if they’ll have work or not. “We have a website and we use (third-party) Internet sites, like AutoTrader. com. I’m always interested in how the customer has found us, what sites they’re looking at. I want to keep up with that. But it’s a full-time job itself since our business mostly comes through the Internet, outside of repeat and referral business. “One recent sale we had was a 2003 Nissan Frontier extended cab. It had 69,000 miles. We got $9,500 plus fees.”


Mark Deal, general manager, Wessels Used Cars, Dillsburg, Pa.: “The dealership has been in business since 1986. I’ve been here for 11 years. “We have one location. The inventory varies seasonally. Right now we’ve probably got about 250 or 260 cars. “A great month for us would be 100 (units sold). “We’re strictly retail. We work with a lot of local banks and credit unions (to fund customers). “We buy cars from auction. We buy cars from some of the larger franchises in the area. We also buy them out of the paper and off the street. “We buy them wherever we can get our hands on them. The days of only going to auction to buy cars are over. “You have to be a little more diverse in your (efforts) to hunt for cars. “Our sweet spot for retail price is anywhere from $8,995 to $11,995. “Our reconditioning, with service work, is around

$800 per car. We do not have a service shop. We farm everything out to local vendors. That works really well for us because we know who is good at doing certain work. We’ve got that worked out. It’s more profitable for us that way, rather than having our own shop. “Like others in the past few years, we’ve switched from primarily print advertising to, almost exclusively, the Internet. “We still do a couple of print things locally. But we hit all the big name websites (like AutoTrader and Cars. com). It seems to work as good or better than print. “In the past month, minivans have been hot. “One recent vehicle we sold was a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan SE. It had 84,000 miles. We got $12,995. “I’m cautiously optimistic for the rest of the year. “People are coming in to buy cars because they need to drive back and forth from work. “So the dynamic of the product has changed a lot, but the volume has been pretty consistent.

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Steve Chiasson, managing partner, Greater Shreveport-Bossier Auto Auction, Shreveport, La.: “We first opened on Jan. 30, 2007. “We have two lanes and we use them both. “Our volume is up this year. We’re coming off last month, May, which is the best month we’ve had since we’ve been in business. “Volumes are up, though our conversion rates are a little down. “Right now, we’re running an average of about the mid-200 range, (that) would be a fair representation of what we do. However, a few weeks ago, we ran 346. Volumes are up roughly 10 percent from last year. “Conversion rates for the year are clipping along at 56 percent. “I attribute (our improvement) to customer loyalty and we’re a niche market. We get the customers who don’t want to get lost at the (larger sales). They get personalized treatment here. They can talk to me at any time. Everybody’s got my

number and I don’t duck any phone calls. “Bid badges are averaging about 150. “Those are not just guests or drivers. Those are (true bidders). “I pretty well profile the dealers that come here and know their market. So I’ll take a good strong look at what we’ve got scheduled (before the sale). “So let’s say I get a bunch of off-rental Camrys with (low-mileage), I’ve got a list of dealers who’ve bought this kind of car that I give to marketing and (they call those dealers). “We draw from Houston, Dallas, Little Rock, Ark., and Louisiana. We have a pretty wide net. We’ll get some high-end stuff from the exotic stores – like Mercedes and Land Rovers – and that draws the top-end buyers. Plus, we get a lot of dealertrades. That’s our breadand-butter. That draws the middle crowd, so to speak. “So the tote-the-note guys are doing well because dealers, after tax season, are turning some of their (leftover inventory) into money

Compiled by Jeffrey Bellant at auction. So there are good supplies of those vehicles. “About 95 percent of our volume, at least, is dealer consignment. “We also hold a non-drivable sale. We don’t run video, but we have a viewing area where the vehicles can be seen from the lanes. “I’ve got some of the best salvage buyers in the area that come here. We don’t run many, but the ones that we do run are for finance companies, credit unions and banks. “In our regular sale, our average price is about $4,985. Last year, it was about $4,600. “Any low-mileage car is doing well. “One thing that is struggling is the 6.0 liter engine that Ford put out (for its F-250 and F-350). It is truly my only problem child. They’ve had a lot of injector problems and they’re expensive to fix. So dealers are scared of them. “I’m not picking on Ford, because the L 7.3 liter powerstroke is a great engine. “They’ve also got 6.4 that’s doing a good job for them.”


Stephanie Baker, general manager, Dealers Auto Auction of Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro, Tenn.: “This auction has been a part of the Dealers Auto Auction (family) since about 2009. “We have five lanes. We run five lanes once a month and the other three weeks of the month we’ll run four lanes. We’re an afternoon sale. “We’re running an average of 550 units per week. We’re over last year by about 30 percent. I’ve been here for about a year-anda-half and we’ve made a lot of changes. We’ve grown our new-car dealer business and changed the look of this auction. “Also, we’re in Rutherford County, which is the second fastest growing county in the country. “We average a 45- to 50percent conversion rate. “We’re probably about 5 percent over last year in (percentages of ) cars sold. “We’ve really been focusing on the new-car (consignors) that are going to be

here every week. They’re going to bring a couple of cars to sell and buy a couple of cars. “We’re averaging about 280 bidder badges. Last year, we were a little over 200. “The majority of our dealers are coming from this local area, from Nashville, Murfreesboro, and we have a lot of Alabama business and dealers from Kentucky. “We’re a 90-percent dealer consignment sale. That’s about what it’s been in the past year. “Our average sale price was about $5,600 in May. We were around $4,200 this time last year. “We run in-op (units) every week at 2 p.m., before our regular sale. On average, we’ll run 25 units and up. “We also have a government sale that we started in August. We expect to have 12 sales this year. They run on the third week of each month. “We’ll probably run about 200 GSA units this month as well as in July and August. “We also have a really good truck market here.”


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Thief Goes For Long Test Drive

BELLEVIEW, Fla. (AP) _ Authorities say a north Florida man was arrested after being gone too long while test-driving a truck from a used-car lot. The Ocala Star-Banner reports 67-year-old Lloyd Edward Kraft asked to test drive a red 1997 Ford F-250. He gave employees of Prestige Auto his phone number and they made a copy of his driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license.

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MONTHLY DEALER CONSIGNMENT AVERAGES CURRENT YTD, THROUGH APRIL 2013 Avg Sale Price Compact Car Jan 2013 Feb 2013 Mar 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013 YTD AVG:

$6,069 $6,118 $6,432 $6,270 $6,171 $6,213

Fullsize Car Jan 2013 Feb 2013 Mar 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013 YTD AVG: Luxury Car Jan 2013 Feb 2013 Mar 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013 YTD AVG: Midsize Car Jan 2013 Feb 2013 Mar 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013 YTD AVG:

Avg. Mileage


Avg Sale Price

Avg. Mileage

97,068 97,951 97,079 98,414 98,696 97,849

Pickup Jan 2013 Feb 2013 Mar 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013 YTD AVG:

$12,524 $12,559 $12,702 $12,765 $12,803 $12,669

106,223 107,724 108,118 107,708 108,434 107,625

$12,880 $12,012 $12,944 $13,322 $13,266 $12,891

93,235 97,293 95,500 95,204 94,358 95,077

Sports Car Jan 2013 Feb 2013 Mar 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013 YTD AVG:

$13,010 $13,310 $14,594 $14,991 $15,064 $14,238

79,809 81,387 78,245 75,816 76,676 78,288

$12,880 $12,012 $12,944 $13,322 $13,266 $12,891

93,235 97,293 95,500 95,204 94,358 95,077

SUV Jan 2013 Feb 2013 Mar 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013 YTD AVG:

$11,574 $11,174 $11,687 $11,700 $11,663 $11,561

102,300 104,531 103,100 103,290 103,254 103,280

Van Jan 2013 Feb 2013 Mar 2013 Apr 2013 May 2013 YTD AVG:

$5,976 $6,055 $6,456 $6,494 $6,356 $6,270

116,171 117,167 116,446 116,343 115,723 116,364

$6,191 $6,173 $6,567 $6,512 $6,417 $6,374

108,796 109,463 107,731 108,026 108,266 108,447

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Disconnected Jottings From Tony Moorby... Believe it or not, this is the 100th article Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve written for Used Car News. Perhaps thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing too special about the act itself but it seems worthwhile to mark anniversaries as passing points of interest.

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sizes, Wall Street rises and falls, the weather, natural disasters, the car business from building to buying, the economy or even education have elicited the opportunity to opine on this or that. I love to paint â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all kinds of things, from landscapes to abstract and realism to representational, but the use of lots of color is a theme throughout most of my artistic endeavors. Looking at a blank canvas

is a bit like looking at a white computer screen; you might have an idea of what you want to achieve but the first stroke or the first word is a daunting challenge. However, once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve started itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to know when to stop. Certainly in writing a column that discipline is absolute â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you have an allotted number of words and space, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it. With a painting you have to step back and decide whether to stop or apply another daub. The palette is as broad as the subjects for writing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; mix this with that and come up with something new â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a different brush or amount of paint can make all the difference in the world. If I could think of a plot Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to write a book. These articles are like drawing sketches and occasionally coloring them in but it would be wonderful to undertake a magnum opus and really get my teeth into something. I occasionally write an essay on a childhood memory or


describe a place where I grew up, just for recreation and a mind stretch. I love to cook too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve mentioned it before â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to do with the same artistic drive to create something from nothing or from scratch, at least. The kitchen has all the attributes of a painterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s palette; ingredients, pots and pans, herbs and spices, wines and sauces, heat and cold. I have the girth to prove my indulgence! A boss once said to me that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a business degree but I was the president of the company; wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that unusual? He asked. I said that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so. We had accountants to figure out and advise

but getting people to do things effectively, efficiently and wanting to do them thus was like conducting an orchestra. More art than science â&#x20AC;&#x201C; given that planning and measuring are as much a part of art as they are science. We doubled our profits in three years! A tolerance and expectation of things arty and a push to creativity is one of the measures of a successful society. Artists question the status quo â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even architecture proves that out â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and stretch the minds of society around them. I appreciate more than I can write the opportunity afforded me by Lynda, Colleen and Ted, the folks here, to play a small part.

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