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7 Reasons Not to Fear the Used Car Market

You may have heard about all those lease returns coming back to the market and what they might do to residual values. It’s not as bad as you think.

You may have heard about all those lease returns coming back to the market and what they might do to residual values. It’s not as bad as you think. READ MORE

Tags: Manheim, Black Book, Wholesale Market, Used Car Market

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(7)

Van Envy? We’re Headed There

The release of the Nissan NV200 small commercial van represents Nissan's next step in its commercial vehicle plans. But where will it fit in the nascent cargo van wars?

The release of the Nissan NV200 small commercial van represents Nissan's next step in its commercial vehicle plans. But where will it fit in the nascent cargo van wars? READ MORE

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200, Chevrolet City Express

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

FlightCar Lawsuit Tests Regulations of New Business Models

The issue highlights the need to balance business fairness and consumer protections with the need for competition and to allow new business models to succeed.

The issue highlights the need to balance business fairness and consumer protections with the need for competition and to allow new business models to succeed. READ MORE

Tags: Airport Rentals, airport fees, Peer-to-Peer, FlightCar

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Roadcheck Is Now – Are You In Compliance?

More than 1,000 inspections per hour in North America are being conducted in a 72-hour period. Some small fleets may not know that the regulations covered in the inspections apply to them. READ MORE

Tags: FMCSA, PHH, CVSA

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Fleet Manager = Big Data Manager

Today's fleet manager is tasked with harnessing large amounts of data and turning the findings into actionable results. With so much technology driving so much information, the responsibility and burden are now greater than ever. READ MORE

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management, Technology

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

GM Goes High Touch at Fleet Preview

Amid new products such as the light-duty pickups, the 2014 Impala, the Cruze diesel and the announcement of a new small cargo van, it’s the one-on-one attention that sticks with you.

The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

Amid new products such as the light-duty pickups, the 2014 Impala, the Cruze diesel and the announcement of a new small cargo van, it’s the one-on-one attention that sticks with you. READ MORE

Tags: Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Cruze, GMC Sierra, General Motors, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Spark EV, Chevrolet City Express

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

How Will VW Sell 800,000 Units in America?

At its annual fleet preview, Volkswagen talked fleet sales, residual strategies, product lineup, three new turbo engines and how diesel can help your costs (but not your heart rate).

The VW e-Golf has a 26.5Kwh battery for 115 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. of torque, a top speed of 85 mph and a driving range of up to 95 miles, with 65 to 70 miles in “real-world” conditions.

At its annual fleet preview, Volkswagen talked fleet sales, residual strategies, product lineup, three new turbo engines and how diesel can help your costs (but not your heart rate). READ MORE

Tags: Diesel, Volkswagen, Turbocharging, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

A Coda for Coda Automotive

Coda Automotive’s bankruptcy is not surprising, though it was surprising that the company was able to play off the good intentions of the green industry for as long as it did. READ MORE

Tags: Coda Automotive, Bankruptcy, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

What Penske Brings to Car Rental

The new Hertz franchisee is bringing to car rental a focus on facilities and employee practices, while Penske dealerships will get a stable source of low-mileage used vehicles.

The new Hertz franchisee is bringing to car rental a focus on facilities and employee practices, while Penske dealerships will get a stable source of low-mileage used vehicles. READ MORE

Tags: Penske, Hertz, Car Rental Show

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

7 Takeaways from the 2013 Car Rental Show

As I settle back at my desk, here are a few thoughts on corporate culture, ACRA, the global community, franchising, independents and a “sane” car rental market.

As I settle back at my desk, here are a few thoughts on corporate culture, ACRA, the global community, franchising, independents and a “sane” car rental market. READ MORE

Tags: Penske, Franchises, ACRA, Car Rental Show, Russell Bruno Award

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

10 New Things at the 2013 Car Rental Show

This year’s show is highlighted by a new hotel, an anniversary toast, some special guests and seminars for newcomers and exhibitors only.

This year’s show is highlighted by a new hotel, an anniversary toast, some special guests and seminars for newcomers and exhibitors only. READ MORE

Tags: Car Rental Show

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, April 8, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Addressing the Problem of Unsecured Loads

If you don’t think unsecured loads in pickups and trailers are a national problem, some new data from NHTSA, Maria Federici’s story and a disturbing video will make you think otherwise.

If you don’t think unsecured loads in pickups and trailers are a national problem, some new data from NHTSA, Maria Federici’s story and a disturbing video will make you think otherwise. READ MORE

Tags: FMCSA, NHTSA

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Should the Public Be Scared of a Car Rental Oligopoly?

Consumers should be aware of the many forces at work that affect rental car rates.

Consumers should be aware of the many forces at work that affect rental car rates. READ MORE

Tags: Pricing, Hertz, Rental Rates, Dollar Thrifty

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

If Fleet Management Were Like College Basketball

Warning, you have to be a big fan of college basketball to get some of these.

Warning, you have to be a big fan of college basketball to get some of these. READ MORE

Tags: Fleet Management

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

6 Takeaways from the CAR Conference

At the Conference of Automotive Remarketing last week, technology, transparency and multi-platform selling took center stage.

At the Conference of Automotive Remarketing last week, technology, transparency and multi-platform selling took center stage. READ MORE

Tags: Remarketing, Technology, Conference of Automotive Remarketing, Used Vehicle Sales, Used Car Prices

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Car Rental Pricing: Cautious Optimism

The two U.S. public car rental companies both report gains in pricing — finally — though they present different views on the cost scenario for 2013.

The two U.S. public car rental companies both report gains in pricing — finally — though they present different views on the cost scenario for 2013. READ MORE

Tags: Pricing, Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Rental Rates, Financial Report

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, March 4, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

What I Wish I Knew 25 Years Ago

One car rental sage reaches into his past for words of wisdom and connects it to the present and future.

One car rental sage reaches into his past for words of wisdom and connects it to the present and future. READ MORE

Tags: ACRA, Anniversary, American Car Rental Association

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, February 25, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Rethink Your Tool Hauler

If you’re hauling a lot of tools for your contracting business, dump your pickup and consider this type of custom-built rolling toolbox.

The shelves are built for maximum visibility and accessibility of tools and equipment. With a 3/4" inch lip shelf, "No matter what bump I go over I’ve never had a tool fall out," Paulk says.

If you’re hauling a lot of tools for your contracting business, dump your pickup and consider this type of custom-built rolling toolbox. READ MORE

Tags: Spec'ing, Trailers, Tools

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Silvercar: Hard Questions for a New Business Model

No counter and a streamlined process are the silver linings in this playbook. But will it work with only one rental model, an Audi A4?

No counter and a streamlined process are the silver linings in this playbook. But will it work with only one rental model, an Audi A4? READ MORE

Tags: Airport Rentals, Conrac, Dallas, Silvercar

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Is It Time for a Renter’s Damage Bill of Rights?

Some say the renter is already privileged to drive the rental vehicle. But self-regulation could offer a buffer against legislative overreaction.

Some say the renter is already privileged to drive the rental vehicle. But self-regulation could offer a buffer against legislative overreaction. READ MORE

Tags: Legislation, regulation, damage claims

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Would You Pass a Credit Card Fee onto Your Customer?

Merchants now have the ability to do so. But for most, it’s not a good idea.

Merchants now have the ability to do so. But for most, it’s not a good idea. READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

New Media Meets the Auto Industry

Facebook, Google and Microsoft Xbox are changing the way we buy cars — and how businesses interact with their customers in general.

Facebook, Google and Microsoft Xbox are changing the way we buy cars — and how businesses interact with their customers in general. READ MORE

Tags: Facebook, Google, Web marketing, Social Media, smartphone, tablet, mobile website, Social Media Marketing

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Start Calling Yourself a Fleet

Small businesses that run work vehicles often don’t even know they’re “a fleet” — and they’re leaving money on the table.

Small businesses that run work vehicles often don’t even know they’re “a fleet” — and they’re leaving money on the table. READ MORE

Tags: managing small fleets, Incentives

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

When the Alternative Goes Mainstream

The Avis offer for Zipcar was inevitable. But is it good?

The Avis offer for Zipcar was inevitable. But is it good? READ MORE

Tags: Zipcar, Car Sharing, Avis Budget Group, Hertz On Demand

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Losing a Zoning War in New Hampshire

Auto-related businesses in this town feel like they’re being unfairly discriminated against by their zoning board. But what can they do?

Auto-related businesses in this town feel like they’re being unfairly discriminated against by their zoning board. But what can they do? READ MORE

Tags: dealerships, New Hampshire

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, December 26, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

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