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Rental car industry starts to emerge from the ‘perfect storm’

USA Today – April 10, 2010 Frequent traveler Gary Bellaire says he received two rental cars from Hertz last year that each had about 50,000 miles on the odometer. “This would have been unheard of just a few years ago,” says Bellaire, of Rowlett, Texas. Bellaire, who works in the real estate industry, would know. […]

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“Something Fishy” Alright….

Good article here about the 1500 or so “orphaned” dealers who will try to reassert their rights to their privately held dealerships and businesses – some that go back generations… http://money.cnn.com/2010/01/26/smallbusiness/auto_dealers_gm_chrysler_appeals/index.htm All of us in the car business know how seemingly arbitrary and haphazard the ‘axing’ of the dealer body was…particuarly in the case of Chrysler.  […]

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Alright, who doesn’t like a good joke?

A very old man lay dying in his bed. In death’s doorway, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookie wafting up the stairs.      He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed.  Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even […]

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Another glimmer of good news, this time from General Motors….

Paying loans back early!  Or at least starting to think about it.  This is good news. http://money.cnn.com/2009/12/15/news/companies/gm_repayment/index.htm Let’s just hope they’re not depending on selling lots of $40,000 Volts to pay the rest back.  How about selling a few hundred thousand Malibu and Cobalt instead?

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Let’s Hope Some Sanity Prevails…

Each of us here at VRCG have had close friends, or business acquaintances, lose their dealerships to shortsighted “planning” on the part of the domestic manufacturers.  Although any “fix” is too late for many, it looks like there could be a bit of groundswell to get some justice for some remaining dealers. Read on: http://money.cnn.com/2009/12/11/smallbusiness/small_business_auto_dealers/index.htm […]

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Interesting Perspective on the Rental Car Business

A few analysts have been getting “bullish” on the rental car industry.  BTW, have you seen what happend to stock prices of the public rental car companies in the last eight months? Read on: http://www.capmarkets.com/ViewFile.asp?ID1=321053&ID2=342062717&ssid=2&directory=10954&bm=0&filename=MKM_Agnew_AR_11_16_09.pdf  

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Kudos to Ford!

Good news….Ford made some money for the first time in a long while: http://money.cnn.com/2009/11/02/news/companies/ford_results/index.htm?postversion=2009110211   …..now, let’s see if they can continue to make progress against a US Government subsidized GM and Chrysler, and let’s pray that the unions don’t forget how close they came to BK six month ago.

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More Brilliant “Management” from Washington

I have friends that have lost their dealships to defacto “nationalization” of the auto industry in the US.  They’ll collectively lose millions of dollars in this “transition” of the industry. Yet, Washington continues to dither about the issue.  Below is an article that describes some of the two-faced approaches our elected officials take on this […]

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