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Going Green: Which Lane to Choose?

Posted on Apr 21 2015 by

A behind-the-wheel look at alternative-power vehicles. [Infographic]

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A Glimpse in the Rear View Mirror: The Automotive Market in 2014

Posted on Mar 18 2015 by

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Just as looking in the rear view mirror can help you navigate your next move, looking into recent trends can serve as a guide to where the industry should head in the future.

With that in mind, let’s take a step back and look at some of the trends in the automotive industry that finished off 2014. After all, it’s the insights from these trends that enable dealers, manufacturers, aftermarket retailers and lenders to take the right action to uncover growth opportunities and improve profitability.

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Car buyers choose fuel-efficiency

Posted on Dec 23 2014 by

If you’ve driven a vehicle in the past few months, then you’ve most likely had to stop by your local gas station. And, if you’ve filled up the tank while you were there, then you’ve probably experienced the sensation of the corners of your mouth forming a smile as the price for a tank of gas of has been lower than usual for quite some time.

With that said, has the consistent drop in gas prices done more than just make us smile? Has it enticed consumers to go back to the gas-guzzling, high-powered vehicles of the past?

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Good credit – an invaluable asset to businesses

Posted on Nov 17 2014 by

With Small Business Saturday quickly approaching, Experian wants to remind small business owners why it is important to have good business credit. Good credit scores – they’re not just for consumers. Businesses need them, too.

According to a recent Experian survey, only 33 percent of small business owners said they were able to get the capital they need to maintain satisfactory cash flow. Good business credit can help business owners receive the funding they need, as well as help them earn more favorable terms and lower interest rates.

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Certified used vehicles are a “treasure” in smaller markets

Posted on Nov 12 2014 by

One of my favorite sayings growing up as a kid was, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” While these words can have a very literal meaning, at its essence, it means that everything has a value to someone.

There couldn’t be a more fitting circumstance to apply this saying than when you look at the automotive industry, especially in relation to leased and certified used vehicles. After all, most certified used vehicles were once leases.

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New sales for alternative-powered vehicles dip for first time since first half of 2009

Posted on Sep 15 2014 by

Over the last few years, there has been a plethora of attention around hybrid and electric vehicles, from both consumers and media alike. Whether it’s due to the fact that consumers have become more environmentally conscience, or that fuel economy standards have begun to take shape, alternative-powered vehicles have steadily risen in popularity. But as the rest of the automotive industry continues to develop more fuel-efficient vehicles, can we expect this “green” car segment to keep growing?

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Experian supports small businesses during National Small Business Week and beyond!

Posted on May 12 2014 by

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Did you know that this week is National Small Business Week? It is a time dedicated entirely to acknowledging the positive impact small businesses have on our economy. So let’s take a moment to recognize the contributions that millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners have made to our local communities. Whether it’s creating jobs or providing our favorite products and services at convenient locations, here’s to Small Business – they are truly the backbone of our nation’s economy.

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A year in review: A look back at 2013 automotive market trends

Posted on Mar 17 2014 by

Over the years, one of the lessons that I’ve learned is, to prepare for the future you must understand the past. The same lesson can and should be applied to the automotive industry. As manufacturers, aftermarket companies and retailers continue to move their businesses into 2014 and beyond, it is always beneficial to take a moment and assess what happened in years past.

For example, according to Experian Automotive’s Quarterly Report: A look back at the 2013 automotive market share trends, the overall automotive market decreased slightly, with approximately 900,000 vehicles taken off the road from a year ago. Additionally, there were 98 million vehicles within the aftermarket “sweet spot” (vehicles between model years 2002-2008), which means a good number of opportunities (vehicles out of warranty) are available for aftermarket companies. However, with a shortage of model year 2009 vehicles due to low sales volumes, we can expect this number to decrease next year.

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