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LEGAL UPDATE: Sean Petersen, NIADA senior vice president of legal and governmental affairs, talks about recent legal issues affecting independent dealers.  One change in Nevada regulates the use of starter-interrupt and GPS devices.

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Progressive, Partners Supply Vehicles

Progressive Insurance has partnered with several firms, including Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Copart and KAR Auction Services, so that more than 100 veterans and their families will be getting keys to newly refurbished vehicles this month.

The donation is part of Progressive's fifth annual Keys to Progress event.

This year, Progressive will donate its 500th vehicle. The vehicle giveaways will occur Nov. 9 at 68 locations across the country.

Site Names Best Places for Business

Staffing site Thumbtack announced the results from its 2017 Small Business Friendliness Survey, ranking all 50 states and 80 cities based on factors including licensing requirements, tax regulations, health and safety rules and labor and hiring regulations, among others
Thumbtack surveyed more than 13,000 local small business owners in 50 states and 80 cities to evaluate how easy local governments make it to start, operate and grow a small business. Wyoming, Maine and Texas and Boise, Idaho, San Antonio and Grand Rapids, Mich., are among the top states and cities for 2017, respectively, each earning an A+ for small business friendliness.
Skilled professionals who found their governments to be friendly for small businesses were most likely to rate them highly on licensing requirements, tax regulations, health and safety rules and labor and hiring rules. These policies have consistently ranked among the top concerns for businesses since the first survey in 2012. Perceptions of licensing friendliness were the biggest drivers for city rankings because local municipalities and counties are often more responsible for licensing, permits and other forms and fees to run a business.
Tax regulations were the biggest drivers in evaluations of state governments.

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Facebook Adds Car Shopping Feature

Facebook is adding car shopping to its Marketplace forum.
Facebook users will now be able to browse inventory from auto dealers through new partnerships with Edmunds, Cars.com, Auction123, CDK Global and Socialdealer. Users can find what they’re looking for by visiting the enhanced vehicles section and filtering listings by year, make, model, mileage, vehicle type and transmission. They can also view car values from Kelley Blue Book.
They can then communicate directly with dealership representatives via Messenger, powered by chat providers like ActivEngage, CarCode, Contact At Once!, and Gubagoo.

Shoppers Open to Giving Computers More Control

Car shoppers are more ready for computer-driven vehicles than they may realize, according to a new report from Edmunds.
Thanks to the rapid adoption of active safety features, more than 60 percent of new vehicle models today can be purchased at Level 1 or Level 2 autonomy, as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Five years ago less than a quarter of new vehicle models offered these features.
In a recent Edmunds survey, more than 40 percent of consumers said they would spend between $1,000 and $2,000 more for a vehicle that had active safety features. Blind-spot detection, pre-collision warning systems and lane keeping assist are the top features consumers said they're willing to pay a premium for.
Edmunds also analyzed which automakers are offering active safety features on the widest variety of vehicles in their lineups and found that Tesla, Volvo, Honda and Mercedes-Benz are leading the way.
As automakers look to build this future buyer base, courting millennials is particularly important, as they're the ones who are most ready to be early adopters. In a recent Edmunds survey, 65 percent of millennials said they would trust a Level 4 autonomous vehicle, and 35 percent said they would buy a Level 4 autonomous vehicle if it becomes available within the next five years.
Only 16 percent of millennials surveyed said they would never buy an autonomous vehicle, compared to nearly 50 percent of those 55 years old and older.

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