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SmartAuction Adds Nissan, Infiniti

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 02:08

Ally's SmartAuction announced that it has entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation (NMAC) and Infiniti Financial Services (IFS) to list off-lease Nissan and Infiniti vehicles for sale on its online wholesale auction platform. 
Under the agreement, NMAC and IFS vehicles are available on SmartAuction starting immediately. 
SmartAuction provides dealers' access to NMAC and IFS off-lease vehicles before they are shipped to a physical auction. The models are listed on SmartAuction immediately after they have been made available to Nissan and Infiniti dealers.
All dealers who are registered on SmartAuction can bid on the NMAC and IFS vehicles.

Auction Adds Safety Features

Monday, 12 February 2018 22:38
The Greater Rockford Auto Auction, Rockford, Ill., has invested in safety for its customers and employees in the sale lanes with the completion of a bollard installation project.  There were 161 total bollards installed in the six-lane facility, on both the sale apron approach and inside the sale lanes, to protect people from vehicles.  The bollard project had been in the planning and design stages since June 2017 with a completion in December.  This initiative is part of what GRAA is promoting as their “Customer Care Project”.  The Customer Care Project includes a full and comprehensive plan for the safety of customers, employees, and vendors of GRAA. 

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NIADA Partners with Lyft

Monday, 12 February 2018 22:37
Lyft Inc. has joined with the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association as NIADA's latest National Member Benefit partner. The partnership provides NIADA dealer members with referral incentives and improved transportation solutions for customers while also supporting Lyft's efforts to expand its driver community. NIADA member dealerships can sign up to be a Lyft referral partner and receive bonuses for each driver they refer. Customers who sign up for the program will also receive a bonus shortly after they begin driving for Lyft, which they can put toward their down payment and monthly costs of purchasing a vehicle.In addition, Lyft's Concierge program offers NIADA members an easy, reliable and inexpensive way to provide transportation for customers whose vehicles are laid up in service. Concierge enables the dealership to request rides for its customers to get where they need to go while their car is being serviced.

KAR Acquires Fleet Management Firm

Thursday, 08 February 2018 17:01
KAR Auction Services Inc. announced the acquisition of mobility and fleet management software company Stratim. San Francisco-based Stratim was founded in 2016 by a team of technology innovators from Google, eBay and Trulia. Stratim’s software utilizes real-time data and predictive analytics to digitize fleet management and help mobility service providers streamline operations. Fleet owners can onboard, manage, service, dispatch and pay all their current vendors through Stratim’s automated vendor management platform. Stratim operates in more than 25 North American cities and has processed service transactions for many of the nation’s leading mobility service providers and automotive manufacturers.Stratim will maintain its current headquarters in San Francisco, and will be part of KAR’s digital services group. Sean Behr assumes the role of Stratim’s president.