Don Esmond of Toyota Division to be CAR 2004 Keynoter

Donald V. Esmond, senior vice president and general manger of Toyota Division, will be the keynote speaker at the 2004 Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR), which will be held on Jan. 21-23, 2004 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Esmond will speak on Tuesday, Jan. 22 on “Positioning Residuals, Certified Programs, and Direct-to-Dealer UC Sales.”

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Freudenberg Named New Director of Paint Operations for Dent Wizard

Kevin Freudenberg was hired as director of paint operations for Dent Wizard International.

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Chrysler Reduces Certification Fee for Used Cars

DaimlerChrysler has made changes to the Chrysler group certified used-vehicle program. The company has dropped its per-vehicle certification fee for dealers by $100, to $295, on used 2003-model Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles. In addition, it has added a three-month/30,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

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Internet Buying Surges for Honda at Chattanooga Auto Auction

Chattanooga Auto Auction posted a record for Honda Financial Services, recording the largest number of bids by and the largest numbers of cars sold to Internet buyers at its June 10th Online Ringman sale.

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VW to Offer Branded Extended Service Contracts for Both Audi and VW Models

Volkswagen of America, Inc., and Audi of America, Inc. have announced new and improved branded extended service contracts, pre-paid maintenance programs, and GAP debt waiver and insurance policies for customers.

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Simulcast Has Record-Breaking Success at Manheim’s Atlanta Auto Auction

Manheim’s Simulcast had record-breaking success at the BMW highline sale at Manheim’s Atlanta Auto Auction on July 2, 2003. Of 130 vehicles sold, 84 percent were purchased by online dealers via Simulcast.

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Greater Quad City and GSA Hold Public Internet Auction

Greater Quad-City Auto Auction (GQCAA) has teamed with the General Services Administration (GSA) to hold the first public, client-specific Internet auctions in May and June 2003.

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AutoTrader.com and WorldNow Announce Partnership

AutoTrader.com, the world’s largest automotive marketplace, and WorldNow, a leading provider of Internet technology, revenue, and content solutions for local broadcasters, announced that they have partnered AutoTrader.com content with the WorldNow network of television Web sites.

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ADESA Kansas City Promotes Rob Reed To Fleet/Lease Manager Position

ADESA Kansas City announced today that Rob Reed is its new fleet/lease manager. Reed, the former national account manager at ADESA Dallas, will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with ADESA Kansas City’s fleet, lease, and captive finance customers.

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Manheim Auctions’ Florida Auto Auction Of Orlando Enjoys “Best Ever” Simulcast Success

Manheim’s Florida Auto Auction of Orlando had notable Simulcast success at its recent three-day Anniversary Sale, accepting nearly 2,600 online bids and selling over 400 vehicles online. The sale proved to be the greatest success for Simulcast since its inception.

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