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Category: Auto Dealerships

August 11, 2023

Driving Profits: A Guide for Auto Dealers on Mastering EV Credits

Are you fully leveraging the opportunities that the rise of electric vehicles (EVs) offers? As an auto dealer, understanding this industry shift, particularly the role of federal tax incentives like EV tax credits, can be a game-changer for your dealership. Let’s dive into how mastering the nuances of EV credits can maximize your profitability. Seize the Opportunity: EV Tax Credits and Your Dealership In a bid to promote sustainable transportation, the U.S. government offers federal EV tax credits ranging from… Read more ›

August 7, 2023

Evolve Your Finance and Insurance Department for Better Dealership Performance

The automotive industry has shifted tremendously over the past few years. Between COVID shutdowns driving less foot traffic into dealerships and impacting the supply chain, and new car manufacturers entering the market with a direct-to-consumer approach, auto dealers have had a lot to contend with. Considering all these changes, how can dealerships maintain the profits driven by their Finance and Insurance (F&I) divisions? Finance and Insurance (F&I) has historically been a significant profit center for car dealerships. They can continue… Read more ›

June 28, 2023

How to Detect and Prevent Fraud in Your Auto Dealership

The digital age has revolutionized the car-buying experience but has also opened the door to a new wave of scams. Identity theft and loan application fraud have become significant risks for online auto buyers and dealerships. In this article, we’ll delve into how this technology can be your secret weapon in the fight against digital fraud in the auto retail industry. Why All Dealerships Should Be Concerned With Internal and External Fraud Risks Picture this: it’s March 2023, and two… Read more ›

June 21, 2023

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell to Sponsor 6th Annual Bob Bell Automotive Charity Golf Tournament

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell’s (CBM) automotive dealerships team has sponsored the 6th annual Bob Bell Automotive charity golf tournament in partnership with There Goes My Hero, a not-for-profit organization, to raise money for blood cancer patients and their families. The golf tournament will be hosted on Monday, September 11 at the Chartwell Golf & Country Club in Severna Park, Maryland. CBM’s dealership team has hosted the Bob Bell Automotive charitable golf event in past years. Visit the event webpage for… Read more ›

May 24, 2023

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell to Sponsor 2023 WANADA Open

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell (CBM) will serve as a hole sponsor at the 2023 WANADA Open, a golf and networking event hosted by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, a regional association that promotes the retail automobile business in the Washington metropolitan area. The 2023 WANADA Open will now be held on Monday, September 25, 2023 (rescheduled from June 12 due to poor weather conditions) at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA. CBM’s automotive dealerships team is… Read more ›

April 3, 2023

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell to Serve as MADA Sponsor at the 2023 Summer Convention with Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky Automobile Associations

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell (CBM) will serve as a Maryland Automobile Dealers Association (MADA) sponsor at the 2023 Summer Convention held in collaboration with the Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association, the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA) and the West Virginia Automobile Dealers Association. The summer convention will be held at The Greenbrier Hotel in Sulphur Springs, West Virginia from June 19 to 22, 2023. The theme of the convention will be “Change: Our Opportunity, Not Our Enemy”. CBM is a regular… Read more ›

February 14, 2023

Develop a System of Oversight with Cruise Control

Making sense of financial statements can be a challenging job that is best left to your accounting firm. But you can achieve efficient oversight and help protect your auto dealership from internal theft by understanding and controlling the smaller numbers that are part of the bottom line. Many businesses inadvertently assign tasks to an employee that crossover in such a way as to allow an unscrupulous staff member to cover his or her own tracks. A classic example is when… Read more ›

February 14, 2023

What Might 2023 Have in Store for Car Dealerships?

The past several years have created a challenging environment for auto dealers. With shortages caused by the pandemic, increased pricing from lack of supply, employee recruiting challenges, and an inflationary market – there has not been a shortage in hurdles. In fact, the Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index (CADSI) survey for the fourth quarter of 2022 showed a 17-point drop from last year, with most surveyed dealers reporting they view the current auto market as weak. Where will the opportunities… Read more ›

January 9, 2023

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell to Sponsor MADA / VADA / WANADA Reception at 2023 National Automobile Dealers Association Show

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell (CBM) will sponsor a reception hosted by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association and the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association on Friday, January 27 at the 2023 National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Annual Show. The reception will be at Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens, 2728 N. Harwood Street from 6 to 9 pm CST near the NADA auto show in Dallas, Texas. John Comunale, CPA, Keith Laudenberger, CPA and Richard Morris,… Read more ›

December 21, 2022

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell to Sponsor Maryland Automobile Dealers Association’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Legislative Reception

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell (CBM) will serve as a sponsor of the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association’s 2023 annual meeting and legislative reception. The Wednesday, February 8 event is expected to bring together automobile dealers and state legislators to address issues facing the relationship between dealers and manufacturers. Members of CBM’s automotive dealership team will participate in the evening reception from 5:30 to 8:30 pm EST. For more information and to register, visit MADA’s website. Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell (CBM) is… Read more ›