Steve Finlay

Steve
Finlay
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

Editor of WardsAuto Dealer Business magazine, Steve writes about automobile dealers and retail practices.

Articles
Up, Up and Away for Maxima
Quality materials, smart styling and exquisite craftsmanship take Nissan’s flagship sedan to soaring levels.
Family Matters in Car Dealership World
Starting out on his own, Greg Miller buys a dealership from Bob Baker, who’s easing out of the business.
For Car Dealers, Consumer Satisfaction Pays
Study measures the financial value of happy customers.
8 Great Quotes on Hot F&I Topics 1
Here’s what people in automotive financing are talking about these days.
Ally Steps Up Customer Communications
“We felt it was important to establish a relationship with people on a more regular basis,” says Ally executive Andrea Riley.
Most Polled Lenders Say Auto Financing Will Increase
About 14% say they expect a decline, 24.4% expect no change and 7.1% aren’t sure.
‘Real People’ Desires Vs. ‘Tech Geek’ Assumptions
Some traits may be good, some bad but “they are what (Americans) are articulating” about themselves, says design executive Jeff DeBoer.
To De-clutter Car Cockpits, Just Say ‘No’
“Automotive can learn from aerospace,” says aerospace consultant Matt Jackson.
Are Car Dealership Values Peaking?
“The outlook is hazier this year,” Erin Kerrigan says of the business of buying and selling dealerships.
NADA Chief Not Hung Up With Modern Technology 1
Jeff Carlson says smartphones are part of everyday life – and proceeds to prove it. Twice.
Manheim: Shared-Platform Car Auctions Will Happen
“If this were easy, it would have been done by now,” says Janet Barnard, president of Manheim’s North American operations.
Twists, Turns (and One Fall) For Outgoing NADA Chief
“It was the single-most enjoyable professional experience of my life,” Bill Fox says of his NADA tenure.
Dealers Want VW to Fix Their Financial Damage 1
In arguably the 2016 NADA convention’s most importantt franchise meeting, VW faces its dealers.
Bankers Fret About Uber-mobile Lending
Lenders say they’d like to know if vehicles they give advances for will go to work in the ride-sharing industry.
Dealer of the Year Had Humble Start 5
Kitty Van Bortel once sold used cars in the front of a rented house. She’s now Time Dealer of the Year in partnership with Ally.
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May 5, 2016
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Nissan Maxima: Judging for 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors

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