Steve Finlay is the editor of WardsAuto Dealer Business magazine and a senior editor for WardsAuto.com. His journalism career started 42 years ago as a crime reporter. A Michigan native, he likes fast cars, big lakes and cold days.

Posts by Steve Finlay

in Retail Front Jul 16, 2015

The Long and Short of Auto Loans Now vs. Then

Loans of 1-12 months once accounted for 24% of auto financing....More
in Retail Front Jul 13, 2015

Luxury Brands Have Great Cars, and Great Salespeople

Pied Piper Management deploys mystery shoppers to rank car dealership sales effectiveness by brand....More
in Retail Front May 26, 2015

Car Sharing Same as Bed Sharing?

Zipcar cofounder tells how she described the venture to early doubters....More
in Retail Front Apr 21, 2015

Have Phone, Will Shop at Car Dealerships

The new reality: Kids sleep with their smartphones and adults wield them at dealerships....More
in Retail Front Apr 01, 2015

Mercedes GLE Is Nice, But About That Pickup…

The head of Mercedes-Benz USA talks about the prospect of the luxury automaker joining America’s pickup party....More
in Retail Front Mar 05, 2015

Why Call Them Auto Dealers?

Some people think auto-retailing name changes are in order....More
in Retail Front Jan 09, 2015

Auto Dealers, CFPB May Go to Mat This Year

Don’t necessarily look for a knockout punch or lots of blood on the mat. But this is the year we may see a decision....More
in Retail Front Dec 15, 2014

Let’s Rate the 60-Minute Car Deal

Most people want a quality dealer relationship more than an express purchase, says DealerRater CEO Gary Tucker....More
in Retail Front Oct 20, 2014

Tesla May Lose Another One

Michigan governor likely to sign bill banning direct auto sales....More
in Retail Front Sep 29, 2014

Dead Rockers Enliven Today’s Car Ads

Acura draws pans, praise for TV spot featuring the voice of Sid Vicious....More

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