Franchised car dealers are experiencing some hard-hitting body blows from the media of late. Industry experts wonder if the stories portend what could be a rough 2004 for dealers. Earlier this month, Dateline NBC ran a hidden camera story focusing on dealership finance and insurance fraud and deception focusing on Town and Country Ford, in Charlotte, NC. The dealership is owned by public retailer Sonic Automotive, ranked third on the 2003 Ward's Megadealer 100 list. Also in ...

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