Economy Industry Trends

Successful Second Half Requires Flexibility

Do you have a strategic plan for the second half of this year? Granted, the retail automotive industry has been on a roller coaster lately. But now is the time to assess your dealership’s performance over the past two quarters and set some milestones to achieve your end-of-year profit metrics. A successful second half of 2022 will require some flexibility and willingness to change behavior.

Looking ahead, there are several factors which spell opportunity for dealers to capture notable revenue in the second half of the year. Strong consumer financial positions, credit terms which remain largely favorable, and continued pent-up demand bode well for savvy dealers. While the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates and recession rumblings linger, consumer financing is still discounted when compared to rates during the Great Recession. According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) quarterly report, aggregate monthly personal income has rebounded to pre-pandemic averages and auto loan volume has recovered faster than in previous down-turns.

For dealers, these favorable credit terms also spell revenue opportunities for those who strategically manage their inventory purchasing and pipeline sales. While inventory and supply chains remain an issue, the wheels are beginning to turn and factories are cranking out more units, albeit maybe ones without heated seats or auto-folding mirrors. Used car inventory is also improving, with bulk-sellers like CarMax reporting sufficient inventory to meet 30 days’ worth of demand. Rising interest rates may also be working in the industry’s favor for once, prompting a bit of a cooling effect on demand and allowing OEMs to catch up.


Benefits of a CPO Lease

Hollis Goode Regional Vice President EFG Companies
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Hollis Goode
Regional Vice President
EFG Companies

According to the NADA Used Car Guide, more than 3 million vehicles will reach the end of their leases in 2016. This represents a 35 percent jump in off-lease volume. With such a huge increase in reliable, late-model, pre-owned vehicles, the industry has already seen used vehicle prices drop to become more competitive. Now, dealers are more concerned with maintaining front-end profitability while still being competitive.

So, how can dealers accomplish their profitability goals while maintaining a competitive edge? The answer lies in certified pre-owned programs. Today’s consumers are much more concerned with getting more value for their money. That’s part of the reason why pre-owned vehicles have been top sellers in recent years. Dealers can further utilize this trend to sell higher-priced pre-owned vehicles with a CPO program.

According to proprietary research from EFG Companies, 32 percent of consumers would look to purchase a vehicle in the 61 – 150k mile range, of which, 62 percent would actively seek for that vehicle to be covered by a CPO program.


EFG Companies Launches Certified Pre-Owned Program Through National Powersport Auctions

NPA_Logo_Lg-web95% of pre-owned motorcycle purchasers say a CPO program would impact where they buy their next motorcycle

EFG Companies, the innovator behind the award-winning Hyundai Assurance program, today announced the launch of a Certified Pre-Owned Program designed specifically to grow powersports dealer business and drive loyalty through National Powersport Auctions (NPA), the number one provider of auction and remarketing services in the powersports industry. For more information on the Certified Pre-Owned program, visit  

Ninety-five percent of respondents in a recent third-party research survey said the availability of a program like this would impact their choice of dealer from which they would purchase their next pre-owned motorcycle. In addition, 56 percent said they would drive more than 30 miles to purchase a motorcycle covered by a CPO program.

EFG’s CPO program provides consumers with complimentary limited powertrain protection on name-brand pre-owned motorcycles.  As an added benefit, motorcycles purchased by dealers from NPA with an overall NPA Condition Report score of 75 or higher will automatically be eligible for the program (brand, year, mileage, engine, transmission and frame score limits apply). These advantages will meet an expressed customer need, while driving potential revenue and buyer traffic for dealers.