DealerCue Blog

Insight, News and Events for Automotive Dealerships

The Dealercue blog offers information and strategy to support your dealership. We welcome guest posts that offer value to our dealer partners. If you have any questions about our blog or would like more information about being a guest author, or have ideas for future blog posts, email

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BidCue vs. Stockwave: Which is the Best Online Vehicle Sourcing Tool?

By Ben Putano | Oct 10, 2018

Online auto auctions revolutionized the way dealers stock their lots. While there are still plenty of live auctions and big names like CarMax and Manheim keeping the tradition alive, online auctions are becoming more and more popular. They are convenient and allow you to bid on any vehicle in the country from the comfort of…

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DealerCue vs. CDK Global: Comparing Dealership Tools

By Ben Putano | Oct 4, 2018

The variety of organizations taking part in the auto industry is tremendous. Not all dealerships are equal. The AutoNation Inc. group includes more than 230 separate dealerships. Don Davis Auto Group has just three. NIADA has more than 20,000 independent dealership members in the United States, and each has its own specific needs from the…

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Which Used Car Appraisal Tool is Right for You?

By Ben Putano | Oct 1, 2018

Today’s car buyers spend more than 60% of their time researching online and just 20% with the dealership that sells them their car. That also includes the time spent filing paperwork and going through the purchase process. The market is driven by consumers who have access to all the information in the world via the…

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5 Step Guide to Online Advertising for Small Dealerships

By Ben Putano | Sep 24, 2018

I’ve worked with dozens of small and mid-size dealerships, helping them get started with online advertising, and I’ve heard the same response over and over: “I can’t afford online ads”.   But in reality, what you can’t afford is not to advertise online. Here are some stats from the latest Car Buyer Journey report by…

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6 Tips to Win Your Next Dealer Auction

By Ben Putano | Sep 19, 2018

Every dealership knows the sacred mantra of the used car sales: “You don’t make money when you sell a vehicle. You make money when you buy it.” Last year, dealerships sold 42.7 million used cars. A large percentage of those started at one of the hundreds of dealer auctions around the country. If you plan…

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The Dealer’s Guide to CarMax Auctions

By Ben Putano | Jul 31, 2018

CarMax has fundamentally changed the game for dealerships. Now they’re trying to do the same with dealer auctions. With 75 auction sites around the country, CarMax is winning over dealers with the same friendly, transparent service that made them the largest used car retailer in the US. CarMax Dealer Auctions are currently the third largest…

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Carfax vs. AutoCheck: Which Vehicle History Tool is Right for Your Dealership

By Ben Putano | Jul 5, 2018

For good or bad, most car buyers today refuse to take a car dealer at their word, especially when it comes to buying a used car. Vehicle history reports are virtually non-negotiable in today’s world of ultra-transparent deals. Which leaves dealers with a sticky question: Should they choose Carfax or Autocheck? Carfax and Autocheck are…

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Vin Viper Has Closed Down. What’s Next? Meet VinCue

By Ben Putano | Jul 2, 2018

Vin Viper was a pioneer in car dealership technology. Almost a decade ago, Selig Technologies unveiled Vin Viper as one of the first mobile appraisal apps. It was an instant success and quickly became a top appraisal tool for car dealerships. However, the company grew too quickly and had trouble scaling. After years of technical…

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VinCue vs. laser appraiser

VinCue vs. Laser Appraiser: Comparing Dealer Tools

By Ben Putano | Jun 26, 2018

We all try to deliver the ultimate car buying experience to our customers. In a word-of-mouth industry like auto sales, these “magic” moments are as important as ever. The problem is, customers are less impressed by our “tricks” than they used to be. Back in the day, a dealer could do a customer a favor…

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