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· Dealer Education School, Call TriStar Motors
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Everyone must take the New Dealer Class,
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d05/vc11704_5.htm

· Obtain the DMV Inspector’s number for your area and
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Then from the dmv website, www.dmv.ca.gov,

the student must find the:
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http://www.dmv.ca.gov/fo/inspector_office.htm
application for dealers license,
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Vehicle Types: A/C cars and trucks
M/C motorcycles
ATV all terrain vehicles
MH motorhome
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Endorsements: AutoBroker

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· File a Fictitious Name Statement with the county clerk
and have it published in a local paper.
The dealer must file a Fictitious Name Statement with
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Obtain a Surety Bond in the amount of $ 50,000.
Wholesale & less than 25 cars/ year then $ 10,000.
The surety bond is a promise by the dealer to honor
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DMV fees and penalties, State sales tax and a
judgment by any court against the dealership.
Cash, Savings or a Bond may be posted.
Your credit report will set the Bond Premium
Some credit scores will require collateral.
The DMV form needed to submit your bond:
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/ol/ol25.htm
If less than 25 cars per year & wholesale only:
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/ol/ol25b.pdf

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· Obtain a Business License
The city or county issuing the zoning permission letter
will usually require a business license.
· Obtain a Live Scan Fingerprint Card.
To obtain a location check:

http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.php

DMV Live Scan information:
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vehindustry/ol/livescan.htm
DMV Sample Live Scan Form
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Obtain a Board of Equalization Seller’s Permit.
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http://www.boe.ca.gov/info/phone.htm
Board Information on Registration:
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Application Form:
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· Complete the Application and have someone read it
over for you to look for errors and omissions.

Ask your
DMV Inspector if you can FAX it in for review.
· Call the DMV Inspector and submit the Application with
your Bond Declaration Form. You must have a Bond in
place to submit your application. If you wish to be
considered for a temporary license, you must have all
photos completed as well.
list of DMV inspectors,
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/fo/inspector_office.htm
DMV photo requirements:
http://dmv.ca.gov/vehindustry/ol/photoreq.htm

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Generally you will need:
11 photos for retail
8 for wholesale, 9 for wholesale with a broker endorsement

 They are:

1 Building photo
2 Outside sign photo ®
3 Display area photo ®
4 Office
5 Business License posting photo
6 Resale Permit posting photo
7 Telephone
8 Interior Signs ®
9 Locked Cabinet
10 Checkbook
11 Dealer Book

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One sign if sole user of the location.
Multiple signs if mixed use at the location.

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The No Cooling Off Period Notice to Public

The Inspection of Vehicle Notice to Public

Car Buyer Bill of Rights Disclosure

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 Create a locked cabinet, desk drawer, file cabinet or safe to store DMV report of sale forms.

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· Open a Bank Account in the name of the dealership.

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For registration forms write to:
DMV Forms Office
P.O. Box 932242, Sacramento,CA, 94232
Use the list of forms from the DMV website & add the
REG 262 to the list.
list of registration forms,
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/formsreg.htm
Draft a letter on your dealer letterhead including a
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Spanish Copy, 1 per set, latest version

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Spanish Copy, latest version

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Not for Sale Sticker

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· Create & have ready photos of your setup.
Instruction on photos @
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VIN: 1VXBR12EXCP901213 (sample)
Report ID:  VinAudit.com #932740318
Generated: 2011-03-27 21:19:24 GMT
Vehicle Specifications
This section lists basic vehicle details encoded by the VIN.

Source: VinQuery
Vin 1VXBR12EXCP901213
Make Toyota
Trim CE
Style SEDAN 4-DR
Steering Type R&P
Tank Size 13.20 gallon
Overall Length 178.30 in.
Standard Seating 5
Highway Mileage 38 – 41 miles/gallon
Year 2005
Model Corolla
Engine 1.8L L4 DOHC 16V
Made In UNITED STATES
Anti-Brake System 4-Wheel ABS
Overall Height 58.50 in.
Overall Width 66.90 in.
Optional Seating No data
City Mileage 30 – 32 miles/gallon
Title Records
This section lists state title records. Please click on the states linked below to request details.

Source: NMVTIS
Date State of Title Type Mileage VIN
08/31/2011 Washington Current 59,396 mi.
02/23/2008 Wisconsin Historical 37,398 mi. 1VXBR12EXCP901213
11/04/2007 Wisconsin Historical 12,269 mi. 1VXBR12EXCP901213
08/19/2005 Ohio Historical 3,220 mi. 1VXBR12EXCP153842
06/22/2005 Ohio Historical 1VXBR12EXCP153842
Junk / Salvage / Insurance Records
This section lists junk, salvage, and insurance records (if any).

Source: NMVTIS
Date Reporting Entity Details
10/25/2007 Insurance Salvage, Inc.
Milwalkee, WI
Phone: 5556478921
Damage type: Junk And Salvage
Disposition: Sold
Intended for export: NO
Problem Checks
This section lists our checks for potential problems related to the title.  (expand all)

Source: NMVTIS
Record of Reconstructed?
 No problems found!
Record of Salvage: Damage or Not Specified?
 Record found!
Brand Date: 08/02/2005
Brander: Ohio (State)
Disposition: Salvage
Record of Test Vehicle?
 No problems found!
Record of Refurbished?
 No problems found!
Record of Collision?
 No problems found!
Record of Salvage Retention?
 No problems found!
Record of Prior Taxi?
 No problems found!
Record of Prior Police?
 No problems found!
Record of Original Taxi?
 No problems found!
Record of Original Police?
 No problems found!
Record of Remanufactured?
 No problems found!
Record of Gray Market?
 No problems found!
Record of Warranty Return?
 No problems found!
Record of Antique?
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Record of Classic?
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Record of Agricultural Vehicle?
 No problems found!
Record of Logging Vehicle?
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Record of Street Rod?
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Record of Vehicle Contains Reissued VIN?
 No problems found!
Record of Replica?
 No problems found!
Record of Totaled?
 No problems found!
Record of Owner Retained?
 No problems found!
Record of Bond Posted?
 No problems found!
Record of Memorandum Copy?
 No problems found!
Record of Parts Only?
 No problems found!
Record of Recovered Theft?
 No problems found!
Record of Undisclosed Lien?
 No problems found!
Record of Prior Owner Retained?
 No problems found!
Record of Vehicle Non-conformity Uncorrected?
 No problems found!
Record of Vehicle Non-conformity Corrected?
 No problems found!
Record of Vehicle Safety Defect Uncorrected?
 No problems found!
Record of Vehicle Safety Defect Corrected?
 No problems found!
Record of VIN Replaced?
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Record of Gray Market: Non-compliant?
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Record of Gray Market: Compliant?
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Record of Manufacturer Buy Back?
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Record of Former Rental?
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Record of Salvage: Stolen?
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Record of Salvage: Reasons Other Than Damage or Stolen?
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Record of Disclosed Damage?
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Record of Prior Non-Repairable / Repaired?
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Record of Crushed?
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Record of Odometer: Actual?
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Record of Odometer: Not Actual?
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Record of Odometer: Tampering Verified?
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Record of Odometer: Exempt from Odometer Disclosure?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Exceeds Mechanical Limits?
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Record of Odometer: May be Altered?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Replaced?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Reading at Time of Renewal?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Discrepancy?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Call Title Division?
 No problems found!
Record of Odometer: Exceeds Mechanical Limits Rectified?
 No problems found!
Record of Flood damage?
 No problems found!
Record of Fire damage?
 No problems found!
Record of Hail damage?
 No problems found!
Record of Salt water damage?
 No problems found!
Record of Vandalism?
 No problems found!
Record of Kit?
 No problems found!
Record of Dismantled?
 No problems found!
Record of Junk?
 No problems found!
Record of Rebuilt?
 Record found!
Brand Date: 08/19/2005
Brander: Ohio (State)
Disposition: Rebuilt
NMVTIS Disclaimer
The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is an electronic system that contains information on certain automobiles titled in the United States. NMVTIS is intended to serve as a reliable source of title and brand history for automobiles, but it does not contain detailed information regarding a vehicle’s repair history.
All states, insurance companies, and junk and salvage yards are required by federal law to regularly report information to NMVTIS. However, NMVTIS does not contain information on all motor vehicles in the United States because some states are not yet providing their vehicle data to the system. Currently, the data provided to NMVTIS by states is provided in a variety of time frames; while some states report and update NMVTIS data in “real-time” (as title transactions occur), other states send updates less frequently, such as once every 24 hours or within a period of days.
Information on previous, significant vehicle damage may not be included in the system if the vehicle was never determined by an insurance company (or other appropriate entity) to be a “total loss” or branded by a state titling agency. Conversely, an insurance carrier may be required to report a “total loss” even if the vehicle’s titling-state has not determined the vehicle to be “salvage” or “junk.”
Before making a decision to purchase a vehicle, consumers may wish to obtain an independent vehicle inspection, an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report (from an approved NMVTIS data provider – look for the NMVTIS logo), and consult other available vehicle information resources.
The information in NMVTIS includes:
Information from participating state motor vehicle titling agencies.
Information on automobiles, buses, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, motor homes, and tractors. NMVTIS may not currently include commercial vehicles if those vehicles are not included in a state’s primary database for title records (in some states, those vehicles are managed by a separate state agency), although these records may be added at a later time.
Information on “brands” applied to vehicles provided by participating state motor vehicle titling agencies. Brand types and definitions vary by state, but may provide useful information about the condition or prior use of the vehicle.
Most recent odometer reading in the state’s title record.
Information from insurance companies, and auto recyclers, including junk and salvage yards, that is required by law to be reported to the system, beginning March 31, 2009. This information will include if the vehicle was determined to be a “total loss” by an insurance carrier.
Information from junk and salvage yards receiving a “cash for clunker” vehicle traded-in under the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 (CARS) Program.
Consumers are advised to visit www.vehiclehistory.gov for details on how to interpret the information in the system and understand the meaning of various labels applied to vehicles by the participating state motor vehicle titling agencies.
VinAudit.com Disclaimer
The title records, junk/salvage/insurance records, and reported vehicle brands listed in the “Problem Check” section is compiled from data in NMVTIS. This vehicle history data is passed from our connection with AAMVA to our servers, which serves this report to your browser. This process of compiling the report through our connection with NMVTIS has been tested and approved by AAMVA. However, VinAudit.com neither enters nor validates the data in NMVTIS, so VinAudit.com does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the data presented.
The vehicle specifications presented are based on a decoding the VIN number (which statically identifies the vehicle’s manufacturer and description). Hence, it will not reflect specific modifications made to this particular vehicle over the course of its existence. Furthermore, the accuracy of this decoding is not guaranteed.
Please refer to www.vinaudit.com/terms for the full Terms and Conditions of this report.

 


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tesla tennessee fire yields successful results for survivor

November 9, 2013

By Juris Shibayama, MD

TAGS: CUSTOMERS / MODEL S / STORES /
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I was driving home from work on the interstate in the right lane at approximately 70 miles per hour, following a truck. In the middle of the lane, there was a rusty three-pronged trailer hitch that was sticking up with the ball up in the air. The truck in front of me cleared the object. I did not have enough time to swerve to avoid the hitch, and it went below my car. I felt a firm “thud” as the hitch struck the bottom of the car, and it felt as though it even lifted the car up in the air. My assistant later found a gouge in the tarmac where the item scraped into the road. Somewhat shaken, I continued to drive.

About 30-45 seconds later, there was a warning on the dashboard display saying, “Car needs service. Car may not restart.” I continued to drive, hoping to get home. About one minute later, the message on the dashboard display read, “Please pull over safely. Car is shutting down.” I was able to fully control the car the entire time and safely pulled off the left shoulder on the side of the road. I got out of the car, and started to get all my belongings out. About 5-10 seconds after getting out of the car, smoke started to come from the front underbody of the car. I walked away from the vehicle to a distance of about 100 yards. More smoke started to come out of the bottom of the car, and about two minutes after I walked away, the front of the car caught on fire.

I am thankful to God that I was totally uninjured in any way from this impact. Had I not been in a Tesla, that object could have punched through the floor and caused me serious harm. From the time of impact of the object until the time the car caught fire was about five minutes. During this time, the car warned me that it was damaged and instructed me to pull over. I never felt as though I was in any imminent danger. While driving after I hit the object until I pulled over, the car performed perfectly, and it was a totally controlled situation. There was never a point at which I was anywhere even close to any flames.

The firemen arrived promptly and applied water to the flames. They were about to pry open the doors, so I pressed my key button and the handles presented and everything worked even though the front of the car was on fire. No flames ever reached the cabin, and nothing inside was damaged. I was even able to get my papers and pens out of the glove compartment.

This experience does not in any way make me think that the Tesla Model S is an unsafe car. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.

Juris Shibayama, MD

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tesla requests full investigation regarding vehicle fires

TESLA
November 18, 2013
The Mission of Tesla
By Elon Musk, Chairman, Product Architect & CEO
Our goal when we created Tesla a decade ago was the same as it is today: to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market as soon as possible. If we could have done that with our first product, we would have, but that was simply impossible to achieve for a startup company that had never built a car and that had one technology iteration and no economies of scale. Our first product was going to be expensive no matter what it looked like, so we decided to build a sports car, as that seemed like it had the best chance of being competitive with its gasoline alternatives.

I suspected that this could be misinterpreted as Tesla believing that there was a shortage of sports cars for rich people, so I described the three step “master plan” for getting to compelling and affordable electric vehicles in my first blog piece about our company. This was unfortunately almost entirely ignored.

In order to get to that end goal, big leaps in technology are required, which naturally invites a high level of scrutiny. That is fair, as new technology should be held to a higher standard than what has come before. However, there should also be some reasonable limit to how high such a standard should be, and we believe that this has been vastly exceeded in recent media coverage.

How Does the Tesla Model S Fire Risk Compare to Gasoline Cars?

Since the Model S went into production last year, there have been more than a quarter million gasoline car fires in the United States alone, resulting in over 400 deaths and approximately 1,200 serious injuries (extrapolating 2012 NFPA data). However, the three Model S fires, which only occurred after very high-speed collisions and caused no serious injuries or deaths, received more national headlines than all 250,000+ gasoline fires combined. The media coverage of Model S fires vs. gasoline car fires is disproportionate by several orders of magnitude, despite the latter actually being far more deadly.

Reading the headlines, it is therefore easy to assume that the Tesla Model S and perhaps electric cars in general have a greater propensity to catch fire than gasoline cars when nothing could be further from the truth.

Journalists with a deep knowledge of the car industry, such as the news editor of Automotive News, understand and attempt to rebut this notion, but they have been drowned out by an onslaught of popular and financial media seeking to make a sensation out of something that a simple Google search would reveal to be false. I would also like to express appreciation for the investigative journalists who took the time to research and write an accurate article.

The degree to which this is outrageous is described well in the above-mentioned Automotive News article. There are now substantially more than the 19,000 Model S vehicles on the road that were reported in our Q3 shareholder letter for an average of one fire per at least 6,333 cars, compared to the rate for gasoline vehicles of one fire per 1,350 cars. By this metric, you are more than four and a half times more likely to experience a fire in a gasoline car than a Model S! Considering the odds in the absolute, you are more likely to be struck by lightning in your lifetime than experience even a non-injurious fire in a Tesla.

Those metrics tell only part of the story. The far more deadly nature of a gasoline car fire deserves to be re-emphasized. Since the Model S went into production mid last year, there have been over 400 deaths and 1,200 serious injuries in the United States alone due to gasoline car fires, compared to zero deaths and zero injuries due to Tesla fires anywhere in the world.

There is a real, physical reason for this: a gasoline tank has 10 times more combustion energy than our battery pack. Moreover, the Model S battery pack also has internal firewalls between the 16 modules and a firewall between the battery pack and passenger compartment. This effectively limits the fire energy to a few percent that of a gasoline car and is the reason why Dr. Shibayama was able to retrieve his pens and papers from the glove compartment completely untouched after the recent fire (caused by a high speed impact with a tow hitch). It is also why arsonists tend to favor gasoline. Trying to set the side of a building on fire with a battery pack is far less effective.

What About Safety Overall?

Our primary concern is not for the safety of the vehicle, which can easily be replaced, but for the safety of our customers and the families they entrust to our cars. Based on the Model S track record so far, you have a zero percent chance of being hurt in an accident resulting in a battery fire, but what about other types of accidents? Despite multiple high-speed accidents, there have been no deaths or serious injuries in a Model S of any kind ever. Of course, at some point, the law of large numbers dictates that this, too, will change, but the record is long enough already for us to be extremely proud of this achievement. This is why the Model S achieved the lowest probability of injury of any car ever tested by the US government. The probability of injury is the most accurate statistical figure of merit, showing clearly that the Model S is safer in an accident than any other vehicle without exception. It is literally impossible for another car to have a better safety track record, as it would have to possess mystical powers of healing.

Further Actions

While we believe the evidence is clear that there is no safer car on the road than the Model S, we are taking three specific actions.

First, we have rolled out an over-the-air update to the air suspension that will result in greater ground clearance at highway speeds. To be clear, this is about reducing the chances of underbody impact damage, not improving safety. The theoretical probability of a fire injury is already vanishingly small and the actual number to date is zero. Another software update expected in January will give the driver direct control of the air suspension ride height transitions.

Second, we have requested that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conduct a full investigation as soon as possible into the fire incidents. While we think it is highly unlikely, if something is discovered that would result in a material improvement in occupant fire safety, we will immediately apply that change to new cars and offer it as a free retrofit to all existing cars. Given that the incidence of fires in the Model S is far lower than combustion cars and that there have been no resulting injuries, this did not at first seem like a good use of NHTSA’s time compared to the hundreds of gasoline fire deaths per year that warrant their attention. However, there is a larger issue at stake: if a false perception about the safety of electric cars is allowed to linger, it will delay the advent of sustainable transport and increase the risk of global climate change, with potentially disastrous consequences worldwide. That cannot be allowed to happen.

Third, to reinforce how strongly we feel about the low risk of fire in our cars, we will be amending our warranty policy to cover damage due to a fire, even if due to driver error. Unless a Model S owner actively tries to destroy the car, they are covered. Our goal here is to eliminate any concern about the cost of such an event and ensure that over time the Model S has the lowest insurance cost of any car at our price point. Either our belief in the safety of our car is correct and this is a minor cost or we are wrong, in which case the right thing is for Tesla to bear the cost rather than the car buyer.

All of these actions are taken in order to make clear the confidence we have in our product and to eliminate any misperceptions regarding the integrity of our technology and the safety of our cars.

Red Flag Enforcement still on the FTC radar for car dealers

Federal officials don’t seem to be routinely monitoring whether dealerships are complying with the Red Flags Rule, which went into effect last year, compliance expert Gil Van Over told Automotive News.

“I haven’t seen any enforcement action being taken as a pre-emptive measure,” he said.

Even so, dealerships face dire consequences if identity theft is detected and the store didn’t comply with the rule, said Van Over, president of gvo3 & Associates in Crown Point, Ind.

The Red Flags Rule is aimed at preventing identity theft. Dealers must create and maintain a written plan for complying. The plan spells out how the dealership will detect “red flags” and who’s responsible for doing what. Examples of red flags include a photo ID that does not look like the customer, an address that doesn’t match the customer’s official records, or a customer who is in an unusual hurry and doesn’t take delivery in person.

Carole Reynolds, senior attorney for the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Financial Practices, says the Red Flags Rule is still on the FTC’s radar. “It is something that can be and remains a focus,” she said last month during an Automotive News F&I Week Webinar.

Attorney Michael Benoit of the Hudson Cook law firm, who also spoke during the Webinar, noted that several states have identity-theft laws, too: “What I have seen are attorney generals launching investigations against creditors where there has been an identity theft, and where it appears that lax procedures or ineffective compliance played a part in letting that happen.”

 

You can reach Jim Henry at autonews@crain.com.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/20120709/RETAIL07/307099991#ixzz20zIYFzVI

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