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By Ted Shelsby | November 27, 1994
New car sales -- an important barometer in measuring the country's economic health -- have been on the rise this year. Across the country, sales of cars and light trucks are up about 9 percent over the 1993 selling pace.In Maryland, the gain is even greater. According to figures compiled by the Motor Vehicle Administration, vehicle sales for the first 10 months of the year are 17 percent ahead of the 1993 sales pace.Can this strong sales pace continue? What is your forecast for 1995?Alfred ShockleyPresident, Maryland New Car and Truck Dealers AssociationI'm cautiously optimistic that 1995 will be another good year for dealers in the state.
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By Mary K. Tilghman, mtilghman@tribune.com | July 8, 2014
The first Maserati models have arrived and ground is due to be broken this week for a new showroom that will open this fall in Towson. The Maserati showroom, along with a new state-of-the-art showroom for BMWs, are part of a $4 million expansion now taking place on BMW of Towson's property at 700 Kenilworth Ave., according to Marc Cohen, vice president of Priority 1 Auto Group, which operates the Towson dealerships, as well as the MINI dealership which...
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By Eileen Ambrose and Eileen Ambrose,eileen.ambrose@baltsun.com | August 18, 2009
Most Maryland auto dealers participating in "Cash for Clunkers" have yet to be reimbursed by the federal government, raising concerns about the financial pressure the program is putting on dealers. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it is working overtime to process an overwhelming number of claims and trying to make sure that taxpayer money is paid out only for legitimate transactions. The Car Allowance Rebate System, better known as Cash for Clunkers, offers $3,500 or $4,500 to consumers who scrap a gas-guzzler and buy a more fuel-efficient new vehicle.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday that it reached a settlement with two auto dealers in Ohio and Maryland, including Timonium Chrysler Inc. of Cockeysville, over charges of deceptive ads on the cost of vehicles or available discounts. The agency said that the Cockeysville dealer, which does business under the name of Don White's Timonium Jeep Chrysler Dodge, promoted discounts and "Internet prices," but allegedly failed to tell consumers that they needed to qualify for rebates generally not available to them.
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By Meredith Schlow and Meredith Schlow,Evening Sun Staff | January 15, 1991
It's business as usual for automobile dealers and manufacturers at Baltimore's seventh annual International AutoShow despite last year's dismal auto sales figures and the weak economy.Though it may seem that purchasing a car would be the last thing on the mind of a family worrying about the possibility of war and the recession, officials say these circumstances make it more important than ever to create a splash at industry shows."When times get a little tougher, certainly the last thing you want to do is pull back on your advertising or promotion or your auto show presence," said Chuck Snearly, public affairs manager for the Lincoln Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Co."
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1997
Anne Arundel County Executive John D. Gary testified yesterday in favor of a bill to allow auto dealers in the county to open and sell vehicles on Sundays."
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By Michael Dresser and Sarah Koenig and Michael Dresser and Sarah Koenig,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2002
Developers, auto dealers, energy companies and port businesses were among the interests that helped Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. raise more than $620,000 in a 2 1/2 -week period this month for his campaign for governor. The GOP candidate, whose fund raising eclipsed that of Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend during the period, raised more than 90 percent of his money from Maryland sources, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday. Townsend's fund raising, meanwhile, seemed to melt away during the Aug. 7 to Aug. 25 filing period.
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By Ted Shelsby | June 4, 1991
A Harford County Circuit judge has overturned a 3-year-old opinion by Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran that auto dealers violated the law by charging car buyers millions of dollars through the "document fees" or "market adjustment fees" that were routinely added to the cost of vehicles.Mr. Curran ruled in August 1988 that such fees, and a number of others charged by dealers, violated the state's Retail Installment Sales Act. His legal opinion was limited only to deals in which the car's financing was arranged by the dealer.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | February 7, 2002
Maryland motorists went on a fourth-quarter buying spree that boosted sales of new vehicles to a record last year, according to figures released yesterday by the Motor Vehicle Administration. Lured by low-interest financing - zero on many models - motorists bought 101,193 vehicles in the last three months of the year - nearly 13,000 more cars and light trucks than during the last quarter of 2000. It was the strongest fourth-quarter selling period for dealers since 1991, when the MVA resumed releasing vehicle title registration figures, which equate to sales.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | May 3, 2000
The state Motor Vehicle Administration said yesterday that it will begin an investigation into General Motors Corp.'s recent purchase of five new-car dealerships in the Baltimore area. As part of what it called a "reconstruction project," GM acquired the dealerships and has partnered with two Houston auto dealers who will operate the stores and, eventually, plan to buy out the factory. Charles D. Schaub, manager of business licensing at the MVA, said yesterday that he wants to make certain that the transaction is not a violation of a Maryland law that prohibits auto manufacturers from owning retail outlets.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
A Baltimore car dealer pleaded guilty in federal court to depositing more than $2 million in a way to avoid having the bank report the transactions to the Internal Revenue Service, prosecutors announced Thursday. Amefika Gray, owner of Network Auto Group at 2631 Gwynns Falls Parkway, made deposits of $10,000 or less, sometimes multiple times in a single day, to avoid bank reporting requirements, prosecutors said. Banks are required to report deposits of more than $10,000 to the IRS. Between 2010 and 2012, Gray, 39, deposited more than $2 million into personal and banking accounts, prosecutors said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2012
Jeffrey L. Barnes, a farmer and owner of an Eldersburg Chevrolet dealership, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at his Finksburg home. He was 68. Jeffrey Lynn Barnes was born in Baltimore and raised in Winfield. He attended Westminster High School. After his 1964 marriage to Sylvia Ann Zepp, he went to work in sales at Duffy Used Cars, which was owned by his father-in-law. Mr. Barnes later took a job at Neel Chevrolet in Eldersburg, which he eventually purchased in 1983 and renamed Jeff Barnes Chevrolet Inc. "He'd work 70-hour weeks.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2011
Anne Arundel County police arrested and charged one man in a Christmas morning break-in at an Annapolis automobile dealership. A video security service notified police shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday of two people on the lot of Fitzgerald Oldsmobile Cadillac. Officers saw two men running, and arrested one when he tried to climb over a fence, said Lt. Doyle Batten. Police found bolt cutters and other tools on the lot that they suspect were used to cut catalytic converters from two vehicles there.
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Eileen Ambrose | November 3, 2011
On Sunday, I wrote about the Federal Trade Commission's fact-finding mission into the consumer experience of buying, leasing and financing a car. The FTC is trying to decide whether current consumer protections are enough, or whether more regulations and customer education are needed. Steven Eisenberg, a business manager with Arena Motor Group in Owings Mills, called to say that the dealer's side of the story is often overlooked in articles about buying a car. I told him I would post his comments on the blog.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2011
Kurt Mahlon Chenowith, 25, died Tuesday morning when his motorcycle hit the side of a car turning out of Bob Bell Chevrolet in Bel Air, police said. Chenowith, of Fork, was driving his 2009 Kawasaki Ninja south on Route 1 south of Old Joppa Road when he struck the driver's side of a 1990 Oldsmobile that was turning left out of the dealership parking lot into the northbound lane, said the Maryland State Police. The crash happened shortly after 11 a.m. The driver of the Oldsmobile and the front seat passenger were unhurt in the collision, police said.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2011
Imagine showing off your new car to friends and family only to get a call from the dealer — sometimes weeks later — saying your financing has fallen through. You're given the option of returning the car or signing a new sales agreement with terms that are likely less favorable. If you're like many buyers, consumer lawyers say, you will be too embarrassed to send the car back and opt to pay more instead. Consumer lawyers call this yo-yo financing, when dealers let buyers leave with a car and then reel them in again to say the agreement has changed.
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By JANE BRYANT QUINN and JANE BRYANT QUINN,1993, Washington Post Writers Group | October 24, 1993
New York -- A small but growing number of auto dealers are picking up on "one-price" selling. That's the no-hassle way to buy. Each car in the showroom is ticketed at the dealer's best price. It may not always be the lowest price in town, but it's still pretty low, and you don't have to dicker in order to get it. So you don't have to wonder whether, with more nerve, you'd have gotten another $100 off.A survey last year by J.D. Power and Associates, a consulting firm, found that about 1,500 auto dealers engaged in one-price selling.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,Sun Staff Writer | October 29, 1994
Maryland's long-running new-car sales boom seems to be losing some of its pep, but 1994 is still shaping up to be auto dealers' best year since the pre-recession late 1980s.According to figures compiled by the Motor Vehicle Administration, new-car sales rose 3.4 percent last month, compared with the previous September. While that kept intact a 16-month string of higher sales, it's a far more modest pace than the double-digit gains of the spring and early summer. Sales growth has slowed every month since April.
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By Jay Hancock | May 9, 2011
At least one purveyor of expensive, long-lived products seems to be well out of the recession. More Marylanders bought new and used cars in March than in any month in four years. With the federal "cash for clunkers" stimulus long behind, the auto industry is accelerating under its own power and making substantial contributions to employment, economic growth and the stock market. Would that we could say the same thing about another durable American asset that graduated from a stimulus program.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2010
Henry Strohminger, a retired automobile dealership owner who was a founder of a support group for heart transplant patients, died of kidney failure Friday at his Surfside Beach, S.C., home. The former Glen Arm and Severna Park resident was 77. Born in Baltimore and raised on Hudson Street in Highlandtown, he attended Sacred Heart of Jesus School and was a 1952 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School. He remained active in the school's alumni association and was its president for two terms and chaired its bull and oyster roasts.
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