CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1990
A transient who murdered a car salesman during a test drive last year was sentenced Friday to 27 years to life in state prison. Yale Booska was convicted Aug. 6 of one count each of first-degree murder, robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle and driving a car without the owner's consent. Prosecutors said Booska, 32, shot and killed Charles Washington, a salesman for Barish Chrysler-Plymouth in Los Angeles, during a test drive of a new car on April 17, 1989.
August 25, 2001 |
Used-car dealer David Cooper figured on an easy sale after rolling a fire-engine-red, low-mileage 1997 Ford Mustang convertible onto his lot in Canoga Park. Yet even after slashing the price three times, from $13,900 to $10,900, there were no takers. So last week he finally gave up and shipped the car off to auction, the equivalent of sending an old nag to the glue factory. "The thing would not move," he lamented.
February 3, 1994 |
Building a 36-acre auto mall in the midst of a four-year slump in car sales might seem like financial suicide, but the developer of this planned community is undaunted and Orange County auto dealers say such a South County mall could be a winner. Auto malls--the car industry's version of regional shopping centers--generally are conceded to be the future of new car marketing. But the key to this mall's success is timing.
December 1, 2008 |
When Heritage Lincoln Mercury closed in August, the city of Tustin felt the pain. For decades, the dealership had operated out of the Tustin Auto Center -- which has 17 other franchises -- and it was once among the largest Lincoln Mercury dealers in California. It was also a crucial source of revenue for the city, which relies heavily on taxes from automobile sales to keep afloat.
February 10, 1992 |
From the clinking glasses, lavish spreads and dinner dances at the annual National Automobile Dealers Assn.'s meeting here, you might not guess that America's 24,000 car dealers have just clambered out of one of their worst years ever and are heading into another with dismal prospects. But under the outward cheer--almost a requisite character trait for car salesmen--are signs that something is amiss.
November 29, 1993 |
You did your homework, pored over Consumer Reports and Car & Driver, yet you still managed to pay $800 too much for that Ford Taurus or Olds Cutlass. Kevin King can sympathize. Until a few years ago, he might have been the sales guy who took you to the cleaners. A former car sales and leasing agent, King now runs 1-900-Autofax Inc., which sells computer software listing the prices dealers pay for cars and various options.
May 8, 1997 |
American Honda Motor Co., mounting a new challenge to billionaire H. Wayne Huizenga's drive to become the nation's dominant car dealer, filed a potentially far-reaching lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block Huizenga's Republic Industries from buying more Honda dealerships.
April 4, 1988
Latino and Asian car dealers are outnumbered almost 2-to-1 by black dealers, according to the National Assn. of Minority Automobile Dealers, and the gap seems to be widening. Ford, for example, has the car industry's most aggressive minority dealer development program, with 187 black dealers now and a target of 320 by the end of next year. Yet it has just 28 Latino-owned dealerships and six owned by Asians. Only three of Ford's 40 dealer trainees are Latino and none are Asian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2006 |
The city of Santa Ana has approved spending $5 million to help expand a Honda dealership at the Santa Ana Auto Mall and demolish a closed strip club that long annoyed city officials. Now, a divided City Council today will consider whether to allocate an additional $1 million for the dealer's legal fees incurred in a fight with the landlord of the strip club, which was known as Mr. J's.
June 9, 2009 |
For 789 Chrysler dealers, today is D-day. Less than a month ago, the troubled automaker sent notice to about a quarter of its dealerships that it would reject their franchise agreements in Bankruptcy Court, forcing them to close. That has led to a mad scramble among dealers to unload their inventory, as well as accusations of unfair or arbitrary treatment by the company.