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2014 rewind: Top SD stories from 2014

Jason Cannon July 2, 2014

The new year isn’t so new anymore, with six full months under our belts.

Here’s a look back at 14 of the “biggest” stories from Successful Dealer so far in 2014. Top stories were determined by looking at the number of views on our website.

14. In March, American trucking stalwart Mack totally revamped its iconic image. In the largest event ever held at the Las Vegas World Market Center, company officials unveiled a new tagline, “Born Ready”, and a refreshed logo that brings together the company’s iconic bulldog and the block MACK typeface.

To read the full article, click here.

13. In April, Successful Dealer published an in-depth look at the technicians shortage and the kinds of students entering the workforce today. No longer are admission offices filled only with fresh-faced high school graduates looking to enter the working world. An increasing number of enrollees are entering diesel programs with a degree already in-hand – or experience in other fields – and looking to change careers.

To read the full article, click here.

12. For as long as heavy-duty trucks have been on the road, people have been tinkering with their engines to improve performance. But over the last 15 years, as federally mandated emission regulations have been created for and implemented in the heavy-duty marketplace, the legality of this tinkering has changed. An April report looked at the temptation of emission tampering.

Click here to read it.

11. McCoy Group, Inc. in May entered into an agreement to purchase Stoops Freightliner – Quality Trailer, based in Indianapolis. The sale included all six Stoops locations in Indiana and Ohio, as well as Stoops NationaLease and JES Leasing LLC. The transition was effective at the first of this month.

To read the full article, click here.

10. In March, Successful Dealer went to the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting in Nashville. This gallery gave an inside look to those who missed it.

9. Late last month, Kenworth announced that its revamped cabover trucks were available for order. Kenworth’s K270 Class 6 and K370 Class 7 cabovers are designed for pick-up-and-delivery operations, food and beverage companies, furniture hauling, landscape businesses, and street sweeping and striping, among other applications.

A full recap of our No. 9 story can be found here.

8. In May, Caterpillar was the target of nearly 10 class-action lawsuits claiming its ACERT truck engine line was defective — driving up costs for owners and driving down resale value — and that the company concealed the information from buyers and owners.

To read the full article, click here.

7. Peanut butter and jelly. Starksy and Hutch. Parts and service. Without one, the other just isn’t the same and in some cases, is irreparably harmed.

If the parts department doesn’t manage its inventory well, the service department will lose efficiency completing repairs, thus driving business away. If technicians are dumping old, greasy parts on the back counter in search of quick replacements, the parts department staff may find itself strained, harried and more prone to error.

The no. 7 article looks at the parts department relationship with the dealership. Read it here.

6. This year, Penske Used Trucks will roll out upwards of three used commercial truck dealerships nationwide as part of a growth strategy that matches the company’s existing call center and web-based sales model with brick and mortar facilities. In March, the company opened the first such location.

To read the full article, click here.

5. The Internal Revenue Service released a CCA document in January detailing its requirements regarding Federal Excise Tax, specifically as it relates to the heavy-duty dealer industry. Federal Excise Tax in the commercial truck market is a 12-percent tax issued on the first retail sale of a taxable body, chassis or tractor.

To read the full article, click here.

4. If there’s one thing the federal government knows how to create it’s confusion, and few places is that more evident than with the Federal Excise Tax (FET). The IRS treats a truck as two separate items; a truck chassis and a truck body for FET purposes, and FET applies separately to a truck body and a truck chassis. To read more details from our no. 4 article, click here.

3. International swept January’s American Truck Dealers 2014 Truck of the Year honors at the New Orleans Convention Center, getting the top nod in the competition’s two categories. The ProStar with Cummins ISX15 was named ATD Truck of the Year in the heavy-duty division while the International TerraStar 4×4 took medium-duty Truck of the Year.

To read the full article, click here.

2. A profitable parts department should be a priority no matter what is happening with new vehicle sales. And in times of slumping vehicle sales, it can be what keeps your dealership afloat. Therefore, it is critical that you make sure it operates at peak efficiency. One of the ways to accomplish this is to pay attention to details while leveraging technology.

To read more on managing your parts department, click here.

1. The Mid-America Trucking Show is the industry’s largest and if you miss it, you miss a lot. This photo gallery from the trade show floor gave everybody a glimpse of what was going on at MATS.

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