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Feb 9, 2015
Jim Roberts
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NJ & NY Lawmakers Out to Prohibit Payment Assurance Devices


By Nick Zulovich – BHPH Report

New Jersey and New York legislators currently are crafting measures that would prohibit the installation of payment assurance devices, including GPS and starter-interrupt units, as a condition of securing vehicle financing. And advocates for the buy-here, pay-here industry are working not only to make sure the current legislation doesn’t become law in the Garden State or Empire State, but also so it doesn’t become the blueprints for other states to adopt.

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, who represents New Jersey’s District 4 that includes the cities of Camden and Gloucester, is the sponsor of AB 4033, which passed unanimously out of the chamber’s consumer affairs committee last month. Industry sources told BHPH Report that a floor vote on this bill hasn’t been scheduled yet as amendments are being crafted possibly to modify the strict prohibition of the devices so commonly used by BHPH dealers and finance companies that cater to deep subprime consumers.

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May 8, 2014

Is there any Influential Woman in the Auto industry? Can Women drive the future of the Auto Industry?

The Year is 2014, and the Good Ole Boys Club still stands strong in the Auto Industry.  The limitations that this industry had set for women , is slowing  going away with  a significant amount of female influence coming from the top down, such as a rise in the amount of female engineers, involved with safety, design and styling. This is a natural fit because of women’s natural instincts to nurture and heal, it is crucial that women not only use their brain but also their heart in making corporate decision, and sometimes that cocktail does not mix in the auto industry.

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Apr 29, 2014

Toyota’s Move to Texas Relied on In-House Study Rather Than Govenor Perry Pitch

toyota-logoIn the news today…..Toyota, based in Toyota City, Japan, will be consolidating North American operations in a new headquarters in Plano, located 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) north of Dallas.

Plano officials became aware of the company’s interest and began working to win the deal three months ago after it was brought to them by Perry’s economic development officials, said Steve Stoler, a city spokesman. While the city was competing with others, Stoler said he didn’t know the names of those involved.

Stoler declined to detail the incentive package offered by the city, saying it would be voted on by the city council next month. He said he expected the plan would be approved. Continue reading »

Jan 15, 2014

FTC Now Enforces Stricter Advertising Guidelines, Operation Steer Clear

Car advertising

Truth in advertising has never been for the Auto Industry, right? Starting in January 2014, Auto Dealers will need to clean up their act, when it comes to ALL advertising. A nationwide enforcement sweep is underway and it will be focused on TV, newspaper, and online claims about sales, financing and leasing. Here are 8 pointers taken from the FTC ( Federal Trade Commission ) website, the fines that are being imposed are as high as 16k per day that each ad ran in paper, TV or online, don’t get caught by the feds while trying to capture more customers through deceptive advertising. In most cases, even if you had a disclaimer that explained the advertising, they still prosecuted. There are 10 lawsuits so far as of January 9th, and the FTC is promising to sweep the entire country with Operation Steer Clear. Continue reading »

Dec 13, 2013
admin proudly Sponsors UFC Fighters

Showcase Media ( is proud to sponsor 5 UFC fighters! With an upcoming fight on Fox Network TV airing this Saturday Night, December 14 @ 8 p.m. is excited to showcase their name and all our customers who support them by buying their suite of media  products.   Featured in this fight are 3 fighters: Edson Barboza, Abel Trujillo, and Zach Makovsky, they will proudly be wearing the logo as they battle to better their number in the Win column.

Watch UFC on FOX and watch Chad (Money) Mendes fighting on the main card showcasing his talents while wearing our logo on national TV for 15 minutes. In the Main Event of the night Joseph Benavidez who is fighting for a chance to win the UFC Flyweight title, FOX TV will have people watching 25 minutes of non-stop action while Joseph Benavidez displays in front of 3 to 5 million viewers. Continue reading »

Mar 15, 2013

Bumped and Bruised But Never Out!

New Sign After Hurricane Sandy

Toms River, NJ – Despite the enormous devastation of Super Storm Sandy and all the bumps, bruises and damage inflicted by it, Showcase Media has kept going.

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the United States approximately 8 p.m. EST Oct. 29, 2012 striking near Atlantic City, N.J. with westerly winds of 80 mph, and a full moon, high tides over 20 percent higher than normal amplifying Sandy’s storm surge. Streets were flooded, trees and power lines knocked down, homes, businesses and the famed Seaside boardwalk was ripped apart.

As a result of this hurricane, the Showcase Media office buildings and parking lot was submerged under four feet of seawater. The buildings sustained over a half million dollars in damage. 20 company vehicles were lost, valued at nearly 800 hundred thousand dollars, for a combined loss of well over at 1.25 million dollars.  Nearly every office file and filing cabinet was ruined; desks, copiers, computers, phones and other office machines were left inoperable from the surge. The majority of employees remained without power or heat for days and some lost their homes and vehicles. Continue reading »

Feb 6, 2013

Gen Y aversion to Cars

GenYGeneration Y’s indifference to the automobile is going to affect millions of businesses.


It’s not Gen Y’s fault that they don’t give a whit about cars. If you’re living in your parent’s basement with no job, buying a car isn’t at the top of your to-do list. If you’re flipping burgers for a living, gas prices, insurance premiums and lease payments (on top of your college loans), pretty much preclude purchasing that great-looking Prius.

This is why we’re seeing fewer and fewer kids rushing to the DMV on their 16thbirthday. More than 25% of all Gen Y’ers don’t have a driver’s license. Almost 30% of 19 year-olds aren’t licensed to drive, even if they could afford the gas.

We’re witnessing the collision of a number of different factors that will have a seismic effect on the future of the auto industry. Gen Y may be leading the charge, but the upcoming changes will impact millions of businesses.

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Jan 16, 2013

Tred Gets $1.7M To Be An Uber For Car Test Drives


Order a Test Drive to your house!

Tred, a startup that allows you to order auto test drives to your home, is announcing a $1.7 million raise of seed funding today, from Fraser McCombs Capital, former Chairman and CEO of General Motors Rick WagonerMaveron Capital, Chris Sacca’s Lowercase CapitalFounder’s Co-OpGreat Oaks Venture Capital and TechStar’s David Cohen.

The startup aims to compete with showrooms and car manufacturers that already allow shoppers to test drive autos outside of the showroom at “ride and drive” events and likens itself to an Uber for test drives, “with a twist of Zappos.” While car manufacturers and dealerships are ultimately biased by brand and sales goals, Tred co-founders Grant Feek and John Wehr argue that Tred is impartial — allowing you to pick from a variety of makes, models and types of cars using its selection and scheduling interface. Tred employs a group of full time and part time delivery people/concierges who will then deliver the car, or multiple cars, of your choosing to your doorstep.

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Jan 15, 2013

Never Lose Your Keys Again Thanks To StickNFind’s Bluetooth Stickers

sticknfindTaken From TEch Crunch, on Sunday January 13, 2013

Written by: Anthony Ha

Here’s a novel way to keep track of your wallet, your cat, or, yes, your keys.

Jimmy Buchheim stopped by the the TechCrunch booth at the Consumer Electronics Show to demo StickNFind, a bluetooth sticker technology that you can use to track almost anything. Once you’ve attached the sticker to an object of your choice, you can track it down again using the StickNFind iOS and Android apps, which tell you whether you’re getting farther from or closer to the object in question — basically, it’s the tech version of that that hotter/colder game.

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Apr 12, 2012
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A new Perspective: Why Do Car Dealers Need Twitter?

Car Dealers need Twitter!

Start Tweetin’ Car peeps!

Online marketing is essential to dealerships today. With so many customers starting the search for their next vehicle online, a consistent stream of Internet leads can be as important as drop-in visits to the showroom floor. Twitter is valuable because it provides a way to engage with your online community in a style suited to the busy environment of the dealership. It is probably too much to expect for the dealer principal or sales manager to sit down and write a 500 word blog post every day. Putting up a quick tweet with useful information for potential customers is a more realistic goal.

When Twitter, the microblogging site that lets you share messages of 140 characters or less, launched in 2006, a lot of people weren’t sure what to make of it. And while it’s true that some tweets still consist of what someone’s cat is doing, Twitter has evolved into a valuable business tool. Depending on how you use it, it can do everything from driving traffic to your company website to improving your customer service.

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