Whether you are the owner or manager of an automotive dealership, navigating the complex landscape of the automotive industry can be incredibly challenging without the best possible resources to provide you with the information you need to succeed.
In order to outcompete your competition and maximize your vehicle sales, it is imperative that you stay on the cutting edge of the industry, learning about the latest technologies, government regulations, and management strategies.
Our Top 23 Automotive News Sources (For Industry Insiders) showcases the best of the best current online resources on the subjects of automotive & dealership news, whether you are looking for in depth information regarding any aspect of dealership ownership or the latest industry news and reviews.
1. Automotive News
Automotive News is a leading source of industry news and data, and serves top industry executives, including car manufacturers, equipment suppliers and franchised dealers. Featuring information about cars & concepts, dealers, OEM/suppliers, and much more, including webinars, special reports, and events.
Site Link: www.autonews.com
Since its founding in 2003, DrivingSales has built a suite of products which offer rich insights and help dealerships optimize their businesses. Be sure to take a look at their consistently updated blogs, active community forums, and in depth vendor ratings.
Site Link: www.drivingsales.com
3. National Automobile Dealers Association
The National Automobile Dealers Association represents roughly 16,500 new car and truck dealers, with 32,500 franchises, with a purpose to serve and represent the franchised car and truck dealers of America, their management, and employees. The NADA website is full of useful, educational information and guide books for dealers.
Site Link: www.nada.org
4. Used Car News
Used Car News is the first newspaper devoted solely to the used car industry. Used Car News has a long history of gathering important auto-related news, data, studies, statistics & surveys, and presenting them in an easy-to-understand manner. Their news topics range from compliance to auction, from legal news to financial, and everything in between.
Site Link: www.usedcarnews.com
5. CBT Automotive Network
CBT Automotive Network is a multimedia platform for retail automotive professionals. Featuring digital channels, including a daily automotive newscast, regularly updated blog content, daily eNewsletters, webinars, and 9 network shows hosted by top trainers and industry thought leaders.
Site Link: www.cbtnews.com
6. Auto Dealer Today
Auto Dealer Today is one of our go-to automotive publications (both online and in print, where it is known as Auto Dealer Monthly), renowned for educating the retail automotive industry on Internet retailing, special finance, vehicle sales, and automotive service & compliance. ADT is a must-read for anyone involved in the automotive industry.
Site Link: www.autodealermonthly.com
7. Dealer Marketing Magazine
Created in 2002, Dealer Marketing Magazine has become a leading voice in automotive marketing information. Dealers from around the country continue to use DMM to learn about the best practices for auto dealership marketing, finance & insurance, sales training, and more, written by expert automotive columnists.
Site Link: www.dealermarketing.com
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DealersEdge has been providing auto dealers with vital training and information about dealership management for over 30 years. Creating a VIP account with DealersEdge will open the door to a treasure trove of live workshops, webinars, articles and podcasts, arming you with all the information and training you will need to take your dealership to the next level.
Site Link: www.dealersedge.com
9. Digital Dealer
Featuring webinars, workshops, articles, and one of the most popular dealer expos in the country, Digital Dealer’s mission is to help dealers and dealership managers sell more autos more profitably by creating second-to-none live events and media. If you are interested in learning everything you need to know about the complex world of running a modern day dealership, Digital Dealer is a resource that you cannot afford to skip.
Site Link: www.digitaldealer.com
Much like the preceding two entries, AutoSuccessOnline offers a wealth of information and training for dealership owners and leaders featuring a regularly updated automotive blog, as well as solutions for sales & training, marketing, and leadership, podcasts, webinars, and a monthly newsletter.
Site Link: www.autosuccessonline.com
Autoblog is a leading automotive news and car shopping web source. Receiving 9.2 million visitors monthly, Autoblog is one of the highest quality destinations for industry news, car reviews, and vehicle shopping tools.
Site Link: www.autoblog.com
One of the few automotive blogs with a sense of humor, readers of Jalopnik can expect to laugh as much as learn, when perusing its many insightful pieces of content. If you’re looking for witty commentary as much as you’re looking for data and numbers, then Jalopnik is the automotive website for you.
Site Link: www.jalopnik.com
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13. The Truth About Cars
The Truth About Cars is a fantastic online resource for all things automotive. Come for the regularly updated industry news, and stay for the insightful and bold editorials composed by their expert staff of writers. TTAC also features an active online community for anyone who wants to chat about the latest in the auto industry.
Site Link: www.thetruthaboutcars.com
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14. The Drive
The Drive consists of top quality automotive news and insights on the entire auto industry. Stay informed on the latest in car tech, global auto news and comprehensive vehicles reviews.
Site Link: www.thedrive.com
Covering the auto industry for over 80 years, WardsAuto provides a comprehensive online resource and community loaded with industry news, data and analysis which you won’t find at other websites, on topics like vehicle engines, interiors and test drives.
Site Link: www.wardsauto.com
Chances are, if you have ever bought or sold a car before, you have probably used Edmunds.com at some point during the process. Featuring research regarding both new and used cars, including prices and dealer inventory listings, Edmunds allows you to compare vehicles and acquire car buying advice that you can trust.
Site Link: www.edmunds.com
17. Auto Trader
Auto Trader is currently one of the largest websites in the world for purchasing new and used cars from both dealers and private sellers, with more than 3 million vehicle listings from 40,000 dealers and 250,000 private owners; however, they offer so much more than that, including comprehensive car buying tips, complete research and compare tools, including reviews, photos, and videos.
Site Link: www.autotrader.com
18. Car and Driver
Originally known as Sports Car Illustrated, Car and Driver was first published in 1955, and since then it has become the preeminent consumer automotive news magazine in America, with comprehensive coverage on all vehicle types, domestic and import auto reviews, and in-depth comparison tests.
Site Link: www.caranddriver.com
AutoGuide is a one stop shop for the latest automotive news & reviews. AutoGuide features up-to-the-minute automotive information on their news blog, and you can get involved personally with their online forum, as members host active discussions on everything from new vehicle shopping, auto insurance, car audio and aftermarket parts.
Site Link: www.autoguide.com
20. Motor Trend
Another one of the giants of automotive magazines, Motor Trend has been in circulation since 1949, producing world class journalism for auto enthusiasts and consumers alike, including unrivaled vehicle reviews, comparisons, and videos. Their yearly vehicle awards (Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, etc.) are among the most prestigious in the entire auto industry.
Site Link: www.motortrend.com
Produced in The Motor City since 1958, you can’t get much closer to the heart of the American automotive scene than the contributors of Autoweek, who day in and day out produce excellent, in-depth car news, reviews, photos, videos, and even an entire section dedicated to racing news, for those with the need for speed.
Site Link: www.autoweek.com
22. Green Car Reports
Green Car Reports is different than other auto websites, as they focus almost solely on “green” vehicles, like electric cars and hybrids. Green Car Reports offers advice and tips to consumers regarding going green, and helps keep green-car enthusiasts in touch with the latest news they need to make an informed buying decision.
Site Link: www.greencarreports.com
23. Torque News
Perhaps less well-known than some other publications on this list, but no less informative, Torque News is an automotive news site dedicated to covering the latest news about the car industry from all angles. It is made up of world class reporters who have years of experience in covering car news and reviewing cars and trucks, and offering their unique perspectives on it all.
Site Link: www.torquenews.com