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Today’s episode is nothing short of a holiday treat – a gift for you. Why? Because I’m joined by the brilliant JT Taylor, Managing Director for Automotive at Truist Securities.

JT Taylor, the automotive maestro at Truist Securities, is no stranger to the fast lane of industry trends. With a wealth of experience, he’s the go-to person for decoding the intricacies of consumer behavior, market dynamics, and everything that fuels the automotive realm.

What We Discuss In This Episode:

1. Consumer Conundrum:

  • How shifts in consumer lending impact the automotive landscape.
  • The rise in down payments and its ripple effect on equity positions.

2. Leasing Renaissance:

  • Insights into the resurgence of retail leasing.
  • What to expect in terms of residual values and manufacturer incentives.

3. The Used Car Chessboard:

  • Regional variations in used car values and market peculiarities.
  • The role of the digital world in empowering consumers to be selective.

4. Payments, Past and Present:

  • The evolution of payment elasticity in the face of rising vehicle costs.
  • A historical perspective on interest rates, payments, and consumer resilience.

5. Purgatory or Prosperity?

  • Navigating the economic purgatory post-pandemic.
  • Predictions on interest rate reductions and their impact on consumer confidence.

6. Challenges and Opportunities in 2024:

  • Join us in exploring the challenges and opportunities awaiting dealers in 2024. From the impact of interest rates to the necessity of expense reduction, JT offers strategic advice for dealerships looking to thrive in a dynamic environment.

7. The EV Dilemma:

  • Uncover the ongoing dilemma surrounding electric vehicles (EVs). JT and I discuss the pressures faced by manufacturers and the importance of aligning with consumer preferences. Is the industry ready for a complete shift, or are we witnessing a premature push?

7. The Technology Shift:

  • Embark on a thought-provoking discussion about the technology shift in the automotive world. JT highlights the importance of dealers embracing digitization and data-driven tools to stay competitive in an ever-evolving landscape.

Buckle up as JT and I explore the current economic landscape, the impact of interest rates, and the exciting developments in both the commercial and consumer sides of auto retail.

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