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Mind the GAP

2019-05-29T17:12:33-07:00By |

Published February 15, 2019, Dealer's Voice - GAP policies are often important to auto credit customers, especially those who can't afford to continue making payments when their cars are total losses and they are under water on the financing. They are also important to dealers, who have found it increasingly hard to make money without revenue [...]

Automated Voicemail Drops: Grey Area in Federal Law

2018-11-06T17:42:30-08:00By |

I have observed over the years that third-party vendors in the retail automotive industry show a great deal of ingenuity in coming up with “new” and “innovative” products that are purportedly not subject to regulation by federal or state agencies. One that is currently making the rounds involve ringless voicemail drops that are exempted from FTC [...]

The Power of Positive Disruption

2018-11-02T16:34:22-07:00By |

“Disruption” is all the rage in the tech world. For established businesses, disruption is generally bad. It upsets the work force and takes management’s focus from the primary goal – serving customers. Certainly, businesses must change to survive, but slow and steady is the answer. Change is good. Disruption is not. Dealers are no strangers to [...]

Dealerships in the Mobility Age

2018-11-01T16:55:40-07:00By |

The technology for autonomous vehicles grows daily, and the race is on to see who will own this software. Manufacturers know the threat technology poses. Why else would GM have invested $500 million in Lyft? Or Toyota contract with Uber? The challenge to be first is difficult, especially when competing with Google and Apple. Will factories [...]

Exit Coach Radio

2018-10-11T17:30:45-07:00By |

Jonathan Michaels is experienced as an Attorney - and a writer - in the Automotive industry. He recently achieved a milestone as he wrote his 100th article for the Los Angeles Daily Journal! He recently made a special guest appearance on the Exit Coach Radio Podcast! It's a thought provoking conversation about technology in the automotive [...]

Chapter 11, Here We Come

2018-09-20T18:05:52-07:00By |

Published September 19, 2018, Los Angeles Daily Journal - There’s no shame in a bankruptcy filing. The ability to discharge accumulated debt is one of the fundamental underpinnings of America’s entrepreneurial system. While no one likes to lose out on repayment of a debt, the safety net provided by the U.S. Bankruptcy Code is what allows individuals [...]

Founder of MLG Publishes 100th Consecutive Article

2019-09-16T17:36:03-07:00By |

Costa Mesa, California (August 15, 2018) – MLG founder Jonathan Michaels has published his 100th consecutive monthly article in the prominent Los Angeles Daily Journal. His article notes that 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the passage of the 19th Amendment and the establishment of time zones in the U.S. [...]

All Things 100

2018-08-14T22:27:41-07:00By |

Published on August 14, 2018 in the Los Angeles Daily Journal - On the continuum of life, 100 years is not a terribly large amount of time. In 100 years, a glacier will move 50 meters, a redwood tree will amass its full height of 200 feet, and the big island of Hawaii will grow by seven [...]

Investor’s Paradise

2019-06-13T13:14:45-07:00By |

Published July 19, Los Angeles Daily Journal - If one were to take a guess as to the strongest asset class for investment, considerations such as fine art, rare wine or blue-chip stocks might come to mind. Investment banking powerhouses across the country have long had client portfolios chocked-full of traditional-based instruments, all confident that the [...]

Driving to Recessionary Times

2018-07-16T18:14:29-07:00By |

Published June 19, 2018, Los Angeles Daily Journal - As a society, we tend to have short memories, or in some cases, no memories at all. It is difficult to imagine, but 2018 will usher in a new class of young millennials who are, for the most part, complete strangers to the Great Recession. 2009 marks the [...]

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