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The Cobalt Group Drives a New Web Deal
The Cobalt Group and National Automobile Dealers Association form a partnership to help dealers build online capabilities and expand consumer choice.

nada car  Many dealers use the NADA Official Used Car Guide as the standard for establishing the trade in value of used vehicles. Previously it was very difficult to obtain a consumer version. Having the resource on-line will level the playing field between dealers and consumers. Access to the same information the industry uses will help consumers effectively negotiate, and having a portal that provides pricing and the option to check availability of a local dealer will save time and empower consumers. Whether you

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