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October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Consumer Advocacy Group Calls for Regulatory Review of F&I Product Pricing

The National Consumer Law Center is calling on lawmakers and regulators to investigate how dealers price F&I protections, claiming that an analysis of approximately 1.8 million vehicle transactions revealed inconsistent and discriminatory price markups over a span of six years.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer markups, F&I products

October 19, 2017 - Industry News

Fastlane Partners With F&I Express

Fastlane has partnered with F&I Express to incorporate VIN-specific vehicle service contract and aftermarket pricing in its dealer-focused online car-buying platform.

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

New York AG Reaches Two New Settlements in Payment Packing Crackdown

The attorney general's two-year crackdown on payment packing and the unlawful sale of credit repair services has resulted in 13 dealership settlements and more than $19 million in total restitution and penalties.

Tags: Credit Forget It, credit repair services, Eric T Schneiderman, F&I manager, jamming, Payment Packing

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Assurant to Buy The Warranty Group in $2.5 Billion Deal

Under the transaction agreement, Assurant Inc. will become a wholly owned subsidiary of TWG Holdings Limited, whose name will be changed to Assurant Ltd. Assurant shareholders will own approximately 77% of the combined company, while TPG and its affiliates will own the remaining 23%. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018.

Tags: Assurant Solutions, F&I products, The Warranty Group, vehicle service contracts, warranty

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha Warranty Named to MountainWest Capital’s Utah 100

This was the first time the F&I product company entered the contest, ranking No. 51 out of 100 companies that made the business networking group’s annual list.

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Fastlane Chooses Market Scan as Data Partner

Fastlane offers dealers an Amazon-like checkout process for consumers who want to buy their car online. It has chosen Market Scan to provide its ecommerce platform with real-time payment and rebate information from every car manufacturer, bank and credit union in the country.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, F&I products, Fastlane, Market Scan, online F&I

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ally Takes Control of GAP Refunds

The finance source’s new policy took effect days before new allegations surfaced that Wells Fargo failed to deliver GAP refunds to borrowers. It states that Ally — not dealers — will directly refund the unearned portion of GAP waivers and insurance to borrowers within 45 days of the paid-in-full date.

Tags: Ally, auto finance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, GAP, Regulators

October 5, 2017 - Industry News

US Equity Advantage Adds Four Markets

US Equity Advantage has expanded into Mississippi, New York, Tennessee and Washington, D.C., growing its territory to a total of 37 states.

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha Warranty Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Over the past 15 years, the F&I product provider has earned multiple industry awards and distinctions for the service it provides to customers, agents, and dealers alike. It was recently acknowledged as the 11th fastest growing business in Utah.

Tags: agents, Alpha Warranty Services, dealers, F&I manager, F&I office, F&I products

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Diamondbrite N.A. Now Approved Provider on Universal Lenders' The Zero Plan

The partnership will allow dealers to provide customers who purchase Diamondbrite N.A. products, which include lifetime warranted paint, fabric, wheel, and leather protection, with premium financing through The Zero Plan.

Tags: Diamondbrite N.A., paint and fabric, The Zero Plan, Tire and Wheel, Universal Lenders

September 29, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Extends Powertrain Warranty to Six Years/72,000 Miles

The new warranty doubles the automaker's current three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. Called the People First Warranty, the coverage can be transferred to subsequent owners for up to six years or 72,000 miles from the date it was first sold new.

Tags: Powertrain Coverage, vehicle service contracts, Volkswagen

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

Mass. AG Sues JD Byrider for Predatory Sales and F&I Practices

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a lawsuit accusing JD Byrider of selling poorly reconditioned vehicles under unaffordable terms with unwanted F&I products.

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha Reveals Unlimited Term Mileage Program

Alpha Warranty has updated its PriorityOne program to include unlimited mileage and extend eligibility to vehicles up to 10 model years and 125,000 miles.

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB: More than 40% of U.S. Adults Struggle to Make Ends Meet

The bureau released results of a national survey that measures the financial well-being of specific consumer groups as well as the population as a whole. The regulator also announced the release of a new tool designed to allow consumers to measure their level of financial well-being.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, Credit

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

SouthwestRe, DAC Sold to Canada's iA Financial Group

iA Financial Group, one of the largest life and health insurance companies in Canada, has signed an agreement to acquire shares of third-party administrator SouthwestRe and its insurance arm, Dealers Assurance Co. The acquisition is expected to more than double the firm’s vehicle warranty business.

Tags: Dealers Assurance Company, F&I products, iA Financial Group, Jim Smith, reinsurance, SouthwestRe, vehicle service contracts

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Names New Chief Revenue Officer

The F&I product provider named Brian Stach to the post. The former vice president for Internet Brands will oversee all of GWC Warranty's field sales operations, including a nationwide team of area vice presidents, dealer consultants, and trainers.

Tags: F&I products, GWC Warranty, Used-Vehicle Service Contracts

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage’s New Preferred LeaseCare Combines Active Protection With Lease-End Benefit

The new program combines the ‘as you drive’ benefits of the F&I product provider’s ancillary products, including dent-and-ding, windshield repair, interior/exterior repair, and key replacement, with a lease-end benefit.

Tags: dent-and-ding, F&I products, key replacement, Lease, RoadVantage, windshield protection

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity Wins Grand Prize in F&I Digital Media Awards

AutoGravity capped off its two-category win in the 2017 F&I Digital Media Awards with recognition as the contest’s Grand Prize Winner at Industry Summit.

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

ASI Raises Industry Standard With TruGAP Launch

Accelerated Service International (ASI) has launched TruGAP, a new product designed to meet customers’ expectations for coverage and value and raise the bar for GAP coverage industrywide.

September 12, 2017 - Industry News

ASI Launches Care Free VSC Program

Accelerated Service International (ASI) has launched Care Free VSC, a new program designed to benefit agents, dealers and customers with a combination of highly favorable terms and a built-in maintenance component.

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage Donates Free F&I Videos to the Industry

The F&I program provider released a series of non-brand-specific videos designed to raise consumer awareness about nine F&I protections and the value they provide vehicle owners. The videos can be downloaded for free and posted to a dealer’s website or played in a dealership’s waiting room.

Tags: digital marketing, F&I office, F&I process, online F&I, RaodVantage

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

Nobilis to Bring Hall of Famer ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez to Industry Summit

Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez will greet attendees and sign complimentary copies of his autobiography, ‘They Call Me Pudge,” at Industry Summit in Dallas.

Tags: Industry Summit

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Southwest Dealer Services Acquires Wash.-based F&I Agency

Ryan Hoff, Southwest Dealer Services

Income development company SouthWest Dealer Services (SWDS) has acquired Spokane, Wash.-based Evergreen Dealer & Insurance Services (Evergreen). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tags: F&I products, F&I training, general agents, Southwest Dealer Services

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

AUL Promotes Bryan Nieves to Vice President of National Accounts

Byran Nieves

Aside from the promotion of Nieves, who has been with the company for more than 20 years and previously served as national accounts manager, AUL announced the promotion of Henry Paoli to national sales manager.

Tags: AUL Corp., F&I manager, F&I products, used vehicles, vehicle service contracts

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Category Winners Named for 2017 F&I Digital Media Awards

F&I and Showroom and F&I Express announced the five category winners for the inaugural F&I Digital Media Awards. The Grand Prize winner will be announced at Industry Summit next week.