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November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Dismisses Head of Consumer Lending

Franklin Codel, Wells Fargo's former head of Consumer Lending.

According to media reports, Franklin Codel, the bank’s head of consumer lending, was fired after making disparaging comments about a bank regulator to a fired employee, who reported the executive’s comments to bank officials.

Tags: auto finance, employee, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Darwin’s Digital F&I Department Goes Live

Darwin Automotive has launched Darwin Online, described by the company as the auto industry’s first fully functional 24-hour F&I department.

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Dealer Services Adds $5.4M to 2016 Military Repo Settlement

The latest payout is related to the $4.1 million settlement the bank reached in September 2016 to resolve the DOJ’s allegations that the bank violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. According to the DOJ, the bank identified an additional 450 servicemembers impacted by its unlawful repossessions between January 2008 and July 2015.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

EFG Companies: 2018 to See Increased Focus on F&I, Service Drive, Customer Loyalty

John Pappanastos, president and CEO of EFG Companies

EFG Companies issued its 2018 predictions and recommendations for the retail automotive and powersports F&I markets this week. These insights reflect another year of cautiousness as well as opportunity for dealers to navigate an uncertain business climate.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Customer Service, digital retailing, EFG Companies, general agents, new-vehicle sales, parts and service, service drive

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

Cordray Tells CFPB Staffers He Is Stepping Down

In an employee email obtained by F&I and Showroom, CFPB Director Richard Cordray announced he will leave his post by the end of November.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, Richard Cordray

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Luxury, Sporty Cars Experiencing Increased Depreciation Entering November

Premium sporty cars recorded the largest decrease in value in October, while prestige luxury cars have registered the highest depreciation over the course of the last 12 months.

Tags: Black Book, Premium Sporty Cars, Prestige Luxury, vehicle depreciation

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Edmunds: 100,000-Mile Cars More Valuable Than Shoppers Think

Thanks to a tight supply of late-model used vehicles, values don’t dramatically drop once the odometer crosses six figures, according to a new report from vehicle information site.

Tags: auto finance, Edmunds, used-vehicle values

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Differing Approaches to Digital Financing Creates Wide Satisfaction Gap

While the digital application channel generated significantly higher levels of overall satisfaction in J.D. Power’s 2017 U.S. Consumer Financing Satisfaction Study, many consumers are waiting longer for a credit decision than those utilizing dealer representatives.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, J.D. Power, online F&I

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity’s Car-Buying Platform Surpasses 1 Million Users

Launched in 2016, AutoGravity rapidly expanded from 100,000 users in its first six months to more than one million users less than a year later, according to officials. In 2017 alone, car shoppers have request more than $1 billion in vehicle financing through the fintech firm’s car-buying app.

Tags: auto finance, AutoGravity, digital retailing, online F&I

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

Bloomberg: Senate Banking Chair Closing In on Bipartisan Dodd-Frank Rollback

Republican Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) told reporters on Wednesday he’s getting closer to brokering a deal on bipartisan legislation aimed at rolling back parts of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Dodd-Frank Act

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

Stuart Accepts AFSA’s Distinguished Service Award

TD Auto Finance President and CEO Andrew Stuart was honored with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award by the American Financial Services Association.

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Index Registers Sixth Straight Increase in October

Post-hurricane demand pushed up the firm's index 1.02% from the month prior and 8.1% from a year ago to 136.6

Tags: Manheim Index, used-vehicle values, wholesale values

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Traffic Control Introduces New Features

Traffic Control CRM has added three new features designed to help F&I managers get funded by promoting compliance with finance sources’ documentation requirements.

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Norm Reeves Dealerships to Pay $1.4 Million for Violating 2014 FTC Order

The Southern California-based dealer group was charged with violating a 2014 administrative order prohibiting it from misrepresenting in advertisements how much consumers could pay to finance or lease a vehicle.

Tags: compliance, Consumer Leasing Act, Federal Trade Commission, Norm Reeves, Truth in Lending Act

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB: Longer-Term Loans Not Having Desired Effect for Borrowers, Finance Sources

The bureau concedes in its report that consumers are financing larger amounts and are electing for longer-term loans to keep monthly payments affordable. However, the regulator also notes that longer-term loans aren't having the desired effect in terms of default rates.

Tags: auto finance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, default rates, Long Loan Terms, Subprime Financing

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: Flat Prices, Higher Incentive Spending Signals Headwinds for New-Car Market

Transaction prices continue to rise at a slower pace, with the third-quarter average up just 1% after averaging 3% gains in the first half of the year. And while KBB expects solid sales in October, flat transaction prices combined with ever-growing incentive spending signal headwinds for the new-vehicle market as the year nears its close.

Tags: average transaction price, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

Pearl Technology Integrates Experian Propensity Scoring Platform

The new platform gives users of Pearl’s VehicleXchange incentive-based marketing solution the ability to know which consumers are new or pre-owned buyers, and can target by propensity, APR, payment amount, term and credit score, and more.

Tags: data mining, digital retailing, Experian Automotive, online F&I, Pearl Technology

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

Asbury: Q3 Revenue, Gross Profit Down Due to Hurricanes

Total revenue and gross profit were down 5% and 2% from a year ago, respectively, with Hurricane Irma having a significant impact on sales in the group’s core Florida and Georgia markets. F&I was a bright spot, with total gross profit up 4% and the group’s per-copy average increasing by $142 from a year ago to $1,547.

Tags: Asbury Automotive, F&I profit, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, new-vehicle sales, public dealer, used-vehicle sales

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: New-Vehicle Sales Expected to Fall 2% in October

Despite the expected decline, October looks to be relatively strong on strong replacement demand in hurricane-impacted states and higher incentive spending. Kelley Blue Book analysts, however, believe these are indicators that new-vehicle demand is still contracting.

Tags: Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, Nissan, SAAR, Toyota, Volkswagen

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

September’s Lease Approval Rate Falls to Lowest Level in 2017

September’s rate was recorded after August’s 68.3% approval rate. The car leasing marketplace attributed September’s rate to the effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Tags: credit approval rate, Lease, Swapalease.com

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Scott Painter’s Fair Raises Up to $1 Billion in Debt and Equity Funding

Fair’s latest funding round was led by BMW iVentures and includes investments from Penske Automotive Group and other investors. The startup also raised nearly $1 billion in debt funding from a group of investment banks and a Sherpa Capital-led entity.

Tags: digital retailing, Fair, George Bauer, online F&I, Scott Painter, TrueCar

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

Non-Houston Used-Vehicle Values Fall

Depreciation increased for both cars and light trucks, with car segments recording the highest weekly depreciation in seven weeks. Prices in the Houston-area, however, remain elevated, according to the firm.

Tags: Auction, Black Book, used-vehicle values, vehicle depreciation

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

vAuto Founder Dale Pollak Publishes Fourth Book For Retail Automotive

‘Like I See It’ has already achieved best-seller status based on preorder sales. The book devotes chapters to margin compression, increased OEM control and financial reliance of their dealer partners, technology disruption and consumer preferences for digital retailing.

Tags: Customer Experience, Dale Pollak, digital retailing, inventory management, online F&I

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity Expands Dealer Development Team

The fintech firm named Chuck Schofield vice president of dealer sales. The new executive previously served as a regional senior manager for Mercedes–Benz Financial Services. He now joins AutoGravity cofounder Aleks Bogoeski in expanding the firm's dealer network development program.

Tags: auto finance, AutoGravity, digital retailing, online F&I

October 12, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Index Reaches Record High for Fifth Consecutive Month

The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index reached a record high in September for the fifth consecutive month, while the SAAR rose to its highest September reading in three decades. The main driver was replacement demand caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Tags: Manheim Index, new-vehicle sales, SAAR, Showroom, used-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values