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October 10, 2017 - Industry News

Business Leaders Cautiously Optimistic About Trump, Economy, Auto Sales

Despite a few political and economic setbacks, 2017 is expected to be one of the highest performing years on record in terms of auto sales. They key going forward is the Trump Administration’s ability to turn its pro-business campaign rhetoric into reality.

Tags: auto finance, Donald Trump, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle sales, White Clarke Group

October 6, 2017 - Industry News

DealerStrong Releases 2017 Special Finance Benchmark Report

Developed in partnership with ProMax Unlimited, DealerStrong’s 2017 Special Finance Benchmark Report includes metrics derived from more than 300,000 new- and used-car dealership transactions.

October 5, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB Finalizes Small-Dollar Lending Rule

In announcing the rule, the bureau used wording the American Financial Services Association said makes an important distinction between traditional installment lending and payday and title lending.

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

Ford to Focus on Trucks, EVs, Connectivity

Photo of CEO Jim Hackett courtesy of Ford.

Ford CEO Jim Hackett said on Tuesday the automaker plans to reduce engineering costs by 50% through 2022. Ford will also shift investment into trucks and electrified vehicles, and reduce costs and investment in sedans and internal combustion engines.

Tags: Connected Vehicle, Electric Vehicles, Ford, Jim Hackett, Trucks

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

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book’s Index Records Largest Single-Month Increase Since 2012

Fueling the increase was vehicle replacement activity related to Hurricane Harvey, which began last month. According to Black Book, compact cars, compact crossover SUVs, full-size cars, and mid-size cars each realized significant month-over-month increases within the index.

Tags: Black Book, Hurricane Harvey, Used Vehicle Retention Index, used-vehicle values

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: September’s Avg. New-Vehicle Price Up $144 From a Year Ago

New-car affordability continued to be a challenge for car buyers, with the average transaction price closing in on $35,000 in September.

Tags: Acura, Average Transaction Price, Buick, Chevrolet, General Motors, Honda, Kelley Blue Book

October 3, 2017 - Industry News

CUDL: Credit Unions Capitalizing on Bank Retreat

Credit unions and captives continued to take advantage of the pullback by banks in the second quarter. The message coming out of CU Direct (CUDL)’s Sept. 28 webcast is that credit unions need to act fast before banks reconfigure their strategies.

Tags: auto finance, banks, Captive, credit unions, CU Direct

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

MUSA Now Offering Auto-Decisioning on New and Pre-Owned Leases

With MUSA's auto-decisioning capabilities, dealers can expect callbacks within 30 seconds, according to officials. They say dealers don't have to be leasing experts to get one done with the company.

Tags: auto finance, MUSA Auto Finance, new-vehicle leasing, used-vehicle leasing

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

SpringboardAuto Expands Operation to 22 States

Founded by Jim Landy and other auto finance veterans, the digital retailing company is looking to revolutionize the automotive fintech space behind a set of self-serve, real-time finance tools. So far in 2017, the firm reports a compound monthly growth rate for completed loans of 20%.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, Jim Landy, online F&I, SpringboardAuto

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

KBB Puts September's SAAR at 17.5 Million

Kelley Blue Book said replacement demand driven by hurricanes Harvey and Sandy is already being felt in some areas. The firm predicts that will continue into October and potentially November as vehicle insurance payouts are received.

Tags: Hyundai-Kia, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, SAAR, Toyota

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Wholesale Prices Decline in August

Wholesale prices of used vehicles up to eight years in age fell by 1.2% in August. Over the past five years, however, losses for the period averaged a more significant 2.2%.

Tags: JD Power, NADA Used Car Guide, used-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values, Wholesale Pricing, wholesale values

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

Dealers More Optimistic About Used-Car Market vs. New

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Sentiment speaks to recent auto finance data showing prime and superprime car buyers shifting toward used, where the average monthly payment was $139 less than the record $504 average monthly payment for new in the second quarter.

Tags: auto finance, Cox Automotive, Experian Automotive, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle sales

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

House Republicans Say CFPB Prematurely Suspended Wells Fargo Investigation

House Republicans charged in a new report that the CFPB missed an opportunity to uncover Wells Fargo’s recently revealed insurance and GAP refund issues when it rushed to settle with the bank last year for opening unauthorized customer accounts. It also accused the bureau of withholding a memo backing its claims.

Tags: CFPB, House Financial Services Committee, Jeb Hensarling, Richard Cordray, Scandal, Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Hyundai Capital America Partners With AutoGravity

Beginning in the state of California, financing through Hyundai Capital America is now accessible to AutoGravity users searching for financing for Hyundai, Kia or Genesis.

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Jumpstart: Interest in Luxury Sport, Coupe Segments Growing

Shoppers on Jumpstart Automotive Media’s portfolio of automotive publishers are gravitating toward the luxury sport, coupe, luxury sport sedan, and large SUV categories. But the two segments grabbing the most attention are alternative fuel vehicles and subcompact SUVs and CUVs.

Tags: BMW, Jaguar, Jumpstart Automotive, online shoppers, Toyota

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

S&P/Experian: Auto Default Rate Registers Largest Increase Since December 2011

Despite the nine-basis-point increase, the auto loan default rate remains near levels recorded one year ago. However, declining auto sales and the normal end-of-year push to make room for newer models may encourage easier credit conditions and raise concerns about future defaults.

Tags: auto defaults, auto finance, new-vehicle sales, S&P/Experian

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity Wins Top Prize in F&I Digital Media Awards

Sponsored by F&I Express, the awards program is designed to honor companies and individuals driving innovation in the digital F&I space.

Tags: AutoGravity, digital retailing, F&I Digital Media Awards, online F&I

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: New-Vehicle Sales Down 2.8% Through August

Out of the 22 vehicle segments tracked monthly by Kelley Blue Book, only 10 posted higher sales numbers compared to the first eight months of 2016. Of those 10, large vehicles commanded eight of those spots.

Tags: Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim to Close Florida Auctions Ahead of Irma

Satellite image of Manheim Fort Lauderdale via ThingLink.

Manheim said it's closing four of its Florida auctions on Friday ahead of Hurrican Irma's expected landfall there. The storm battered Puerto Rico on Wednesday after striking the northern Lesser Antilles and the Virgin Islands with 185-mile-per-hour winds.

Tags: ADESA, Auto Auctions, Hurricane Harvey, Kar Auction Services, Manheim, Natural Disaster

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

AIADA: Harvey Takes a Bite Out of August Auto Sales

According to the American International Automobile Dealers Association, Hyundai and Nissan registered significant sales declines in August, while Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo finished the month on a high note.

Tags: American International Automobile Dealers Associat, Hurricane Harvey, Hyundai, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: Average New-Car Price Rises Nearly 1% in August

The average transaction price rose despite mixed results for major automakers, with Fiat Chrysler topping the list with a 6.1% year-over-year increase in the brand’s average price.

Tags: Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai, Kelley Blue Book, Kia, transaction prices

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Scott Painter’s Fair Launches in Los Angeles

Fair was founded last year by former TrueCar CEO Scott Painter and auto finance legend Georg Bauer. Today, the company launched its car-buying app, which allows a customer to get a pre-owned car with just a driver’s license and a bank account.

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