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June 13, 2018 - Industry News

SpringboardAuto to Power Online Financing Experience for Banks

SpringStack is an end-to-end auto finance platform designed to power a direct-to-consumer online experience for banks and other finance sources. It supports multiple financing product options and offers real-time loan configuration, document upload, vehicle valuation and pricing, electronic signature and more.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, online F&I, Online Financing, special finance, SpringboardAuto, technology

June 12, 2018 - Industry News

Webinar: Gil Van Over to Tackle Compliance Issues on the Road to the Sale

Compliance expert Gil Van Over will deliver Part Two of F&I and Showroom’s compliance webinar series, “CFPB Defanged: Rise of the eDealership.” The webinar is scheduled for July 11 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, desking, edealership, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I office, Gil Van Over, Payment Quotes

June 11, 2018 - Industry News

Cox Names Marianne Johnson CPO

Thirty-year innovation and tech veteran Marianne Johnson has joined Cox Automotive as the company’s chief product officer. She will lead a team developing products across a family of 20-plus brands.

June 7, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz, FCA to Offer Three-Tier Subscription Programs

Mercedes-Benz will offer three tiers in its subscription service, but hasn't announced which vehicles would fall into the tiers. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA.  

Mercedes-Benz customers can choose between Signature, Reserve, and Premier, with the automaker’s three-tier subscription program costing subscribers between $1,095 and $2,995 per month. Jeep Wave will also offer subscribers three tiers from which to choose. Pricing has yet to be released.

Tags: Jeep, Jeep Wave, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Subscription Service

June 7, 2018 - Industry News

KAR Names New Leader for Autoniq

Joe Oliveri, a 20-year industry veteran, was named vice president of KAR's Autoniq business unit, which provides mobile and digital vehicle pricing and evaluation reports.

Tags: Autoniq, Kar Auction Services, used-vehicle values, vehicle pricing

June 5, 2018 - Industry News

KBB: SUV/Pickup Demand Drive Up May's Avg. Transaction Price

May's average transaction price for light vehicles rose by a healthy 3%, even as new-vehicle demand is expected to falter in 2018, according to the vehicle information site.

Tags: average transaction price, Chevrolet, Ford, General Motors, Kelley Blue Book, Lincoln, pickups, SUV

June 1, 2018 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler to Establish Captive Finance Company

The automaker's chief executive told investors today that the company will establish its own captive finance company by 2022. One option being considered is the purchase of Chrysler Capital from Santander Consumer USA, which is five years into the 10-year preferred financing agreement it signed with FCA in 2013.

Tags: auto finance, captive finance, Chrysler Capital, FCA

June 1, 2018 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler to Electrify 30 Models by 2022

Fiat Chrysler's five-year plan to 2022 includes a heavier emphasis on Jeep and Ram, as well as a broad-ranging electrification initiative. Photo courtesy of FCA.  

The company's executive leadership, including outgoing chief executive Sergio Marchionne, outlined the new investments during a June 1 investors meeting. Marchionne presented a five-year plan for the company, even though he has said he will retire in 2019.

Tags: Chrysler, Chrysler Capital, Dodge, FCA, Fiat, Jeep, Santander Consumer USA

May 31, 2018 - Industry News

Assurant Completes Acquisition of The Warranty Group

Following the announced closing of its acquisition of The Warranty Group, Assurant announced new leaders for its global automotive business.

Tags: Assurant, F&I manager, F&I products, general agents, online F&I, The Warranty Group, vehicle service contracts

May 31, 2018 - Industry News

Experian: Americans Borrow Record Amounts for Auto Purchases in Q1

The dream of owning a new vehicle is becoming more elusive for the average American consumer, with the average amount financed and monthly payment for a new vehicle climbing to record highs of $31,455 and $523, respectively.

Tags: auto finance, average finance amount, average monthly payment, Experian Automotive, interest rates, prime, subprime

May 30, 2018 - Industry News

Drive Motors Hires New Senior Director of Consumer Experience

Lauren Wolfe, a more than 15-year digital-marketing specialist, will spearhead growth on the West Coast as the digital retailing provider’s new senior director of consumer experience.

Tags: digital retailing, Drive Motors, online F&I

May 30, 2018 - Industry News

Car-Ware Integrates BillingTree Digital Payment Technology

Users of Car-Ware’s dealer management solutions can now offer an industry-specific digital payment solution for auto finance transactions.

May 24, 2018 - Industry News

AutoGravity Names Jason Bonifay Vice President of Engineering

The fintech firm’s executive previously served as vice president of product development and engineering at CDK Global. He is now tasked with accelerating AutoGravity’s engineering efforts.

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

May 23, 2018 - Industry News

Autotrader Names 10 Best Non-Luxury and Luxury CPO Programs

Topping Autotrader’s 2018 lists of non-luxury and luxury CPO programs were Hyundai and Lexus, respectively. Both offer unrivaled warranty coverages, along with several perks that make them an ideal choice for shoppers looking for a lightly used model.

Tags: Autotrader, Certified Pre-Owned, Hyundai, Lexus

May 23, 2018 - Industry News

California New-Vehicle Sales Expected to Exceed 2 Million in 2018

With the car market having plateaued after several years of increases, the California New Car Dealers Association said it continues to see increasing demand for larger, more family-friendly vehicles. But with gas prices continuing to increase, that trend could shift in the quarters ahead.

Tags: California, California New Car Dealers Association, new-vehicle sales, SUV

May 21, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Signs Repeal of CFPB’s Dealer Participation Guidance

The president’s signature comes exactly five years and two months after the bureau put the auto finance industry on notice with its controversial guidance on dealer rate markups.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, guidance, rate markups

May 17, 2018 - Industry News

Freed From CFPB Order, Toyota Financial to Raise Markup Caps

Toyota’s captive finance company announced it will raise its dealer markup caps following the early termination of consent orders issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice.

May 17, 2018 - Industry News

Alpha’s Rosenvall Named Executive of the Year

Steve Rosenvall, CEO of Alpha Warranty Services, earned Executive of the Year honors in the 16th annual American Business Awards.

May 17, 2018 - Industry News

Luckett Joins Portfolio as Managing Director

Thirty-three-year industry veteran and former Warranty Group exec John Luckett has joined Portfolio as a managing director for sales and agent development.

May 16, 2018 - Industry News

Black Book: Car Values Down for First Time in Two Months

With the spring selling season now in the rearview mirror, the car segment broke its two-month streak last week of rising wholesale values. Only full-size and sporty cars realized higher wholesale values through the week.

Tags: Black Book, car segment, depreciation, wholesale values

May 15, 2018 - Industry News

Webinar: Who Will Take Up the CFPB's Torch?

Eric Johnson, partner at Hudson Cook LLP

On June 6, Hudson Cook LLP attorney and partner Eric Johnson will join F&I and Showroom’s Gregory Arroyo for Part 1 of the magazine’s compliance webinar series. He will examine the likely candidates to take up the CFPB’s torch, and explain why F&I product pricing isn't out of the regulatory woods just yet.

Tags: Attorneys General, compliance, dealer participation, Federal Trade Commission, regulation

May 14, 2018 - Industry News

TransUnion: Auto Finance Registers Lowest Growth Rate Since Q1 2012

The firm attributed the slowdown to improvements in oil states and tightening underwriting guidelines, which have also helped stabilize delinquency rates.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loan Balances, delinquencies, TransUnion

May 10, 2018 - Industry News

Group 1 Hits Record PRU in Q1

Group 1 Automotive’s 117 U.S. dealerships averaged $1,718 in F&I gross profit per retail unit, a 4.9% increase from a year ago and a new company record.

May 8, 2018 - Industry News

House Approves Resolution to Repeal CFPB's Dealer Participation Guidance

As expected, the House approved the resolution of disapproval of the CFPB's guidance on dealer participation. With the Senate having voted on the resolution last month, all that's left to rescind the controversial guidance is President Trump's signature.

Tags: AFSA, auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, guidance, NADA

May 8, 2018 - Industry News

NIADA: Cost of Doing Business Up, Finance Availability Down

The association’s first quarter business confidence survey reveals subdued expectations for sales and economic growth among independent dealers. One factor muting optimism is finance source availability and tighter credit guidelines.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Nation Independent Dealers Association, tax season