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July 19, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power: June a ‘Relatively Average’ Month for Wholesale Prices

The 2.2% decline in wholesale prices of vehicles up to eight years in age was right in line with average losses recorded for the month over the past five years, J.D. Power Valuation Services reported this week. However, the firm’s Seasonally Adjusted Used Vehicle Price Index was significantly lower than a year ago.

Tags: J.D. Power Valuation Services, used-vehicle prices, Wholesale Pricing, wholesale values

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Innovative Lending Releases Loan Management Tool for F&I Offices

Stip Trac was designed to help dealers and their F&I offices track cash flow, collect stips, and keep an open communication line with car buyers before and after their purchase. Dealers can also set contracts-in-transit limits, track money in transit by salesperson and more.

Tags: auto finance, Contracts in Transit, dealers, F&I manager, F&I office, software, Stips, technology

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Vehicle Depreciation Shows Pockets of Strength at Midway Point of 2017

The price of cars dropped 1.8%, while trucks recorded a 0.8% decline in value for the month of June. Small pickups registered the lowest monthly depreciation, while subcompact cars recorded the largest depreciation in June.

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

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Kontos: Wholesale Prices Softening Despite YOY Increase in June

Average wholesale prices in June were down vs. June but up vs. a year ago. A drill down into the data, however, reveals price softening on a year-over-year basis when accounting for sales type, vehicle age, model class, and mileage, KAR Chief Economist Tom Kontos said this week.

Tags: ADESA Analytical Services, Kar Auction Services, Tom Kontos, Wholesale Pricing

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Retention Index Registers Second Increase in Three Months

The index’s rise in June was due in large part to falling gas prices, which helped drive the sale of used trucks, crossovers and SUVs. The downside of falling gas prices was the continued acceleration in depreciation for subcompact and compact cars.

Tags: Black Book, used-vehicle values, Value Retention, vehicle depreciation

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

G.P. Anderson to Deliver ‘Art of the Presentation’ at F&I Think Tank

Former F&I Pacesetter G.P. Anderson returns to F&I Think Tank to deliver “Art of the Presentation,” a 50-minute look at the process and approach that made him an award-winning F&I director for Park Rapids, Minn.-based Thielen Motors.

Tags: F&I director, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, G.P. Anderson, Industry Summit, objection handling

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Promotes Pratt to VP

Wendy Pratt has been elevated to the role of associate vice president of strategic alliances for GWC Warranty.

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Experian Adds ‘Text for Credit’ Financing Option

Experian’s latest innovation was designed to allow car buyers to obtain real-time credit decisions via text message.

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Index Reaches Record High in June

It was the second consecutive month that Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index reached a record high. Officials said strong retail demand for recent model-year used vehicles is encouraging dealers to buy more vehicles at auction, and the increased demand is more than offsetting the high supply.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Manheim, Manheim Index, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values, wholesale values

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB Issues Rule Banning Arbitration Clauses in Finance Contracts

The new rule is set to take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. It comes more than two years after the bureau studied mandatory arbitration clauses and one year after it proposed to ban such clauses in consumer finance contracts.

Tags: arbitration agreements, auto finance, CFPB, CFPB study, compliance

July 7, 2017 - Industry News

O’Loughlin Joins Compliance Summit Roster as Featured Speaker

Attorney, compliance expert and former regulator Terry O’Loughlin will deliver a featured presentation devoted to Rules and Regulations at the upcoming Dallas Compliance Summit.

Tags: compliance, Compliance Summit, Reynolds & Reynolds, Terry O'Loughlin

July 7, 2017 - Industry News

O’Loughlin to Deliver Keynote Address at Industry Summit

Attorney, compliance expert and former regulator Terry O’Loughlin will deliver the opening luncheon keynote address to attendees of Compliance Summit, Lender Summit and the P&A Leadership Summit.

July 6, 2017 - Industry News

Edmunds: Term Lengths Stretch to All-Time High in June

At a record 69.3 months, average new-vehicle finance terms have stretched 6.8% from five years ago. The average amount financed and average monthly payment also registered new highs.

Tags: average finance amount, average term, Average Transaction Price, Monthly Payments

July 6, 2017 - Industry News

VW Credit Invests in AutoGravity

With its announced investment, Volkswagen’s captive finance company joins the automotive fintech firm’s mobile car shopping and financing platform. VW Credit also launched its own AutoGravity-powered smartphone app.

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

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

International Nameplate Dealers Record Fourth Straight Sales Dip

The nation’s 9,600 international nameplate franchises registered their fourth straight sales decline in June, but the association representing them said dealers are feeling confident about the second half of 2017.

Tags: American International Automobile Dealers Associat, new-vehicle sales, transaction prices

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

Greg Goebel to Address Industry Summit and PALS

Special finance guru Greg Goebel will deliver the evening keynote address to a combined audience of Industry Summit and P&A Leadership Summit attendees.

Tags: DealerStrong, Greg Goebel, Industry Summit, special finance, Special Finance Conference

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

New-Car Transaction Prices Grow Less than 2% in June

Transaction prices grew slower than usual for the month of June, rising 1.5% from a year ago to $34,442. Transaction prices for popular categories like full-size trucks and mid-size cars were flat, while the average for a compact SUV rose only 1%.

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

NMAC President Named Infiniti Executive

Pictured is Mark Kaczynski, former president of Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.

Mark Kaczynski, president of Nissan’s captive finance company since December 2011, was named vice president of administration and finance for the automaker’s Infiniti luxury brand. Replacing him as president of NMAC is Nissan Canada Finance’s Kevin Cullum.

Tags: auto finance, captive finance, Kevin Cullum, Mark Kaczynski, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Portfolio Earns 10th Straight Top Ranking in Dealers’ Choice Awards

Portfolio’s victory continues a remarkable run for the only reinsurance provider to earn a Dealers’ Choice Award in every year since the program began in 2008.

June 29, 2017 - Industry News

Ganther to Serve as Featured Speaker at Dallas Compliance Summit

Attorney and Mosaic Compliance Services cofounder Jim Ganther will deliver a featured presentation on Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls at Compliance Summit in September.

Tags: CFPB, CMS, complaint management system, compliance, compliance management system, Compliance Summit, digital retailing, Industry Summit, James Ganther, online F&I

June 28, 2017 - Industry News

Bankrate Lists Top 10 Affordable Car Towns

Bankrate’s latest Car Affordability Survey finds Washington, D.C., is the most affordable city in which to buy a new car.

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power/LCM: June SAAR Expected to Fall to Five-Year Low

Despite record incentive spending, the auto industry is on pace to record its weakest first-half sales performance since 2014, according to the two firms. Days to turn remained at 70 through June 18, the highest level since July 2009.

Tags: days to turn, fleet sales, Forecast, incentive spending, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

SouthwestRe Wins Gold in 2017 Dealers’ Choice Award

SouthwestRe took home the Gold award in the Service Contract Reinsurance category in this year's Dealers’ Choice Awards.

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

CarMax Looks to Expand Digital Retailing Push

The pre-owned dealer group’s online prequalification portal played a key role in its captive finance company's 7% increase in first-quarter originations. The group is currently testing a home-delivery service as well as an online vehicle appraisal tool.

Tags: auto finance, CarMax, CarMax Auto Finance, digital retailing, online F&I

June 23, 2017 - Industry News

IPPI to Offer 1st Equity Payment Plan in Texas

1st Equity becomes one of two independent monthly budget payment brands available in the Lone Star State.