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February 22, 2018 - Industry News

TransUnion: Auto Loan Growth Slowing

Originations continued to fall at a faster rate than previous years, as finance sources continued to tighten underwriting standards during 2017’s end-of-year quarter. TransUnion officials, however, say the sector is performing well as the economy remains relatively strong.

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

February 22, 2018 - Industry News

Military Lending Act's December Update More Harmful Than First Thought

Robert Wilkie, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

A Hudson Cook attorney told industry trade groups in a Jan. 18 memo that the Defense Department’s Dec. 14 interpretative rule, combined with something else it did in July 2015, makes it ‘highly unlikely that any dealer or finance source will be willing to originate or purchase’ a vehicle finance transaction if credit-protection products are included.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, credit insurance, Department of Defense, GAP, Hudson Cook, Military Lending Act

February 22, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo to Add V60 Wagon to Subscription Service

Photo Courtesy of Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars said this week it will add its V60 to its Care by Volvo subscription program when the redesigned station wagon makes its U.S. arrival in 2019.

Tags: Care by Volvo, station wagon, Subscription Service, V60, Volvo

February 20, 2018 - Industry News

Blinker Adds Ally’s F&I Protections, Expands Into Florida and California

Blinker was founded in 2016 by a team of industry veterans from US Bank, CarMax, GM Financial, and Cox Automotive. With this week’s announcements, the startup is quickly gearing up to take on private-party marketplaces like Craigslist, Letgo, Autotrader, Cars.com and Facebook Marketplace.

Tags: auto finance, Blinker, digital retailing, Fintech, online F&I, private-party sales

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

New York Fed: Credit Scores Rise as Household Debt Reaches New Peak

Credit scores in the fourth quarter of 2017 were only a half a point higher than the median score recorded during the first quarter of 2009. And according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2017 auto loan origination volume reached the highest level it has ever observed.

Tags: auto finance, delinquencies, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Great Recession, origination volume

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

BB&T Switches Back to Markups as CFPB Shifts Away From Enforcement

BB&T Tower in Atlanta (Wikimedia Commons and seniorliving.org)

BB&T announced its move about a week after the CFPB’s acting director stripped enforcement powers from the division responsible for pursuing discrimination cases in the auto finance arena. BB&T will officially make the switch on March 14.

Tags: auto finance, BB&T, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, Mick Mulvaney

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Hyundai, Acura Take Top Honors in KBB’s ‘5-Year Cost to Own’ Awards

The firm named Hyundai as the brand with the lowest cost to own and Acura as the lowest cost luxury brand. Top vehicles were selected in 22 categories.

Tags: Acura, Cost to Own, General Motors, Hyundai, Kelley Blue Book, Toyota

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Manheim: Wholesale Prices Decline for Third Straight Month

Despite a 4.9% increase from a year ago, the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index’s January reading was the lowest since last July.

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Carvoy Launches New Leasing Platform

Photo courtesy of CarVoy 

Carvoy Ignite was designed to benefit dealers and customers by facilitating the sale of new-vehicle leases online.

Tags: Carvoy, Online Marketplace, Online Shopping

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Black Book: Index Falls 1.2% to 113.1 in January

The firm had expected a steeper decline due to replacement activity linked to last year’s hurricanes. Instead, Black Book saw fairly typical depreciation.

Tags: Black Book, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, used-vehicle values, vehicle depreciation

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Black Book: Start of Tax Seasons Brings Low Depreciation, Strong Auction Sales

The beginning of tax season saw stronger sales at auction, especially for mainstream car segments. Mid-size cars led the way in terms of value retention in the car segment, while minivans, full-size vans and small pickups saw no change last week.

Tags: Black Book, tax season, used-vehicle values, vehicle depreciation

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

White Clark Founder Earns Technology Hall of Fame Award

Dr. Ed White, who co-founded White Clark Group in 1992, was awarded the International Auto Finance Network’s Technology Hall of Fame award for his contributions to the industry.

Tags: auto finance, Fintech, technology, White Clarke Group

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Genesis to Establish U.S. Dealer Network

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motor America.

According to the company, certain dealers who are parties to the Genesis Participation Agreement (GPA) and operate in “defined key markets” will be given first opportunity to apply for the Genesis franchise.

Tags: Dealer Network, facility upgrades, Genesis, Hyundai

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Appeals Court Rules CFPB Structure Is Constitutional

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Ted Eytan

On Wednesday, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled 7-3 that a provision in the Dodd-Frank Act that says the CFPB director can only be removed for cause does not unconstitutionally constrain the president.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Leandra English, Mick Mulvaney

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Nissan Captive Joins AutoGravity Network

Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. became the latest captive to join AutoGravity’s digital marketplace. The captive's financing options are currently available on the firm's mobile app in California and will be available nationwide in mid-2018.

Tags: AutoGravity, digital retailing, mobile app, online F&I, Showroom

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Hudson Cook Partners Elected Fellows of American College of Consumer Financial Services

The two partners, Lucy Morris and Ryan Stinneford, join 12 other Hudson Cook attorneys who have been named ACCFSL fellows.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Hudson Cook LLP, Lucy Morris, Ryan Stinneford

January 29, 2018 - Industry News

Autotrader Plans Dramatic Transformation

The online retailer will introduce a series of enhancements designed to deliver higher quality leads to auto dealers and add transparency and speed to the customer experience.

Tags: Autotrader, digital marketing, digital retailing, online F&I, Showroom, Third-party leads

January 25, 2018 - Industry News

Innovate Auto Finance to Service Subprime Portfolio Worth $50 Million

The purchaser and service of vehicle loan portfolios said it has been retained by an unnamed, multinational investment firm to source $50 million worth of subprime auto loan portfolios.

Tags: auto finance, Innovate Auto Finance, subprime

January 25, 2018 - Industry News

FTC Approves Consent Order in Texas Dealer’s Deceptive Advertising Case

The approval settles the FTC's December 2017 complaint against Dallas-based Cowboy Toyota regarding its Spanish-language newspaper ads. The regulator charged the dealership with violations of the FTC Act, TILA and the Consumer Leasing Act.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Cowboy Toyota, Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, leasing

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Ally Enters Retail Financing Agreement With DriveTime

Ally Financial said it will make up to $750 million available to DriveTime for the purchase of retail contracts over the coming year.

Tags: Ally Financial, auto finance, DriveTime, used vehicles

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Darwin Updates F&I Platform to Address Military Lending Act Rules

Darwin today announced a new update to its F&I sales platform designed to address the interpretive rule the Defense Department issued last month under the MLA.

Tags: compliance, credit insurance, Darwin Automotive, Department of Defense, GAP, Military Lending Act

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

AutoGravity Reaches New Milestone

More than 1.3 million Americans have used AutoGravity’s car-shopping and financing platform, which surpassed $2 billion in finance amount requested in 2017.

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Lending Tree: Used-Car Buyers Stretch for Some Brands

Lending Tree has ranked the used-car brands Americans will stretch their finances furthest to afford.

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

JD Power Enters F&I Space

The launch of J.D. Power Automotive Protection Products marks the data and insight provider’s first foray into the finance office.

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

TagRail Launches Digital Retail Platform

Add TagRail to the growing list of companies offering a digital retail platform. The company’s online car-buying tool is designed to close more online shoppers through a frictionless online transition from their living room to the showroom.

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