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June 8, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Think Tank Heads to Dallas With Arroyo at the Helm

F&I and Showroom’s Gregory Arroyo will chair the 20 Group-like event, which will close out Industry Summit 2017 on Sept. 14. This year’s theme: ‘Making F&I Great Again.’

Tags: Career Advice, F&I director, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, Industry Summit

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Subprime Auto Originations Fall to 10-Year Low

Reflecting the shift toward more creditworthy borrowers was the rise in average credit scores for both new- and used-vehicle loans. But the retreat from the high-risk tiers also comes during a quarter in which the average new-vehicle finance amount and monthly payment reached record highs.

Tags: 30-day delinquency rate, auto finance, average term, deep subprime, Monthly Payments, subprime, transaction prices

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Crisorio, Kamal to Chair 2017 Compliance Summit

UDS’s Brian Crisorio and Auto Dealer Today’s Tariq Kamal will serve as co-show chairs for this year’s Compliance Summit.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I manager, F&I office, Industry Summit

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Index Hits Record High

With wholesale used-vehicle prices rising in May, the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index rose to a record 127.9. The firm noted that dealers purchased the most vehicles at Manheim auctions for the month of May since 2008.

Tags: Manheim Index, new-vehicle sales, showroom, used-vehicle values, Wholesale Pricing

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

CUDL: Subprime Pullback Opens Door for Credit Unions

With banks retreating from all risk tiers, an executive with CU Direct Lending said the auto finance market is primed for credit unions to pick up more share. In the first quarter, credit unions grew their share of the market by 4%.

Tags: auto finance, credit unions, CU Direct, special finance, subprime, used-vehicle financing

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

Edmunds: Down Payments Reach Record Levels in May

Car buyers are putting down $504 more on a new-vehicle purchase than they did five years ago. But with buyers purchasing pricier cars and interest rates on the rise, something has to give, Edmunds.com analysis said.

Tags: auto finance, down payment, Edmunds, interest rates

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

Kerrigan: Buy/Sell Activity Remains Robust in Q1

Despite slowing auto sales and a slight dip in blue sky values, dealership buy/sell activity remained robust in the first quarter, according to the buy/sell advisory firm’s The Blue Sky Report.

Tags: Kerrigan Advisors, Mergers and Acquisitions, The Blue Sky Report

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

AutoNation Names New COO

AutoNation named Lance Iserman executive vice president of sales and COO. The more than 15-year company veteran replaces William “Bill” Berman, who resigned last month.

Tags: AutoNation, Bill Berman, Hiring, Mike Jackson

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity’s Car Financing App Now Available in New Jersey

AutoGravity’s mobile financing app is now available in New Jersey. According to company officials, the app has been downloaded more than 400,000 times since its introduction last summer.

Tags: AutoGravity, digital retailing, online F&I

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: New-Vehicle Transaction Prices Rise Nearly 3% in May

Transaction prices continued to climb at a steady rate in May, driven by the weakening sales mix of cars, according to the vehicle information side.

Tags: Average Transaction Price, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power/LMC Expect Lowest May Retail SAAR Since 2013

(in millions of units)Source: Power Information Network® (PIN) from J.D. Power

Not even record incentive spending for the month is expected to keep May retail sales on pace with a year ago, according to the two firms.

Tags: incentive spending, J.D. Power and Associates, LMC Automotive, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

CNA National Takes Two Top Spots in 2017 Dealers’ Choice Awards

CNAN earned first-place Diamond honors in the Service Contract and Reinsurance categories. The company has been voted a top provider by readers of Auto Dealer Today every year since the awards program was created in 2005.

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

BofA Adds F&I Component to Mobile Car-Shopping App

Bank of America is piloting new enhancements to its mobile banking technology that will allow clients to complete the auto financing process directly with the bank on a mobile device.

Tags: Bank of America, digital retailing, mobile app, online F&I

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

White Clark Group CEO Named ‘Auto Finance Personality of the Year’

The award is designed to recognize an individual who has made the most noteworthy contribution to the auto finance industry in the last two years. Judges described White Clark CEO Brendan Gleeson as a “visionary for the motor finance industry.”

Tags: auto finance, White Clarke Group

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

KBB Puts May New-Vehicle Sales at 1.53 Million Units

If the firm's forecast is realized, May's new-vehicle sales total would best April by 7% but would be flat with a year ago. The vehicle information site also believes retail sales will account for 80.5% of volume.

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

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Mich. Senators Support Fuel Economy Bill

Michigan's U.S. senators are backing a proposal that would allow automakers to apply credits for model years as far back as 2009 to help them meet future standards to require their car and truck fleets to average 41 miles per gallon by 2021, reports the Detroit News.

Tags: CAFE Standards, Donald Trump, Elected Leaders, EPA, Fuel Economy, Michigan

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Former Dealer Awarded $256 Million in Case Against Nissan Captive

An Orange County Superior Court Jury sided with a former Nissan dealer who claimed the automaker’s captive financing arm forced him out of business during the Great Recession, awarding him $121.9 million in compensatory damages and $134.6 million in punitive damages.

Tags: Floorplan Financing, inventory financing, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., Superior Automotive Group

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Westlake Financial Adds eContracting

Through a partnership with eOriginal, Westlake Financial has digitally transformed its dealership management system into an econtrating solution for its network of more than 20,000 new- and used-car dealers.

Tags: econtracting, eOriginal, Westlake Financial Services

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

AIADA: Border Adjustment Tax Will Hurt Dealers, Customers

America’s 9,600 international nameplate dealers reinforced their opposition to a border adjustment tax that say will cost U.S. consumers $34.6 billion or about $2,000 per vehicle.

Tags: AIADA, American International Automobile Dealers Associat, Donald Trump

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan Names AutoGravity Entrepreneurial Company of the Year

The executive team for AutoGravity includes CTO Martin Prescher, CEO Andreas Hinrichs, COO Nicholas Stellman, and COO Serge Vartanov.

The business consulting firm recognized AutoGravity for transforming the automotive finance industry with its 'first-of-its-kind fintech platform.'

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

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

CNA National Appoints New Senior Vice President of Customer Service

Trace Thaxton will be responsible for overseeing the company's claims, operations, and reinsurance departments. He previously served as the head of customer care and relations for AGIA Affinity's Scottsdale division.

Tags: claims, CNA National, F&I products

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Appoints Jim Hackett CEO

Executive Chairman Bill Ford (right) and Hackett met with employees and members of the press to discuss the appointment.

More than a year after being hired to lead the automaker's ‘Smart Mobility’ innovation unit, Jim Hackett was named Ford’s CEO and president. He replaces Mark Fields, who ends his three-year tenure at the helm of Ford Motor Co.

Tags: Ford Motor Co., Hire, Jim Hackett, Mark Fields, Promotions

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Kontos: Wholesale Prices Show Strength Again in April

Average wholesale used-vehicle prices reached $11,141 in April, a 2.2% increase from March and a 2.5% increase from a year ago, Tom Kontos reported. The only three segments registering declines were compact, mid-size, and luxury cars.

Tags: Tom Kontos, used-vehicle sales, wholesale values

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage Releases New Series of Point-of-Sale Product Videos

Six months after releasing its first educational F&I product video, the F&I product provider released a new series of point-of-sale product videos dealers can use in their F&I offices and on their websites.

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Former Chase Custom Exec Joins Westlake

The once head of Chase Custom Finance is back. Today, Westlake Financial Services announced it has contracted Bill Jensen to focus on developing its strategic accounts division.

Tags: auto finance, Bill Jensen, Chase Custom, special finance, subprime, Westlake Financial Services