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April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Morgan Stanley: Used-Car Values Could Fall by 50%

A new report from Morgan Stanley identifies several key factors that could cut used-car values in half by 2022.

Tags: auto finance, Morgan Stanley, Stretching Loan Terms, Subprime Financing, used-vehicle pricing, vehicle depreciation

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

American Financial's F&I University Now Offers F&I Compliance Certification

The income development company has partnered with Automotive Compliance Education LLC to provide its dealer customers with a new F&I compliance certification program, which will be offered through the firm's F&I University.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, Automotive Compliance Education, compliance, F&I training, F&I University

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

AFSA to Congress: The CFPB ‘Needs to Be Reined In’

A day after House Republicans called for the dismissal of CFPB Director Richard Cordray, the American Financial Services Association called on Congress to reform the bureau’s practices and amend its structure.

Tags: arbitration agreements, auto finance, CFPB, dealer participation, Disparate Impact, Jeb Hensarling, Richard Cordray

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

FTC Approves Settlements With CarMax, Asbury, West-Herr

The Federal Trade Commission last week approved settlements with CarMax, Asbury Automotive, and West-Herr Automotive Group, which the regulator charged with failing to disclose that some pre-owned vehicles offered for sale had unrepaired safety recalls despite the companies' claims of rigorous vehicle inspections.

Tags: Asbury Automotive, CarMax, Federal Trade Commission, GM Recalls, NHTSA, Recalls, Takata, West-Herr Automotive

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

5 Vehicle Segments Retain or Increase Values in March, Black Book Reports

The vehicle valuation firm reported today that the average used vehicle for model years 2011-2015 depreciated slightly 0.6%. Cars overall recorded depreciation of 0.3%, while trucks registered depreciation of 0.8%.

Tags: Black Book, used-vehicle values

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: New-Car Prices Up 2% in March

Fiat Chrysler and Toyota showed the greatest year-over-year improvement as prices and incentives gained ground last month.

Tags: Average Transaction Price, Fiat Chrysler, Kelley Blue Book, Toyota

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

AIADA: Asian Brands Lead the Way for International Nameplates in March

With the Industry SAAR falling below 17 million for the first time since August, the trade group said the industry's March sales performance 'suggests that sales may be plateauing.' The association said now is the time for dealers to tighten their operations and push back on any tax increases on consumers.

Tags: American International Automobile Dealers Associat, Honda, new-vehicle sales, Nissan, Subaru

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ally Rolls Out Online Auto Finance Marketplace

Clearlane allows consumers to finance a vehicle purchase from a dealership or a private party sale, refinance their existing loan, or buy their vehicle at lease end. The site also sells GAP and service contracts.

Tags: Ally, auto finance, digital retailing, online F&I

March 30, 2017 - Industry News

Tom Webb to Retire as Cox Automotive's Chief Economist

Tom Webb will retire on June 30, ending a more than four-decade career. Cox Automotive officials said a replacement will be named in the coming weeks.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Manheim, Manheim Index, Manheim Used Vehicle Report, NADA, used-vehicle values

March 30, 2017 - Industry News

Laura Schupbach to Lead Wells Fargo Dealer Services

The 20-year company veteran previously led the Wells Fargo Insurance business. She succeeds Dawn Martin Harp, who announced her retirement on Jan. 10.

March 29, 2017 - Industry News

Santander Agrees to $26 Million Settlement

Santander Consumer USA will pay $26 million to settle charges brought by the attorneys general of Delaware and Massachusetts.

March 29, 2017 - Industry News

MUSA Auto Finance Secures Funding Capacity of $175 Million

The special finance company, which counts the cofounder and former COO of Exeter Finance in its executive ranks, will use the funding to launch a new and pre-owned auto leasing program this year.

Tags: auto finance, leasing, MUSA, special finance, Used Leasing

March 28, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Spring Lift in Full Effect

Both cars and trucks realized a healthy seasonal boost in wholesale performance last week, with both segments retaining their values better than they have in the past six months.

Tags: Black Book, Used-Car Sales, used-vehicle prices, wholesale values

March 27, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: Q1 Sales Likely Second Highest on Record

The vehicle valuation site said the industry should sell 1.63 million units in March, which would bring first quarter sales to 4.1 million units. That would be the second highest first quarter sales tally on record.

March 23, 2017 - Industry News

defi SOLUTIONS Completes RouteOne's Econtracting Certification

defi SOLUTIONS's loan origination system is now certified for econtracting with RouteOne. Finance sources utilizing defi’s LOS will now benefit from a streamlined econtracting implementation process.

Tags: defi SOLUTIONS, econtracting, Fintech, Loan Origination System, RouteOne

March 23, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB Fines Experian $3 Million for Deceiving Consumers About Credit Scores

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took action against Experian and its subsidiaries for falsely claiming in advertisements that credit scores it offers and provides to consumers are used by finance sources to make credit decisions.

March 22, 2017 - Industry News

Kontos: Used-Vehicle Prices Soften 'Uncharacteristically' in February

February provided “further concrete evidence of softening” of used-vehicle prices, ADESA's Tom Kontos wrote in his monthly Kontos Kommentary.

Tags: ADESA Analytical Services, Tom Kontos, used-vehicle prices, Wholesale Pricing

March 21, 2017 - Industry News

Justice Department Files Amicus Brief Against CFPB

In an amicus brief filed last Friday, the Justice Department called on the D.C. Circuit Court to uphold the appellate court's 2-1 ruling in a New Jersey-based mortgage company's closely-watched challenge of the CFPB's authority. The agency says it agrees with the court's unconstitutional ruling and 'at-will' remedy.

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

AUL Corp. Releases 2017 F&I Training Schedule

The warranty and vehicle service contract provider released its 2017 F&I training schedule, which includes a three-day live course that will cover compliance, objecting handing, sales-to-F&I turnovers, and menu selling. It will be led by Kirk Manzo, director of global training for Assurant’s Vehicle Protection Services group.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I products, F&I sales, F&I training, F&I Turnover

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

Wise F&I Product Suite Now Available Through MaximTrak

Wise F&I’s voluntary protection products are now accessible through MaximTrak, a RouteOne company. According to officials, connecting the firm's F&I protections to MaximTrak’s F&I menu system demonstrates its focus on compliance, technology and simplicity for the customer.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I process, MaximTrak, RouteOne, Wise F&I

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

Fed Raises Interest Rates a Quarter Point

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted 9-1 on March 15 to raise the target range for the federal funds rate by a quarter percentage point to 0.75% to 1% — a move that was widely expected.

Tags: Federal Reserve, interest rates, Monthly Payments

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

EasyCare Launches SelectCare for Retail and Lease Customers

SelectCare was designed to cover parts not covered by the factory warranty, vehicle service contract or prepaid maintenance plan.

Tags: F&I products, vehicle service contracts, vehicle warranties

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Cars Outperform Trucks, Luxury Cars Continue to Falter

Luxury vehicles continued to struggle last week, leading all segments in terms of depreciation. The other big story was the performance of cars, which continued to retain their values better than trucks.

Tags: Black Book, vehicle depreciation, wholesale values

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

CUDL Holds Onto No. 2 Spot in Auto Finance Rankings

The more than 1,000 credit unions on CU Direct’s lending platforms maintained their No. 2 spot on Experian’s auto finance leaderboard in January. And with plateauing demand for new vehicles expected to drive up pre-owned sales, the market appears ripe for credit unions to reap further market share gains.

Tags: auto finance, credit unions, CUDL, powerbooking

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Sage to Pay $3.6 Million to Settle FTC Charges

The nine-store, Los Angeles-based Sage Automotive Group will pay $3.6 million to settle charges of deceptive and unfair sales and financing tactics, including yo-yo financing and payment packing.