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March 2011, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Ready to Charge Ahead

Ally Financial’s Tim Russi, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ Dietmar Exler, Toyota Financial Services’ George Borst and GM Financial’s Dan Berce weighed in on the current state of the auto finance industry.

By Gregory Arroyo

It’s clear that lenders and dealers are feeling good about the road ahead. The two sides met at the 2011 Vehicle Finance Conference to reaffirm the importance of their relationship.

Tags: AFSA, AFSA Vehicle Finance Conference, Ally Financial, Finance, GM Financial, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Toyota Financial Services

April 2010, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Technology Takes Center Stage

Speaking on legislation that could enact the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, AFSA's Bill Himpler said the new agency might be off the table, but warned that regulators "still want a pound of flesh from the bank industry." As if on cue, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) who is championing finance reform legislation, unveiled a new bill in March that would create a consumer division inside the Federal Reserve, which AFSA opposes.

By Gregory Arroyo

Dealers at the industry's annual get-together said the Internet will set the terms for the market's recovery.

Tags: AFSA, credit unions, dealer, F&I products, Internet, inventory, NADA, parts and service, social media, technology

April 2010, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Industry on the Rebound

(Left to right) Thomas Wolfe, president and CEO of Wachovia Dealer Financial Services, John Noone, president of global marketing and sales at Ford Motor Credit Company, and Stephen Lambert, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., discuss the state of the auto finance industry during the CEO panel at AFSA’s 14th Annual Vehicle Finance Conference.

By Tony Dupaquier

The mood at this year’s Vehicle Finance Conference was much improved, and lenders are looking to become active once again. However, they will do so with more caution this time around.

Tags: AFSA, dealer, Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, Federal Trade Commission, Finance, Risk-Based Pricing Rule

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