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July 28, 2016 - Industry News

ORIAS Offers Prize to Industry Summit Attendees

Organizers of the upcoming Industry Summit have announced that Old Republic Insured Automotive Services (ORIAS) will award two $500 American Express gift cards in a random drawing of attendees who register by this Friday, July 29.

Tags: Compliance Summit, F&I manager, F&I trainer, Industry Summit, ORIAS

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Proposes to Overhaul Debt-Collection Market

At a field hearing held today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau outlined proposals its considering that would overhaul the debt-collection market. One of the proposals on the table is capping collector contact attempts.

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Kontos: Strong Truck Values Drive 3.3% Increase in Wholesale Prices in June

Average wholesale values fell again on a month-over-month basis in June, but they remain up on a year-over-year basis thanks to the continued price strength of trucks, according to ADESA Analytical Services.

Tags: ADESA Analytical Services, Tom Kontos, used-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

Compliance Summit Adds Certification Component

Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that attendees will have the opportunity to earn Certified Automotive Compliance Specialist status at the Las Vegas event, which will be held Aug. 29–30, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas as part of the annual Industry Summit.

July 5, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Proposes Implementation of Privacy Notice Exemption

Last week, the CFPB proposed to implement an amendment to the Gramm-Leach-Biley Act (GLBA) that will grant certain financial institutions exemption from sending annual privacy notices to customers.

Tags: CFPB, Customer Privacy, Law

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

Gen Z Buying 6.5 Times More Used Cars Than New

Shoppers age 18 to 24, or Generation Z, buy 6.5 times more used cars than new cars, according to an analysis of Polk vehicle registration data analyzed by Edmunds.com. While it’s not surprising that college-aged consumers are buying used cars, what they’re buying is.

Tags: Edmunds, Generation Z, used vehicles

June 23, 2016 - Industry News

ADESA Promotes Two to Dealer Services Leadership Roles

The business unit of KAR Auction Services has promoted C.J. Lopez to director of major dealer accounts, and Kjersta Loyd to regional dealer sales manager for the Mideast and Midwest regions.

Tags: ADESA, Auto Auctions, used vehicles

June 22, 2016 - Industry News

Black Book: Depreciation Rates Showing Consistency

Over the last four weeks, depreciation rates for both cars and trucks have begun to show some consistency, according to Black Book, with truck depreciation picking up from the spring season.

Tags: Black Book, Used-Car Values, vehicle depreciation

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

TransUnion, FICO Team Up on New Credit Scoring System

Based on TransUnion’s CreditVision trended data, FICO Auto Score 9 XT is specifically designed for the auto finance marketplace. The scoring system ignores paid off collection agency accounts, separates unpaid nonmedical accounts that have gone into collection from unpaid medical accounts in collections, and provides a deeper dive into consumer behaviors.

Tags: Credit Scores, FICO, ProMax Unlimited, TransUnion

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

Wholesale Prices Rise Again in May, Manheim Reports

Wholesale used-vehicle prices increased again in May, suggesting dealers have continued to achieve efficiency gains that allow them to bid-up auction prices even as gross margins narrow, according to Manheim’s Used Vehicle Value Index.

Tags: Manheim, Manheim Used Vehicle Report, used-vehicle values, Wholesale Pricing

June 8, 2016 - Industry News

ADESA Launches National Accounts Team for AutoVIN

ADESA announced today the formation of a new national accounts team for its AutoVIN subsidiary. Leading the team will be Amy Weisenburger.

Tags: ADESA, AutoVIN, Hiring

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

SNAAC Makes Greater Cincinnati's 'Top Workplaces of 2016' List

The Ohio-based auto finance company made Greater Cincinnati’s ‘Top Workplaces of 2016’ list. SNAAC was previously named a ‘Best Place to Work’ in 2015 and 2013.

Tags: auto financing, SNAAC, Subprime Financing, top workplace

May 31, 2016 - Industry News

KAR Names Vice President of Autoniq Subsidiary

Nicole Archer has been named vice president of Autoniq, a real-time information provider for dealers, according to the company.

Tags: ADESA, Autoniq, Kar Auction Services, Promotion, Vice President

May 26, 2016 - Industry News

DRIVIN Raises $7.5 Million in Additional Funding

The company that aims to change the way dealers sell, source, acquire, and deliver used cars announced it has raised an additional $7.5 million in equity capital. Launched in mid-2015, the Chicago-based startup has now raised $17.5 million in funding.

Tags: Auto Auctions, DRIVIN, inventory, used-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values

May 23, 2016 - Industry News

ADT Names 2016 Dealers’ Choice Award Winners

The publishers of Auto Dealer Today announced the winners of the 12th annual Dealers’ Choice Awards. The awards are based on a comprehensive survey that allowed dealers and dealership personnel to recognize their favorite vendors, suppliers and finance companies in 34 categories.

Tags: ActivEngage, Ally, American Financial & Automotive Services, AUL Corp., Auto Credit Express, Autotrader, Cars.com, CDK Global, Client~ConneXion, CNA National, Contact At Once, Dealer Synergy, Dealer.com, DealerClickz, DealerLink, DealerRefresh, Dealers' Choice Awards, DealerStrong, Dealertrack, Digital Air Strike, DMEautomotive, Dominion Dealer Solutions, eBizAutos, ELEAD1ONE, IAS, Jim Ziegler, Mosaic, Naked Lime, National Auto Care, Portfolio, ProMax Online, Protective Asset Protection Division, Reahard & Associates, Reynolds & Reynolds, RoadVantage, United Development Systems, vAuto, Zieger Supersystems

May 18, 2016 - Industry News

Selly Automotive Announces Integration With Skywerks DMS

The integration will eliminate redundancies while increasing dealer efficiency, according to the announcement. Now both new and existing Skywerks dealers will be able to take advantage of the Selly Automotive platform, the announcement adds.

Tags: CMS, DMS, Selly Automotive, Skywerks

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Black Book Releases Residual Forecast on Three-Year-Old Vehicles

The forecast shows that residuals on an average three-year-old vehicle will dip from the current three-year retention of 52% in 2016 to 47.8% by 2019. Increased used supply in the marketplace is the main culprit of slipping retention rates this year, the firm said.

Tags: Black Book, residual values, used-vehicle values

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

NADAUCG's Used-Vehicle Price Index Falls for the Fifth Straight Month

The NADA Used Car Guide's used-vehicle price index fell to its lowest level in more than five years in April. Analysts expect prices this year to be down 5% and 6% on an index-basis from 2015, the steepest non-recession declines in the last 20 years.

Tags: NADA, NADA Used Car Guide, used vehicles, Vehicle Prices

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

GO Financial Exits Indirect Channel

The subprime finance source’s president says the company’s decision to exit the indirect channel was neither performance-based nor a reflection of current conditions in the subprime auto finance sector. Move connected to Cox's purchase of Dealertrack.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Dealertrack, DriveTime, GO Financial, subprime

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Georgia Dealer, State Employee Arrested for Odometer Fraud

The dealer and state employee were charged with devising a scheme to buy high-mileage vehicles in nearby states, roll back their odometers, and then resell them in Georgia. They now face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Tags: Department of Justice, Georgia, Odometer Fraud, Tampering

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

NIADA Dealer 20 Groups Program Adds Moderator

Longtime industry veteran Mark Dubois has joined the association’s expanding Dealer 20 Groups team. He will work with BHPH dealer groups as part of the NIADA 20 Groups operation acquired from Leedom and Associates.

Tags: 20 Groups, bhph dealers, Mark Dubois, NIADA, remarketing

April 21, 2016 - Industry News

TD Bank: U.S. Auto Sales to Peak in 2016, Remain Healthy in 2017

TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank and TD Auto Finance, projects U.S. auto sales will peak at 17.6 million units this year before edging down to 17.3 million in 2017. But sales should remain at the 17 million-unit level for some time, the finance source’s economist noted.

Tags: Dina Ignjatovic, new-vehicle sales, SAAR, TD Auto Finance, TD Economics, used-vehicle sales

April 20, 2016 - Industry News

Black Book Becomes Exclusive Partner of Auction Simplified

Black Book announced today it is now the exclusive provider of vehicle valuation data for Auction Simplified, an online auction service that allows dealers to instantly make vehicle inventory available to wholesale buyers.

Tags: Auction Simplified, Auto Auctions, Black Book, Partnership

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Dr. Huey Antley to Lead KAR’s New Data Science Solutions Group

KAR Auction Services announced the formation of a new Data Science Solutions Group, which will apply the latest data science tools to optimize economic outcomes for vehicle remarketing customers.

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Vehicle Depreciation Accelerates in Q1, Black Book Reports

The acceleration in vehicle depreciation during the first quarter points to the market reaching the peak of spring, Black Book said this week. While many segments saw noticeable spikes in depreciation, the firm noted, some segments experienced increases in value during the quarter.

Tags: Black Book, depreciation, used vehicles, Used-Vehicle Value