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April 7, 2016 - Industry News

Used-Vehicle Pricing Continues to Ease

Wholesale prices fell for the third straight time in March, but Cox Automotive’s Tom Webb said the softening is no cause for alarm.

Tags: Manheim, Manheim Used Vehicle Report, Tom Webb, used-vehicle values

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

2014 F&I Dealer of the Year Added to F&I Think Tank Roster

Vaden Automotive Group's Jane Vaden Thacher will be at next month's F&I Think Tank in Tampa, Fla., to explain how the group's sales and F&I process makes $1,400 per copy a reasonable expectation for F&I producers.

Tags: F&I process, F&I Think Tank, F&I Turnover, Jane Vaden Thacher, Vaden Automotive Group

March 29, 2016 - Industry News

Moore to Take On Millennial Workforce at Dealer Summit

Protective Asset Protection’s Rich Moore will present a session dedicated to hiring and training Millennial workers at the upcoming Dealer Summit, organizers announced Monday.

Tags: Dealer Summit, Hiring, Millenials, Protective Asset Protection Division, Rich Moore

March 23, 2016 - Industry News

ACA, Westlake Agree to Pay $7.4 Million in Relief to Mass. Consumers

American Credit Acceptance and Westlake Financial Services have agreed to pay $7.4 million to Massachusetts consumers to settle the state regulator's charges that they charged excessive interest rates on subprime loans.

Tags: American Credit Acceptance, GAP, interest rates, Relief, Subprime Loans, Westlake Services

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

Subprime Loans Accounted for Nearly 22% of 2015 Originations, Equifax Reports

Subprime auto loans accounted for 21.7% of all 2015 originations. The firm notes, however, that credit performance remains excellent, a sign that finance sources 'are prudently extending credit to well-underwritten borrowers.'

Tags: Auto Loans, Equifax, Originations, subprime

March 22, 2016 - Industry News

NCM Associates Announces Launch of LiveAudit

NCM Associates' new cloud-based application works with dealership management systems to provide a new way to control cash flow as well as reduce the risk of fraud and financial mismanagement.

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Black Book Becomes Exclusive Partner to DRIVIN

By leveraging Black Book’s pricing information, DRIVIN will create used-car trends and analysis to educate and help dealers make smarter buying decisions.

Tags: Black Book, DRIVIN, software, Vehicle Valuation

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

Black Book: Mid-Size Cars See No Depreciation in February

The vehicle information firm reported that all segments reviewed showed less than 2.7% depreciation except for full-size pickups.

Tags: Black Book, vehicle depreciation

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

DealersLink Completing Implementation of Retail Tools Into Several Dealer Groups

DealersLink officials say the company's line of automotive solutions can help small and mid-sized automotive groups cut vendor costs by streamlining their dealership tools into one integrated system.

Tags: Dealership, Dealership Solutions, DealersLink

March 3, 2016 - Industry News

Experian: More Consumers Turning to Leasing, Used Vehicles

With new-vehicle loan amounts and monthly payments rising to record highs during the fourth quarter, leasing’s share of the market grew to record levels. Data from Experian Automotive also showed that more consumers turned to the used-vehicle market in the end-of-year period.

Tags: Experian Automotive, Melinda Zabritski, Monthly Payments, new-vehicle financing, new-vehicle leasing

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

Tom Hudson Joins Dealer Summit Roster

Prominent consumer finance attorney Thomas B. Hudson will be at Dealer Summit this May to discuss how regulators have changed the business model for special finance and buy-here, pay-here operations.

Tags: auto finance, buy-here, CFPB, FTC, pay-here, special finance, Subprime Financing, Tom Hudson

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

ProMax’s Palmer to Share Loan-Approval Tips at Dealer Summit

John Palmer, CEO of ProMax Unlimited, will present “Secrets to Getting More Lender Approvals” at Dealer Summit, organizers announced on Wednesday.

Tags: auto financing, John Palmer, ProMax Online, ProMax Unlimited, special finance, subprime

March 2, 2016 - Industry News

NCM Associates’ Kerr to Break Down BHPH at Dealer Summit

Organizers of Dealer Summit have announced that NCM Associates’ Dustin Kerr will present a session dedicated to buy-here, pay-here (BHPH) operations at the event, which will take place May 3-5, 2016, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel.

Tags: bhph dealers, buy-here, compliance, Dealer Summit, Dustin Kerr, NCM Associates, pay-here

February 25, 2016 - Industry News

2015 a Record Year for Used-Vehicle Market, Edmunds Reports

Automotive dealers sold 38.3 million used vehicles in 2015, the highest single-year total since 2007. And they did so despite the price of an average used car rising 4.6% to $18,600.

Tags: Certified Pre-Owned, Edmunds.com, used vehicles

February 23, 2016 - Industry News

AUL Names Scott Smith Operations Managers

Smith will lead AUL's operations department while maintaining his role as service support manager. He replaces Jackie Matthews, who stepped back from her role as operations manager as she prepares for retirement.

Tags: AUL Corp., Promotions, Service Contract Provider, Service Contracts

February 18, 2016 - Industry News

Top F&I Trainers Headed to F&I Think Tank

Celebrated F&I trainers Luis Garcia, Gerry Gould and Rick McCormick will join forces at F&I Think Tank to lead Shark Tank, a 20 Group-like session that will allow attendees to get answers to troublesome customer objections, deal situations and departmental issues.

Tags: Dealer Summit, F&I Think Tank, F&I Tip of the Week, F&I training, Gerry Gould, Luis Garcia, Reahard & Associates, Rick McCormick, United Development Systems

February 18, 2016 - Industry News

Used-Vehicle Sales Drop 4% in January, NADA Used Car Guide Reports

The NADA Used Car Guide's used-vehicle price index slipped 0.3% in January, with sales volume coming in 4% lower than the same period last year.

Tags: NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, used vehicles, Vehicle Sales

February 17, 2016 - Industry News

Former Santander Execs Join Exeter Finance Corp.

On the same day Santander announced the departures of President Jason Grubb and COO of Originations Brand Martin, Exeter Finance Corp. announced the appointment of the two auto finance veterans to CEO and COO, respectively.

Tags: Executive Panel, Exeter Finance Corp., Santander Consumer USA

February 16, 2016 - Industry News

Charlie Robinson to Keynote F&I Think Tank at Dealer Summit

Organizers of Dealer Summit announced that Charlie Robinson, president and COO of the Resource Automotive division at The Warranty Group, will deliver the keynote address for F&I Think Tank.

Tags: Charlie Robinson, Dealer Summit, F&I managers, F&I products, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, Resource Automotive, The Warranty Group

February 10, 2016 - Industry News

Carleton Announces New Suite of Lending Software

The suite includes the latest upgrades to the firm’s LoanSmart Solutions, which have been adopted by major lending software providers for more than 20 years. The offerings also meet the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s third-party vendor compliance recommendations and consumer privacy and security requirements.

Tags: Auto Lending, Carleton, Dealer Software, software

February 9, 2016 - Industry News

Q4 2015 Outstanding Loan Balances Reach Highest Level on Record, Experian Reports

Outstanding auto loan balances totaled $987 billion in the fourth quarter 2015, up 11.5% from the year-ago period and the highest level since Experian Automotive began publicly tracking the data in 2006.

Tags: 30-day delinquency rate, 60-Day Delinquency Rate, auto finance, Auto Loans, banks, captive finance, credit unions, Experian Automotive, finance companies, Oustanding Auto Loan Balances

February 8, 2016 - Industry News

Fighter Pilot Bruce Bright to Keynote Dealer Summit

Organizers of Dealer Summit have announced that Lt. Col. Bruce Bright, USMC (Ret.) will deliver a motivational keynote address at the event, which will be held May 3–5, 2016, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel.

Tags: Dealer Summit, Randy Crisorio, United Development Systems

February 2, 2016 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Announces Integration With Scan123

Scan123’s electronic document management system is now integrated with Auto/Mate’s Automotive Productivity Management Suite DMS, allowing Scan123 users to store and access documents through Auto/Mate’s DMS.

Tags: Auto/Mate, electronic document storage, F&I office, Scan123

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

GM, Jim Koons and Lithia Settle FTC’s Complaints Regarding CPO Claims

The regulator said the three companies agreed to settle its charges that they failed to disclose that some certified pre-owned vehicles were subject to open and unrepaired safety recalls despite claims of rigorous inspections in advertisements.

Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, General Motors, Jim Koons Automotive, Lithia Motors

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Cox Automotive Enters F&I Product Business

Cox Automotive announced today it has acquired a minority interest in F&I product provider SilverRock Holdings LLC. Officials said the products will be sold through dealers affiliated with Go Financial and NextGear Capital.

Tags: Cox Automotive, GAP, GO Financial, NextGear Capital, Oreno Holdings, SilverRock Holdings, vehicle service contracts, Vehicle-Recovery Device