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February 16, 2017 - Industry News

D.C. Circuit Grants CFPB’s Request to Defend Single-Director Structure

The D.C. Circuit granted the bureau’s request to reconsider last October’s three-judge ruling that the bureau’s structure is unconstitutional, vacating a decision that gave the president the authority to remove the director of the CFPB at will.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, dealer participation, Donald Trump

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

Tom Hudson Releases Book on Fed Government’s War on Dealers

In his new book, the attorney traces actions over the last five years by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. It addresses the government's war on several fronts, from advertising and discrimination to disclosure requirements and other everyday compliance issues.

Tags: compliance, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, dealer participation, F&I manager, Federal Trade Commission, Hudson Cook LLP, Tom Hudson

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

Used-Vehicle Market Bracing for Off-Lease Tidal Wave

While low interest rates and consistent values are making it possible for the market to absorb the wave of newer, more expensive off-lease vehicles, demand for older, less expensive vehicles hasn't waned. But with fewer older vehicles available, sellers will be at a disadvantage, Edmunds said this week.

Tags: Edmunds, Inventory Management, Off-Lease Vehicles, used-vehicle values

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

eBay: Car Buyers Will Buy Online

Will consumers buy cars online? Results of a new two-part consumer survey conducted by eBay Advertising shows they will.

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Lithia Grows F&I, Catches Acquisition Fever in 4Q

Lithia Motors executives reported a new company record for F&I profits and promised to maintain the group’s aggressive growth strategy in 2017.

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Bankruptcies Register First Consecutive Monthly YOY Increases Since 2010

While bankruptcies plunged last year to their lowest levels since the implementation of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2015, filings are beginning to climb, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Tags: American Bankruptcy Institute, bankruptcies, buy-here, pay-here, special finance

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Luxury Depreciation Spikes

Luxury vehicles continued to struggle last week, as the segment realized some of the highest depreciation rates among all segments, according to the vehicle valuation firm.

Tags: Black Book, Depreciation, Luxury Vehicles, Used Vehicles

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

No Sedans Among KBB’s Top 12 Family Cars

The 2017 Honda CR-V is the top seller among the two-row SUVs Kelley Blue Book included in its latest list of top family vehicles. Photo courtesy American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

Kelley Blue Book’s list of the best family vehicles for the 2017 model year includes eight SUVs, four minivans, and no sedans.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chrysler, Honda, Kelley Blue Book, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Hudson Cook LLP Adds Three New Partners

The law firm announced today the election of attorneys Robert Gage, Lauren Hunt, and Jennifer Sarvadi to the partnership.

Tags: compliance, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, Hudson Cook LLP

February 14, 2017 - Industry News

Group 1’s U.S. F&I Team Delivers Record PVR

For the year, the nation’s third largest dealer group grew its U.S. F&I per-copy average by $129 from the prior year to $1,644. Company officials, however, tell investors and equity research analysts ‘not to model anything higher.’

Tags: F&I manager, F&I products, Group 1 Automotive, PVR

February 14, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Dealers Added Stores, Lost Sales in 2016

Texas dealers led the nation by adding 15 new rooftops in 2016, according to a new report from Urban Science. Photo by LoneStarMike

Urban Science analysts said average per-store sales in the United States fell by a single unit in 2016, despite a slight uptick in rooftops and franchises.

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

Subaru Tops KBB's 5-Year Cost to Own List

Photo courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru and Acura ranked as the top automotive brand in Kelley Blue Book's annual 5-Year Cost to Own awards, which highlights the top luxury and non-luxury brands in 21 vehicle categories.

Tags: Acura, Depreciation, Kelley Blue Book, Subaru

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

VisionMenu Releases Remote F&I

The software maker announced the release of Remote F&I, a remote menu, disclosure and document-signing web application. The new offering comes equipped with vSignature, a patent-pending technology that allows the user to control what a customer views on his or her smartphone. It also allows buyers to esign any document.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I products, Ron Martin, VisionMenu Inc.

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

ALG Sets Bolt EV's Residual Value

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV should retain as much as 39% of its value after three years of retail leasing, which is significantly better than other mainstream competitors, according to ALG.

Tags: ALG, Chevrolet Bolt, Electric Vehicle

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

LeasePlan Names Schlesinger President, CEO

Jeff Schlesinger was named president and CEO of LeasePlan USA, a fleet management company. Schlesinger succeeds Mike Pitcher, who retired as president and CEO at the end of 2016.

Tags: GE Capital, Jeff Schlesinger, LeasePlan USA

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

Exeter Names New CFO

The subprime finance source announced the promotion of Brad Nall to CFO. The more than 25-year veteran of the consumer finance industry has held various senior roles since joining the company in July 2012.

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

GSFSGroup Names New President

Jeff M. Parent, president of GSFSGroup.

The F&I product provider announced this week the appointment of Jeff Parent as president. The 26-year veteran of the automotive business succeeds Steve Amos, who is retiring after nine years as GSFSGroup’s president.

Tags: F&I products, GSFSGroup, Jeff Parent, reinsurance, Steve Amos

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Appoints Director of Marketing Strategy

The F&I product provider announced this week the promotion of Mike Silverman, who joined the company in 2014 as manager of product strategy, to director of marketing strategy.

Tags: F&I products, GWC Warranty Corporation

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

AutoNation Slips Below $1,600 Per Copy in Q4

The executive team from the nation's largest auto retailer paints a rosy picture for 2017, despite the effects of the ongoing Takata airbag recall and the looming threat of a Trump administration-ordered border tax on vehicles manufactured in Mexico and sold here.

Tags: AutoNation, Donald Trump, F&I manager, F&I profit per vehicle retailed, PVR, Takata

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

Portfolio Named Endorsed Provider by Wyoming Dealer Association

The dealer reinsurance program manager announced it has entered into an agreement with Wyoming Automobile Dealers Association to bring reinsurance profit participation and retrospective commission programs to the association and member dealers who sell Portfolio F&I products.

Tags: F&I products, Portfolio, reinsurance, Wyoming Automobile Dealers Association

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Delivers for Asbury in Q4 2016

The group’s F&I operations posted a $60 increase in F&I profit per vehicle retailed during a quarter in which the nation’s eighth largest auto retailer chose volume over margin.

Tags: Asbury Automotive, F&I products, F&I profit per vehicle retailed, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle sales

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Carleton Expands Compliance Expertise

Carleton Inc. announced the hiring of Sarah Way, an attorney whose expertise includes business law, contract development and documentation, intellectual property regulations, property insurance law, and other litigation disciplines.

Tags: Carleton, compliance, Sarah Way

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Jumpstart: Alfa Romeo, Ford, Kia Had Best Super Bowl Commercials

Alfa Romeo's "Dear Predictable" ad took the top spot in Jumpstart's rankings of Super Bowl car commercials. Photo courtesy Alfa Romeo USA

Jumpstart Automotive Media released its annual report listing the Super Bowl car commercials that drove the most online engagement.

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Offers Factory Sales to V90 Buyers

A 2017 V90 wagon rolls off Volvo's Gothenburg, Sweden, assembly line. Photo courtesy Volvo Car USA LLC

Volvo Car USA LLC announced that buyers of the 2017 V90 wagon can order their vehicle direct from the OEM’s Gothenburg, Sweden, factory. The service can be initiated online or at a Volvo dealership.

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

ABN Earns GM’s DTAP Certification

Automotive Broadcasting Network has joined the ranks of companies certified by General Motors' Dealer Technology Assistance Program.

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