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July 9, 2018 - Industry News

CFPB Official Who Sued Trump Resigns, Drops Suit

The CFPB official who went to court last year after Trump appointed Mick Mulvaney as acting director announced on Friday she is leaving the embattled regulator. In a tweet, her attorney said the CFPB official is also dropping her legal fight to be the regulator's acting director.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Donald Trump, Leandra English, Mick Mulvaney, Richard Cordray

July 9, 2018 - Industry News

AFS Renamed Credito Real USA, Poised to Expand

AFS Acceptance has officially been renamed Credito Real USA, two years after being acquired by Mexico’s Credito Real and on the eve of a planned market expansion.

Tags: AFS Acceptance, auto finance, Credito Real USA Finance, CRUSAfin, Scot Seagrave

July 3, 2018 - Industry News

KPA Acquires Auto Advisory Services Inc.

The acquisition of the F&I audit services firm enables KPA to become a single source for automotive compliance. The transaction closed on May 31.

Tags: Auto Advisory Services, auto finance, compliance, F&I office, KPA Services LLC

June 19, 2018 - Industry News

Spireon Rolls Out New GoldStar GPS Feature

The new feature provides instant vehicle location and status to help reduce risk and streamline recovery for buy-here, pay-here dealers and lenders.

Tags: auto finance, buy-here, GPS Tracking, pay-here, Spireon, subprime

June 14, 2018 - Industry News

Fed Reserve Approves Second Rate Hike of 2018

FOMC Chairman Powell answers a reporter's question at the June 13, 2018 press conference.

For the seventh time since 2015, the Federal Reserve increased the Federal Funds Rate a quarter percentage. Cox Automotive economists say higher interest rates and tighter credit have already led to softening retail demand, noting that further rate increases will impact all corners of the car business.

Tags: auto finance, Federal Reserve, interest rates, Jerome Powell

June 13, 2018 - Industry News

SpringboardAuto to Power Online Financing Experience for Banks

SpringStack is an end-to-end auto finance platform designed to power a direct-to-consumer online experience for banks and other finance sources. It supports multiple financing product options and offers real-time loan configuration, document upload, vehicle valuation and pricing, electronic signature and more.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, online F&I, Online Financing, special finance, SpringboardAuto, technology

June 12, 2018 - Industry News

Webinar: Gil Van Over to Tackle Compliance Issues on the Road to the Sale

Compliance expert Gil Van Over will deliver Part Two of F&I and Showroom’s compliance webinar series, “CFPB Defanged: Rise of the eDealership.” The webinar is scheduled for July 11 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Desking, edealership, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I office, Gil Van Over, Payment Quotes

June 1, 2018 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler to Establish Captive Finance Company

The automaker's chief executive told investors today that the company will establish its own captive finance company by 2022. One option being considered is the purchase of Chrysler Capital from Santander Consumer USA, which is five years into the 10-year preferred financing agreement it signed with FCA in 2013.

Tags: auto finance, captive finance, Chrysler Capital, FCA

May 31, 2018 - Industry News

Experian: Americans Borrow Record Amounts for Auto Purchases in Q1

The dream of owning a new vehicle is becoming more elusive for the average American consumer, with the average amount financed and monthly payment for a new vehicle climbing to record highs of $31,455 and $523, respectively.

Tags: auto finance, average finance amount, average monthly payment, Experian Automotive, interest rates, prime, subprime

May 24, 2018 - Industry News

AutoGravity Names Jason Bonifay Vice President of Engineering

The fintech firm’s executive previously served as vice president of product development and engineering at CDK Global. He is now tasked with accelerating AutoGravity’s engineering efforts.

Tags: auto finance, AutoGravity, digital retailing, online F&I, technology

May 21, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Signs Repeal of CFPB’s Dealer Participation Guidance

The president’s signature comes exactly five years and two months after the bureau put the auto finance industry on notice with its controversial guidance on dealer rate markups.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, guidance, rate markups

May 14, 2018 - Industry News

TransUnion: Auto Finance Registers Lowest Growth Rate Since Q1 2012

The firm attributed the slowdown to improvements in oil states and tightening underwriting guidelines, which have also helped stabilize delinquency rates.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loan Balances, delinquencies, TransUnion

May 8, 2018 - Industry News

House Approves Resolution to Repeal CFPB's Dealer Participation Guidance

As expected, the House approved the resolution of disapproval of the CFPB's guidance on dealer participation. With the Senate having voted on the resolution last month, all that's left to rescind the controversial guidance is President Trump's signature.

Tags: AFSA, auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, guidance, NADA

May 8, 2018 - Industry News

NIADA: Cost of Doing Business Up, Finance Availability Down

The association’s first quarter business confidence survey reveals subdued expectations for sales and economic growth among independent dealers. One factor muting optimism is finance source availability and tighter credit guidelines.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Nation Independent Dealers Association, tax season

May 7, 2018 - Industry News

Equifax: Finance Sources Pull Back From Subprime, Leasing

January saw a significant drop in lease originations, as finance sources placed a greater emphasis on loan incentives, according to Equifax. The firm also reported that subprime accounts fell to their lowest share of the market since 2006.

Tags: auto finance, auto loan origination, Equifax, Subprime Financing

May 7, 2018 - Industry News

Charter Warranty Introduces Car Payment Reimbursement Program

When a financed or leased vehicle is in a licensed mechanical or collision repair facility for more than seven days, Charter Warranty’s new program will reimburse a portion of the vehicle’s monthly payment for up to three months per eligible repair.

Tags: auto finance, Car Payment Reimbursement, Charter Warranty, F&I products

May 1, 2018 - Industry News

Chase, Jaguar Land Rover Renew Private Label Agreement

The bank has served as Jaguar Land Rover’s exclusive auto finance provider for 10 years, providing customized retail, lease and commercial financing to the automaker's more than 330 U.S. dealers through Jaguar Financial Group and Land Rover Financial Group.

Tags: auto finance, captive finance, Chase Auto Finance, Jaguar Land Rover

April 26, 2018 - Industry News

ProMax Sold to Private Equity Firm

SNH Capital Partners revealed today it has acquired ProMax for an undisclosed amount, a transaction the automotive software provider's founder hinted at in a social media post two weeks ago.

Tags: auto finance, CRM, Desking, F&I menu, inventory management, ProMax Unlimited, SNH Capital Partners, special finance

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

U.S. Senate Approves Resolution to Repeal CFPB’s Dealer Participation Guidance

Today’s vote leaves it up to the House of Representatives to pass its version of the joint resolution of disapproval. Once that happens, only the president’s signature stands in the way of the industry’s more than five-year campaign to get the CFPB’s controversial guidance repealed.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Congressional Review Act, dealer markups, dealer participation, Flat Fees

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Faces $1 Billion Fine for Mortgage and Auto Insurance Issues

Wells Fargo’s first-quarter earnings call was staged amid a string of regulatory concerns, declining auto originations, and the sale of a Puerto Rican subsidiary. But the company’s chief executive said the bank’s auto finance business will grow again.

Tags: auto finance, collateral protection insurance, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, GAP, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Wells Fargo

April 12, 2018 - Industry News

Credit Acceptance’s Steve Jones to Retire

The subprime finance source’s president since April 2007 will retire on June 30, CEO Brett Roberts announced in a recent regulatory filing.

Tags: auto finance, Brett Roberts, Credit Acceptance Corp., special finance, Steve Jones, Subprime Financing

April 11, 2018 - Industry News

Reuters: U.S. Senate Panel Plans to Scrap CFPB’s Dealer Participation Guidance

U.S. Senate Banking Committee Republican Pat Toomey said on Tuesday the panel plans to scrap the CFPB’s guidance on dealer participation and leverage lending.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, dealer participation, Reuters

April 10, 2018 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Reviewing F&I Products as Regulatory Pressure Builds

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the review of GAP refunds the bank initiated last year has expanded to other F&I products and services.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Wells Fargo

April 9, 2018 - Industry News

NextGear Offers Expedited Funding Process

NextGear Capital has introduced ‘Rapid Pay,’ a new feature designed to help dealers initiate the vehicle funding process before the title is received.

Tags: auto finance, floorplan financing, NextGear Capital

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Lincoln Adds Pre-Owned Vehicles to Subscription Program

Photo courtesy of Lincoln.

The automaker is adding a slate of pre-owned 2017 Lincoln models to its subscription program in West Los Angeles. The program was originally launched there and in San Francisco in 2015.

Tags: auto finance, Canvas, Lincoln, Subscription Service

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