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February 20, 2018 - Industry News

Blinker Adds Ally’s F&I Protections, Expands Into Florida and California

Blinker was founded in 2016 by a team of industry veterans from US Bank, CarMax, GM Financial, and Cox Automotive. With this week’s announcements, the startup is quickly gearing up to take on private-party marketplaces like Craigslist, Letgo, Autotrader, Cars.com and Facebook Marketplace.

Tags: auto finance, Blinker, digital retailing, Fintech, online F&I, private-party sales

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

New York Fed: Credit Scores Rise as Household Debt Reaches New Peak

Credit scores in the fourth quarter of 2017 were only a half a point higher than the median score recorded during the first quarter of 2009. And according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2017 auto loan origination volume reached the highest level it has ever observed.

Tags: auto finance, delinquencies, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Great Recession, origination volume

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

BB&T Switches Back to Markups as CFPB Shifts Away From Enforcement

BB&T Tower in Atlanta (Wikimedia Commons and seniorliving.org)

BB&T announced its move about a week after the CFPB’s acting director stripped enforcement powers from the division responsible for pursuing discrimination cases in the auto finance arena. BB&T will officially make the switch on March 14.

Tags: auto finance, BB&T, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, Mick Mulvaney

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

White Clark Founder Earns Technology Hall of Fame Award

Dr. Ed White, who co-founded White Clark Group in 1992, was awarded the International Auto Finance Network’s Technology Hall of Fame award for his contributions to the industry.

Tags: auto finance, Fintech, technology, White Clarke Group

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Hudson Cook Partners Elected Fellows of American College of Consumer Financial Services

The two partners, Lucy Morris and Ryan Stinneford, join 12 other Hudson Cook attorneys who have been named ACCFSL fellows.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Hudson Cook LLP, Lucy Morris, Ryan Stinneford

January 25, 2018 - Industry News

Innovate Auto Finance to Service Subprime Portfolio Worth $50 Million

The purchaser and service of vehicle loan portfolios said it has been retained by an unnamed, multinational investment firm to source $50 million worth of subprime auto loan portfolios.

Tags: auto finance, Innovate Auto Finance, subprime

January 25, 2018 - Industry News

FTC Approves Consent Order in Texas Dealer’s Deceptive Advertising Case

The approval settles the FTC's December 2017 complaint against Dallas-based Cowboy Toyota regarding its Spanish-language newspaper ads. The regulator charged the dealership with violations of the FTC Act, TILA and the Consumer Leasing Act.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Cowboy Toyota, Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, leasing

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Ally Enters Retail Financing Agreement With DriveTime

Ally Financial said it will make up to $750 million available to DriveTime for the purchase of retail contracts over the coming year.

Tags: Ally Financial, auto finance, DriveTime, used vehicles

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

TagRail Launches Digital Retail Platform

Add TagRail to the growing list of companies offering a digital retail platform. The company’s online car-buying tool is designed to close more online shoppers through a frictionless online transition from their living room to the showroom.

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

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Drive Motors: Digital Retailing Delivers Holidays Sales Gains

Drive Motors’ dealer clients sold almost three times as many cars online on Christmas Day 2017 than they did the same day in 2016 thanks to its digital retailing platform, the firm revealed this week.

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

January 11, 2018 - Industry News

Judge Again Rules in Favor of Trump in Battle for Control of CFPB

A federal judge denied a request by a high-ranking CFPB official for a preliminary injunction to remove President Trump’s appointee as acting head of the agency. The decision sets the stage for a possible appeal.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer markups, Donald Trump, Leandra English, Mick Mulvaney, Richard Cordray

December 19, 2017 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Names New Head of Consumer Lending

About a month after dismissing its former head of consumer lending, Wells Fargo named Mary Mack to the post. The 33-year Wells Fargo veteran will maintain her prior duties as senior executive vice president of community banking, which she has led since July 2016.

Tags: auto finance, Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

FTC Reminds Businesses of Duties to Victims of Identity Theft

The Fair Credit Reporting Act’s ‘business records turnover provision’ requires that business provide free of charge and without subpoena records relating to the theft within 30 days of a victim’s written request.

Tags: auto finance, FTC, identity theft, Red Flags Rule

December 14, 2017 - Industry News

RouteOne Processes Industry's First Remotely Executed Finance Contract

RouteOne moved the industry closer to the fully online transaction by executing the first remotely captured, electronic customer signature on an indirect finance contract. The executed contract was booked with Toyota Financial Services.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, econtracting, online F&I, RouteOne

December 14, 2017 - Industry News

Fed Reserve Raises Interest Rates

One industry analyst said the quarter-point hike will result in new-vehicle sales dropping below 17 million units in 2018, noting that the Fed Reserve’s previous three increases are responsible for fewer new leases and this year’s shift from new to used.

Tags: auto finance, auto loan, F&I office, Federal Reserve, interest rates

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

TransUnion: Subprime Pullback to Continue in 2018

Replacement demand from hurricanes Harvey and Irma should provide a temporary boost in new-vehicle demand to open 2018, but TransUnion officials said consumers will shift toward the used-vehicle market as finance sources continue to tighten credit underwriting standards.

Tags: auto finance, average finance amount, deliquencies, Subprime Financing, TransUnion

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Ally Financial Names Successor to Retiring CFO Chris Halmy

With current CFO Chris Halmy set to retire on March 1, 2018, Ally Financial today announced that Jenn LaClair is joining the company as CFO designate, with the intent that she will be appointed to succeed Ally's retiring CFO.

Tags: Ally Financial, auto finance, hires

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota Financial Announces Executive Leadership Appointments

The captive named Scott Cooks group vice president and chief risk officer and Cindy Wang group vice president of treasury.

Tags: auto finance, captive, hires, Promotions, Toyota Financial Services

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Subprime Originations Hit Record Low in Q3

Subprime financing fell to its lowest point since 2012, while prime grabbed the lion’s share of the auto finance space in the third quarter. Even the used-vehicle market has gone prime, with buyers outside of prime accounting for just a third of the market.

Tags: auto finance, Experian Automotive, prime financing, Subprime Financing

December 6, 2017 - Industry News

GOA Says Congress Can Review CFPB’s Guidance on Dealer Participation

The Government Accountability Office said on Tuesday that the bureau’s March 2013 bulletin on dealer participation falls under the Congressional Review Act, a decision that clears the way for the Republican-controlled Congress to repeal the bureau’s controversial guidance.

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

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Huntington Bank Promotes Rich Porrello to President

Rich Porrello has served as managing director of the bank’s auto finance organization since 2010, overseeing 180 associates serving nearly 4,500 dealerships across 23 states in the Midwest and New England. He retains those duties while assuming oversight of the business unit’s business strategy.

Tags: auto finance, Huntington Bank

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

RouteOne Adds Exeter to Econtracting Platform

RouteOne officials said the availability of finance sources like Exeter has led to notable growth in the tech firm’s noncaptive econtracting share, which has more than doubled every year since 2014.

Tags: auto finance, econtracting, RouteOne, software, technology

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Fight for Control of CFPB Not Over, Democrats Say

Sen. Chris Dodd and former Rep. Barney Frank say the CFPB-creating law bearing their names does not fall under the purview of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. They joined other Democrats and activists last week in announcing plans to challenge a federal judge's ruling that denied a CFPB official's attempt to block President Trump’s interim director appointee.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Dodd-Frank Act, Donald Trump

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

TCF Exits Indirect Auto Finance Business

The bank’s announcement comes seven months after it rolled out a new strategy designed to increase earnings predictability. The company’s chief executive said the bank’s decision was based on a less favorable financial outlook for the indirect auto origination business.

Tags: auto finance, auto originations, Gateway One Lending & Finance, TCF Financial Corporation

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Auto Loan Market Shifting Toward Less Risky Consumers

For the fourth consecutive quarter, auto loan originations in the second quarter decreased on a year-over-year basis. Much of that decline was driven a 5.9% decrease in subprime, nearprime, and prime loan originations.

Tags: auto finance, delinquencies, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Subprime Financing, TransUnion

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