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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

March 28, 2018 - Industry News

Lexus to Offer ‘Subscription-Type Plan’ With New Compact SUV

Photo of 2019 Lexus UX 200 courtesy of Toyota.

The all-new UX crossover SUV will be Lexus' first vehicle to be offered through a subscription plan when it arrives in dealership showrooms this December.

Tags: auto finance, Cadillac, Hyundai, Lexus, Lincoln, Subscription Service, UX 200, Volvo

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

RouteOne, MaximTrak Streamline F&I Process With New Functionality

The new functionality allows product documents from the 110-plus F&I product providers connected to MaximTrak’s sales and F&I solution to be included in RouteOne’s econtracting package for a single, electronic consumer signing ceremony,

Tags: auto finance, econtracting, F&I process, F&I products, F&I solutions, MaximTrak, RouteOne

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

TD Auto Finance Commercial Services Announces National Expansion

The business unit began offering commercial loan products in June 2011, primarily in the East Coast. It had since expanded into the Midwest prior to today’s announcement.

Tags: auto finance, commercial financing, dealers, floorplan financing, TD Auto Finance

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Auto Lands at No. 2 on N.Y. Attorney General’s Complaint List

The regulator who has championed New York’s crackdown on payment packing released his office’s Top 10 list of complaints received in 2017. Auto was 1,965 complaints short of the No. 1 complaint category: the internet.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Credit Forget It, Eric T Schneiderman, payment packing

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Westlake Launches New Prime Program

Executives say the new program, which is designed for car buyers with a 750 FICO or better, is part of the finance source's push to become a one-stop shop for every dealership.

Tags: auto finance, F&I office, FICO, full-spectrum finance, Westlake Financial Services

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

eLEND Adds Auto Finance Veterans to Sales Team

Automotive finance veterans Joe Peterson and Flory Hunsaker join the tech firm as chief sales officer and regional sales director, respectively. They bring decades of sales success to eLEND as it prepares for the launch of its next-generation finance platform.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, Ecommerce, eLend Solutions, Gateway One Lending & Finance, online F&I

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

TD Auto Finance Joins AutoGravity Network

Through the newly forged partnership, indirect financing offers through TD Auto Finance will be made available to qualified buyers using AutoGravity’s digital retail platform.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, online F&I, TD Auto Finance

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

Clarivoy Appoints Jessica Ruth to VP Role

Auto industry veteran and former Dominion executive Jessica Ruth has joined Clarivoy as vice president of product.

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

March 5, 2018 - Industry News

Auto Loan Interest Rates Soar to Eight-Year High

Edmunds analysts say the industry is beginning to see the trickle-down effect from the rate increases happening at the federal level. February's annual percentage rate on new finance vehicles was expected to average 5.2%, up from 4.9% in the year-ago period.

Tags: auto finance, Edmunds, Federal Reserve, interest rates

March 5, 2018 - Industry News

Experian Unveils Tri-Bureau Trended Attributes

The new offering is designed to help finance sources better serve consumers across the credit lifecycle, providing insight into historical consumer behavior across all three credit bureaus.

Tags: auto finance, Experian, full-spectrum finance

February 27, 2018 - Industry News

NextGear Enhances Account Management Platform

The floorplan financing provider has updated its Account Portal management platform with a new feature that allows dealers to opt into a recurring and automated payment system.

Tags: auto finance, floorplan financing, NextGear Capital, technology

February 22, 2018 - Industry News

TransUnion: Auto Loan Growth Slowing

Originations continued to fall at a faster rate than previous years, as finance sources continued to tighten underwriting standards during 2017’s end-of-year quarter. TransUnion officials, however, say the sector is performing well as the economy remains relatively strong.

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

February 22, 2018 - Industry News

Military Lending Act's December Update More Harmful Than First Thought

Robert Wilkie, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

A Hudson Cook attorney told industry trade groups in a Jan. 18 memo that the Defense Department’s Dec. 14 interpretative rule, combined with something else it did in July 2015, makes it ‘highly unlikely that any dealer or finance source will be willing to originate or purchase’ a vehicle finance transaction if credit-protection products are included.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, credit insurance, Department of Defense, GAP, Hudson Cook, Military Lending Act

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