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August 17, 2016 - Industry News

TransUnion: Average Auto Loan Balance Reaches Post-Recession High in Q2

The average auto loan balance per consumer in the second quarter grew 2.7% from a year ago to a post-recession high of $18,177, according to TransUnion. Delinquencies were also up, although the firm said there’s no cause for concern.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loan Delinquency Rate, F&I manager, TransUnion

August 16, 2016 - Industry News

Pew: CFPB Small-Dollar Rule ‘Would Not Adequately Protect Borrowers’

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s small-dollar lending rule would neither adequately protect borrowers, nor address the risks created by the shift toward installment credit in the payday and auto title lending market, an analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts concludes.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Title Loans, CFPB, compliance, Payday Lending

August 11, 2016 - Industry News

J.D. Power Appoints New Senior Director of Auto Finance

J.D. Power named Jim Houston senior director of its auto finance practice. The 30-year auto finance veteran will help guide the industry through a potentially volatile period of new-vehicle sales and declining used-car values, the firm said.

Tags: auto finance, Hiring, J.D. Power

July 21, 2016 - Industry News

Trade Groups Call on U.S. Senators to Support CFPB-Reform Bill

The same week the CFPB celebrated its five-year anniversary, trade groups representing various motor vehicle industries urged U.S. Senators to support legislation that would rescind the regulator’s March 2013 guidance on dealer participation, among other things.

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

July 6, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Accuses 'One or More' Finance Sources of Deceptive GAP Ads, Payment Deferral Offers

In its recent Supervisory Highlights report, the CFPB accused ‘one or more’ auto finance sources of being deceptive in their advertisements of GAP and in the way they disclose payment deferral terms.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, GAP, payment deferral

June 3, 2016 - Industry News

RouteOne Names New CEO

RouteOne’s board of directors has named Justin Oesterle as the company's new CEO. Like his predecessor Mike Jurecki, who will officially assume his new role as CEO of FordDirect this Monday, Oesterle has been with the company since its inception in 2002.

Tags: auto finance, Credit Applications, Justin Oesterle, Mike Jurecki, RouteOne

June 1, 2016 - Industry News

Mortgage Applicants Three Times As Likely to Open New Auto Loans, TransUnion Reports

A new study from TransUnion shows that prime or better mortgage applicants are up to three times as likely to open a new auto loan within 12 months of a mortgage inquiry.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loans, Car Buyers, mortgage, TransUnion

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

Auto Loan Balances Top $1 Trillion in Q1, Experian Reports

Lease balances also skyrocketed in 2016's opening quarter, while subprime loan volumes showed double-digit growth. Delinquencies, however, remained in check, the firm reported.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loan Delinquency Rate, Experian Automotive, lease originations, Oustanding Auto Loan Balances

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Credit Now Offering 84-Month Financing

In a dealer bulletin obtained by F&I and Showroom, Ford Motor Credit announced the availability of 84-month financing on new retail and subvented rate contracts. The bulletin urges dealers to consider the negative impacts of longer term loans.

Tags: 84-Month Auto Loans, auto finance, F&I office, Ford Credit, Long Loan Terms, new-vehicle financing

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

House Committee, CFPB Director to Face Off Next Week

Richard Cordray and Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee are set to square off next Wednesday. It will be the first time the director of the CFPB will appear before the committee since it issued two reports criticizing the bureau’s activities in the auto finance arena.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, dealer markups, Disparate Impact, Jeb Hensarling, pricing discrimination, Richard Cordray, Toyota Motor Credit Corp

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

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

January 26, 2016 - Industry News

Two Auto Finance Veterans Join SpringboardAuto.com’s Board of Directors

Former executives of Capital One and Ford Motor Credit Co. have joined the board of SpringboardAuto.com, a new direct-to-consumer auto loan platform launched by the former founder of CarFinance Capital.

Tags: auto finance, Capital One Auto Finance, CarFinance Capital, Ford Credit, Jim Landy, John Noone, SpringboardAuto.com, Steve Linehan

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

Santander Names Ismail Dawood CFO

Dawood will officially become the finance source's new CFO on Dec. 16. Santander’s interim CFO, Jennifer Davis, will serve as deputy CFO.

Tags: auto finance, Ismail Dawood, Santander Consumer USA

December 3, 2015 - Industry News

Huntington Bank Adds Auto Finance Veteran

The bank named Tom Wirth auto finance product and strategy director. The 25-year auto finance veteran will be tasked with helping the bank’s continued expansion in the indirect auto finance channel.

Tags: auto finance, Huntington Auto Finance, Huntington Bank, Indirect Lending, Rich Porrello, Tom Wirth

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Lincoln, Ford Captives Rank Highest in Customer Satisfaction, J.D. Power Reports

The firm’s annual Consumer Financing Satisfaction Study showed that Lincoln Financial Services led the way in the luxury segment, while Ford Credit ranked highest in the mass market segment.

Tags: auto finance, captive finance, Ford Credit, J.D. Power and Associates, Lincoln Automotive Financial Services

November 24, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Releases Fall 2015 Rulemaking Agenda

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released its fall 2015 rulemaking agenda. In it, the CFPB outlined its list of current initiatives that would help it govern consumer finance markets, including the auto finance industry.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, lenders

November 24, 2015 - Industry News

ChannelNet Expands Into New York City, Austin, Texas

The firm helping finance sources like Toyota Financial Services and Ally connect with car buyers online has expanded into two major markets. Officials say the expansion will aid the firm’s efforts to further penetrate the financial services industry.

Tags: Ally, auto finance, Captive, ChannelNet, digital marketing, multichannel marketing, Toyota Financial Services

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Auto Loan Balances Totaled $968 Billion in Q3

Experian Automotive reported that outstanding loan balances are now up more than 53% from the post-recession low in 2010.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loan Delinquency Rate, Experian Automotive, outstanding loan balances

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

Banking Regulator Issues Warning to Auto Finance Industry

The Comptroller of the Currency warned in a speech delivered yesterday that the pace of auto lending reminds him of the mortgage industry in the run up to the 2009 financial crisis.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loan Delinquency Rate, Auto Loan Terms, banks, economic downturn, economic recovery, Experian Automotive, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

October 7, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Considering Ban on Arbitration Clauses

The bureau is seeking to ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses that block class action lawsuits. The proposals under consideration would allow companies to use arbitration for individual disputes, but would require those companies to submit to the CFPB the arbitration claims filed and awards issued.

Tags: arbitration agreements, auto finance, CFPB, Indirect Lending

October 1, 2015 - Industry News

Westlake Expanding Dallas Servicing Team

This week, Westlake Financial Service began its recruitment process as part of its plans to expand the servicing team in its Dallas production center, which opened its doors this past January.

Tags: auto finance, special finance, Subprime Financing, Westlake Financial Services

September 3, 2015 - Industry News

Millennials Continue to Stump Traditional Banks

A new report from Bank Director showed that today’s Baby Boomer- and Gen X-run banks are still trying to figure out the next big generation of consumers.

Tags: auto finance, Baby Boomers, banks, direct lending, Indirect Lending, Millenials

August 11, 2015 - Industry News

Auto Loan and Lease Balances Top $1 Trillion, Equifax Reports

The auto finance industry originated nine million auto loans through the first four months of year, totaling $182.9 billion. Equifax said these were the highest levels for this time of year since it began tracking auto finance data.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loans, banks, captive finance, Equifax, F&I manager, F&I process

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Dealer Services Opens Second Office in New Jersey

The new location represents Wells Fargo Dealers Services’ 56th Regional Business Center. It’s also the first of two new offices the company plans to open in 2015.

Tags: auto finance, F&I manager, F&I process, Indirect Lending, Wells Fargo Dealer Services