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July 10, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB Issues Rule Banning Arbitration Clauses in Finance Contracts

The new rule is set to take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. It comes more than two years after the bureau studied mandatory arbitration clauses and one year after it proposed to ban such clauses in consumer finance contracts.

Tags: arbitration agreements, auto finance, CFPB, CFPB study, compliance

July 6, 2017 - Industry News

VW Credit Invests in AutoGravity

With its announced investment, Volkswagen’s captive finance company joins the automotive fintech firm’s mobile car shopping and financing platform. VW Credit also launched its own AutoGravity-powered smartphone app.

Tags: auto finance, AutoGravity, captive, digital retailing, online F&I, Volkswagen Credit

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

NMAC President Named Infiniti Executive

Pictured is Mark Kaczynski, former president of Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.

Mark Kaczynski, president of Nissan’s captive finance company since December 2011, was named vice president of administration and finance for the automaker’s Infiniti luxury brand. Replacing him as president of NMAC is Nissan Canada Finance’s Kevin Cullum.

Tags: auto finance, captive finance, Kevin Cullum, Mark Kaczynski, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

CarMax Looks to Expand Digital Retailing Push

The pre-owned dealer group’s online prequalification portal played a key role in its captive finance company's 7% increase in first-quarter originations. The group is currently testing a home-delivery service as well as an online vehicle appraisal tool.

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

June 22, 2017 - Industry News

SF Conference Returns to Industry Summit

Industry Summit will once again play host to the Special Finance Conference, the industry’s premier SF training event.

Tags: auto finance, Greg Goebel, Special Finance Conference, subprime, used-vehicle sales

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

S&P/Experian: Concerns About Subprime Auto Bubble ‘Seem to Be Behind Us’

Auto loan defaults fell to a 10-year low in May, squashing concerns about a forming subprime auto loan bubble. But not all consumer credit categories were a picture of health in May.

Tags: auto finance, default rates, F&I office

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

House Approves Dodd-Frank Replacement Bill

Four days after the U.S. House passed a bill aimed at reversing a number of Dodd-Frank financial regulations and scaling back the CFPB’s authority, the Treasury Department recommended that the bureau’s powers be reduced in a report containing more than 100 suggestions for financial reform.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, dealer markups, dealer participation, Dodd-Frank Act

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Subprime Auto Originations Fall to 10-Year Low

Reflecting the shift toward more creditworthy borrowers was the rise in average credit scores for both new- and used-vehicle loans. But the retreat from the high-risk tiers also comes during a quarter in which the average new-vehicle finance amount and monthly payment reached record highs.

Tags: 30-day delinquency rate, auto finance, average term, deep subprime, Monthly Payments, subprime, transaction prices

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Crisorio, Kamal to Chair 2017 Compliance Summit

UDS’s Brian Crisorio and Auto Dealer Today’s Tariq Kamal will serve as co-show chairs for this year’s Compliance Summit.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I manager, F&I office, Industry Summit

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

CUDL: Subprime Pullback Opens Door for Credit Unions

With banks retreating from all risk tiers, an executive with CU Direct Lending said the auto finance market is primed for credit unions to pick up more share. In the first quarter, credit unions grew their share of the market by 4%.

Tags: auto finance, credit unions, CU Direct, special finance, subprime, used-vehicle financing

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

Edmunds: Down Payments Reach Record Levels in May

Car buyers are putting down $504 more on a new-vehicle purchase than they did five years ago. But with buyers purchasing pricier cars and interest rates on the rise, something has to give, Edmunds.com analysis said.

Tags: auto finance, down payment, Edmunds, interest rates

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Cox, Holman Launch Flexdrive Subscription Service

Cox Automotive and Holman Enterprises have announced the launch of Flexdrive, a joint venture designed to offer a subscription option to new-car buyers.

Tags: auto finance, Cox Automotive, Holman Enterprises, mobility

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

White Clark Group CEO Named ‘Auto Finance Personality of the Year’

The award is designed to recognize an individual who has made the most noteworthy contribution to the auto finance industry in the last two years. Judges described White Clark CEO Brendan Gleeson as a “visionary for the motor finance industry.”

Tags: auto finance, White Clarke Group

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Former Chase Custom Exec Joins Westlake

The once head of Chase Custom Finance is back. Today, Westlake Financial Services announced it has contracted Bill Jensen to focus on developing its strategic accounts division.

Tags: auto finance, Bill Jensen, Chase Custom, special finance, subprime, Westlake Financial Services

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

NY Fed: Household Debt Surpasses 2008 Peak in Q1

The feat comes almost nine years after the Great Recession, when household debt reached $12.68 trillion. But the debt and its borrowers look quite different today, the New York Fed noted, and auto finance sources showed signs of tightening in response to some deterioration in auto loan performance.

Tags: auto finance, delinquencies, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Originations, Oustanding Auto Loan Balances

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

700Credit, FactorTrust Partner to Help Dealers With Underbanked Car Buyers

FactorTrust provides credit data that incorporates verifiable payment histories from transactions such as short-term loans, credit and prepaid card, wireless services and collection agencies. Through 700Credit, dealers will gain access to this information to serve customers with thin credit files or who are underbanked

Tags: 700Credit, auto finance, buy-here, FactorTrust, pay-here, special finance

May 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ally Adding Digital Signature, Contract Management Capabilities to Clearlane

Launched in April, Clearlane will soon be getting an upgrade. Through eOriginal, the auto finance marketplace will soon allow car buyers to sign and submit their financing documents online or via mobile devices.

Tags: Ally, auto finance, Clearlane, digital retailing, online F&I

May 11, 2017 - Industry News

GM Financial Completes Transition to Captive in Q1

Executives with the former AmeriCredit Corp. described GM Financial’s transition to General Motors’ captive finance source as ‘substantially complete’ during its recent first-quarter earnings call.

Tags: auto finance, GM Financial

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

Longtime Wells Fargo Dealer Services Exec Joins CRB Auto

Bill Katafias, a longtime retail credit executive for Wells Fargo Dealer Services, has joined CRB Auto as its new CEO. He succeeds Scott Raymer, who previously announced his resignation from his CEO post to pursue other opportunities.

Tags: auto finance, Bill Katafias, CRB Auto, Indirect Lending, Mechanics Bank, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

Auto Finance Sources Team Up to Combat Fraud

Thirteen finance sources representing a third of U.S. auto finance originations met last week to take a bite out of the estimated $6 billion in annual fraud losses.

Tags: auto finance, bank fraud, compliance, PointPredictive, Santander Consumer USA

April 26, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB Fines SNAAC for Violating 2015 Consent Order

Security National Automotive Acceptance Co. agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle the bureau's charges that it failed to pay $2.275 million in consumer redress for illegal debt-collection tactics under the regulator's October 2015 order. But the company did so without admitting to the CFPB's finding, company officials said.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporatio, SNAAC

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Morgan Stanley: Used-Car Values Could Fall by 50%

A new report from Morgan Stanley identifies several key factors that could cut used-car values in half by 2022.

Tags: auto finance, Morgan Stanley, Stretching Loan Terms, Subprime Financing, used-vehicle pricing, vehicle depreciation

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

AFSA to Congress: The CFPB ‘Needs to Be Reined In’

A day after House Republicans called for the dismissal of CFPB Director Richard Cordray, the American Financial Services Association called on Congress to reform the bureau’s practices and amend its structure.

Tags: arbitration agreements, auto finance, CFPB, dealer participation, Disparate Impact, Jeb Hensarling, Richard Cordray

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ally Rolls Out Online Auto Finance Marketplace

Clearlane allows consumers to finance a vehicle purchase from a dealership or a private party sale, refinance their existing loan, or buy their vehicle at lease end. The site also sells GAP and service contracts.

Tags: Ally, auto finance, digital retailing, online F&I

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity Surpasses 1,000-Dealer Mark

AutoGravity’s mobile car shopping and financing platform has grown to included 1,000 rooftops representing more than 1,400 dealerships.

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