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March 29, 2017 - Industry News

MUSA Auto Finance Secures Funding Capacity of $175 Million

The special finance company, which counts the cofounder and former COO of Exeter Finance in its executive ranks, will use the funding to launch a new and pre-owned auto leasing program this year.

Tags: auto finance, leasing, MUSA, special finance, Used Leasing

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

CUDL Holds Onto No. 2 Spot in Auto Finance Rankings

The more than 1,000 credit unions on CU Direct’s lending platforms maintained their No. 2 spot on Experian’s auto finance leaderboard in January. And with plateauing demand for new vehicles expected to drive up pre-owned sales, the market appears ripe for credit unions to reap further market share gains.

Tags: auto finance, credit unions, CUDL, powerbooking

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Experian: Total Balances, Amount Financed Reach Record Highs in Q4 2016

The firm today reported that average amounts financed for new and used reached record highs of $30,621 and $19,329, respectively. Total balances also reached a record high, although Experian observed a slowing in year-over-year growth.

Tags: auto finance, deliquencies, Experian Automotive, leasing, new-vehicle financing, used-vehicle financing

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

D.C. Circuit Grants CFPB’s Request to Defend Single-Director Structure

The D.C. Circuit granted the bureau’s request to reconsider last October’s three-judge ruling that the bureau’s structure is unconstitutional, vacating a decision that gave the president the authority to remove the director of the CFPB at will.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, dealer participation, Donald Trump

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

VinSolutions Announces New Integration with Dealertrack

The integration has resulted in a new upgrade for VinSolutions Connect Desking tool. Called Rates & Residuals, the new feature allows users to structure deals for new and pre-owned vehicles by accessing incentives, rates, and captive and noncaptive lending programs within VinSolutions.

Tags: auto finance, CRM, Deal Structuring, Dealertrack, Desking, VinSolutions

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Carleton Names New Director of Client and Channel Engagement

The provider of compliance loan calculation and document generation solutions announced that Peter Radike has joined the company’s management team. He bring more than 20 years of experience in the consumer, business, mortgage, credit card, auto, and private-label lending industries.

Tags: auto finance, Carleton, compliance

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

House Republicans Allege CFPB Director Violated U.S. Law in New Report

A new report released by Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee charges CFPB Director Richard Cordray with violating federal law when the regulator published its Larger Participant Rule in June 2015.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, FEDERAL REGULATION, House Financial Services Committee

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Compliance Summit Returns to Texas in September

Held alongside Industry Summit for the second consecutive year, Compliance Summit will include one full day of compliance education for dealers, managers, and sales and F&I professionals. An onsite certification courtesy of Automotive Compliance Education (ACE) will be available to all attendees the following day.

Tags: auto finance, Best Training Day Ever, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I training, Industry Summit

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

CU Direct Claims $30 Billion in Auto Loans, Pays Cash Dividend

Credit unions funded 1.4 million loans through CU Direct’s Lending 360 and CUDL lending platform, generating a record $30 billion in credit union auto loans in 2016 and surpassing the $26 billion in loans the company funded in 2015.

Tags: auto finance, credit unions, CU Direct, CUDL, F&I manager, loan originations

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Express Announces Initiative to Streamline F&I Product Cancellation Process

The software company today released details on an initiative to electronically integrate major finance sources with F&I product providers in a bid to develop better F&I product cancellation processes and systems.

Tags: auto finance, Dealertrack, F&I Express, F&I products, Repossessions

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Fitch: Subprime Auto ABS Losses Creep Up, Prime Stable

Annualized net losses for prime auto loan ABS declined on a monthly basis in October, while subprime losses rose 32 basis points to 9.61%, according to the ratings agency. Subprime ANL, however, remain within levels recorded earlier this year.

Tags: Auto ABS, auto finance, Fitch Ratings, prime financing, subprime auto finance

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Black Book Records Largest Weekly YTD Decline in Car Values

Whether a seasonal trend or a sign of things to come, Black Book recorded the largest year-to-date weekly decline in car values last week. Trucks also recorded a sizable drop in values.

Tags: auto finance, Black Book, used vehicles, wholesale values

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged

While the industry welcomed the Fed’s 7-3 decision not to raise interest rates a quarter point, market watchers say even a full percentage-point increase wouldn’t impact the current pace of auto sales. The Fed is still expected to raise rates a quarter point by the end of the year.

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

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Sues Five Arizona Auto-Title Lenders

The bureau charged the title lenders with violating the Truth in Lending Act for failing to disclose annual percentage rates in online loan advertisements. It is seeking civil monetary penalties and administrative orders requiring the companies to correct their practices.

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

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