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September 1, 2015 - Industry News

CNCDA Says Tesla’s Referral Program Violates Bird-Dogging Ban

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The California New Car Dealers Association has called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate Tesla Motors’ referral program, which the trade groups said constitutes “bird-dogging.”

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, CNCDA, compliance, Tesla, Tesla Motors

August 12, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio AG Sues Used-Car Dealer for Title Violations

AMG Auto Connection and its owner are accused of violating Ohio’s Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title Act after the dealership failed to deliver a car title in the time frame required by law.

Tags: attorney general, compliance, Lawsuit, Mike DeWine, Ohio, Ohio Attorney general, vehicle title

August 11, 2015 - Industry News

Compliance, CFPB to Take Center Stage at Industry Summit

Industry Summit 2015 will feature three workshops and two panel discussions that will address the current regulatory climate, provide a review of the current rules and regulations, and provide practical tips on how F&I managers can make compliance work for them.

Tags: Andy Koblenz, CFPB, compliance, Department of Justice, Industry Summit, NADA

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

F&I Express Releases Compliance Tool for F&I Product Pricing

With F&I products likely to draw the CFPB’s attention, F&I Express’s new CompliPrice designed to help dealers ensure profits made on the sale of F&I products are compliant with their stores’ pricing policies.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, CompliPrice, F&I Express, F&I manager, F&I product, F&I products, F&I trainer

July 14, 2015 - Industry News

N.Y. AG Announces Two Actions Against Dealers

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced two separate actions this week against a 22-store dealer group and a Hyundai dealership, both related to deceptive advertising practices.

Tags: attorney general, compliance, Deceptive Advertising, New York, Settlement

July 2, 2015 - Industry News

Troubled Dealership Seeks Name Change

A Massachusetts dealership is seeking a name change after a video of its employees harassing a pizza delivery man went viral.

Tags: compliance, consumer complaints, online reputation management, YouTube

June 30, 2015 - Industry News

Calif. Dealer Sentenced to 13 Years for Embezzlement

The former owner and operator of Costa Mesa Bellagio Motors, a car dealership that specialized in buying and selling high-end luxury vehicles, was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $2 million from unsuspecting customers.

Tags: compliance, embezzlement, fraud, Luxury Vehicles, prison

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

Hudson Cook Adds Partner to D.C. Office

Hudson Cook has announced the addition of Rebecca E. Kuehn as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office.

Tags: compliance, Federal Trade Commission, Hiring, Hudson Cook LLP, Tom Hudson

June 18, 2015 - Industry News

N.J. Dealerships to Pay $135,000 Settlement

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has reached a $135,000 settlement with Bergen Auto Enterprises, which does business as Wayne Mazda and Wayne Auto Mall Hyundai. The dealerships were accused of engaging in deceptive business and advertising practices.

Tags: compliance, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Practices, New Jersey, Settlement

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Michigan Suspends Licenses of Five Dealers

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has suspended the licenses of five Detroit used-vehicle dealers after an investigation uncovered multiple fraudulent acts, including the sale of cars containing stolen parts and record-keeping violations.

Tags: compliance, fraud, Michigan, vehicle title

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

SecureClose Selects KISS Concepts Group As Marketing Partner

Compliance technology provider SecureClose has announced a new strategic alliance with marketing agency KISS Concepts Group to represent its technology solutions to independent dealerships and finance companies throughout the United States.

Tags: compliance, KISS Concepts Group, marketing

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Most Dealers Unprepared for CFPB Regulations, eLEND Finds

In a recent survey, eLEND Solutions found that while 80% of dealers expect the CFPB to implement regulations that would replace dealer participation with mark-up thresholds or a flat-fee model, only 40% have plans in place to meet those requirements.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, eLEND, F&I Presentation, Online Marketing

April 16, 2015 - Industry News

Compliance Summit to Feature Rules and Regulations Panel

Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced the inclusion of a panel discussion devoted to rules and regulations moderated by Mosaic Compliance Services' Jim Ganther.

Tags: compliance, Compliance Summit, Jim Ganther

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio AG Sues Used-Car Dealership

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against a used-car dealership and its owner. The now-closed business has received approximately 30 consumer complaints, mostly related to vehicle title issues.

Tags: attorney general, compliance, Lawsuit, Mike DeWine, vehicle title

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

CATA’s Sloan Joins Midwest Compliance Summit

Dave Sloan, president of the Chicago Auto Trade Association (CATA), has agreed to serve as luncheon speaker for the Midwest Compliance Summit, to be held this month.

Tags: Chicago, compliance, Compliance Summit, David Gesualdo

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

AFIP’s Robertson Joins Midwest Compliance Summit

Organizers of Compliance Summit have announced that David Robertson, executive director of the Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals, will speak at the Midwest event this month.

Tags: AFIP, compliance, Compliance Summit, David Robertson

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

N.C. Dealer Hit With Third Sex Charge in Two Months

A used-car dealer was arrested this week for allegedly trading repairs on a Dodge Magnum for a sexual act. He was already facing charges stemming for two other incidents, including kidnapping and sexual battery.

Tags: compliance, used-car dealer

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

NYC Seeks to Remove Dealers from Subprime Auto Finance

DCA Commissioner Julie Menin testified before the New York City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs last October that dealer markups should be capped or eliminated in New York.

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs announced a new car loan initiative this month, which would direct subprime car buyers away from dealership financing to loans provided directly by banks and credit unions.

Tags: compliance, markups, rate markup, subprime

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

SMART Payment Plan Appoints Compliance Officer

Jackson Bigham has been named chief compliance officer of SMART Payment Plan. In that role, he will be responsible for managing SMART’s state and federal regulatory compliance and regulatory reporting.

Tags: compliance, employment, Hiring, SMART Payment Plan

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

BMW Settles FTC Charges

BMW of North America has agreed to settle FTC charges that its MINI Division violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act by telling consumers that BMW would void their warranty unless they used MINI parts and MINI dealers to perform maintenance and repair work.

Tags: BMW, compliance, Federal Trade Commission, MINI, Settlement, warranty

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

N.Y. Dealer Pleads Guilty to Felony Tax Charges

The owner of a dealership in New York pled guilty last week to five felony charges and will serve up to one year in jail for failing to file sales tax and personal income tax returns.

Tags: attorney general, compliance, guilty, New York, sales tax evasion

March 19, 2015 - Industry News

FBI Offers Reward for Fugitive Dealer

The FBI is offering $20,000 for the arrest of a New Jersey dealer who has reportedly fled the country after more than 75 people filed complaints against him.

Tags: compliance, consumer complaints, FBI, fraud

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Midwest Compliance Summit Set for April

The next Compliance Summit event is set to be held April 20–21, 2015, in Illinois. The full day of educational sessions is open to automotive industry professionals involved in front-end compliance.

Tags: attorney, compliance, general agents, Regulations

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Santander’s Capital Plans Don’t Hold Up to Fed Review

The Federal Reserve has objected to Santander Holdings USA’s capital plans due to widespread deficiencies in governance, internal controls, risk identification and management, as well as other key areas.

Tags: compliance, Federal Reserve, Santander Consumer USA

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Dealer, Employee Charged With Threatening Customer

Charges were filed against the owner and an employee of F&R Auto Sales after a customer claimed they threatened her. The dealership first made headlines in January when a video of its employees harassing a pizza delivery man went viral.

Tags: compliance, consumer complaints