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CFPB Says Santander Violated Fair Lending Laws

CFPB Says Santander Violated Fair Lending Laws

The CFPB has notified the Department of Justice that Santander Consumer USA’s auto lending practices have allegedly violated fair lending laws, according to a regulatory filing.

August 11, 2015

TrueCar’s Painter to Step Down

TrueCar’s Painter to Step Down

TrueCar CEO Scott Painter has announced that he will vacate his post in the wake of second quarter losses of nearly $15 million.

August 6, 2015

CFPB Urges Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markup
Price Point

Price Point

The New York attorney general’s crackdown on an F&I product provider and the dealerships that sold its credit repair services comes at a time when federal regulators are expected to tighten the screws on add-on sales.

August 5, 2015

Penske: Honda Rate Cap Provides ‘Workable Framework’

This week, Penske Automotive’s chairman said that Honda Financial Corp’s new markup cap will still allow dealers to be fairly compensated. He also noted that the dealer group has had markup caps in place for years.

July 30, 2015

Sonic Cautious About CFPB, But Revs Up Hybrid F&I Push

Sonic executives said the company is delaying plans to launch a captive finance company in light of the CFPB’s recent settlement with Honda Finance. But the group has given the go-ahead for the first phase of its much-delayed hybrid sales process.

July 21, 2015

CFPB’s Cordray Commends Honda’s New Markup Policy

CFPB’s Cordray Commends Honda’s New Markup Policy

At the CFPB’s semi-annual report to Congress Wednesday, the bureau’s director praised Honda Finance for setting limitations on dealers’ ability to mark up interest rates on auto loans. But he also fielded questions about whether the bureau is overstepping its jurisdiction.

July 16, 2015

CFPB, DOJ Reach $24M Settlement With Honda Finance

CFPB, DOJ Reach $24M Settlement With Honda Finance

Just two weeks after American Banker reported that the CFPB was planning to cite three captive auto finance companies for policies that allegedly caused minority car buyers to pay higher rates for auto loans, the bureau and the Department of Justice have announced a settlement with Honda Finance Corp.

July 14, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Disparate Impact

The CFPB won’t lose a key weapon in its auto-lending crackdown, but the court’s 5-4 decision does open the door to challenges in auto finance.

July 9, 2015

Status Update

Status Update

Marketing experts and dealers alike agree that dealers who ignore social media are more than behind the times — they are driving away potential customers.

July 6, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Disparate Impact

Supreme Court Upholds Disparate Impact

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court held that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act, dashing the hopes of industry insiders who believed a ruling against the controversial legal theory would put a kibosh on the CFPB’s actions in auto lending.

June 25, 2015

CFPB: Consumers Will Soon Receive Ally Payout

A CFPB official disclosed in a June 15 blog post that the administrator of the Ally settlement fund has begun contacting and mailing checks to borrowers who were affected by Ally’s alleged discriminatory auto lending policies.

June 23, 2015

BB&T Switching to Flat Fee Compensation Model

BB&T Bank’s dealer finance arm announced today that it is switching to a flat fee compensation model that eliminates dealer markups on retail installment sales contracts, effective July 1.

June 18, 2015

N.Y. AG Goes After Dealer for Payment Packing

After three months with no response, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has filed a motion to force a New York dealer group to comply with a subpoena issued by the AG’s office in March. The dealer group is accused of “jamming” credit repair contracts into vehicle sales and leases.

June 9, 2015