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Fraud Alert

Fraud Alert

Mansfield Auto World employees were stunned when a seemingly normal online transaction nearly turned into an international crime. Authorities say the dealership was the victim of a troubling new trend in auto theft.

November 25, 2015

Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markups

Fifth Third Bank to Cap Dealer Markups

The CFPB and DOJ announced two actions against Fifth Third Bank on Monday, one of which requires the finance source to pay $18 million in restitution to minority auto loan borrowers, as well as limit its dealer partners’ ability to markup interest rates on auto loans.

September 29, 2015

Santander Faces Class-Action Over ‘Worthless’ GAP Coverage
Dealer Group Accuses Maserati of Inflating Sales Numbers
CNCDA Says Tesla’s Referral Program Violates Bird-Dogging Ban
FTC Closes Antitrust Case Against Dealers, TrueCar Says

FTC Closes Antitrust Case Against Dealers, TrueCar Says

In a regulatory filing this week, TrueCar said it considers a federal antitrust case against dealers to be closed. The FTC was looking into whether dealers refusing to do business with the car-shopping site back in 2011 and 2012 violated the FTC Act.

August 13, 2015

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

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