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Feds: Fake FinCo Scored 80 Auto Loans Worth $1.7M

Feds: Fake FinCo Scored 80 Auto Loans Worth $1.7M

Six operators of a nonexistent auto finance company have been sentenced to federal prison or probation for fraudulently obtaining $1.7 million worth of loans from banks and credit unions.

August 22, 2019

EFG’s Burrow Publishes ‘Chasing Bentleys’
S.C. Dealer Sues Former GM, F&I Manager

S.C. Dealer Sues Former GM, F&I Manager

Hoover Mitsubishi’s Mark Hoover has sued two former employees accused of doctoring auto loan applications, a scheme that led to an FBI raid and the shuttering of the dealership.

August 21, 2019

Beverly Hills BMW Sold in Recordbreaking Deal

Beverly Hills BMW Sold in Recordbreaking Deal

The four-acre, 93,000-square-foot Beverly Hills BMW has been sold for $70 million, an amount billed as the highest ever paid to acquire a Los Angeles auto dealership.

August 21, 2019

SMART Payment Plan Adds 30 New Markets
Portfolio Acquired by Abry Partners

Portfolio Acquired by Abry Partners

Private equity firm Abry Partners has agreed to acquire F&I products and reinsurance programs provider Portfolio from Capital Z Partners.

August 20, 2019

Survey: Youngest Car Buyers Visit Most Dealerships

Survey: Youngest Car Buyers Visit Most Dealerships

Members of Generation Z reported visiting an average of 3.8 dealerships on their car-buying journey in an Urban Science poll, which found the majority of U.S. consumers still lean on dealerships for critical information — and test-drives.

August 14, 2019

AutoNation’s Blackwell Joins NuVinAir as SVP
Starks Leaves NBA’s Jazz for LHM CEO Post
NAE/NWAN Adds Lamnin, Taitz to Board of Advisors
DOJ Settles Nissan Captive Case for $3M

DOJ Settles Nissan Captive Case for $3M

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nissan Motor Acceptance will pay $3 million to settle charges that it unlawfully repossessed 113 vehicles belonging to active military members.

August 7, 2019

New-Vehicle Interest Rates Fall to 5.8%

New-Vehicle Interest Rates Fall to 5.8%

The average interest rate for a U.S. new-vehicle loan fell below 6% for the first time all year as automakers and dealers extended model-year selldown promotions.

August 2, 2019

SAAR Dips to 16.6M in Watershed Sales Report

SAAR Dips to 16.6M in Watershed Sales Report

July deliveries increased 1.3% in the first monthly U.S. new-vehicle sales report to include none of the Detroit 3 automakers, but the seasonally adjusted annualized rate fell below 17 million for the fourth time this year.

August 2, 2019

Auto Still No. 1 on Consumer Complaints List

Auto Still No. 1 on Consumer Complaints List

Dealers and other automotive business owners once again generated more complaints than any other industry in Consumer Federation of America’s latest top 10 list.

August 1, 2019

Cornered Fed Announces First Rate Cut Since 2008

Cornered Fed Announces First Rate Cut Since 2008

Facing new global realities and pressure on multiple fronts, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade in an attempt to prolong the economic expansion.

August 1, 2019