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The FTC Suggests We Buckle Up

The FTC Suggests We Buckle Up

The FTC recently issued a report that summarizes its enforcement actions, roundtable findings, consumer workshops, and in-person interviews with 38 Washington D.C. metro-area consumers focused on deceptive advertising practices, spot-delivery, and voluntary protection products.

October 28, 2020

The Price of Compliance Is Going Up. Sorry.

The Price of Compliance Is Going Up. Sorry.

Recent revisions to the federal Safeguards Rule cement the need for a compliance officer in every dealership. Whether their duties are performed by an employee or outsourced, satisfying the new requirement is going to cost your store thousands of dollars per month.

August 29, 2019

The CFPB’s Spirit Lives On

The CFPB’s Spirit Lives On

Attorney Eric Johnson fields questions about the state of the CFPB, the now fully staffed FTC, and the aggressive stance of state attorneys general. He also offers a critical update on the Military Lending Act.

August 6, 2018

The ‘Please Do Not Call’ Rule

The ‘Please Do Not Call’ Rule

The federal Do Not Call Registry is not without its flaws, but dealers are nonetheless bound by its rule. Compliance expert offers a primer for sales and BDC managers.

May 7, 2018

When Greedies Meet Stupids

When Greedies Meet Stupids

Dealer compliance expert offers a crash course in detecting and preventing identity theft by fake car buyers and unprincipled employees.

March 8, 2018

Navigating the 'New' Used Car  Buyer’s Guide

Navigating the 'New' Used Car Buyer’s Guide

The magazine’s compliance guru breaks down the Federal Trade Commission’s final revisions to the Used Car Rule. His message to dealers is don’t overthink it.

April 11, 2017

Take a S.W.O.T. at Success

Given the many changes taking place in the F&I field, the AFIP’s executive director says a little self-inspection is in order if you hope to win the F&I trifecta.

May 4, 2015

Spin Control

The magazine’s resident legal insider says the media departments at two of the industry’s top regulators got a little too creative with their recent work.

May 1, 2015

Seismic Shift

The magazine’s resident legal expert offers her take on why state and federal regulators were so active in auto finance at the close of 2014.

March 10, 2015

7 Regulatory Predictions for 2015

The magazine’s resident legal wiz dusts off his crystal ball and offers his regulatory forecast for the coming year.

January 20, 2015

Mama’s Menu

The magazine’s legal wiz says regulations don’t offer much guidance when it comes to F&I menu usage. But he says there’s an unofficial rule F&I managers should consider.

December 19, 2014

Preparing for the Advertising Police

Sweeps, Standards and the FTC

The magazine’s resident legal wiz revisits the FTC’s standard for deception in response to the agency’s crackdown on false advertising.

March 11, 2014

10 Regulatory Hot Spots for 2014

10 Regulatory Hot Spots for 2014

The “Father of the F&I Menu” offers his list of 10 regulatory hot spots for 2014, several of which fall outside of the F&I manager’s jurisdiction.

January 21, 2014

Showdown in D.C.

Showdown in D.C.

Industry representatives and consumer advocacy groups squared off in Washington, D.C., last month for the CFPB’s first public forum on auto lending. The event revealed the tightrope the bureau is walking between preserving a rebounding market and strengthening consumer protections.

December 23, 2013

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