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Calif. Dealers Seek New Protections Under State's Franchise Laws

Calif. Dealers Seek New Protections Under State's Franchise Laws

New legislation aimed at strengthening dealer protections under California’s franchise laws will have its first committee hearing on Monday. One of its provisions specifically addresses the disclosure policy General Motors issued last summer regarding the sale of non-GM service contracts.

April 19, 2018

Zurich to Focus Heavily on F&I in 2018

Zurich to Focus Heavily on F&I in 2018

Zurich North America is reshaping its dealer P&C portfolio to address 'persistent underperformance due to continued volatility associated with large and catastrophic hail losses." As a result, Zurich will focus heavily on F&I in 2018, a spokesperson said last week.

January 22, 2018

Pence Casts Tiebreaking Vote to Kill CFPB's Arbitration Rule

Pence Casts Tiebreaking Vote to Kill CFPB's Arbitration Rule

The vice president cast his tiebreaking vote late Tuesday night. The measure now heads to President Trump's desk, where it is likely to be signed. Once it does, not only will the CFPB's arbitration rule be invalidated, the bureau won't be allowed to issue a similar rule unless authorized to do so in a subsequent law.

October 25, 2017

Three States Pass GAP Laws

Three States Pass GAP Laws

The Guaranteed Asset Protection Alliance, a lobbying group made up of GAP providers, administrators and finance sources, was instrumental in getting two of the three laws passed — the most recent state to adopt its model act being Maine.

July 13, 2017

EFG Companies Launches Virtual F&I Service

EFG Companies Launches Virtual F&I Service

The F&I product provider rolled out a new virtual F&I model aimed at powersports and independent dealers, but the executive overseeing the service offered several scenarios in which Simplicity Finance and Insurance can help franchised dealers.

June 7, 2017

FTC Issues Refunds to Buyers of Bogus "Extended Auto Warranties'

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s six-year effort to collect on a $4.2 million judgement against a telemarketer of “extended auto warranties” came to a end last week. The telemarketer, which did business under the name My Car Solutions, led victims to believe it was affiliated with auto dealers and manufacturers.

July 27, 2016

U.S. Bank Monitoring F&I Product Pricing

U.S. Bank told dealers this week that it’s monitoring how they price F&I products. If its monitoring program finds ‘unexplained differences in pricing or excessive add-on product financing on a prohibited basis,’ dealers will be asked to provide an explanation.

May 28, 2015

AmTrust to Acquire Wells Fargo’s Warranty Solutions

AmTrust announced last week that it has entered into a definite agreement to purchase Wells Fargo’s Warranty Solutions, which the bank acquired in October 2008 with its purchase of Wachovia Corp.

May 7, 2015

Group 1 Posts 12.3% Increase in F&I Revenue

The dealer group’s U.S. F&I operations raised its per-copy average $91 to $1,442 in the second quarter. On a year-to-date basis, the group's per-copy average rose $128 from a year ago to $1,499.

July 29, 2014

AutoNation Discusses CFPB, Digital Push

AutoNation reported during its second-quarter investor call that it has installed the NADA’s Fair Credit Compliance Program in nine stores. Officials also provided an update on the company’s digital push.

July 24, 2014