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Can I Charge for a CPO?

All four of our currently available data points suggest that a dealer cannot charge a consumer for a CPO warranty at the point of sale.

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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.

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.

FTC Shuts Down Websites Offering Fake Pay Stubs for Sale

The operators of websites that sold fake pay stubs and other financial documents have agreed to permanently shut down their business as part of separate settlements with the Federal Trade Commission, the regulator announced this week.

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.

FTC Charges Arizona Group With Falsifying Incomes on Consumer Credit Apps

According to the regulator, this was the FTC’s first action alleging income falsification by dealerships. Charged are the owners of Tate’s Auto Group, which operates four dealerships in Arizona and New Mexico, near the border of the Navajo Nation.

FTC, 12 Partner Agencies Conduct Used Car Rule Compliance Sweep

The compliance sweep, which took place in seven states, is the first since the agency's new Used Car Rule took effect earlier this year. Dealers who failed to comply could face penalties of up to $41,484 per violation.

Webinar: Who Will Take Up the CFPB's Torch?

On June 6, Hudson Cook LLP attorney and partner Eric Johnson will join F&I and Showroom’s Gregory Arroyo for Part 1 of the magazine’s compliance webinar series. He will examine the likely candidates to take up the CFPB’s torch, and explain why F&I product pricing isn't out of the regulatory woods just yet.

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.

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FTC Blocks CDK Global's Acquisition of Auto/Mate

The regulator had charged in an administrative complaint that the proposed sale violates federal antitrust laws. The two companies subsequently announced they are abandoning the proposed merger. Auto/Mate officials said the technology company is no longer for sale.

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