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Vital Signs

The magazine’s resident legal wiz explains how a simple deal jacket review can offer a compelling case for a full compliance checkup.

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Preparing for the Advertising Police

A former FTC official and current partner with Hudson Cook LLP issues a warning about dealer advertising.

Pass the Fee

Can dealers pass bank fees onto car buyers? The magazine’s legal wiz says it depends, then lists eight conditions that would make it OK.

Failure to Pay

Can a failure to pay off a customer’s trade-in lead to a Truth in Lending Act violation? The magazine’s legal wiz details a case involving a consumer who made such a claim.

The Guidance That Isn’t

The magazine’s legal eagle doesn’t mince words when he describes the ‘logical disconnect’ between the CFPB’s view of fair lending and how dealer participation really works.

Relationships Gone Wrong

The magazine’s legal eagle delves into the dust-up between Union Bank and Car Mart. It’s a must-read for dealers considering bank assistance for an operating expense.

Red Flag Update Defines 'Creditor'

Whatever you’ve heard about the Red Flags Rule, the FTC’s weapon against identity theft is still in play for most dealers. But there are some changes to consider.

Say Goodbye to Arbitration Agreements?

The magazine’s legal eagle dusts off his crystal ball to make his annual regulatory predictions. This year, he makes four bold predictions that every dealer needs to read.

Paper Trails

Things don’t always go smoothly in the daily grind of dealership life. That’s why a good paper trail is critical to keeping your store out of the crosshairs of hungry plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Borderline Issues

The Internet has made out-of-state sales a day-to-day occurrence. But the magazine’s legal insider says there are some precautions dealers need to consider.