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Michael Benoit

Is That Legal?

Can you raise the price of a vehicle to cover a high bank fee? Get that answer and more from the magazine’s legal expert.

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Washington is working overtime these days, so expect 2010 to be a bumpy ride on the regulatory front.

Legislative Battle Far From Over

One amendment down, many more to go as automotive dealers face potentially disruptive new regulations.

A Difference of Opinion

There are always two sides to any story and this business always benefits from a little intellectual tug of war. That’s why I’ve invited the Center for Responsible Lending’s Josh Frank and Delvin Davis to share the center’s views on HR 2309.

4 Threats to F&I

Washington sure can react to a crisis, but the real question is, “How effectively can Washington react to a crisis?” Apparently not well for you, or so pending legislation on Capitol Hill would have us believe.

4 Threats to PSFI

When Consumer Protection Goes Wrong

Legislators in Need of Cooling-Off Period

On May 12, Congress held a hearing on a bill that would give the Federal Trade Commission broad new powers to regulate automobile dealers. The bill, H.R. 2309, directs the FTC to adopt rules that prevent unfair and deceptive practices by dealers regarding credit and lending.

Consumer Protection Gone Wrong

In these tough economic times, the last thing business needs are unreasonable impediments on the sale of goods and services. Hasn’t all the bailout and stimulus spending been focused on unfreezing credit markets so folks can spend money and boost the economy?

F&I's Big Threat: Consumer Protection Gone Wrong

In these tough economic times, the last thing business needs are unreasonable impediments on the sale of goods and services. Hasn’t all the bailout and stimulus spending been focused on unfreezing credit markets to spur spending?

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Rules of the Road: Basics of Truth in Advertising Laws

In these tough economic times, driving business into the showroom is more important than ever. Many merchants invest significant resources into advertising their products in a manner designed to entice potential customers.