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NADA Mounts Opposition to Enhanced Safeguards Rule

National Automobile Dealers Association officials have told the FTC that proposed new provisions to the Safeguards Rule may be unnecessary and could cost smaller dealers more than $400,000 in the first calendar year of enforcement.

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F&I Is Stronger Than Ever

Fears that F&I would fall victim to advancing technology and bad press appear unfounded as the segment continues to perform for dealers and car buyers.

NADA: F&I Income, Penetration Rates Remain Strong

Despite escalating new-car prices and plateauing sales, NADA analysts report little change to American dealers’ per-copy average, penetration rates, and F&I income as a percentage of gross profit in 2018.

NADA: Employment, Payroll Up for New-Car Dealers

U.S. franchised auto dealers paid over $66 billion to more than 1 million workers in 2018, a 1.9% year-over-year increase that pushed the average employee’s pay to $1,134 per week.

March Sales Down 3.1% as SAAR Soars

The U.S. new-vehicle sales forecast improved to 17.42 million units in March, but sales fell 3.1% year-over-year against slowing demand fueled by higher interest rates, prices, and payments and reduced incentive spending.

GAP Suffers Another Setback

The editor reveals the truth behind an NPR report critical of the industry’s efforts to undo the Military Lending Act guidance that put the brakes on GAP sales.

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.

House Approves Resolution to Repeal CFPB's Dealer Participation Guidance

As expected, the House approved the resolution of disapproval of the CFPB's guidance on dealer participation. With the Senate having voted on the resolution last month, all that's left to rescind the controversial guidance is President Trump's signature.

Military Lending Act Guidance: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Thanks could be in order when the industry gets together for NADA 2018, as the editor hears that a resolution to the Military Lending Act controversy isn’t far off.

Stanton Returns to the NADA as COO

Michael Stanton Jr., former vice president and general manager of J.D. Power’s Vehicle Valuation Practice, formerly known as the NADA Used Car Guide, has returned to the NADA to work across the organization on strategic and operational issues.