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AUL Corp. Completes SOC 2 Certification

The third-party audit confirms AUL’s internal controls are in accordance with the selected Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ trust services principles and criteria. For the company’s customers and partners, SOC 2 compliance demonstrates that AUL has industry leading controls in its data systems, technologies, and processes.

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Ally Enters Retail Financing Agreement With DriveTime

Ally Financial said it will make up to $750 million available to DriveTime for the purchase of retail contracts over the coming year.

AUL Promotes Bryan Nieves to Vice President of National Accounts

Aside from the promotion of Nieves, who has been with the company for more than 20 years and previously served as national accounts manager, AUL announced the promotion of Henry Paoli to national sales manager.

Black Book: Luxury Depreciation Spikes

Luxury vehicles continued to struggle last week, as the segment realized some of the highest depreciation rates among all segments, according to the vehicle valuation firm.

Black Book: Used-Car Prices Stabilize in December

Depreciation trends stabilized to close out 2016, with depreciation rates for all cars and trucks falling into seasonal patterns, Black Book reported this week.

Channel Stuffing, Incentives Responsible for Slip in Manheim Index

Wholesale used vehicle prices on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis declined 1% in November, according to Manheim’s Used Vehicle Value Index report. Due to this decline, the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index fell 0.3% from a year ago to 124.7.

Black Book: Used-Vehicle Depreciation Continues Slowdown

For the car segment, wholesale values decreased by 0.56% last week, an improvement over the 0.62% decrease the segment realized the week before. On the truck front, wholesale values decreased by 0.31%, less than the prior week’s depreciation rate of 0.59%.

Age of Vehicles Reaches 11.6 Years

The average age of light-duty vehicles on U.S. roadways increased to 11.6 years this year. Vehicle registrations also climbed 2.4% from a year ago to 264 million, according to IHS Markit.

Kontos: Wholesale Prices Up Year Over Year, Down From September

As has been the case for much of the year, average wholesale used-car prices were down on a year-over-year basis. In October, the average wholesale used-vehicle price fell by 1.2% compared to the year before. Trucks, on the other hand, continued to realize year-over-year increases in wholesale prices. Compared to last year, truck prices are up 5.1%.

LotPop Announces Release of LotScore

According to the company, the weekly report will score a dealer’s inventory in four key areas: status, marketing, inventory stocking, and inventory return on investment. The end goal, the company added, is to help drive more used-car sales at higher margins.