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June 13, 2018 - Industry News

Industry Summit 2018 to Feature Technology Shootout

Set for mid-October in Orlando, this year’s Industry Summit will include several new features and events, including the inaugural Technology Shootout.

June 13, 2018 - Industry News

Singlethread: Communication Builds Service Retention

Singlethread makes the case for equipping the entire service department team with advanced communication, inspection, and reporting tools to speed up the repair process and improve customer service.

June 12, 2018 - Industry News

Webinar: Gil Van Over to Tackle Compliance Issues on the Road to the Sale

Compliance expert Gil Van Over will deliver Part Two of F&I and Showroom’s compliance webinar series, “CFPB Defanged: Rise of the eDealership.” The webinar is scheduled for July 11 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, desking, edealership, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I office, Gil Van Over, Payment Quotes

May 29, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Tariffs Are ‘Big News’ for Auto Dealers

President Trump’s tweet promising ‘big news’ for the automotive industry was quickly followed by an investigation that could lead to inflated costs for imported vehicles and parts.

May 25, 2018 - Industry News

KBB: Memorial Day Shoppers Not Hung Up on Fuel Efficiency

Despite rising gas prices, larger vehicles should remain popular among car buyers through the holiday weekend, according to the results of a new survey by Kelley Blue Book.

May 23, 2018 - Industry News

AAA: Crashes Shake Faith in Driverless Vehicles

Two surveys conducted less than a year apart show Americans are increasingly anxious about the growing presence of autonomous vehicles on public roads.

May 21, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Signs Repeal of CFPB’s Dealer Participation Guidance

The president’s signature comes exactly five years and two months after the bureau put the auto finance industry on notice with its controversial guidance on dealer rate markups.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, guidance, rate markups

May 17, 2018 - Industry News

Freed From CFPB Order, Toyota Financial to Raise Markup Caps

Toyota’s captive finance company announced it will raise its dealer markup caps following the early termination of consent orders issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice.

May 15, 2018 - Industry News

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

Eric Johnson, partner at Hudson Cook LLP

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.

Tags: Attorneys General, compliance, dealer participation, Federal Trade Commission, regulation

May 14, 2018 - Industry News

Votes Pour in for 2018 Dealers’ Choice Awards

DCA voting has begun in earnest as auto dealers nationwide recognize their favorite vendors, suppliers, and finance sources.

May 8, 2018 - Industry News

New York AG Schneiderman Resigns

Crusading New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has resigned in the face of reports of assaults and threats against multiple women.

May 2, 2018 - Industry News

Park Place Rolls Out Subscription Service

Dallas luxury auto group Park Place has launched Park Place Select, a subscription service offering access to a wide range of premium vehicles.

May 2, 2018 - Industry News

Voting Now Open for 2018 Dealers’ Choice Awards

Voting for this year’s DCAs has commenced with the launch of a survey open to dealers and dealership professionals until May 31.

April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Calif. Dealers Seek New Protections Under State's Franchise Laws

New legislation aimed at strengthening dealer protections under California’s franchise laws will have its first committee hearing on Monday. One of its provisions specifically addresses the disclosure policy General Motors issued last summer regarding the sale of non-GM service contracts.

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, dealer protection, F&I products, Franchise Laws

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

U.S. Senate Approves Resolution to Repeal CFPB’s Dealer Participation Guidance

Today’s vote leaves it up to the House of Representatives to pass its version of the joint resolution of disapproval. Once that happens, only the president’s signature stands in the way of the industry’s more than five-year campaign to get the CFPB’s controversial guidance repealed.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Congressional Review Act, dealer markups, dealer participation, Flat Fees

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Faces $1 Billion Fine for Mortgage and Auto Insurance Issues

Wells Fargo’s first-quarter earnings call was staged amid a string of regulatory concerns, declining auto originations, and the sale of a Puerto Rican subsidiary. But the company’s chief executive said the bank’s auto finance business will grow again.

Tags: auto finance, collateral protection insurance, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, GAP, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Wells Fargo

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Lincoln Adds Pre-Owned Vehicles to Subscription Program

Photo courtesy of Lincoln.

The automaker is adding a slate of pre-owned 2017 Lincoln models to its subscription program in West Los Angeles. The program was originally launched there and in San Francisco in 2015.

Tags: auto finance, Canvas, Lincoln, Subscription Service

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

New AIADA Chair: ‘Trade Wars Have Real Consequences’

Utah dealer Brad Strong began his 2018 AIADA chairmanship with a bang, calling out Washington’s ‘tax and tariff schemes’ in a Las Vegas address.

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

NADA Chairman Outlines Goals, Focus Areas for 2018

Michigan dealer Wes Lutz outlined his chief concerns as the new chairman of the National Automotive Dealers Association.

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

NADA’s Scarpelli: Vehicle Affordability Drives Advocacy Efforts

Outgoing NADA chair and Illinois dealer Mark Scarpelli delivered a moving address at the association’s 2018 convention.

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

NADA Economist: U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales Down 20,000 Units Through February

Patrick Manzi met with the automotive press to discuss the trends affecting auto dealers and industry suppliers in attendance at NADA Show 2018.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Launches Online Sales and F&I Website

Ford Motor Co. has launched Ready.Shop.Go., a new ‘online experience’ designed to allow car buyers to find a vehicle, make a deal, and apply for financing.

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

BB&T Switches Back to Markups as CFPB Shifts Away From Enforcement

BB&T Tower in Atlanta (Wikimedia Commons and seniorliving.org)

BB&T announced its move about a week after the CFPB’s acting director stripped enforcement powers from the division responsible for pursuing discrimination cases in the auto finance arena. BB&T will officially make the switch on March 14.

Tags: auto finance, BB&T, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, Mick Mulvaney

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Tesla vs. Firetruck: Feds to Investigate Latest Incident

Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ setting has once again drawn interest from regulators after a Model S plowed into a parked firetruck.

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Cox Ranks Super Bowl Car Commercials

Data collected by Kelley Blue Book and Dealer.com shows which factories and brands benefited from their significant investments in Super Bowl airtime.

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