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NADA Economist: Trump Needs to Clarify Economic Policy Goals
NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly says a clear set of economic policy goals delivered before the New Year would go a long way to ensuring that any immediate uncertainties are smoothed over.
Magazine Offers Details on Compliance Summit Program
Scheduled for Aug. 29-30, Compliance Summit is designed to deliver a crash course in federal regulations and enforcement action to help dealers, agents and industry execs build sustainable sales and F&I processes without sacrificing productivity and profitability.
Certified for the Future
The magazine’s compliance pro breaks down Compliance Summit’s new certification component. He explains how it’s designed to address the industry’s true regulator.
4 Benefits of Centralized Accounting
Multistore dealers are using centralized accounting practices to improve consistency, productivity, and customer and partner relationships — and, most importantly, save time and money.
Feed the Need
The time to reexamine your fair credit compliance policies and programs has come. Expert identifies five crucial areas of exposure.
In the finance office, products that fit the needs of the customer, their vehicle and your market offer real value and drive real profits.  The Why of F&I
Justifying the existence of the F&I department requires dealers to take a hard look at the value it offers to customers and its effect on the sales process.
David Gesualdo Pushing Boundaries
New technology is not a substitute for salesmanship, but it can create more opportunities to do business the right way.
Enduring Optimism
Dealer Summit comes to Tampa with lofty goals and high expectations.
Pull That Trigger
Trigger leads are an effective way to capture in-market car buyers who may have been turned down for financing at another store.
Owners Jill and Jeffrey Merriam are a brother-and-sister team at Key Hyundai. Photo: Lisa Cascone The Dealer for the People
Jill Merriam set out to change the car business mentality, and her ‘Dealer for the People’ campaign and experiments with personnel and processes have paid dividends for Key Hyundai.

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Fed Reserve, CFPB Leave TILA, CLA Dollar Thresholds the Same for 2017
The two agencies announced before Thanksgiving that the dollar thresholds in the TILA’s Reg Z. and the CLA’s Reg. M for exempt consumer credit transaction will remain at $54,600 for 2017.
Fitch: Subprime Auto ABS Losses Creep Up, Prime Stable
Annualized net losses for prime auto loan ABS declined on a monthly basis in October, while subprime losses rose 32 basis points to 9.61%, according to the ratings agency. Subprime ANL, however, remain within levels recorded earlier this year.
CUDL Credit Unions Now No. 2 Auto Finance Source
The more than 1,000 credit unions using CU Direct’s CUDL Lending Platform have generated one million loans year to date, surpassing Ally Bank in loans originated this year.
F&I Still a Drag on Improving Transaction Times, Survey Shows
Although transaction times at dealerships are improving, there are still roadblocks in the process that are holding dealerships back from reliably achieving transactions times below the one- and two-hour mark, according to a survey fielded by eLend Solutions.
Negative Equity Becoming a Problem as New-Vehicle Sales Close in on 2015 Record
The good news, according to Edmunds.com, is the industry is on pace to top last year's record new-vehicle sales total. The bad news, the firm noted in a separate release, is car buyers are rolling over negative equity from their trade-ins in record numbers.
Mechanical Breakdown Protection Inc., PEN Announce Integration Pact
F&I product provider Mechanical Breakdown Protection Inc. (MBPI) is now plugged into the Provider Exchange Network as part of an integration pact the two companies announced this week.
One View Appoints 18-Year Auto Industry Veteran as Director of Sales
In his new role, Warren Miller will drive sales and processes, maintain current customer satisfaction and facilitate long-term relationships with automotive dealerships, CPAs and partners.
MBPI Partners With F&I Express
The partnership, the company stated, will help the F&I office increase sales penetration and improve dealer and customer satisfaction by decreasing customer delivery time.
NADAUCG: Wholesale Depreciation Remains Steady in October
October’s 3.6% decline in wholesale prices for used vehicles eight years in age was in line with the NADA Used Car Guide’s forecasted range of 3.2% to 3.7%. However, the decline was slightly more than this October than the previous three-year average decline of 3.3% for the period.
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%.