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President Donald Trump promised sweeping regulatory reform on the campaign trail and could play a pivotal role in easing or eliminating some regulations affecting the auto finance industry. Photo by Gage Skidmore 5 Ways Trump Can Alter Finance
Auto dealer regulations face an uncertain future under the Trump presidency. Two California-based attorneys take a look at the road ahead for the CFPB, the FTC, and state regulators.
Service Advisors Are Working Overtime
The Ninth Circuit has reaffirmed that service advisors are not subject to exemption from overtime pay. Compliance expert unpacks Navarro v. Encino Motorcars LLC and the effect it could have on your fixed-ops budget.
Hudson: My Job Application to Mr. Trump
In response to rumors that President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to oust the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's director, the magazine’s legal eagle says he’s the right man for the job.
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.
Solving the CFPB Problem
The man who has led the NADA’s regulatory advocacy efforts since 2006 believes the tide may be turning in the CFPB’s attack on dealer participation.
NADA Chairman Bill Fox’s ascendance to dealership and association leadership was largely happenstance, he says. The Great Defender
New York dealer Bill Fox brings experience, passion, humility and unwavering support for the franchised dealer model to his role as 2015 NADA chairman.
Apples and Pomegranates
Consumers will suffer from the CFPB’s use of the word ‘loan’ in place of ‘auto finance contracts.’
Properly presented and described, biweekly payment programs can be an asset to the F&I office and provide benefits to car buyers throughout the life of their loans.  Every Avalanche Starts With a Snowflake
The FTC’s probe of biweekly payment programs was limited in scope and consequence, but it could be a harbinger of further concerns over F&I products and dealer markup.
Women Are Not a Moving Target
Simple promises and superior results are the key to marketing your dealership to women.

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CFPB Fines SNAAC for Violating 2015 Consent Order
Security National Automotive Acceptance Co. agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle the bureau's charges that it failed to pay $2.275 million in consumer redress for illegal debt-collection tactics under the regulator's October 2015 order. But the company did so without admitting to the CFPB's finding, company officials said.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schniederman New York AG Announces Settlement With 104 Dealers Over Recalls
An investigation by the state regulator found hundreds of vehicles were sold with serious safety recall issues, including unintended acceleration, airbag problems, vehicle fires, steering and break lost, among other issues.
F&I Express Tackles Product Cancelations
A new white paper from F&I Express proposes an automated solution to issues inherent to the F&I product cancelation process.
AFSA to Congress: The CFPB ‘Needs to Be Reined In’
A day after House Republicans called for the dismissal of CFPB Director Richard Cordray, the American Financial Services Association called on Congress to reform the bureau’s practices and amend its structure.
N.Y.’s Major World Charged with Predatory Sales and Finance Practices
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has filed charges against Queens-based Major World and its three used-vehicle dealerships for allegedly employing deceptive financing and sales practices that targeted low-income and immigrant consumers.
Justice Department Files Amicus Brief Against CFPB
In an amicus brief filed last Friday, the Justice Department called on the D.C. Circuit Court to uphold the appellate court's 2-1 ruling in a New Jersey-based mortgage company's closely-watched challenge of the CFPB's authority. The agency says it agrees with the court's unconstitutional ruling and 'at-will' remedy.
CUDL Holds Onto No. 2 Spot in Auto Finance Rankings
The more than 1,000 credit unions on CU Direct’s lending platforms maintained their No. 2 spot on Experian’s auto finance leaderboard in January. And with plateauing demand for new vehicles expected to drive up pre-owned sales, the market appears ripe for credit unions to reap further market share gains.
Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Odometer Fraud
A Georgia businessman this week pleaded guilty to operating an odometer fraud scheme that revolved around buying later-model cars at auction, tampering with the odometer reading, and then selling the cars at inflated prices, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
Dallas Compliance Summit Set to Break Attendance, Certification Records
Organizers of Compliance Summit say an 'unprecedented' response to the announcement that the next event will be held alongside Industry Summit at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, all but guarantees the Sept. 11, 2017, event will set new marks for attendance and Automotive Compliance Specialist certification.
D.C. Circuit Grants CFPB’s Request to Defend Single-Director Structure
The D.C. Circuit granted the bureau’s request to reconsider last October’s three-judge ruling that the bureau’s structure is unconstitutional, vacating a decision that gave the president the authority to remove the director of the CFPB at will.