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July 10, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB Issues Rule Banning Arbitration Clauses in Finance Contracts

The new rule is set to take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. It comes more than two years after the bureau studied mandatory arbitration clauses and one year after it proposed to ban such clauses in consumer finance contracts.

Tags: arbitration agreements, auto finance, CFPB, CFPB study, compliance

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Credit Tightening at Wells Fargo to Continue Into 2018

Wells Fargo President and CEO Timothy Sloan

With second quarter originations plunging 45% from a year ago on tightening underwriting standards, bank execs said they expect originations to continue falling for the rest of the year before stabilizing in the first half of 2018.

Tags: auto finance, car loan, F&I office, Wachovia Dealer Services, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Three States Pass GAP Laws

The Guaranteed Asset Protection Alliance, a lobbying group made up of GAP providers, administrators and finance sources, was instrumental in getting two of the three laws passed — the most recent state to adopt its model act being Maine.

Tags: compliance, F&I products, GAP, GAPA, GAPWise, Guaranteed Asset Protection Alliance, insurance, Regulations, Rob Berger, Timothy Meenan, Wise F&I

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

FrogData Names National Sales Director

FrogData’s rapid expansion continues with the hiring of Heiser Automotive Group and CDK Global executive Chris Dulla.

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Authenticom Granted Preliminary Injunction in CDK, Reynolds Lawsuit

A federal judge has granted Authenticom’s request for a preliminary injunction against business practices at the heart of the company’s antitrust lawsuit against the nation’s leading DMS providers.

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Promotes Pratt to VP

Wendy Pratt has been elevated to the role of associate vice president of strategic alliances for GWC Warranty.

June 28, 2017 - Industry News

Bankrate Lists Top 10 Affordable Car Towns

Bankrate’s latest Car Affordability Survey finds Washington, D.C., is the most affordable city in which to buy a new car.

June 28, 2017 - Industry News

Florida Law Addressing Factory Image Programs Takes Effect

Pictured is Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Aside from entitling dealers to benefits and incentives tied to an OEM-ordered renovation for up to 10 years after construction is completed, the new law prohibits manufacturers from creating and enforcing performance standards that are unfair and don’t account for local and regional differences.

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

International Nameplate Dealers Record Fourth Straight Sales Dip

The nation’s 9,600 international nameplate franchises registered their fourth straight sales decline in June, but the association representing them said dealers are feeling confident about the second half of 2017.

Tags: American International Automobile Dealers Associat, new-vehicle sales, transaction prices

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

RMS, vAuto Partner to Provide Dealers Access to Manufacturers' Pre-Auction Inventory

The partnership integrates open sale inventory listed on manufacturers’ digital sales platforms powered by RMS Automotive into vAuto’s Stockwave tool, providing dealers with access to pre-auction inventory while helping manufacturers increase exposure of their inventory.

Tags: Auto Auctions, pre-auction, RMS Automotive, used-vehicle values, vAuto, wholesale values

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

ADT Announces 2017 Dealers’ Choice Awards Winners

Auto Dealer Today named the winners of the 13th annual Dealers’ Choice Awards.

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Index Reaches Record High in June

It was the second consecutive month that Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index reached a record high. Officials said strong retail demand for recent model-year used vehicles is encouraging dealers to buy more vehicles at auction, and the increased demand is more than offsetting the high supply.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Manheim, Manheim Index, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values, wholesale values

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

AutoLoop Achieves Reynolds Vendor Certification

The new certification allows data to be exchanged safely and securely from a POWER DMS to AutoLoop’s next-generation customer relationship management software.

Tags: AutoLoop, certification, Dealer Software, DMS, Reynolds & Reynolds

July 6, 2017 - Industry News

VW Credit Invests in AutoGravity

With its announced investment, Volkswagen’s captive finance company joins the automotive fintech firm’s mobile car shopping and financing platform. VW Credit also launched its own AutoGravity-powered smartphone app.

Tags: auto finance, AutoGravity, Captive, digital retailing, online F&I, Volkswagen Credit

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Adds Locations in Six States

Manheim has opened new auction sites in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, West Texas and Utah.

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

G.P. Anderson to Deliver ‘Art of the Presentation’ at F&I Think Tank

Former F&I Pacesetter G.P. Anderson returns to F&I Think Tank to deliver “Art of the Presentation,” a 50-minute look at the process and approach that made him an award-winning F&I director for Park Rapids, Minn.-based Thielen Motors.

Tags: F&I director, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, G.P. Anderson, Industry Summit, Objection Handling

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Porsche Takes Top Spot in OEM Website Rankings

The latest edition of J.D. Power’s semiannual cross-device website evaluation study ranks manufacturer sites in terms of information and content, appearance, speed and navigation.

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Portfolio Acquires California-Based F&I Agency

The F&I product provider has acquired Folsom, Calif.-based Finance Concepts LLC, one of its largest producing agencies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tags: Brent Griggs, Capital Z Partners, F&I product provider, F&I products, F&I training, Finance Concepts, general agents, Portfolio Group

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Digital Air Strike’s Enterprise AI Listening Platform Wins People’s Choice Award

DAS’s Mission Control Consumer Intelligence and Engagement Platform earned a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Product in the 2017 American Business Awards.

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

First Choice Car Care Launches High-Mileage VSC Plans

The new plans are designed to appeal to buyers of older vehicles who desire investment protection at a reasonable cost, officials said. It also encourages dealers to retail units profitably they would otherwise wholesale for a loss.

Tags: Auto Auctions, F&I products, First Choice Car Care, high-mileage VSC, Lloyd Truschel, Used-Vehicle Service Contracts, vehicle service contracts, VSC

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

New Report Reveals ‘Apparent Consumer Appetite’ for Chatbots

The Chatbot Consumer Report found that a quarter of the 500 U.S. households polled by 3Cinteractive Corp. use chatbots on a daily basis. But the report also revealed that the technology is still a long way from impacting business.

Tags: Business Development Center, chatbot, digital marketing, digital retailing, internet department, online F&I

June 29, 2017 - Industry News

Peak SUV: Red-Hot Segment Poised for Slowdown

A new report from Edmunds says bloated inventories and escalating incentives could signal a market correction for booming SUV sales.

June 29, 2017 - Industry News

UDS Celebrates Milestone

United Development Systems Inc. (UDS), a full-service income development company, is celebrating 35 years in the F&I performance arena.

Tags: F&I menu, F&I performance, F&I process, F&I technology, F&I training, general agents, Randy Crisorio, United Development Systems

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Industry Summit 2017: Cox Automotive Exec to Delve Into F&I’s Future

Cox Automotive’s Jason Barrie, who has helped drive Dealertrack’s evolution from credit application portal to an enabler of sales and F&I workflow since 2005, says technology won’t kill F&I. He will be at Industry Summit 2017 to explain why.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Dealertrack, digital retailing, F&I process, F&I products, online F&I

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Warranty Solutions, Arbor Day Foundation Celebrate Planting of More Than 1.7 Million Trees

The partnership between the two entities began in 2009 to help improve air quality, water quality, mitigate the effects of climate change, combat deforestation, and prevent species loss. To date, the number of trees planted would offset the emissions of approximately 5,856 cars for one year.

Tags: F&I product provider, Warranty Solutions