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May 18, 2017 - Industry News

KISS Concepts, American Auto Shield Join Forces

KISS Concepts Group's Rod Heasley will head up a new division at American Auto Shield dedicated to the launch of a new customizable VSC program. The union marks American Auto Shield's entrance into the dealer arena after focusing exclusively on direct-to-consumer opportunities.

Tags: American Auto Shield, F&I products, KISS Concepts Group, vehicle service contracts

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

NY Fed: Household Debt Surpasses 2008 Peak in Q1

The feat comes almost nine years after the Great Recession, when household debt reached $12.68 trillion. But the debt and its borrowers look quite different today, the New York Fed noted, and auto finance sources showed signs of tightening in response to some deterioration in auto loan performance.

Tags: auto finance, Delinquencies, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Originations, Oustanding Auto Loan Balances

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Jumpstart: Chevy Outduels Ford in April Rankings

Jumpstart Automotive Media reports strong gains among domestic manufacturers in its monthly insights report. It also reveals that Chevrolet passed Ford as the brand with the most shopper interest across the firm's portfolio of automotive publishers.

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

700Credit, FactorTrust Partner to Help Dealers With Underbanked Car Buyers

FactorTrust provides credit data that incorporates verifiable payment histories from transactions such as short-term loans, credit and prepaid card, wireless services and collection agencies. Through 700Credit, dealers will gain access to this information to serve customers with thin credit files or who are underbanked

Tags: 700Credit, auto finance, buy-here, FactorTrust, pay-here, special finance

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

NAE/NWAN CEO Named Finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year

If she is named a regional winner on June 22, NAE/NWAN CEO Kelly Price will go to Palm Spring, Calif., this November for the national competition. The 31-year-old awards program is part of the Strategic Growth Forum, a prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Tags: F&I products, Kelly Price, NAE, National Automotive Experts, NWAN

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book Reveals Updated ValuEngine Collateral Platform

The next generation of ValuEngine features a new, easy-to-use web interface, according to Black Book. The tool is a real-time collateral valuation tool designed to allow users to value their entire portfolio through a secure, on-demand, self-service platform.

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Introduces Revamped Online Dealer Portal

Dealer Portal 2.0 features a new, responsive design and additional functionality and enhancements. The new features are designed to make econtracting GWC Warranty service contracts easier and faster, officials said.

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Google to Develop Volvo’s Future Infotainment System

The automaker has tapped Google to develop the carmaker’s next-generation in-car infotainment and connectivity solutions, which will be based on the tech company’s Android operating system. The system will launch on new Volvo models within two years.

Tags: Connected Vehicle, Google, Infotainment Systems, Volvo

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

New Study: Generation Gap On Auto Ownership Is as Wide as a Highway

Teens say they're ready for car ownership, while parents disagree. The reason, a new study from American Honda Finance Corp. reveals, will make Baby Boomers shake their heads.

Tags: American Honda Finance, Baby Boomers, Gen Z, Millennials

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

Berman Resigns as President, COO of AutoNation

William “Bill” Berman, who is credited with developing AutoNation's processes for used-vehicle sales and customer care, has resigned. Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson has assumed his duties until a replacement is named.

Tags: AutoNation, Dealer Group, Mike Jackson, Promotions, William Berman

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

DealersLink Releases FastBook Pro 5.0

DealersLink says its new booking tool features an improved VIN scanner and state-of-the-art enhancements.

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

NAE Raises Money for Cleveland Christian Home

The F&I product provider helped raise more than $59,000 for the Cleveland Christian Home’s annual 5K and Run for the Kids event. In total, the event raised more than $72,000 to support the organization’s 17-plus community outreach programs.

Tags: charity giving, F&I products, National Automotive Experts

May 15, 2017 - Industry News

Lease Approvals Fall by 20% in April

Analysts with Swapalease.com report lease approvals fell from more than 75% in March to 60% last month.

May 13, 2017 - Industry News

Search Optics Launches Virtual BDC

The company says a pilot program for the new solution reduced response times and improved appointment-setting rates by up to 15%.

May 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ally Adding Digital Signature, Contract Management Capabilities to Clearlane

Launched in April, Clearlane will soon be getting an upgrade. Through eOriginal, the auto finance marketplace will soon allow car buyers to sign and submit their financing documents online or via mobile devices.

Tags: Ally, auto finance, Clearlane, digital retailing, online F&I

May 11, 2017 - Industry News

GM Financial Completes Transition to Captive in Q1

Executives with the former AmeriCredit Corp. described GM Financial’s transition to General Motors’ captive finance source as ‘substantially complete’ during its recent first-quarter earnings call.

Tags: auto finance, GM Financial

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

Imprise Financial Announces New Account Executive

The captive insurance provider has added Derek Thomas to its team. He is responsible for serving the firm’s clients with an emphasis on enterprise risk programs.

Tags: Captive Insurance Provider, F&I products, Imprise Financial

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

TransUnion: Auto Delinquencies Tick Up as Originations Slow

The impact of wider access to credit on repayment rates could be causing auto finance sources to reevaluate their guidelines for subprime and nearprime borrowers.

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

Longtime Wells Fargo Dealer Services Exec Joins CRB Auto

Bill Katafias, a longtime retail credit executive for Wells Fargo Dealer Services, has joined CRB Auto as its new CEO. He succeeds Scott Raymer, who previously announced his resignation from his CEO post to pursue other opportunities.

Tags: auto finance, Bill Katafias, CRB Auto, Indirect Lending, Mechanics Bank, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

dealerIQ Adds Trade Appraisal Platform

tradeIQ was designed to increase website engagement and reduce the need for lengthy appraisal forms.

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

FTC Adds Cyberattack Resources for Small Businesses

New website was designed to help auto dealers and other small business owners avoid and minimize the impact of cyberattacks and scams.

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

PayLink Direct, Omnisure Group Announce Merger

The merger creates what officials describe as the largest vehicle service contract payment plan provider in the United States. The new entity will operate under the PayLink Direct brand. Rebecca Howard, cofounder of PayLink Direct, will serve as CEO.

Tags: F&I products, Omnisure, PayLink Direct, Payment Plan, vehicle service contracts

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

eBay Motors Integrates TrueCar Shopping Tools

The partnership with TrueCar was one of a series of announcements made by the ecommerce site, which debuted an improved look to its website and tire installation services.

Tags: digital retailing, eBay Motors, online F&I, Third-party leads, TrueCar

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

Auto Finance Sources Team Up to Combat Fraud

Thirteen finance sources representing a third of U.S. auto finance originations met last week to take a bite out of the estimated $6 billion in annual fraud losses.

Tags: auto finance, bank fraud, compliance, PointPredictive, Santander Consumer USA

May 9, 2017 - Industry News

EFG Wins Three American Business Awards

EFG Companies earned a Gold and two Bronzes in the 15th annual ABAs, as well as ‘Top Contact Center’ honors from BenchmarkPortal.