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December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha Warranty Named ‘2017 Top Workplace in Utah’ by Salt Lake Tribune

The honor adds to a host of other recognitions the company earned in 2017, including being named to the Utah Fast 50 and Utah 100 lists, having executives honored with the CXO of the Year award and winning the When Work Works workplace flexibility award.

Tags: Alpha Warranty Services, F&I product provider, top workplace

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: Average Transaction Price Reaches Record High in November

New-vehicle transaction prices are being driven higher by the shifting sales mix away from cars. Ford’s strong mix of F-Series Super Duty sales for the month helped drive up the automaker’s average transaction price by nearly 3%.

Tags: Average Transaction Price, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Dealertrack and DealerCenter Announce Strategic Partnership

Dealertrack and DealerCenter announced a new partnership designed to deliver a more connected F&I workflow for independent dealerships.

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

International Brands Gain Ground in November

U.S. sales of international vehicles were up in November, outperforming a plateauing market, according to the latest report from the American International Automobile Dealers Association.

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Integrates With DealerFenix

Auto/Mate Dealership Systems’ DMS is now integrated with DealerFenix’s reporting and workflow automation system.

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

NAE/NWAN Earns Weatherhead 100 Award

National Automotive Experts was named to the Weatherhead School of Management’s Weatherhead 100 award winners for 2017.

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Fight for Control of CFPB Not Over, Democrats Say

Sen. Chris Dodd and former Rep. Barney Frank say the CFPB-creating law bearing their names does not fall under the purview of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. They joined other Democrats and activists last week in announcing plans to challenge a federal judge's ruling that denied a CFPB official's attempt to block President Trump’s interim director appointee.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Dodd-Frank Act, Donald Trump

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Announces Subscription Service for 2019 XC40

Volvo Cars used this week’s AutoMobility LA and the Los Angeles Auto Show to debut its 2019 XC40 and a new subscription service for its new compact SUV.

Tags: AutoMobility LA, Care by Volvo, mobility, Subscription Service, Volvo, XC40

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

Dealership Transaction Values Hit Record Levels

The latest Blue Sky report from Kerrigan Advisors finds the dealership buy/sell market remains highly active as concerns about disruptive technology drive dealers to sell.

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Judge Sides With Trump in Battle for Control of CFPB

Mick Mulvaney speaking at an event in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

A federal judge refused to block the appointment of Mick Mulvaney as interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but the Trump administration’s victory may only be temporary.

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Land Rover Named Best Luxury Brand by ALG

Land Rover notched category wins for the Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover and ‘Best Premium Brand’ honors in the 2018 ALG Residual Value Awards.

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Warranty Expert Joins AUL as Business Development Manager

Paul Leary, a 25-year veteran of the warranty business, will be responsible for working with agents and dealers in the company’s Central region.

Tags: AUL Corp., F&I products, vehicle service contracts

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha’s Robinson Earns Young Exec Honors

Jeff Robinson, vice president of risk and operations for Alpha Warranty, was named to Utah Business’ list of top ’20 in their 20s’ executives.

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Month: Pickups Roll Over SUVs, CUVs

Jumpstart Automotive Media’s most recent Path to Purchase Report shows growing interest in large pickups at the expense of subcompact SUVs and CUVs in October.

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

TCF Exits Indirect Auto Finance Business

The bank’s announcement comes seven months after it rolled out a new strategy designed to increase earnings predictability. The company’s chief executive said the bank’s decision was based on a less favorable financial outlook for the indirect auto origination business.

Tags: auto finance, auto originations, Gateway One Lending & Finance, TCF Financial Corporation

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

UDS Launches Online Training Platform

United Development Systems Inc. has launched a learning management system, starting with the delivery of an ethics and compliance certification course.

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

US News Names Best Brands

Mazda, Honda, Ford and Porsche have been recognized as U.S. News & World Report’s best-rated brands for overall excellence.

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

CarStory Files Two New Patents

Vast’s AI platform, CarStory, announced new patents for its Predictive Conversions Systems and Methods and Market Relative Position Engine solutions.

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Two’s a Crowd: Battle for Control of CFPB Heads to Court

Mick Mulvaney speaking at an event in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Staffers with the CFPB returned from the Thanksgiving break on Monday to two acting directors, a lawsuit, dueling emails, and a bag of doughnuts.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Donald Trump, Leandra English, Mick Mulvaney, Richard Cordray

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

ADG Promotes Hahn, Kelly to Training Director

ADG has named Dan Hahn as director of training for fixed operations and David Kelly as director of training for variable operations.

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Auto Loan Market Shifting Toward Less Risky Consumers

For the fourth consecutive quarter, auto loan originations in the second quarter decreased on a year-over-year basis. Much of that decline was driven a 5.9% decrease in subprime, nearprime, and prime loan originations.

Tags: auto finance, Delinquencies, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Subprime Financing, TransUnion

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

Used Market Strong in October Despite 2.2% Decrease in Wholesale Prices

Thanks to the lingering effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, J.D. Power’s seasonally adjusted used-vehicle price index recorded its third straight monthly increase. It rose 1.1 points to 114.5.

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Tabar Joins UDS as Director of Training

Thirty-year industry veteran John Tabar has joined United Development Systems as director of training.

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Dismisses Head of Consumer Lending

Franklin Codel, Wells Fargo's former head of Consumer Lending.

According to media reports, Franklin Codel, the bank’s head of consumer lending, was fired after making disparaging comments about a bank regulator to a fired employee, who reported the executive’s comments to bank officials.

Tags: auto finance, employee, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Fall Ahead: Dealer Sites Enjoy Autumn Upswing

New data from Dealer.com reveals a post-summer surge in dealer website traffic and shows Black Friday purchase intent far outpaced Cyber Monday in 2016.