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April 10, 2017 - Industry News

American Financial's F&I University Now Offers F&I Compliance Certification

The income development company has partnered with Automotive Compliance Education LLC to provide its dealer customers with a new F&I compliance certification program, which will be offered through the firm's F&I University.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, Automotive Compliance Education, compliance, F&I training, F&I University

April 7, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: arbitration agreements, auto finance, CFPB, dealer participation, Disparate Impact, Jeb Hensarling, Richard Cordray

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

FTC Approves Settlements With CarMax, Asbury, West-Herr

The Federal Trade Commission last week approved settlements with CarMax, Asbury Automotive, and West-Herr Automotive Group, which the regulator charged with failing to disclose that some pre-owned vehicles offered for sale had unrepaired safety recalls despite the companies' claims of rigorous vehicle inspections.

Tags: Asbury Automotive, CarMax, Federal Trade Commission, GM Recalls, NHTSA, Recalls, Takata, West-Herr Automotive

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

Simple Recon Adds Amazon Alexa Skill

New integration promises direct inventory updates without the need to log into an app or website.

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

NADA Sticks to 17.1 Million-Unit Forecast

NADA’s leadership is bullish on the new-car market despite economic concerns that could compel some buyers to opt for pre-owned units. Photo by htmvalerio

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)’s chairman and chief economist cited strong demand and rising wages among high-income earners as reasons to be optimistic about new-car sales.

April 6, 2017 - Industry News

5 Vehicle Segments Retain or Increase Values in March, Black Book Reports

The vehicle valuation firm reported today that the average used vehicle for model years 2011-2015 depreciated slightly 0.6%. Cars overall recorded depreciation of 0.3%, while trucks registered depreciation of 0.8%.

Tags: Black Book, used-vehicle values

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage Interior/Exterior VSC Achieves Record Sales in First Year

RoadVantage introduced its Interior/Exterior Vehicle Service Contract program, which does not require product application, in early 2016 as both a stand-alone product and also as part of its best-selling multi-option bundles.

Tags: F&I products, RoadVantage

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

Kip Miles Joins Dashboard Dealership Enterprises

Thirty-year industry veteran Kip Miles has joined Dashboard Dealership Enterprises as vice president of sales and marketing.

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book to Value Trades for eAutoAppraise

The new partnership was designed to benefit dealers and car buyers by providing accurate values and promoting a less adversarial transaction.

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: New-Car Prices Up 2% in March

Fiat Chrysler and Toyota showed the greatest year-over-year improvement as prices and incentives gained ground last month.

Tags: Average Transaction Price, Fiat Chrysler, Kelley Blue Book, Toyota

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

AAA: One-In-Three U.S. Drivers Can’t Afford Unexpected Repair

The organization's newest survey backs the need for F&I protections, finding that 64 million U.S. drivers can't afford an unexpected vehicle repair. AAA also found that one-third of drivers skip or delay recommended services or repairs.

Tags: AAA, F&I manager, Prepaid Maintenance, Repairs, Service Contracts, Vehicle Maintenance

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

VW Settles State Diesel Claims for $157M

Photo courtesy of VW.

This latest settlement, announced on March 30, will be paid to Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The settlement was negotiated with attorneys general from each state.

Tags: Diesel, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scandal

April 4, 2017 - Industry News

AIADA: Asian Brands Lead the Way for International Nameplates in March

With the Industry SAAR falling below 17 million for the first time since August, the trade group said the industry's March sales performance 'suggests that sales may be plateauing.' The association said now is the time for dealers to tighten their operations and push back on any tax increases on consumers.

Tags: American International Automobile Dealers Associat, Honda, new-vehicle sales, Nissan, Subaru

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

NAE/NWAN Launches Motorcycle Warranty Forever

Motorcycle Warranty Forever offers lifetime coverage for motors and transmissions with no cost, deductible or expiration.

Tags: National Automotive Experts, vehicle service contract

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ally Rolls Out Online Auto Finance Marketplace

Clearlane allows consumers to finance a vehicle purchase from a dealership or a private party sale, refinance their existing loan, or buy their vehicle at lease end. The site also sells GAP and service contracts.

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

April 3, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity Surpasses 1,000-Dealer Mark

AutoGravity’s mobile car shopping and financing platform has grown to included 1,000 rooftops representing more than 1,400 dealerships.

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

March 30, 2017 - Industry News

Tom Webb to Retire as Cox Automotive's Chief Economist

Tom Webb will retire on June 30, ending a more than four-decade career. Cox Automotive officials said a replacement will be named in the coming weeks.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Manheim, Manheim Index, Manheim Used Vehicle Report, NADA, used-vehicle values

March 30, 2017 - Industry News

Laura Schupbach to Lead Wells Fargo Dealer Services

The 20-year company veteran previously led the Wells Fargo Insurance business. She succeeds Dawn Martin Harp, who announced her retirement on Jan. 10.

March 30, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha Warranty Teams With Agent, Dealer to Help Struggling Family

A letter written by a West Philadelphia teen about her family’s struggles to care for her sister, who suffers from multiple medical issues, prompts the F&I product provider, its agent and dealer to donate transportation and more.

Tags: Alpha Warranty Services, charity giving, vehicle service contract

March 29, 2017 - Industry News

Santander Agrees to $26 Million Settlement

Santander Consumer USA will pay $26 million to settle charges brought by the attorneys general of Delaware and Massachusetts.

March 29, 2017 - Industry News

MUSA Auto Finance Secures Funding Capacity of $175 Million

The special finance company, which counts the cofounder and former COO of Exeter Finance in its executive ranks, will use the funding to launch a new and pre-owned auto leasing program this year.

Tags: auto finance, leasing, MUSA, special finance, Used Leasing

March 29, 2017 - Industry News

March Madness: Four Brands Get TV Boost

Autotrader and Dealer.com websites recorded increases in search share for Acura, Alfa Romeo, Buick and Infiniti, each of which ran national ads during the first weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Tags: advertising, Autotrader, Cox Automotive, Dealer.com, digital marketing

March 28, 2017 - Industry News

Spireon Promotes Connected Car Veteran to SVP of Sales

Reggie Ponsford was promoted to help drive further growth for the telematics solutions provider in the buy-here, pay-here, automotive retail, rental automotive, powersports and auto finance markets.

Tags: Connected Vehicle, F&I manager, F&I products, Spireon, telematics

March 28, 2017 - Industry News

automotiveMastermind Appoints Two New Execs

Scott McKenzie and Fred Mather have joined the executive team at automotiveMastermind.

March 28, 2017 - Industry News

Jumpstart Releases New Dealer Insights

The latest edition of Jumpstart Automotive Media’s annual Insights Book sheds new light on the evolving car-shopping path.