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August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Swapalease: Q2 Dominated by SUVs, CUVs, Sports Cars

Swapalease.com’s second-quarter report shows growing interest in sport utilities, crossover SUVs and sporty models.

Tags: auto finance, leasing, Swapalease.com

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Fastlane Launches Online Car-Buying Platform

Online shoppers who land on a dealer's website equipped with Fastlane's platform can pick out their vehicle, get a value for their trade-in vehicle, get pre-approved for financing and even educate themselves on F&I products and vehicle insurance.

Tags: digital retailing, Fastlane, online F&I, Startup, technology

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Mirra Promoted to Vice President at EasyCare

Rob Mirra has been promoted to vice president of new business acquisition for EasyCare, where he will lead the search for new partnerships with dealers and vendors.

Tags: EasyCare, F&I manager, F&I products

August 21, 2017 - Industry News

N.J. Dealer Agrees to Pay $136,000 to Resolve Consumer Fraud Investigation

Three days after the New York attorney general's office reached settlement with a dealer for tacking on etch after customers agreed to prices for vehicles and often without their knowledge, New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino reached an agreement with Sansone Hyundai to settle similar charges.

Tags: Christopher S. Porrino, compliance, Etch, New Jersey Attorney General, payment packing, Sansone Hyundai, vehicle service contracts

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

‘Father of F&I Menu’ to Hold Court at F&I Think Tank

George Angus, referred to as the ‘Father of the F&I Menu,’ will be at Industry Summit’s F&I Think Tank to take attendees down F&I’s memory lane during a special lunchtime address. They will be entertained and enlightened, as this legendary trainer shares the good, the bad, and the ugly of the F&I profession.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, F&I products, George Angus, Team One Group

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Swapalease: Lease Credit Approvals Fall in July

The car lease marketplace attributed the dip in approvals to a combination of factors, including a higher volume of credit-challenged lease applicants and a higher number of applicants looking for vehicles in higher-priced categories.

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

KPA Acquires Automotive Compliance Consultants

KPA Services has acquired Automotive Compliance Consultants in a move the heads of both companies say will pair KPA’s SaaS solutions with ACC’s national compliance team.

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

AmTrust Names Jackie Banks Vice President of Reinsurance for Special Risk Division

The former reinsurance executive for Allstate Dealer Services will be responsible for all aspects of reinsurance for AmTrust’s Special Risk division, including sales support, training and development of staff, as well as general management responsibilities.

Tags: AmTrust, F&I products, reinsurance

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

TransUnion: Auto Originations Fall for Third Consecutive Quarter

First-quarter auto loan originations declined 2.9% from the year-ago period to 6.73 million in the first quarter, the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines and the first decline in origination growth in any first quarter since 2010. Officials attribute the drop to the subprime retreat.

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

CNA National Welcomes New CIO

Former Pacific Specialty and Marsh Inc. executive Jim Lee has joined CNA National Warranty Corp. as the company’s new chief information officer.

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Westlake Financial Now Using Equifax’s Dealer Intelligence Platform

Equifax’s TradeSight allows finance sources to analyze originations, current and future dealer partners, and performance of finance contracts booked through dealer partners. The platform works by combining Equifax’s consumer credit information with dealer and vehicle data from third-party data sources.

Tags: auto finance, Equifax, Westlake Financial Services

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

'Total Loss Protection' at Center of NY Dealer's $298K Settlement With State AG

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that Nissan of New Rochelle will pay $298,000 in restitution and penalties to settle charges relating to the dealership’s “Total Loss Protection” theft-deterrent program. Photo courtesy New York State Office of the Attorney General

The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that Nissan of New Rochelle will pay $298,211 in restitution, penalties and fees to settle claims the dealership charged hundreds of car buyers thousands of dollars for an ‘unwanted and bogus’ theft-deterrent product.

Tags: compliance, Eric T Schneiderman, Etch, F&I products, New York, Nissan of New Rochelle, payment packing, Total Loss Protection

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Ziegler Joins Compliance Summit Roster as Keynote Speaker

Trainer, author, forecaster and industry firebrand Jim Ziegler will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Compliance Summit.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I manager, F&I office, Jim Ziegler

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Think Tank: Opening Session to Focus on Auto Finance's Cool-Down

In 2017’s opening quarter, auto loan balances registered single-digit growth for the first time in four years. F&I trainers Tony Dupaquier and Shaka Dyson will translate what the trends mean to the F&I office. They'll also offer strategies for uncovering a finance source’s appetite and training the desk on proper deal structure.

Tags: auto finance, Dealer F&I University, F&I manager, F&I office, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, Shaka Dyson, The Academy, Tony Dupaquier

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage Promotes Randy Ross to President of Sales

Aside from Ross' promotion, the F&I product provider announced the addition of Keith Cooper and Steve Chandler to the company's senior management team.

Tags: F&I office, F&I products, Promotions, RoadVantage

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

Dent Wizard Named Top Workplace

For the first time, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch included Dent Wizard in its list of “Top Workplaces” for 2017. The F&I product provider joins other honorees such as Edward Jones, Monsanto and Safelite Auto Glass.

Tags: Dent Wizard, F&I products, paintless dent removal, Service

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Credit Desk Seen as Satisfaction Driver for Finance Sources

The report’s main finding is that great relationships trump low interest rates and product mix when it comes to dealer satisfaction. Earning top rankings in this year’s study were the captives for Mercedes-Benz and Mini, and TD Auto Finance.

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Industry Summit Extends Early Bird Deadline

Attendees who register by midnight this Friday, Aug. 18, will enjoy a $100 discount on a full-conference pass. Industry Summit is co-located with The Best Training Day Ever and includes F&I Think Tank, the Special Finance Conference, Compliance Summit, and Automotive Compliance Specialist certification by Automotive Compliance Education.

Tags: Automotive Compliance Education, Compliance Summit, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, Industry Summit, Special Finance Conference, The Best Training Day Ever

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

MUSA Auto Finance Launches Leasing Portal

The finance source’s new portal was designed to automate what has been a typically complicated process. With its launch, MUSA is looking to sign up dealers in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.

Tags: auto finance, MUSA Auto Finance, software

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Unveils New Dealer Texting Engine

Auto/Mate Dealership Systems has launched ‘Texting,’ a new SMS engine built into the company’s DMS and designed to facilitate messaging and improve the customer experience.

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Report Forecasts Fewer Per-Store Sales

The latest edition of Urban Science’s Franchise Activity Report predicts a stable dealer network will produce reduced per-store sales following a period of stability.

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Dave Anderson to Deliver Industry Summit, Best Training Day Ever Keynote Address

LearnToLead founder and nationally recognized leadership trainer Dave Anderson will deliver the Tuesday afternoon keynote address at this year’s Industry Summit as part of the Best Training Day Ever agenda.

Tags: Dave Anderson, Industry Summit, leadership, LearntoLead, training

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

Austin Found: Uber's Loss Was Dealers' Gain

A new study found that 41% of Austin, Texas, residents used their own vehicles when Uber and Lyft left town last year, and 9% bought a vehicle because the ride-hailing services weren’t available.

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

Fusion Auto Finance Acquires GrooveCar Family of Brands

The GrooveCar Family of Brands includes CU Xpress Lease, an auto lease program for credit unions with a portfolio exceeding $5 billion and more than 100,000 vehicles, and GrooveCar Direct, an online auto buying platform exclusively for credit union members. The acquisition also includes CU Xpress Lease CA, CUAutoCoupon, and GrooveCar Inc.

Tags: CU Xpress Lease, Fusion Auto Finance, GrooveCar

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

AFC Enhances Dealer Portal With Inventory Dashboard Tool

Available on the AFCDealer website and AFC On the Go mobile app, the new offering provides dealers with instant access to current and historical account information, as well as detailed insights into vehicles floored with the finance source.

Tags: Automotive Finance Corporation, Floorplan Financing, inventory financing