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July 21, 2016 - Industry News

Compliance Summit: Van Over to Deliver 'A Dealer's Best Defense' Workshop

Organizers of the upcoming Compliance Summit Las Vegas announced that trainer and compliance expert Gil Van Over will deliver a featured presentation at the event, which is scheduled for Aug. 29–30, 2016. The event will be held at Paris Las Vegas as part of the annual Industry Summit.

Tags: Compliance Summit, Gil Van Over, Industry Summit

July 21, 2016 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Shopping Tools on OEM Websites Improves Customer Satisfaction

A new study from J.D. Power shows that online shopping tools on manufacturer websites significantly improves satisfaction for consumers shopping for a vehicle. The three best-performing sites belong to Land Rover, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz.

Tags: Dealer Websites, J.D. Power, Online Shopping, Study

July 21, 2016 - Industry News

Trade Groups Call on U.S. Senators to Support CFPB-Reform Bill

The same week the CFPB celebrated its five-year anniversary, trade groups representing various motor vehicle industries urged U.S. Senators to support legislation that would rescind the regulator’s March 2013 guidance on dealer participation, among other things.

Tags: AFSA, auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, NADA, NIADA

July 21, 2016 - Industry News

87% of Consumers Dislike Dealership Experience, Survey Finds

Conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of online retailer Beepi, the study revealed an apparent distrust and negative opinion of car dealerships among consumers polled. In the survey’s findings, 61% of respondents felt like they were taken advantage of at some point in the dealership.

Tags: Beepi, Dealership Experience, Millennial, Survey

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Capital Z Acquires Portfolio Group

Capital Z Partners Management announced it has acquired Portfolio Group Inc. from Frontenac Company LLC. The F&I product provider's current management team will retain their current roles and significant ownership.

Tags: Acquisition, Capital Z, F&I, F&I product provider, Frontenac, Portfolio Group

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

3 States Charge VW Execs With Fraud in New Lawsuits

Regulators in Maryland, Massachusetts and New York charge that the emissions scandal and alleged cover-up was orchestrated and approved 'at the highest levels of the company, up to and including former CEO Martin Winterkorn.'

Tags: compliance, emmissions, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scandal

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

What's Next Media Selects Flick Fusion as Preferred Video Marketing Provider

What’s Next Media will leverage Flick Fusion’s Smart Flicks marketing platform to hose and distribute its customers' videos.

Tags: Flick Fusion, Video Marketing, What's Next Media

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Manheim Names Two New Vice Presidents

Derek Hansen, vice president of Digital Inventory Solutions. 

Manheim has named Derek Hansen vice president of digital inventory solutions and Angela Babin vice president of retail solutions.

Tags: Hiring, Manheim, Promotions, Vice President

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Dent Wizard Appoints New Regional Operations Director

Paul Spears, regional operations director for Dent Wizard's Mid-South Region.

The new director, Paul Spears, will be responsible for leading the company's safety and compliance efforts, as well as providing additional operational support for the company's paint shops and Frontline Fast dealer clients.

Tags: compliance, Dent Wizard, Hiring

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Feds Investigating FCA for Inflating Sales, Automaker Confirms

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed in a statement issued today that it’s under investigation by the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. According to Bloomberg, FBI agents visited the homes of nine people who run FCA business centers as part of a probe into the automaker’s monthly sales reporting.

Tags: Chrysler, Ed Napleton, FCA, Fiat, Napleton Automotive Group, New-Vehicle Sales

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

O’Loughlin to Tackle ‘Rules and Regulations’ at Compliance Summit

Terry O’Loughlin, director of compliance for Reynolds and Reynolds and a former regulator, will serve as a featured speaker at the upcoming Compliance Summit, scheduled for Aug. 29-30 at Paris Las Vegas.

Tags: compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I, Reynolds & Reynolds, Terry O'Loughlin

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

OCC Expresses Concern About Rising Risk in Auto Finance

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has once against expressed concern about rising credit risks in the auto finance arena, noting that underwriting standards for both direct and indirect auto loans have begun to decline due to increased competition.

Tags: Indirect Lending, Regulations, Study, Underwriting

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Lunt to Deliver Opening Keynote at Compliance Summit Las Vegas

Organizers of Compliance Summit announced that attorney and compliance expert Aaron Lunt will deliver the opening keynote address at the inaugural Las Vegas event, scheduled for Aug. 29-30 at Paris Las Vegas

Tags: Aaron Lunt, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I Products, Industry Summit, The Warranty Group

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Jumpstart Automotive Partners With Autolist.com

Jumpstart Automotive Group has signed an exclusive ad sales representation agreement with Autolist.com. Jumpstart CEO Nick Matarazzo said the partnership will allow his company to tap into consumers deep in the automotive purchase funnel.

Tags: Auto Publisher, Autolist.com, Jumpstart Automotive

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Champlain National Bank Enters Indirect Channel

Champlain National Bank has entered the indirect auto finance channel behind a cloud-based loan origination system developed by Teledata Communications Inc. The bank is currently integrated with Dealertrack and RouteOne, and has signed 'a substantial number of dealers' in the New York region.

Tags: Auto Loans, Champlain National Bank, Lending, Software

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Dealertrack Rolls Out Econtracting to Volvo Dealers Nationwide

Dealertrack announced this week that Volvo Car Financial Services is now available for econtracting with Volvo dealers nationwide on the Dealertrack platform. The decision to go national was spurred by results of a regional pilot.

Tags: Dealer Software, Dealertrack, eContracting, Volvo

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

NADA to Hold 100 Carnival Event at 2017 Convention

The event — which is exclusive to NADA and American Truck Dealers members — will be held at Mardi Gras World on Jan. 26, 2017. It will feature cuisine from top New Orleans restaurants and entertainment from Foreigner, Cowboy Mouth and local jazz musicians.

Tags: NADA, NADA Convention and Expo

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Missouri Dealer Fined $38,067 for Failing to Provide Vehicle Titles

A Missouri dealer has agreed to pay $38,067 in restitution to 23 former customers to settle the state attorney general's charges that he and his dealership did not provide vehicle titles and did not honor repair agreements. The dealer is also prohibited from operating a dealership for five years.

Tags: Attorney General, Consumer Laws, Deceptive Practices, Missouri

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

TransUnion: As Terms Stretch, Loan Duration Shrinks

Loan terms continue to stretch thanks to high vehicle prices, with terms in the 73- to 84-month band more than doubling between 2010 and 2015. But finance sources, according to a new study from TransUnion, aren’t capturing the benefits of more payments and greater interest income.

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Consulting Group Offers Advice on Preventing Employee Theft

While unfortunate, employee crimes against dealers do happen. This week, Automotive Compliance Consultants released a list of tactics dealers can employ to prevent employee theft at their store.

Tags: Compliant, Dealership, Security, Theft

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

LMC Lowers 2016 Sales Forecast

LMC Automotive has revised its forecast for U.S. auto sales for the 2016-2023 periods. The company expects nearly 250,000 fewer units will be sold each year during that timeframe, with a larger reduction occurring between 2016 and 2017.

Tags: Forecast, LMC Automotive, U.S. Sales

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Outkazt Media to Distribute Black Book's Bullseye Prospecting Tool

Black Book has signed another distribution agreement with a marketing agency. This time, the vehicle valuation firm has teamed with Outkazt Media, which will leverage Black Book’s Bullseye Prospecting solution in dealer marketing campaigns.

Tags: Black Book, Bullseye Prospecting, digital marketing, Email Campaign, online advertising

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Used Vehicles Depreciate 1.7% in June, Black Book Reports

The average price of a used vehicle for model years 2011-2015 depreciated 1.7% in June, according to Black Book. On a year-over-year basis, these vehicles fell 15.4% in value.

Tags: Black Book, Depreciation, Pricing, Used Vehicles

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Automotive Finance Corp. Adds to Executive Team

Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC) has named Tiff Arcella as its new vice president of sales and Devra Callaghan as its new vice president of marketing and business development, according to a company announcement.

Tags: Automotive Finance Corporation, Hiring, Promotion, Vice President

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Ganther Leads First Wave of Compliance Summit Speakers

Leading attorney and compliance expert James S. Ganther has agreed to speak at the upcoming Compliance Summit Las Vegas, organizers announced Tuesday. The event is scheduled for Aug. 29–30, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas, as part of Industry Summit.

Tags: compliance, Compliance Summit, Event, Industry Summit