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April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Calif. Dealers Seek New Protections Under State's Franchise Laws

New legislation aimed at strengthening dealer protections under California’s franchise laws will have its first committee hearing on Monday. One of its provisions specifically addresses the disclosure policy General Motors issued last summer regarding the sale of non-GM service contracts.

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, dealer protection, F&I products, Franchise Laws

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

U.S. Senate Approves Resolution to Repeal CFPB’s Dealer Participation Guidance

Today’s vote leaves it up to the House of Representatives to pass its version of the joint resolution of disapproval. Once that happens, only the president’s signature stands in the way of the industry’s more than five-year campaign to get the CFPB’s controversial guidance repealed.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Congressional Review Act, dealer markups, dealer participation, Flat Fees

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Faces $1 Billion Fine for Mortgage and Auto Insurance Issues

Wells Fargo’s first-quarter earnings call was staged amid a string of regulatory concerns, declining auto originations, and the sale of a Puerto Rican subsidiary. But the company’s chief executive said the bank’s auto finance business will grow again.

Tags: auto finance, collateral protection insurance, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, GAP, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Wells Fargo

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Lincoln Adds Pre-Owned Vehicles to Subscription Program

Photo courtesy of Lincoln.

The automaker is adding a slate of pre-owned 2017 Lincoln models to its subscription program in West Los Angeles. The program was originally launched there and in San Francisco in 2015.

Tags: auto finance, Canvas, Lincoln, Subscription Service

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

New AIADA Chair: ‘Trade Wars Have Real Consequences’

Utah dealer Brad Strong began his 2018 AIADA chairmanship with a bang, calling out Washington’s ‘tax and tariff schemes’ in a Las Vegas address.

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

NADA Chairman Outlines Goals, Focus Areas for 2018

Michigan dealer Wes Lutz outlined his chief concerns as the new chairman of the National Automotive Dealers Association.

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

NADA’s Scarpelli: Vehicle Affordability Drives Advocacy Efforts

Outgoing NADA chair and Illinois dealer Mark Scarpelli delivered a moving address at the association’s 2018 convention.

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

NADA Economist: U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales Down 20,000 Units Through February

Patrick Manzi met with the automotive press to discuss the trends affecting auto dealers and industry suppliers in attendance at NADA Show 2018.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Launches Online Sales and F&I Website

Ford Motor Co. has launched Ready.Shop.Go., a new ‘online experience’ designed to allow car buyers to find a vehicle, make a deal, and apply for financing.

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

BB&T Switches Back to Markups as CFPB Shifts Away From Enforcement

BB&T Tower in Atlanta (Wikimedia Commons and seniorliving.org)

BB&T announced its move about a week after the CFPB’s acting director stripped enforcement powers from the division responsible for pursuing discrimination cases in the auto finance arena. BB&T will officially make the switch on March 14.

Tags: auto finance, BB&T, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, Mick Mulvaney

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Tesla vs. Firetruck: Feds to Investigate Latest Incident

Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ setting has once again drawn interest from regulators after a Model S plowed into a parked firetruck.

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Cox Ranks Super Bowl Car Commercials

Data collected by Kelley Blue Book and Dealer.com shows which factories and brands benefited from their significant investments in Super Bowl airtime.

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Appeals Court Rules CFPB Structure Is Constitutional

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Ted Eytan

On Wednesday, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled 7-3 that a provision in the Dodd-Frank Act that says the CFPB director can only be removed for cause does not unconstitutionally constrain the president.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Leandra English, Mick Mulvaney

January 29, 2018 - Industry News

Autotrader Plans Dramatic Transformation

The online retailer will introduce a series of enhancements designed to deliver higher quality leads to auto dealers and add transparency and speed to the customer experience.

Tags: Autotrader, digital marketing, digital retailing, online F&I, showroom, Third-party leads

January 22, 2018 - Industry News

Zurich to Focus Heavily on F&I in 2018

Zurich North America is reshaping its dealer P&C portfolio to address 'persistent underperformance due to continued volatility associated with large and catastrophic hail losses." As a result, Zurich will focus heavily on F&I in 2018, a spokesperson said last week.

Tags: F&I office, F&I process, F&I products, P&C insurance, vehicle service contracts, Zurich

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Norm Reeves Dealerships to Pay $1.4 Million for Violating 2014 FTC Order

The Southern California-based dealer group was charged with violating a 2014 administrative order prohibiting it from misrepresenting in advertisements how much consumers could pay to finance or lease a vehicle.

Tags: compliance, Consumer Leasing Act, Federal Trade Commission, Norm Reeves, Truth in Lending Act

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB: Longer-Term Loans Not Having Desired Effect for Borrowers, Finance Sources

The bureau concedes in its report that consumers are financing larger amounts and are electing for longer-term loans to keep monthly payments affordable. However, the regulator also notes that longer-term loans aren't having the desired effect in terms of default rates.

Tags: auto finance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, default rates, Long Loan Terms, Subprime Financing

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

AutoNation Inks Multiyear Deal With Waymo

AutoNation has agreed to support Waymo’s fleet of self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrids and plans to expand the partnership as Waymo grows and diversifies its fleet.

Tags: AutoNation, mobility, Self Driving, Waymo

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Attorneys to Tackle GM Product Policy at PALS 2017

In a surprise addition to the P&A Leadership Summit agenda, Matthew Bartle and David Marcus of Bartle & Marcus LLC will address General Motors’ recent directives regarding the sale of non-OEM parts and service contracts.

Tags: Administrators, F&I product provider, F&I products, General Motors, PALS

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

GM: Dealers Must Disclose Non-GM Parts, Service Contracts

General Motors dealers who sell non-GM service contracts, parts and accessories must now disclose to their customers that the products are not backed by the automaker. Dealers who don’t comply face possible termination of their franchise agreement.

Tags: aftermarket accessories, California New Car Dealers Association, compliance, General Motors, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, Regulations, vehicle service contracts

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 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 8, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Think Tank: Shark Tank Trainers Revealed

Four of the industry’s top F&I trainers will be swimming the aisles during F&I Think Tank’s Shark Tank, a stump the pro-like session that will allow attendees to get answers to their most troublesome customer objections, deal situations and departmental issues.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, Carl Grane, EasyCare, F&I process, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, Industry Summit, Jay Lawrence, John Vecchioni, National Auto Care, objection handling, Reahard & Associates, Rick McCormick, Shaka Dyson

August 8, 2017 - Industry News

Top-Flight F&I Directors Join F&I Think Tank Roster

F&I Think Tank’s ‘The Director’s Chair’ will feature the F&I director for the magazine’s 2016 F&I Dealer of the Year in Tom Andrews, as well as former F&I Pacesetters Dan Mason and Justin Gasman. It will also feature His Madness, Marv Eleazer, as moderator.

Tags: Dan Mason, Ethical F&I Managers, F&I 20 Group, F&I director, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, Industry Summit, Justin Gasman, Marv Eleazer, Tom Andrews

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