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October 4, 2018 - Industry News

F&I and Showroom Names 2018 F&I Pacesetters

The magazine reveals the names of the seven organizations vying to be crowned F&I Dealer of the Year, sponsored by American Financial & Automotive Services.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, DOY Pacesetters, DOY Winners, F&I department, F&I products

October 3, 2018 - Industry News

Survey: Premium Audio Drives New-Car Selection

Premium-brand audio systems remain an important deciding factor for car buyers, according to the latest report from IHS Markit.

October 2, 2018 - Industry News

KBB: Average New-Car Transaction Price Up 2%

Honda, GM, and Ford were among the top-performing factories in September, helping to drive an average gain of 2% in new-vehicle prices compared with the same month last year.

October 1, 2018 - Industry News

Calif. Governor Vetoes Dealer Protection Bill

In an unexpected decision, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a dealer protection bill unanimously passed by the California State Legislature. The sticking point was a 'complex formula' for determining dealer reimbursement on warranty and recall work.

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, California State Legislature, Franchise Laws

October 1, 2018 - Industry News

Dealer Panels Set for Compliance Summit

The upcoming Compliance Summit will feature two panel discussions staffed by dealer counsel and personnel from around the nation.

September 27, 2018 - Industry News

Fed Reserve Approves Third Rate Hike of 2018

FOMC Chairman Powell answers reporters' questions during Wednesday's press conference.

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates for the third time this year and signaled it will raise the cost of borrowing again in December. Industry economists said it will not get better for consumers or the industry from here.

Tags: auto affordability, consumer confidence, Federal Reserve, interest rates, Monthly Payments, new-vehicle sales

September 27, 2018 - Industry News

RSVP for ACE Certification at Industry Summit

Attendees of the upcoming Industry Summit and P&A Leadership Summit are invited to register for Automotive Compliance Education’s onsite certification review and exam for no additional charge.

Tags: ACE, certification, compliance, Compliance Summit, Industry Summit

September 26, 2018 - Industry News

Spireon: Impounds a ‘Billion-Dollar Problem’ for Dealers

Spireon has released ‘Impound Storage Fees, a Billion-Dollar Problem,’ a new study billed as the first to address the steep costs rampant impounds generate for dealers, finance sources, and car buyers.

September 25, 2018 - Industry News

Karma to Open Dealerships in Seattle, Chicago, SoCal

Electric vehicle manufacturer Karma is set to open new dealerships in Seattle, Chicago, and Westlake Village, Calif.

September 25, 2018 - Industry News

Auctions Return to Business Following Florence

The area of Carolinas affected by Hurricane Florence is less densely populated than storms that reached Texas and Florida last year. Photo via Flickr: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center  

Manheim Wilmington is reopening this Friday. Operations were shut down last week in preparation of Hurricane Florence, which had less of an impact on the U.S. vehicle market than hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017.

September 25, 2018 - Industry News

Cox Automotive’s O’Neil to Retire in February

The tech firm confirmed this week reports that COO Mark O’Neil plans to retire this February. He’ll depart almost four years after Cox’s acquisition of Dealertrack, a company he led as CEO for about 14 years.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Dealertrack, digital, Mark O'Neil, online F&I, Retirement, software

September 24, 2018 - Industry News

DealerSocket Unveils Next-Generation Website Platform

ENGINE 6 is an upgraded website builder tool offering drag-and-drop functionality to eliminate the need for coding. It's optimized for mobile and features a multi-device preview mode. The website platform is being initially offered to independent and BHPH dealers.

Tags: DealerFire, DealerSocket, ENGINE 6, Mobile, software platform, website builder

September 20, 2018 - Industry News

Burt Reynolds Collection Goes to Auction

Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort will be the site of a Barrett Jackson auction of vehicles personally owned by late actor Burt Reynolds.

September 19, 2018 - Industry News

FTC Shuts Down Websites Offering Fake Pay Stubs for Sale

The operators of websites that sold fake pay stubs and other financial documents have agreed to permanently shut down their business as part of separate settlements with the Federal Trade Commission, the regulator announced this week.

Tags: compliance, F&I office, Federal Trade Commission, fraud, pay stubs

September 18, 2018 - Industry News

DealerBuilt Settles With New Jersey Regulators Over Data Breach

Photo courtesy of Kromtech Alliance Corp.

Software provider DealerBuilt agreed to implement security protocols to settle an investigation into a data breach that exposed the personal information of customers and employees at more than 100 dealerships nationwide.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, cybersecurity, data security, DealerBuilt, LightYear DMS, New Jersey Attorney General, state regulator

September 17, 2018 - Industry News

Lineup Set for First-Ever Technology Challenge

Organizers of the upcoming Industry Summit have announced the 10 companies that will compete in the inaugural Technology Challenge on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

September 13, 2018 - Industry News

J.D. Power: In-Vehicle Tech Shows Improved Adoption, Reliability

In-car multimedia technology still vexes vehicle owners, but some automakers are showing strong improvement, according to a new study from J.D. Power.

September 12, 2018 - Industry News

GAP Experts to Discuss Mounting Losses at PALS 2018

Actuaries Lee Bowron and Ben Woods will present ‘Rising GAP Losses: 2018 Update’ at the upcoming P&A Leadership Summit.

September 12, 2018 - Industry News

Are We There Yet? Pryor to Go Digital at Industry Summit, PALS

Safe-Guard Products’ David Pryor will present ‘Digital Retail: Are We There Yet?’ to a combined crowd of Industry Summit and P&A Leadership Summit attendees in Orlando next month.

September 12, 2018 - Industry News

Carolina Dealers Face Florence Losses

Cox Automotive’s Jonathan Smoke weighed the automotive impact of the impending landfall of Hurricane Florence compared with losses suffered in Texas and Florida last year.

September 10, 2018 - Industry News

Dealer Poll: Tariffs Are Bad for Business

A recent Cox Automotive poll finds a majority of franchised U.S. auto dealers believe new tariffs on imported vehicles would negatively affect their businesses and lead to higher prices for all new vehicles.

September 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ganther to Tackle MLA, CFPB, Employee Privacy at Compliance Summit

Attorney, dealer compliance expert, and Compliance Summit regular Jim Ganther will take on such pressing topics as the Military Lending Act revision, compliance in the post-CFPB era, and employee privacy in a workshop session at the upcoming event.

September 6, 2018 - Industry News

Pa. Dealer Agrees to Pay $2.1 Million to End Prosecution Into Bank Fraud

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Hallman Chevrolet falsified loan documents as well as costume jewelry brought in by customers as collateral for purported down payments over a six-year period beginning in 2009. The dealer, David Hallman, accepted responsibility for the scheme and agreed to pay a $1.4 million fine and more than $737,000 in restitution to end federal prosecution.

Tags: bank fraud, compliance, down payment, Hallman Chevrolet, U.S. Attorney's Office

September 6, 2018 - Industry News

Two NY Dealers to Cease ‘Bogus’ Etch Sales

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced that new-car dealerships in the Bronx and Westchester have agreed to end ‘fraudulent, deceptive, and illegal’ sales of a ‘bogus’ anti-theft product and offer restitution to at least 1,100 car buyers.

September 5, 2018 - Industry News

AG Coalition: CFPB Has 'No Authority to Overrule' High Court’s ECOA Interpretation

A coalition of 14 attorneys general warned CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney against taking any action to reinterpret ECOA as not providing for disparate impact liability — signaling that the fight over dealer participation might not be over.

Tags: attorneys general, auto finance, CFPB, compliance

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