Finance and Insurance

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why a squeeze is coming to auto dealers

10:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Take note: there is a squeeze coming to an auto dealer near you. Two important factors to new automotive sales -- low interest rates and relatively high values for used automobiles – are forecast to move in unwelcome directions.... Read More »

 

GM Financial says Justice Dept. seeks subprime loan records

11:36 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
GM's lending unit said the Department of Justice subpoenaed documents related to its subprime lending practices.... Read More »

 

Lenders listen to satisfy dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
As auto lenders seek to do a better job of serving dealers, there's no single solution, said Mark Kaczynski, CEO of captive finance company Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., which serves the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction Study, which was released last week, NMAC continued a pattern of steady improvement from prior years' results.... Read More »

 

Volume hot, profits not, for GM Financial, Ford Credit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
North American auto loan and lease originations combined rose in the second quarter from the year-earlier period for both Ford Motor Co.'s and General Motors' captive finance companies.... Read More »

 

Dahlheim named CEO of VW Credit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
VW Credit named CFO Christian Dahlheim CEO of the captive finance company today, succeeding Andrew Stuart, who left the company to become CEO of U.S. operations for TD Auto Finance.... Read More »

 

BMW Group tops dealer finance satisfaction survey

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
BMW Group Financial Services dominated nearly every category of J.D. Power's 2014 U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction Study released this week.... Read More »

 

Group 1 leads peers in F&I revenue per vehicle; Penske trails again

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Group 1 Automotive's 120 U.S. dealerships had the highest average F&I revenue per vehicle retailed in the second quarter among the six publicly traded new-car groups. It was the fourth quarter in a row that Group 1 posted higher results than its peers.... Read More »

 

Near-record auto lending drives Ally Q2 profit higher

10:53 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Ally Financial originated near-record auto lending volume and added more than 900 dealerships in the United States since a year ago to produce a comeback in net income in the second quarter. Ally today said it posted net income of $323 million for the second quarter compared with a net loss of $927 million during the same quarter last year.... Read More »

 

Outstanding U.S. auto loans hit all-time high, Equifax says

1:58 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Total outstanding auto loans in the United States hit an all-time high of $902 billion this spring, an increase of more than 10 percent from the same time a year earlier, according to the latest Equifax National Consumer Credit Trends Report.... Read More »

 

F&I revenue growth slows in Q2 for some major dealership groups

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Of the four publicly traded new-car dealership groups that have reported second-quarter results, only one has posted a higher rate of growth in F&I revenue per vehicle retailed than it did a year ago. Lithia Motors today reported average F&I revenue per vehicle of $1,206, up 9.4 percent from the 2013 period. Last year at this time, its per-vehicle F&I revenue rose 4.4 percent from the year-earlier period.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times story on subprime offers feds ammunition

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
A withering account of subprime auto lending in Sunday's New York Times reinforces bad stereotypes about used-car dealers, smears subprime lenders and their investors, takes out of context an increase in delinquencies and loan losses from record lows, and provides ammunition to auto finance industry critics in Washington.... Read More »

 

Some worry about F&I product regs, but not Jackson

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson says that unlike some in the retail industry, he's not worried the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could have plans to impose stricter monitoring of financing for F&I products.... Read More »

 

Capital One, Huntington target more prime loans

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Capital One continues to push aggressively in auto loans while other big banks, such as Chase and Wells Fargo, have slowed auto loan growth amid accelerating competition, especially in prime-risk lending. Regional powerhouse Huntington Bank, based in Columbus, Ohio, is also pursuing much bigger volumes in prime auto loans... Read More »

 

Credit union backs off ads blasting dealer reserve

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
A Florida credit union has backed off from an advertising and social medial campaign called “Expose the Truth,” which described dealer reserve as an unfair trade practice most consumers don’t know about.... Read More »

 

Credit union scraps ad campaign slamming rate markup

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
A Florida credit union is canceling an advertising and social media campaign that hit at a retail industry sore spot -- dealer reserve. The “Expose the Truth” campaign was scheduled to run through August and described dealer reserve as an unfair trade practice most consumers don't know about.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Credit union ads highlight misperceptions of dealer reserve

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
A Florida credit union's ad campaign beating up dealers and auto lenders for “rate markups” is hard to look at, but dealers and lenders should check it out to see what they're up against in terms of public perception and in case the approach catches on in other states.... Read More »

 

Chase, Wells Fargo ease auto loan growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Two of the biggest banks in auto lending are growing their loan business but at a slower pace. Chase Auto Finance and Wells Fargo Dealer Services both reported a slower rate of growth in auto loans and leases so far this year versus the clip they were on at the end of 2013.... Read More »

 

Q&A

CFPB scrutiny could force fixed F&I prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is sending signals it may be interested in scrutinizing the value of F&I products purchased by consumers, relative to the cost of the products for dealers, according to David Bafumo, president of FNI Inc. in Cary, N.C., a firm that consults with auto lenders and dealerships.... Read More »

 

Sales staff gets more responsibility, higher pay

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Sonic Automotive began preparing its staff for the transition to its One Sonic-One Experience initiative years ago when it launched its playbooks, or guides for how to sell used cars, new cars, finance and insurance products and so on.... Read More »

 

Shoppers wary of dealer loans

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Although most car buyers finance their vehicles through dealerships, the vast majority don't plan to do so while in the online-research phase of shopping.... Read More »

 

Dealer: Customers judge a service contract by its cover

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
For auto retailers, having factory-backed finance and insurance products to sell sometimes makes all the difference.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Why buy-here, pay-here is losing some turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
More consumers are passing up offers from buy-here, pay-here stores in favor of cheap financing by some franchised new-car dealerships, one giant used-car retailer says.... Read More »

 

Chrysler Group's lease rate rises; Dodge Double-Up builds traffic

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
Chrysler Group's lease penetration rose sharply in June, the company said, as the innovative Dodge Double-Up short-term lease program passed its halfway point.... Read More »

 

Dealers are responding well to flat fees, BMO Harris says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
BMO Harris Bank in Chicago says its ties with dealers haven’t suffered since it switched from dealer reserve to a flat fee to compensate dealerships for arranging auto loans.... Read More »

 

Roaring Westlake on prowl for its next lion

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
Now that Don Hankey has turned 70, after more than 40 years of building Westlake Financial Services out of the used-car department of his family's struggling Ford dealership, he is turning his attention to recruiting a successor.... Read More »

 

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