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GM Financial CEO sees big growth ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
It has taken four years, but GM Financial is finally offering a full range of products to General Motors dealers, prompting the captive lender's CEO to predict a "tremendous amount of growth" in 2015. says CEO Dan Berce.... Read More »

 

Delinquency uptick on target, analysts say

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Analysts have been predicting for the past two years or so that auto loan delinquencies would grow, but the numbers are only now starting to catch up with the forecasts. Thirty-day auto loan delinquencies rose year over year in both the second and third quarters of 2014, Experian Automotive data show. The increases were “to be expected due to the growth in subprime loans,” said Melinda Zabritski, Experian’s senior director of automotive credit.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Military ends paycheck deductions for car loans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
The Department of Defense last week made it impossible for service members to use the reliable but old-fashioned military allotment system to make auto loan payments -- a small-scale example of a couple of bad apples in auto lending ruining things for everyone else.... Read More »

 

VW Credit, Lincoln Financial tops in consumer satisfaction; captives sweep financing study

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Website enhancements and a consumer invoice redesign paid off for Volkswagen Credit, which ranked tops among mass-market lenders in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Consumer Financing Satisfaction Study. VW Credit garnered 836 out of 1,000 possible points to best Ford Credit, which came in second, and Honda Financial Services, which took third place.... Read More »

 

More subprime lenders are on the hot seat

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Three regulatory agencies -- two in New York and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington -- have taken distinct actions recently against three different subprime auto lenders.... Read More »

 

U.S. auto loan originations at highest level in 9 years, N.Y. Fed says

6:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Americans took out the most auto loans in nine years during the third quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's quarterly Household Debt and Credit Report.... Read More »

 

ARLENA SAWYERS

Popping the subprime bubble myth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
There is no subprime auto loan bubble, darn it. That message came through loud and clear in session after session during the recent Used Car Week conference sponsored in Las Vegas.... Read More »

 

New study slams CFPB methodology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
The statistical method the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau uses to identify which consumers belong to minority groups correctly identified African-American borrowers only 24 percent of the time.... Read More »

 

AutoNation to add branded F&I products next year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
AutoNation will start selling private-label F&I products in 2015 as part of the rollout of its new digital storefront. The nation’s largest dealership group also is contemplating AutoNation-branded finance and lease contracts and whether to set up its own captive finance company... Read More »

 

Demand for faster deals could speed e-contracting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Dealerships are trying hard to speed sales transactions, and that may give a shot in the arm to electronic signatures and e-contracting for auto loans, experts say.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Free advice for consumers can be worth the price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
There’s a bright spot for dealerships that do a lot of business with automakers’ captive finance companies and preferred lenders, data on the website Wallet Hub show: Car manufacturers (that is, captives) charge the lowest auto loan rates for new cars, at 40 percent below average.... Read More »

 

Online financial transparency trumps lowest price, dealer says

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Customers who apply for vehicle financing on driversselect.com get real information about interest rates, down payments and monthly payments that does not change once they arrive at the Dallas used-only dealership, CEO Steve Hall said.... Read More »

 

Dealertrack bullish on auto sales, financing

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
U.S. auto sales should keep growing for the next several years, providing more support to the recent rise in leasing and auto financing activity, Dealertrack Technologies CEO Mark O'Neil says.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

‘Disparate impact’ opposition sees hope

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Hope remains among opponents of the “disparate impact” theory that the U.S. Supreme Court could ultimately rule against the theory in court, maybe in 2015.... Read More »

 

Merger raises question about finance veteran Landy's next move

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
The newly merged Flagship Credit Acceptance and CarFinance Capital will be led by Flagship CEO Michael Ritter, private-equity firm Perella Weinberg Partners, which oversees both companies, said in unveiling the deal last week. But Ritter's appointment raises a question about what's next for CarFinance Capital CEO Jim Landy.... Read More »

 

Credit unions aim to boost auto loans in 2015

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Credit unions are putting auto loans on the front burner in 2015. Nearly half of credit unions that responded to a recent survey ranked auto loans as their No. 1 growth opportunity in the next 12 months, TransUnion said.... Read More »

 

Bundlers beware: 1-price packaging pitfalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Dealer David Kelleher is such a fan of product bundling, he looks for it in everything he buys.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Looking for a new F&I product? Mull this

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Consider this a free idea -- the kind that hopefully somebody out there takes and develops and uses to make a lot of money.... Read More »

 

Q&A

How some customers cheat themselves

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
When Hennessy Buick-GMC in Georgia signed up this year for an Equifax system that automatically verifies employment and income, Finance Director Blake Bailey thought the system would mostly identify people who had overstated their income.... Read More »

 

Why Santander says it's behind on Chrysler Capital targets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Santander Consumer USA has a long way to go to hit the Chrysler Capital sales penetration targets called for in its contract with Chrysler Group.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

SEC joins pile of regulators probing subprime loan securitization

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
It appears that when it comes to investigating the securitization of subprime auto loans, the bigger the mountain of regulators, the better.... Read More »

 

GM's summer deals stoke Ally volume

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Summer incentive programs at General Motors boosted Ally Financial's volume of subvented new-car loans by $800 million in the third quarter, the lender says.... Read More »

 

How to buy your next car in 31 minutes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
To see if Sonic Automotive's new approach to selling cars really works, Automotive News Staff Reporter Amy Wilson headed to the dealership group's trailblazing Town and Country Toyota store in Charlotte, N.C. Here's how she “bought” a car in 31 minutes.... Read More »

 

Industry fishbowl: Everybody's watching Sonic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The industry is closely watching Sonic Automotive Inc. as it seeks to reinvent auto retailing.... Read More »

 

SEC investigates Ally on subprime loans, securitization

2:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Ally Financial is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange with regard to “subprime automotive finance and related securitization activities.”... Read More »

 

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