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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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JIM HENRY

The story behind that list of dealership slang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
F&I managers -- mostly appalled, but at least partly amused -- recently passed around online a link to a “Car Dealer Dictionary” of dealership slang, including terms that are supposedly in use in F&I departments....
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Q auto's sales strategy: 1 person, 1 price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Casey Coffey said the goal at Q auto -- Asbury Automotive Group Inc.'s new line of used-only dealerships -- is to stock an array of quality used vehicles and make quick, no-hassle sales to consumers. To speed sales, Q auto's strategy calls for product specialists to handle deals from beginning to end....
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GM Financial faces government, state probes over subprime loans, securities

5:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
GM Financial disclosed Thursday it is being investigated by “state attorneys general and other governmental offices” in connection with subprime auto loans and the sale of subprime auto loans in the form of asset-backed securities....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Why loan length doesn’t matter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
There’s another reason not to fret over longer new-car loans: The numbers can be misleading....
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JIM HENRY

Visions of a paper-free auto finance world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
What will auto finance look like in 2020? Chase Auto Finance exec Bill Jensen did some speculating recently at the Auto Finance Summit in Las Vegas....
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JIM HENRY

Subprime is no runaway train

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014
There it goes again, as Ronald Reagan might have said. The New York Times is still hammering a theme that subprime auto loans will endanger the U.S. economy in the way that subprime mortgages helped bring about the Great Recession....
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Sonic to launch captive -- in a few years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Sonic Automotive plans to launch a captive finance arm, but the startup date is at least four years away....
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EDITORIAL

Hard-won upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
As a business, General Motors is arguably better situated and better run than it was back when it lost its investment-grade ratings. GM's bean counters can make a case for getting an extra rung or two on the credit ratings scale....
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U.S. charges 5 former dealer employees with loan fraud conspiracy in Ala.

7:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Five former Serra Nissan employees have been charged in Birmingham, Ala., in connection with an alleged conspiracy to fraudulently increase loan approvals and car sales, the FBI said in a statement....
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JIM HENRY

Lenders must look through consumers' eyes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
In the second of what's shaping up to be a series of attacks on subprime auto finance -- the first was in July -- The New York Times last week made a breathless page one story out of a years-old device: the vehicle starter interrupt....
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JIM HENRY

Auto finance industry still paying for past sins

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulators seem to have a caricature of a plaid, polyester sport coat-wearing car salesman in mind when they talk about auto retailing....
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JIM HENRY

The case for casting a wider net with credit apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Auto lenders complain they hate it when dealership F&I managers send them credit applications outside their preferred range of credit scores....
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JIM HENRY

Regulation forecast calls for rain, former CFPB exec says

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Rick Hackett, a former assistant director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who was the bureau's liaison to the auto finance industry, predicted the bureau would probably unveil a long-awaited rule next week, defining which nonbanks fall under the CFPB's jurisdiction....
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JIM HENRY

F&I wait times have virtual repercussions

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Dealerships know that customer satisfaction suffers if car buyers spend time sitting outside the F&I office. But there’s another reason why dealerships should slash F&I wait times: Most customers who use their mobile devices at dealerships use them to shop for other vehicles and better deals elsewhere....
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JIM HENRY

New rules for asset-backed securities could impact subprime lenders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
The Securities and Exchange Commission last week laid out new rules for asset-backed securities, the financial practice in which lenders bundle loans and sell them off to investors to raise money to fund new loans....
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JIM HENRY

Is CFPB guilty of spin?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Remarks delivered by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and language used in a bureau statement last week were a lot harsher than the dry legalese of the consent order signed this month by the CFPB and First Investors Financial Services Group....
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The incentives debate: Who's being 'stupid'?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Some big rivals dismiss American Honda sales boss John Mendel's grim warning that extended loan terms and other strategies being employed by competitors hurt resale values, customer loyalty and ultimately profits. So who's right?...
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