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JIM HENRY

Inquiry into alleged CFPB bias picks up steam

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
The issue of whether, ironically, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allegedly discriminates against its own employees has got legs.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Misleading sales ads hurt F&I

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
State and federal regulators have cracked down this year on misleading dealership advertising. In just about every case, their complaint was that the advertising failed to adequately disclose financial terms or hidden costs.... Read More »

 

New-vehicle sales driven by off-lease volume, Manheim analyst says

7:42 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
New-vehicle sales increases are being supported by consumers returning to the market as their vehicle leases expire, not just pent-up demand from the recession years, said Tom Webb, chief economist at Manheim.... Read More »

 

Longtime J.D. Power exec Tucker named CEO of DealerRater.com

9:00 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Online car dealer review site DealerRater has named Gary Tucker as the company's first CEO, taking on the role split between founder Chip Grueter and Vice President Jamie Oldershaw since 2002.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Off-lease surge should spark even more leasing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Scheduled lease terminations are expected to grow again in 2014, providing a strong tailwind for additional leases this year and higher customer loyalty.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Ally takes step toward 'free at last' with IPO

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
It's been a long time coming, but Ally Financial finally filed for its initial public stock offering today -- another step in a long process toward becoming a truly independent company.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

CFPB, FTC Web sites differ in tone

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
While the Federal Trade commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau share a commitment to ensure consumers get a fair shake on auto finance, they gather and impart consumer information differently.... Read More »

 

Just 144 monthly payments and the car's yours

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Car loan terms are getting longer. But 12 years?... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

House committee presses CFPB for answers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ignored a congressional deadline to specify how it determines discrimination in auto lending.... Read More »

 

Off F&I menus, LoJack sales perk up

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
A couple of years ago, LoJack Corp. was starting to look like an afterthought. Then company CEO Randy Ortiz had an insight: Get LoJack out of the F&I department -- where it often got lost on menus listing a dozen or so products -- and into the showroom.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Consumer site wants buyers to pay less for vehicles

10:30 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2014
The consumer advice Web site Interest.com offers prudent financial guidance to keep car buyers out of debt so they can spend more on other priorities. Lucky for the auto industry, few people seem to be taking that advice.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Why the F&I office still matters

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
A recent McKinsey study says one of the main reasons consumers still come to a brick-and-mortar dealership instead of buying cars online is to get questions answered about finance and insurance that can't be addressed, or can't be answered “conclusively,” online.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

The disconnect lingers between auto finance and the CFPB

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014
The auto finance industry and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have a fundamental disconnect. The auto finance industry sees itself as unique while the CFPB sees it as just one more consumer finance sector, essentially not that different from mortgages, credit cards or student loans.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Auto loans just keep growing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2014
Auto loans had another double-digit growth spurt in the fourth quarter, Experian Automotive reports.
Total auto loan balances outstanding reached $798.5 billion in the quarter, an increase of 11 percent from the 2012 period and the highest total since Experian started publishing its numbers in 2007. The third-quarter total of $782.9 billion had also been a high, up 15 percent from the same 2012 period.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

No need to panic as big banks pare dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2014
Recent news that Chase Auto Finance and TD Auto Finance are looking to trim their dealership networks brought swift reactions of “Here we go again” from some members of the dealership F&I community.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Long loans are a necessary evil, dealers say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2014
Everyone agrees that superlong loan terms are bad for the industry, but it seems no one wants to give them up firs... Read More »

 

Ally, CFPB poles apart on discrimination breadth, evidence

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Ally Financial and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are miles apart on core issues, such as how to measure discrimination and how widespread it is, says Ally CEO Michael Carpenter.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Just the facts: Dealers, CFPB must share data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Show me yours, and I'll show you mine. That's part of the impasse between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and auto dealers.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

The flat fee misconnect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and dealers are talking past each other about flat fees. The CFPB keeps going out of its way to tell auto lenders and dealers that the CFPB isn't insisting on flat fees.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Biggest F&I buzzword at NADA? Compliance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
It looks like compliance will be the No. 1 topic at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans this weekend, judging from the many F&I workshops, trade show displays, and all manner of sales pitches scheduled to take place.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

For Ally, a sting but no big bite

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
Ally Financial’s $98 million consent order with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and U.S. Justice Department in December had to sting. But the payment is likely to amount to less than three months’ worth of the company’s 2013 earnings.... Read More »

 

FTC steps up hunt for dealers' deceptive ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Expect more scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission of auto dealerships' advertising after nine stores agreed to settle charges of deceptive ad practices. "We have many other investigations in the pipeline," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Think the CFPB’s tough? It’s not the only one

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
Dealers ought to take a look at a proposal from a consumer advocate group in California that would prohibit “dealer markup.”... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Ally, more independent, can better focus on dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2013
It's time to stop thinking of Ally Financial as GM's captive finance company and get used to the fact that it's an independent bank.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

F&I and the female work force, what an attraction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2013
Of all dealership departments, the F&I office has the highest percentage of women in key positions. About 19 percent of all F&I managers are women, says Ted Kraybill, president of DeltaTrends, a Largo, Fla.-based research and consulting firm focused on hiring and retention in the auto industry.... Read More »

 

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