Latest Auto Lending News
Here are the latest news in the world of consumer auto lending. Stay informed on the latest practices affecting the cost of your next car loan and vehicle.
- Car Problems Top National Consumer Complaint List
Cache Valley Daily (UT) 03 Oct 2013
Automobile-related issues were the top consumer complaint for 2012, according to a report by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA). Among the problems cited were towing disputes and false advertising for new and used cars, confirmed CFA director of consumer protection Susan Grant.
- Lenders Warn Dealers About Bias
Automotive News 02 Oct 2013
Auto lenders have been sending letters to dealerships to inform them that many of their practices suggest a pattern of discrimination against minorities, women, or the elderly.
- Automakers’ Lending Practices Probed by U.S. for Bias
Bloomberg Businessweek 20 Sep 2013
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Justice Department are investigating the lending operations of several major auto manufacturers, looking for possible discrimination.
- Regulators Ramping Up Fair Lending Enforcement
Credit Union Times 09 Sep 2013
With the National Credit Union Administration and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) zeroing in on Fair Lending laws and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data collection this year, credit unions can expect to see additional rules and exams in 2014.
- Avoid Auto Loan Modification Scams
Auto Credit Express 31 Aug 2013
Companies that advertise auto-loan modifications are simply peddling another way for consumers to lose money, writes Steve Cypher for Auto Credit Express.
- ABC News Fixer: Watch Out for 'Yo-Yo' Car Deals
ABC News 28 Aug 2013
Many car buyers are subject to "yo-yo" deals in which a consumer with bad credit goes to a dealership, fills out paperwork, and takes possession of a vehicle that same day. Days or weeks later, however, the consumer may hear from the dealer that the financing has fallen through but that he or she can return the car or come back for further negotiations.
- Military Payday Loan Laws Set for Review, Improvements
Military Times 25 Aug 2013
Consumer protections for troops and their families should be broadened to cover not only payday loans but also products such as overdraft checking, installment loans, and rent-to-own contracts, consumer advocates say.
- Could Paying Your Bills on Time Lower Your Car Note? Maybe.
Washington Post 08 Aug 2013
Relaxed credit criteria are giving more Americans a chance to buy a car, but many consumer advocates are worried about some lenders' methods.
- New Forms Take Hold as Defense Against Discrimination Claims
Automotive News 31 Jul 2013
Auto dealership vendors and legal advisers have begun to use "exceptions forms" when dealers charge other than the standard rate for dealer reserve on a vehicle loan. The documents could help the industry protect against accusations of discrimination, given the general scrutiny that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is aiming at auto finance.
- Data Show Car Title Loans Grow in Virginia in 2012
Roanoke Times (VA) 15 Jul 2013
New data show that auto title lenders gave out more than 161,500 loans worth about $180 million last year, up from nearly 128,500 loans worth more than $125 million in 2011. The number of car title lending locations expanded over the same period, reports the State Corporation Commission, to 395 from 378.