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.

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  • Ally Holds Firm Against CFPB's Auto Lending Push 
    American Banker 10 Feb 2014
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Justice Department are clashing with lenders and dealerships over efforts to change the way auto loans get priced at U.S. car dealers.
  • Minorities Slapped with Higher Auto Rates: Report 
    Credit Union Times 27 Jan 2014
    Latino and African-American car buyers still receive higher interest rates on loans financed through dealers, according to a new report, "Non-Negotiable: Negotiation Doesn’t Help African ...
  • Subprime Loans Boost Car Sales 21 Jan 2014
    Home and auto sales historically have moved higher or lower in tandem, but lately auto sales have been rising at a much faster clip than real estate sales.
  • Charlotte Car Dealership Accused of Predatory Lending Practices Against Blacks 
    Associated Press 13 Jan 2014
    The federal Department of Justice, along with state prosecutors in North Carolina, has filed suit against a pair of "buy here pay here" auto dealerships that are charged with preying on African ...
  • Subprime Auto Market Heats Up, Loan Standards Weaken 
    American Banker 13 Jan 2014
    A new report from Moody's on the auto finance sector indicates that lenders are loosening their underwriting criteria as demand for vehicles grows. In particular, they are approving more poor-credit borrowers, with the volume of subprime auto loans climbing 9 percent at credit unions and 1 percent at banks during the third quarter.
  • FTC Cracks Down on Deceptive Auto Dealer Ads 
    USA Today 09 Jan 2014
    Nine U.S. auto dealers with operations in six states have agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as part of the agency's campaign against shady dealer advertising. The dealers allegedly made misrepresentations such as deceptive low-payment deals; and some advertised zero-down finance deals that, in fact, carried sizable fees.
  • Ally Pays $98M to Settle Car Loan Bias Charge 
    USA Today 20 Dec 2013
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice on Dec. 20 ordered Ally Financial and Ally Bank to pay $80 million to borrowers and $18 million in penalties in the largest auto loan discrimination settlement in history. More than 235,000 African-American, Hispanic, and other minority car loan borrowers allegedly received unfair interest rates through Ally Financial, according to federal regulators.
  • Auto Loan Balances -- and Delinquencies -- to Rise in 2014: Report 
    U.S. Banker 13 Dec 2013
    TransUnion released a forecast on Monday concluding that 2014 will be a mixed bag for automobile lenders, with both delinquency rates and loan balances expected to rise. The auto loan delinquency rate has been steadily increasing since hitting a post-crisis low in mid-2012, and TransUnion expects the slow climb to continue next year. The credit bureau projects the rate of borrowers 60 or more days past due to rise to 1.19 percent by the end of 2014, from an estimated 1.10 percent at the end of this year.
  • Dealer Fees for Arranging Car Loans Are Drawing Scrutiny From U.S. 
    New York Times DealBook Blog  22 Nov 2013
    For the 80 percent of consumers who need financing when purchasing a car, many U.S. dealers arrange loans via third-party lenders. Dealers decide how much they want to charge for that service and add the fee to the lender’s interest rate. Because dealerships do not have to disclose how much of the interest rate goes to them, many consumer advocates and regulators have raised concerns about discriminatory lending against minorities.
  • Scrutiny Over Disparity in Loan Fees at Auto Dealerships 
    New York Times  22 Nov 2013
    Auto dealerships often arrange loans for car buyers through third-party lenders, deciding how much they want to charge for that service and tack their fee onto the lender's interest rate. The National Automobile Dealers Association says franchise dealers typically do not charge more than 1 percent interest on average, but some consumer groups say that average fees range from 2 percent to 2.5 percent, depending on the terms.
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