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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  • CFPB Continues Crackdown on Auto Lending Industry 
    American Banker  05 Nov 2013
    Several auto lenders being probed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for potential fair lending violations are being referred to the Department of Justice, sources say. Sources said at least three lenders, which have not been publicly identified, have been notified by the CFPB about the referral.
  • Many Used-Car Loans Are Lemons 
    MarketWatch  04 Nov 2013
    Used-car buyers paid an average of 8.56 percent the second quarter to finance their purchase, compared to 4.46 percent for buyers of new vehicles, according to Experian.
  • Auto Loans Move Into Slow Lane 
    USA Today  29 Oct 2013
    Some financial experts are throwing up a red flag as buyers of new vehicles increasingly spread their payments out over longer periods of time. Data from Experian Automotive indicates that most new-car loans, 41.7 percent, are repaid over a period of 61 to 72 months. But the share of borrowers taking 73 to 84 months to pay for a new auto has jumped by more than 25 percent over the past year to now account for 19.5 percent of the market.
  • Lawmaker Wants FTC Inquiry Into Car 'Yo-Yo Financing' 
    News 92 FM (Houston, TX)  24 Oct 2013
    The mid-November deadline set by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over "yo-yo" auto financing is approaching. The legislator in late October petitioned the agency to launch a new probe into vehicle lending practices that "suggest that some dealers may be engaged in unfair or deceptive trade practices that may be in violation of some of the federal laws within the Commission's jurisdiction."
  • Credit Default Rates Increase Nationally 
    National Mortgage Professional  14 Oct 2013
    According to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, national default rates rose in September. The national composite edged up from 1.34 percent in August to 1.38 percent. Default rates were 1.28 percent for first mortgages, up from 1.23 percent; 0.69 percent for second mortgages, up from 0.57 percent; 1.15 percent for auto loans, up from 1.11 percent; and 3.14 percent for bank cards, up from 3.12 percent.
  • 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.
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