Election Analysis: AFSA Examines the Midterm Results

The 2016 midterm elections are history and we now know that the House of Representatives will shift control to the Democrats, while the Senate will have a strengthened Republican majority. Of particular interest to AFSA members, Tuesday’s winners include the former chief of staff of the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, a mortgage […]

Buckling Up for the Evolution of Car Ownership

The digital revolution has triggered a number of major changes for the auto industry over the course of the past two decades.  We are now seeing cars at the center of a new wave of technology — autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, machine learning, miniaturized sensors, 3D printing, new fuel sources and engineering, robotic manufacturing processes, and […]

Is Disparate Impact Dead?

Don’t write off disparate impact just yet. Sorry to say it, but that’s where I am on the issue. After the then Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (now Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection) announced in December 2016 that it would be turning its attention from disparate impact claims in auto finance, the auto-world rejoiced. The joy ran the gamut […]

HCA, BMW Financial, Bank of America Win Excellence Awards at Summit

LAS VEGAS — Three companies were recognized for achievement in the auto finance sector during the Auto Finance Excellence Awards ceremony presented Thursday at the 2018 Auto Finance Summit. The annual celebration honors achievement by companies in the automotive lending and leasing industry. Hyundai Capital America was presented an Excellence Award for its dramatic transformation […]

SunTrust’s First Female National Credit Manager Gives Three Key Lessons on Success

Renee Franck, SunTrust Dealer Finance’s national credit manager, shared with a large crowd of female professionals attending the inaugural Women in Auto Finance Luncheon on Tuesday the key lessons she learned in a career that spanned more than three decades. A lot has changed in that time. “When you went to meetings back then, you […]

HyreCar CEO Talks Going Public, Seeks Partnership With Rideshare Giant Lyft

Newly public startup HyreCar is looking to capitalize on the eightfold growth of the ride-hailing industry, which Goldman Sachs pegs at $285 billion by 2030. Since its inception in 2014, HyreCar has focused on “filling a clear gap” in the ridesharing industry, Chief Executive Joe Furnari told Auto Finance News. As a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace, […]

The Story Behind NMAC’s $40M Auto Financing Settlement

Auto finance is risky. It can also be very bizarre. The recent lawsuit between Nissan Motors Acceptance Corporation and a group of New York-based Nissan and Infinity dealers is an example. In this unfortunate situation, it took just 10 months for NMAC to find itself a whopping $30 million deep with a new client before calling out […]

Military Lending Act Continues to Plague Auto Finance Industry

Since the Department of Defense released its amended interpretive rule in December 2017, the Military Lending Act (MLA) has been a source of much confusion and consternation for the auto finance industry. Before that time, most of the industry operated under the understanding that the MLA’s exclusion from coverage for consumer credit transactions “expressly intended […]
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