U.S.-China Tariffs, Credit Availability Threaten New-Car Market

Trade disputes and a tightening credit cycle pose risks for U.S. financial institutions, S&P Global Ratings noted in a report released earlier this month. “The hallmark of the auto finance industry is its access to credit and keeping the needle moving,” Jeremy Acevedo, manager of industry analysis at Edmunds, told Auto Finance News. “If [credit […]

Used-Car Values: How Lenders Manage Unexpected Appreciation

Roughly two years ago, the automotive market and the economy were heading for a peak year where lenders were aggressive, competition was stiff, and the economic environment was gaining strength. Since then, lenders have taken their foot off the gas, the economy has stabilized, and lenders have operated business as usual — while used-car values […]

CFPB to Consider Future Rule on Disparate Impact

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering future rulemaking regarding its disparate impact doctrine, according to the Fall 2018 rulemaking agenda updated today. The agenda notes the bureau is reexamining the requirements of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act concerning disparate impact in light of Supreme Court and congressional disapproval of the guidance. “The [CFPB] thinking about a rulemaking shows […]

Looming Tariff Threat to Lessen New-Vehicle Sales, ABS Volume

MIAMI — Auto ABS is experiencing strong performance this year, but President Donald Trump’s trade war and tariff threat on imported auto parts are expected to prompt a downturn in securitization volume, Jamie Feehely, managing director of securitization at National Bank, said during ABS East last month. “There are no securitizations done that are 100% […]

Record High Price Trend in Used-Vehicle Market Set to Cool This Fall

The wholesale market saw an unusual uptick in the price of vehicles this past quarter. Manheim documented an abnormal appreciation trend starting in June and running through September. Wholesale used-vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased 0.14% month-over-month in September, according to Manheim. This represents a record high and brought the […]