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FTC Approves Consent Order in Texas Dealer’s Deceptive Advertising Case

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Swapalease: Q2 Dominated by SUVs, CUVs, Sports Cars

CINCINNATI — Swapalease.com released its quarterly lease trends report for the second quarter of 2017. The report shows that only three brands increased in search traffic from the first quarter. Infiniti, Ram and Chrysler saw a rise in search traffic by 10%, 5% and 3%, respectively. Among domestic brands, GMC saw the largest decrease in ... Read More »

Fed Reserve, CFPB Leave TILA, CLA Dollar Thresholds the Same for 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The dollar thresholds in the Truth in Lending Act (TILA)’s Reg. Z and the Consumer Leasing Act (CLA)’s Reg. M for exempt consumer credit transaction will remain at $54,600 for 2017, the Federal Reserve Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced on Nov. 23. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer ... Read More »

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Dealertrack: Millennial Stereotypes Aren’t Entirely True

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — The perception that millennials — consumers ages 18-34 — are content with a carless, ride-hailing life may not be true after all, at least according to new data from Dealertrack. In 2015, a record-setting sales year, millennials accounted for 34.6% of all auto loans originated through the Dealertrack platform, according to the ... Read More »

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Payment Gap Between New and Used Hits All-Time High in Q2, Experian Reports

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Experian Automotive reported today that the gap between the average monthly payments for new and used vehicles during the second quarter reached a record $122 — the largest margin since Experian began publicly reporting auto finance data in 2008. According to the firm, the average monthly payment for a new vehicle was ... Read More »

GM Financial Triples Share of GM Leases

SAN FRANCISCO AND FORTWORTH, Texas — Ally’s reaction to General Motors internalizing its leasing program came up at the end of GM Financial’s fourth quarter 2014 earnings call. Daniel Berce, the captive’s president and CEO, said the decision shouldn’t have surprised executives with GM’s former captive finance arm. “That’s about increasing customer loyalty,” Berce said ... Read More »

Ally ‘Highly Confident’ About Overcoming Boot From GM Leasing Program

DETROIT — Just days before it named Jeffrey Brown as its new CEO, Ally Financial’s then-CEO Michael Carpenter expressed surprise at a move by General Motors to put 100% of its U.S. Buick, Cadillac and GMC lease incentives in the hands of its captive, GM Financial. “While we were not surprised by the idea of ... Read More »