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ON THE WEB: Wholesale Prices Down
Incoming NIADA President Exemplifies Service
Wholesale used vehicle prices were down in May. The Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index reading fell to 124.7 for the month. That still represented a 4.7 percent increase from a year ago.
CPO Sets Record
Certified pre-owned sales were 207,371 in May, according to AutoData Corp. The daily selling rate was the highest ever.
Copart Reports Strong Results for Quarter
Copart, Inc. reported higher revenues for the quarter ended April 30. For the three months ended April 30, 2014, revenue, gross margin and net income were $309.7 million, $132.3 million and $40.9 million, respectively.
Photo Courtesy of Kuehn Auto Sales BUMPER TO BUMPER: Arlan Kuehn, president of Kuehn Auto Sales in South Sioux City, Neb., shows off some classic cars at his buy-here, pay-here dealership. Kuehn takes over this month as the president of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association. By Jeffrey Bellant
Feds Say Car Crashes Cost $871 Billion
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration $871 billion in economic loss and societal harm.
(Arlan Kuehn, owner of Kuehn Auto Sales in South Sioux City, Neb., is the incoming president of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association.) UCN: Tell us a little bit about your background
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and how you got into the car business. Also, tell us about your business today. Kuehn: I’ve been married to my wife, Jean, for 33 years. She worked for Ford Motor Co. for 25 years in the parts and service division. Dave and Dan are my two sons. Dan, my youngest, is in
business with me. He’s my general manager. He does all the financing. I started in the business in 1970 with a General Motors store and then I was with a Ford store. Later, I was a partner in a Lincoln-Mercury dealership. After that, I managed a GM full-line store. Then I just did wholesal-
ing for a few years, going on the road buying and selling cars. I had a three-car trailer. I travelled from Kansas City to Minneapolis every week. I was buying for several Ford and GM dealers. I was doing a lot of wholesaling, working with ADESA and Manheim. Continued on page 8
As Auto Credit Reaches Record High, Industry Looks at Risks By Ted Craig
Auto credit remains strong, but there are some reasons for concern. The total outstanding balance of auto loans was $884 billion in April, a record high and an increase of 10.8 percent from the same time a year ago, according to Equifax. Serious delinquencies, meanwhile, represented less than 1 percent of total outstanding balances, the lowest level in more than five years. “Auto lending continues to lead the recovery,” said Amy Crews Cutts, chief economist at Equifax. “By any
metric you consider, whether new originations, total balances, or low delinquency levels, the auto sector is running on all cylinders.” Some of this growth comes with increased risk, however. One risk is higher monthly payments. Average monthly payments for used vehicles rose to $352 in the first quarter from $348 in the same period a year ago, Experian reports. And consumers are paying those amounts for longer periods of time as loan terms continue stretching out. Continued on page 22
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NABD Welcomes Newest Member into Hall of Fame By Jeffrey Bellant
LAS VEGAS – Oklahoma dealer Julian Codding was inducted into the National Alliance of Buy-Here, PayHere Dealers Hall of Fame last month in a ceremony during the group’s annual conference. Codding, the 2008 Oklahoma Quality Dealer of the Year, owns Reliable Motors and RMAC finance company in Oklahoma City. He also serves on the board of the Oklahoma IADA and is a commissioner of the Oklahoma Used Motor Vehicle and Parts Commission. Ingram Walters, a North Carolina buy-here, pay-here dealer, presented the award to the man whom he called a mentor. Walters called Codding a man who had high expectations of his staff, but who has a generous leadership style. “He lives his life so that his values are apparent,” he said. “This guy’s got what I call an unstoppable attitude. “I can say without contradiction that our industry is better off because of
this man. You’d have to go a long way to find a better human being.” Codding received a standing ovation as he stepped up to the podium. “I’m filled with humility and appreciation,” he said. “I feel like the very smallest tree in a redwood forest.” Codding said he learned that redwood trees cannot survive alone because they hold each other up. In accepting the award, he thanked God and gave loving tribute to his wife, Anne, of 40 years. He also praised his several business partners and colleagues over the years. Codding previously served as the vice-president of Bowker Ford Leasing, vicepresident of EDE Drilling, president and co-owner of Eldorado Motors and COAC, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of the Bob Moore Auto Group, and board member of Enterprise Financial Group. In his speech, Codding advised dealers to join a twenty group and suggested dealers make their choice based on
Photo by Jeffrey Bellant BEST OF THE BEST: Julian Codding (center), is inducted into the NABD Buy-Here, Pay-Here Dealers Hall of Fame. NABD Founder Ken Shilson (left) and dealer Ingram Walters presented the award.
the moderator, not the dealers. It has to be a moderator who knows the business, will challenge the dealer and works harder than the dealer to understand the numbers. He added that dealers should change groups every few years so they can learn from other groups. Codding
said attending the NABD conference is also critical to success. He also talked about his son, Chris, an avid mountain climber, who has reached the peaks of some of the tallest mountains in North America, South America and Central America.
“I asked him, ‘Son, I want you to explain how you climb a mountain.” Codding said his son’s response was great advice for building a business and for life. “He said, ‘you just have to do two things: take one more step – always upward.’”
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NEWS BRIEFS IAA Wins Award
Insurance Auto Auctions Inc. is a winner of the 2014 DRI International Awards of Excellence Program in the category of â€œResponse and Recovery of the Year.â€? The DRI International Awards of Excellence Program honors individuals and corporations who are leaders and innovators within the profession and have achieved excellence in the fields of continuity management, technology recovery (DR), and crisis management. The DRI International Awards of Excellence Program was announced at an awards ceremony held May 20 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta during the DRI2014 Certified Professionals Conference, DRIâ€™s annual conference and exhibition. IAA received the Response and Recovery of the Year Award for achieving the most effective business recovery in the face of adversity over the past year..
TransUnion Adds Black Book Values
TransUnion will begin offering Black Book vehicle values and loanto-value (LTV) models to the auto industry. Combining Black Bookâ€™s vehicle values with TransUnionâ€™s loan balance data to generate the (LTV) models, this retrospective 1 analysis DAA_UCN-GE3Q_4.437x6.125.pdf will allow auto lenders to better formulate decision-making
as OEM maintenance schedules through QuickCharts. FEX SM2 provides additional integration with online vendors for convenient parts ordering and labor time assessment. FEX SM3 solidifies complete integration with multiple nationally recognized guides for step-by-step Finance Express Offers Shop Tool repair instructions and diagnostic Finance Express has intro- information. duced FEX SM â€“ a shop management platform that now affords the Feds Extend Deadline dealer three levels of integration, The Federal Trade Commission based on dealer service department has extended the deadline for the requirements. public to submit comments on proThe base FEX SM integration posed changes to its Fuel Rating Exeter Issues Notes gives the dealerâ€™s service depart- Rule. The deadline to submit comExeter Finance Corp. announced ment access to QuickBooks as well ments will be extended to July 2. that EFCAR, LLC, a special purpose Delaware limited liability company and wholly owned subsidiary of ExPublished By General Media LLC eter, priced $500 million in aggreUSED CAR NEWS (ISSN 1555-7413) is published at gate principal amount Series 201424114 Harper, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080 2 automobile receivable backed Phone: 586-772-5200 or 800-794-0760 Fax: 586-772-9400 notes, which will be issued in four separate tranches. www.usedcarnews.com The class A notes were rated AAA/ AA by DBRS and Standard & Poorâ€™s, Charles M. Thomas respectively, while the remaining Founder (1947-2002) three tranches were rated A, BBB Lynda R. Thomas, Publisher criteria and competitive strategies. Black Bookâ€™s current and historical vehicle values allow collateral values to be evaluated at the time of a loanâ€™s application or at later points in the life cycle. This analysis provides an in-depth look at how LTV ratios move over the life of a loan, helping lenders monitor equity levels and credit quality. Having a better understanding of these variables can help the industry better predict frequency and severity of losses as well as create opportunities for growth.g
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Experts Question Theory By Ted Craig
Ask the regulators at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and they will say the evidence of disparate impact in auto finance is conclusive. Ask other interested parties and the picture becomes less clear. Matthew Long, Tom a partner with Buiteweg Bates White, offered another view during the recent National Automotive Finance Association conference. Bates White provides economic analysis to law firms. Long used data from an unnamed creditor to show how thereâ€™s more to a deal than just the interest rate. Minority groups paid a higher interest rate when financing a vehicle in Longâ€™s analysis. But they also made a lower down payment. In the end, there was little difference in the total cost of a vehicle between ethnic groups. Long said this makes a case that dealers are willing to take less upfront if they can make it up in the
long run. The CFPB wants finance companies to end the practice of dealer participation and replace it with another form of compensation, such as a flat fee. BMO Harris recently moved to this system and received praise from CFPB Director Richard Cordray. Long said such a move might make dealers less likely to take a lower down payment, shutting out consumers the CFPB says it wants to protect. The National Automobile Dealers Association recently published a response to the CFPBâ€™s push for a change in dealer compensation called â€œThe Fallacy of Flats.â€? Ally Financial was the first major creditor to settle claims of disparate impact with the CFPB. Ally paid $80 million, but kept its compensation system of dealer participation. Tom Buiteweg, a partner with Hudson Cook, said Ally seemed motivated to settle by a need to move forward in other areas. The Ally settlement is just the tip of the iceberg, Buiteweg said. He said CFPB staff is â€œadamantâ€? that disparate impact is a viable theory. Continued on next page
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FTC Fines CPS over Collections Consumer Portfolio Services Inc. will pay more than $5.5 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over collections violations. The FTC charges that the company used illegal tactics to service and collect consumers’ loans, including collecting money consumers did not owe, harassing consumers and third parties, and disclosing debts to friends, family, and employers. CPS agreed to refund or adjust 128,000 consumers’ accounts more than $3.5 million to settle charges the company violated the FTC Act. CPS will pay another $2 million in civil penalties to settle FTC charges that the company violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)’s Furnisher Rule. The order settling the charges requires CPS to change its busi-
ness practices to comply with the requirements of the appropriate laws. In addition, the company is required to establish and maintain a comprehensive data integrity program to ensure the accuracy, integrity and completeness of its loan servicing processes, and the data and other information it services, collects or sells. CPS must also provide the FTC with periodic independent assessments of its data integrity program for 10 years. Under the order, the company will begin sending refunds to consumers and adjusting affected account balances within 90 days. The Commission vote to authorize the staff to refer the complaint to the Department of Justice, and to approve the proposed consent decree, was 4-0-1.
Disparate Impact However, it has yet to be tested in court. Two disparate impact cases in the housing area were settled by the federal government before the Supreme Court could hear them. There are many unusual facets to disparate impact cases. One is that the definition proves
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broad. “Everything you use to judge credit-worthiness can have a disparate impact,” Buiteweg said. The other way disparate impact cases differ from traditional class actions is the plaintiffs have to file and then find an injured class.
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Incoming NIADA President – Continued from page 1 They treated me well. That was in the good ole’ days. I just love this business. It gets in your blood. I’ve been in the usedcar business for 16 years. I started out just doing retail. When my son got into the business we started doing buy-here, pay-here. We do a lot of retail, too. I’m past chairman of our local chamber of commerce and I’ve been on the board for about 12 years. I’m on the planning and zoning commission for the city and I’m a parish council president for the Catholic church here in town. I was also elected to the board of governors of Northeast Community College. My wife says I’m a good politician, but I’m really not. UCN: You do business with the area’s Native American tribes. Tell us how that works. Kuehn: We got into it a different way than others. We (partnered) with
two of the area tribes – the Winnebago and the Omaha tribes. They liked the way I did business years before and they placed me on a vendor list. As a vendor, I get checks from all the different entities of the tribes. When I sell a car, I get a down payment from the person buying the car. Then I send a form into the tribe and they O.K. it that he’s going to be on payroll for 24 months, at $150 for every two weeks, for example. So instead of me receiving a check from a single customer, I would get a check that covers (biweekly payments) from 20 customers from that particular tribe. Of course, if they lose their job, then I’m out on my own and have to collect. But you’d be surprised how many I have on payroll. The tribes do it for other businesses, but I’m the only car dealer.
UCN: Your presidency comes at an interesting time. Last year, longtime executive director Mike Linn retired and the Steve Jordan took the reins. What qualities and talents has Jordan brought to the NIADA that help strengthen the organization? Kuehn: I think Steve’s doing a great job already. He’s very innovative and has come up with some great ideas. He still works closely with Mike Linn. I was on the succession planning board (as Linn got ready to step down) when we first hired Steve two years before he took over. Like Mike, Steve’s easy to work with. He’s enthused. He wants to help dealers. He’s made some changes and we have some good employees. It’s worked very well. UCN: The NIADA has
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definitely ramped up its engagement with Washington, D.C. In addition to hiring the lobbying firm Federal Advocates a few years back, the association held a “Day on the Hill” event last year in Washington, D.C. It will hold a similar event this November. Tell us about last year’s event. Kuehn: That was a great meeting in Washington, D.C., Santé Esposito, president of Federal Advocates, and his sons were there. They set up groups of 10 or 12 of us that got to meet with a Senator or Congressman and talk about compliance issues that are on the agenda. We want to work with everybody. We’re not against them. We want to work with them. We just want to make sure we get the scoop so we can all be compliant. If something changes, we want
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Dealer Fails to Pay Sales Tax Justo Rolando Ramirez, owner of J & R Auto Sales Inc., has been arrested on charges that he stole more than $47,000 in sales tax he collected from customers and failed to send to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced. Ramirez surrendered to authorities on May 13 on a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, as well as possible repayment of stolen tax, interest, penalty and
investigative costs. According to Revenue Department investigators, Ramirez collected sales tax from customers at his car lot. However, during the period from December 2008 through November 2009, he failed to send to the state all of the sales taxes that he had collected. Under state law, sales tax is the property of the state at the moment of collection. J & R Auto Sales, which is now closed, was located at 582 NW 54th Street in Miami.
Bank Sees Auto ABS Success
California Republic Bancorp completed a prime automobile loan securitization transaction in which $225 million in notes were sold in an underwritten public offering registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All of the Class A notes received “AAA” credit ratings from two separate nationally recognized statistical rating organizations, Standard & Poor’s and DBRS. The bank will continue to service the underlying receivables on behalf of the trust. For servicing the portfolio, CRB will receive an annual servicing fee of 1 percent. The bank also announced that it
sold all remaining residual interest in the securitized receivables through a cash sale of the underlying ownership certificates of the securitization trust through a private placement transaction uto qualified institutional buyers. Moody’s Investors Service recently upgraded eight securities and affirmed one security issued by California Republic Auto Receivables Trusts. The actions are a result of buildup of credit enhancement relative to remaining losses due to sequential pay structure and nondeclining overcollateralization and reserve account.
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CarMax Report Shows Used Car Shopping Trends CarMax Inc. published its inaugural CarMax Used Car Shopping Report. According to data from more than 130 locations across the country, the Nissan Altima is by far the most frequently test-driven and purchased make and model at the used-car superstore chain. Ford is the best-selling make in the pickup truck and SUV categories. The inaugural report is based on the total number of vehicle sales and test drives recorded by CarMax from March 2013 through February 2014, the company’s fiscal year. According to the 2014 CarMax Used Car Shopping Report, Americans buying a used car have favored the Nissan Altima for the past two years. The 2014 ranking of best-selling cars also included the Toyota Camry, in second place, as well as the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord and Honda Civic. In the pickup truck category, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling used automobile for two years in a row. Another Ford model, the Escape, ranks highest in SUV sales. Ford is a popular manufacturer among both Millennials (ages 18 to 33) and Generation X (ages 34 to 49). Three of the 10 most-purchased used vehicles by Millennials are Ford models, a higher share than
Ford has with any other age group. CarMax also compared the sales and test drive data with its last fiscal year, March 2012 through February 2013, and found one model in particular gained significant ground: from 2013 to 2014, the Ford Edge moved up 25 spots to rank eighth in car sales among Generation X. The Hyundai Sonata also showed gains among younger consumers. The Sonata saw a double-digit increase in the sales rankings for Millennials and Generation X from fiscal years 2013 to 2014. It also broke into the top 10 for overall used-car purchases. Baby Boomers (ages 50 to 68) are more likely than any other age group to buy a foreign car, the 2014 CarMax Used Car Shopping Report shows. Foreign makes represented eight of the top 10 used vehicles sold to Boomers in fiscal year 2014. The most popular foreign makes and models within this category proved to be the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and the Honda Accord. Baby Boomers also favor foreign makes when it comes to test drives. According to CarMax’s data, the five most frequently test-driven vehicles in this age group are the Toyota Camry, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Honda CRV and the Nissan
Altima. The report shows consumers are more likely to take a test drive when they are paying more. Used luxury and fun vehicles (convertibles or sports cars) ranked much higher in total number of test drives compared to the number of vehicles actually being sold. Last year, this was true for the BMW 328, the Infiniti G37 and the Mini Cooper. Among larger vehicles, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 both ranked in the top 10 in terms of test-driven
models, but only in the top 20 or lower in actual purchases. The top three most frequently test-driven vehicles, however, stayed in line with the most-purchased: the Nissan Altima, followed by the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, respectively. Overall, the 2014 CarMax Used Car Shopping Report does not show a clear trend in moving to or away from domestic makes. From fiscal years 2013 to 2014, the ratio of domestic to foreign top-ranked sold cars remained about the same.
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Car-Mart Sees Higher Charge-offs
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The latest results from America’s Car-Mart,Inc. shows the challenges the buy-here, pay-here chain faces in today’s market. Net income for the buy-here, payhere chain came in at $6.3 million for the quarter ended April 30. Revenues were $123 million compared to $126 million for the prior year quarter with same store revenue decrease of 7.1 percent. Retail unit sales saw a decrease to 10,565 from 10,767 for the prior year quarter with 26.9 retail units sold per dealership per month down from 29.4 for prior year quarter. The average retail sales price decreased $178 to $9,785 from the prior year, although they increased $46 from the last quarter. Net charge-offs as a percent of average finance receivables of 8.3 percent, up from 7.1 percent for prior year quarter. “Net charge-offs were higher in the fourth quarter than we have typically seen, and we have tried to take the necessary steps to improve in this most important area of the business. The bottom line is that too many of our customers did not successfully fulfill the requirements of their contracts. Our mission is to earn our customers’ repeat business by providing quality vehicles, affordable payment terms and excel-
lent service. To us success means that our customers have equity in their vehicle quickly and as a result own an asset at the end of the contract term. Unfortunately, in many cases competition does not share this same view of customer success and that market dynamic is certainly pushing up our default rates,” said America’s Car-Mart CEO William H. (“Hank”) Henderson. “The higher charge-off levels led us to be more disciplined with the structures of our 4th quarter deals and we are confident we will see improvement in customer success rates as a result. Holding a stronger line for better deal structures, however, contributed to the top line challenges we experienced as we did forego some sales opportunities to assure better success rates for our customers on these most recent sales. We intend to continue to push for better deal structures but at the same time remain aware of the necessary balance for the sales side of the equation. We remain committed to growing our business the right way by setting our customers up to succeed so that we will be in a position to earn their repeat business in the future.” Provision for credit losses were 25.3 percent of sales vs. 22.6 percent for prior year quarter.
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Recalls Set Record As Cars Grow More Complex It seems a day doesn’t go by without another major automotive recall. Stericycle released the findings of its Q1 2014 Stericycle Recall Index, which focused on the challenges relating to automotive recalls. The Q1 2014 Recall Index analyzed recall data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, comprising cars, child seats, equipment and tires, over the last four years. The data showed that the volume of auto related events remained relatively consistent, with an average of 688 yearly events from 2010 to 2013, or almost two per day. However, the size and scope of auto industry recalls have increased significantly in that same time period. The number of recalled units in 2013 increased by 54 percent from the prior year for a total of 28 million, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. There were 13 million units recalled in the first quarter of 2014 alone, the highest number of NHTSA related recalled units in any quarter over the past three years. “Following the unprecedented amount of public awareness generated by major auto recalls in the first quarter of 2014, we felt the
need to examine the challenges of these recalls in greater detail,” said Stericycle vice president Mike Rozembajgier. “Our Recall Index highlights that, while the number of auto recall events has remained relatively steady over the past few years, unit amounts are soaring drastically. This puts stress on the supply chain to produce replacement parts, taxes auto dealerships and used car networks, and further complicates the consumer notification and communication process.” The Recall Index found that 70 percent of the vehicles affected in the first quarter were produced in the last five years. This suggests that as technology advances become more pervasive, more recalls may occur due to mechanical malfunctions or software-related glitches. “With small manufacturers and suppliers contributing to the majority of first quarter events, it’s clear that no organization is safe and that auto brands are only as strong as their weakest link,” Rozembiger said. In other recall news, Ford Motor Co. is recalling 179,027 model year 2011-2013 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured May 17, 2010, through Feb. 28, 2012.
The affected vehicles may experience an intermittent connection in the electric power steering gear, which can cause a loss of the motor position sensor signal resulting in a shut down of the power steering assist. If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist it will require extra steering effort at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) software, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of motor position sensor signal when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, its steering rack assembly will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by July 25. Ford’s number for this recall is 14S06.
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Telephone Laws Trail Behind Latest Technology By Ted Craig
Technology changes, but the law often does not. A case in point is the Telephone Consumer Protection Act; a 1992 law that impacts collection processes in unexpected ways. Lawyers Bill Denius and Steve Levine presented on this law at the recent National Automotive Finance Association conference. The law was designed to deal with a major source of consumer complaints in the late ‘80s – telemarketers using autodialers to call people’s home phones. Autodial technology has advanced since that time and more people are ditching their home phones in favor of cell phones. So if a collector uses autodialing technology to make calls, is that a violation? And if a consumer provides a cell phone number on a credit application, is that permission to call that number? Not only is the law outdated, but also the Federal Communications Commission and various courts have issued conflicting opinions about it. The question of releasing the number proves crucial.
The FCC says consumers grant prior consent for creditors to call them when they provide phone numbers in any context. Some courts have provided a wide definition of providing the number, including sending a text as part of a promotion. However, Levine said, not all courts agree and some even say providing it on a credit application still requires explicit consent. Levine wrote an exact wording for one finance company he worked for, but dealers use their own credit applications. “The credit application that dealer is using might have been written in the ‘70s,” Levine said. Then there’s the issue of when a consumer can revoke consent. Some courts have ruled it’s enough to say, “Don’t call me at this number.” Another concern is if consent goes with a consumer who changes numbers. This year’s NAF Association member survey found a quarter of all subprime consumers change their cell phone numbers in one year. The question of what is an auto dialer remains unanswered as well. Levine points out that a cell phone today can automatically dial numbers.
Photo by Ted Craig PLAYING TELEPHONE: Attorneys Bill Denius, left, and Steve Levine act out scenarios that might violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Does that make it an autodialer, he asked? One matter that is settled is the question of whether a text is the same as a voice call. The answer is, “Yes.” The cost of non-compliance is
high. The subject of a TCPA lawsuit pays between $500 and $1,500 for each violation, and there is no limit on violations in an individual suit. Levine said some companies have paid millions in fines.
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More Consumers Go Car-less By The Associated Press
The ‘57 Chevy was still a year away when the launch of the interstate highway system kicked U.S. car culture into high gear. But six decades later, changing habits and attitudes suggest America’s romance with the road may be fading. After rising almost continuously since World War II, driving by U.S. households has declined nearly 10 percent since 2004, with a start before the Great Recession suggesting economics is not the only cause. “There’s something more fundamental going on,” says Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The average American household now owns fewer than two cars, returning to the levels of the early 1990s. More teens and 20-somethings are waiting to get a license. Less than 70 percent of 19-year-olds now have one, down from 87 percent two decades ago. “I wonder if they’ve decided that there’s another, better way to be free and to be mobile,” says Cotten Seiler, author of “Republic of Drivers: A Cultural History of Automobility in America.” Those changes – whether it’s car trips replaced by shopping online or
traffic jams that have turned drives into a chore – pose complicated questions and choices. Each day, about 3,500 people bike the Midtown Greenway, a freight rail bed converted to cycle highway in Minneapolis, where two-wheel commuting has doubled since 2000. It’s still a small percentage, but more residents are testing the idea of leaving cars behind. A second light rail line opens in June. Street corners sprout racks of blue-and-green shared bikes. About 45 percent of those who work downtown commute by means other than a car, mostly by express bus. That syncs with figures showing Americans took a record 10.7 billion trips on mass transit last year, up 37 percent since 1995. They include Kimani Beard, 40, who used to drive for a package express company. Now he’s a graphic and apparel designer who walks or bikes to a coffee shop a few days a week, with its Wi-Fi providing an instant office. “I don’t want to drive anywhere,” he says. “I’ve spent my time behind the wheel, but I think I’ve done enough.” Meanwhile, some are rethinking the paradigm of vehicle ownership. Continued on page 20
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Car culture is about an emotional attachment that can be hard to measure. A good place to start is Carlson’s Drive-In in Michigan City, Ind., where a car hop arrives at the window before you turn off the ignition. “It definitely takes you back to an older time,” says Barry Oliver, recalling teen nights driving the strip and stopping here. As recently as the 1990s, Indiana had nearly 60 vintage drive-ins. Today just five or six are left. Drivein movie theaters, which numbered 4,300 nationally in 1957, have dwindled to just 350. Where does that leave car culture? “Gear heads live here,” says Todd Davis, a Lansing, Mich., native visiting the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum from Orlando. Away from Michigan, “it’s not like that.” But Davis’ cousin, Sol Jaffee, isn’t convinced. “Kids will always be interested in cars! I mean, cars are America, don’t you think?” But at Wisconsin’s Oshkosh North High School, enrollment in driver’s education, no longer required for graduation or subsidized by the state, has declined 40 percent. Like other states, Wisconsin eliminated funding for driver’s ed, raising the price of in-school programs.
While most students still look forward to the freedom conferred by a license, a small but self-aware contingent says it can wait. “I’ve never really needed” to drive, says senior Ashwinraj Karthikeyan. “It’s almost like a rite of passage for people to drive, but I know offhand probably about 15 or 20 people who don’t have their license.” In 1939, General Motors captivated World’s Fair crowds with a futuristic vision of technology linking highways and cars. But in 2014, Debby Bezzina will tell you that future is fast approaching. Bezzina, of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor, has just begun to explain the technology inside her 12-seat van when a bend in the road sets off a staccato beep that warns the vehicle to slow down. For nearly two years, 2,800 vehicle owners here have been participating in this federally financed bid to connect vehicles with their surroundings so they can join drivers in decision-making. There are bound to be complications as people turn over some control to their cars, says the institute’s director, Peter Sweatman. But imagine, he says, summoning a driverless car you might not even own, being picked up and dropped off at curbside, and watching it pull away.
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Jimmy Compton has joined Alliance Auto Auction as regional sales and operations manager. He will be leading the business development efforts to help grow Allianceâ€™s corporate and fleet accounts. Compton comes to Alliance with more than 30 years of experience in the auto industry, most recently as director of national accounts at Metro Auto Auction of Phoenix/ Dallas, and previous to that, general manager of Manheim Arena Auto Auction in Bolingbrook, Ill. Compton served as president of the National Auto Auction Association for 2002-03. Compton is a native of Dallas, returning back home from Plainfield, Ill. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, he began his career in Arlington, and has managed auctions in Fort Worth, Kansas City and Chicago
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In addition, Bell will work with Walter E. Zalenski and other partners in the firmâ€™s regulatory and transactional practice. Marshall will also provide legal counsel to clients more broadly on fair lending and bank regulatory issues, as well as matters involving Consumer Financial Protection Bureau examinations and enforcement actions. Before joining Ally, Bell was a financial services regulatory and litigation attorney in private practice where he focused on consumer financial services compliance and litigation matters involving, among other things, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Truth in Lending Act and state consumer protection laws. Bell graduated from the University of Alabama and the University of Michigan Law School.
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Lou Tedeschi, president, A.S.P.I. Motor Cars, Dedham, Mass.: “We’ve been in business 30 years. We’ve got one location. “We keep between 18 and 25 (units) on the lot. “Right now, we’re selling around 20 to 21 units per month. “It’s busier than this time last year. It’s much busier. “But it’s the same old story. Good inventory is hard to find and we’ve got a lot more inventory going through. “We’ve made a lot of changes. Our biggest change was in the area of financing. We brought in a subprime finance company. We don’t do buy-here, pay-here in Massachusetts. “You have to have a banker’s license to do it. So we brought in a bank to handle (subprime financing). That’s probably 80 percent of our business. “Unfortunately, people came upon bad times over the past few years. Regular customers who had ‘A’ credit before don’t have it anymore. So they need a place
to finance their cars which is why we brought the subprime business in. It’s been working out great. “We’ve been able to go from 10 cars a month to 20 cars a month. “Our subprime lender is also a wholesaler, so when he buys inventory, I get first crack at it. So between the two of us, we probably wholesale an additional 20 to 25 units a month, on top of the retail. “Average retail price is right around $10,000. It’s probably a couple thousand dollars higher than this time last year. “It’s creeping up. It’s getting harder to buy the lower priced inventory. The foreign stuff (costs) just crazy money. “Since we carry a lot of trucks – and those are mostly American – I’d say we carry about 60 percent American and 40 percent foreign units. “We carry about 80 percent cars and 20 percent trucks. “Average model year right now is 2007. Average mileage is 80,000 miles. It’s hard
Compiled by Jeffrey Bellant to find that low mileage stuff. “Average recon right now has bumped up to $700 to $800. It used to be about $500. Cars are a lot more complicated now. “We have our own service facility. That’s how I got started in the business. I used to be a tech for Oldsmobile. “We have two buildings, both 3,000 square feet. In one we do mechanical work and the other we do accessorizing. “Our advertising is mostly Internet. We use email marketing with Constant Contact. We use cars.com and eBay and we use free sites. “We work with Michael Jackson of Auto Search Technologies, who’s really good at search engine optimization. . “We do a lot of accessorizing of vehicles, and we’ve even done some seminars on it at SEMA (and other events). It’s a great profit center for dealers. “We recently sold a 2008 F-150 Lariat. It had 80,000 miles on it. It sold for $16,000.”
David McQuerry, president, McQuerry Motor Cars, Inc., Shawnee, Okla.: “My father started the business in 1959. I’m just carrying on the family tradition. “We have one location. We’re (straight) retail. We specialize in late-model, low-mileage vehicles. “We carry about 30 cars (in inventory). We sell about half that many per week. “We’re running about where we were at this time last year. “I buy off-lease and offrental units from auctions. “Mostly, I buy cars from factory sales – Nissan, General Motors, Honda and Hyundai sales. “About half our inventory is cars and half is trucks/ SUVs. But I carry more SUVs than trucks. “I’m more heavily stocked with imports, about 70 percent. “The average mileage is probably 20,000. Right now I’m buying 2013 and 2014 model years. “I think the late-model market is a little off from
what it was a few years ago. “The biggest challenge we face is finding people with good credit. We don’t do any buy-here, pay-her or subprime. “When you can find people with good credit that can qualify for low-interest rate bank financing, being upside down on their trades is not as big of a problem. “Our repeat and referral sales are probably 60 to 65 percent of our business. “Our average retail price is around $20,000. That has been trending up over the last five years. I’ve heard that GM’s average new-car price is up over $35,000. “We don’t have to do a whole lot of reconditioning since the stuff we’re buying doesn’t require a whole lot. Average recon is $200. “For advertising, we do a little newspaper, but mostly Internet. “One recent sale was a 2011 Nissan Altima. It was something we had traded for, but it only had 25,000 miles. We got $14,900. It’s not something we would typically sell.”
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Jerry Barker, general manager, Greensboro Auto Auction, Greensboro, N.C.: “We’ve been in business 28 years. “We run 16 lanes every Wednesday. We also have four other lanes at a different facility across the street. That’s where we run our factory sales. It works out good for us, because we can set up multiple sales and utilize space pretty well. “Our volumes are around 3,000 per week. Some weeks we’ll go down to 2,000 and other weeks we’ll creep up to 3,200 to 3,300. “Fleet volume is up, while dealer consignment is down a little bit. “Overall, we’re probably up 3 or 4 percent. “Dealer consignment (makes up) about 35 percent. Factory sales are probably 15 to 20 percent and the rest is (fleet/lease/repo). Lease volume has picked up. “Sales percentages have been really good. We’ve been up in the mid-60s. “We’ve been pretty fortunate, but I also think we’ve
worked really hard to put ourselves in that position. “Dealers in the lanes range from 700 to 1,000 per week. It depends on the inventory, what the consignors are running. We had a Ford factory sale on June 4, along with Kia Motors, Hyundai and Nissan. So when you throw all of those consignors in there, it draws a variety of those franchise dealers. “Other consignors are Chrysler, Ford, Mitsubishi, General Motors and Subaru. “With simulcast, we have the potential to sell cars from a lot of different states. “With the volume we run here, a dealer may find a particular car he’s looking for and just buy it online (as opposed to coming here). “We’re selling 15 to 20 percent online, if you include the OVE stuff and SmartAuction cars. “We have dedicated telemarketers just for simulcast sales. We’ve got dedicated people for that on sale day so we have consistency. “We’ve worked hard to grow that number. It isn’t by luck.
Compiled by Jeffrey Bellant “We look at average price steadily over the next few every week because it has years.” grown substantially over the OREGON last couple of years. We’ve Brian Hardy, general been touching $16,000 over manager, Cross Point NW, the last few weeks. Portland: “Last year at this time we “In July, we’ll have been were pushing $13,500. I in business for six years. We think some of that had to do definitely started out when with the 2009 and 2010 volthe sky was falling and gas umes being so low, as far as was pushing $5 a gallon. new cars sold then. “We have six lanes and “We do salvage sales at we’re consistently running 8:30 every Wednesday 800 cars a week. morning. We run an average “Volume-wise, we’re of 40. That’s a high percentprobably up 75 units from age sale. this time last year. “Portions of those are go“We’re still growing and ing to recycling yards. “We average about 250 to continuing to increase our 300 post-sale inspections client base. “We just started a guaranevery week. That’s probably teed lane – which is a lane up 25 to 50 on average, per week over last year. I think with 2007s and newer, full a lot of people have become green-light units. “We’ve consistently had dependent on that. 140 to 150 units a week in “We really recommend they do a PSI for online that lane. “Our regular sale is sales for their protection. “Trucks are still holding Wednesday at 10 a.m., but we’ve also been doing a up very strong. “I tell you why I think Monday sale once a month. “We’re actually going to trucks are high. I think the economy has improved, es- start holding that Monday sale every week starting (in pecially in construction. 1 6/3/14 3:21 “I’m anticipating the Carolina_UCN_June16.pdf vol- late June). umes in the lanes to grow “So the Wednesday sale
should have that consistent 800 (units) and the Monday sale should have a consistent 300 cars. The Monday sale will run at 11 a.m. Both sales start with a breakfast (one hour before sale time). “We’re also starting an RV sale on July 17. “Our goal is to start out with 100 RVs, probably 10 boats and motorsport (units). That will be once a month, every month. That will be simulcast. Up until now, we haven’t had simulcast. “Our next step is probably to take our guaranteed lane and make that simulcast. “Our cars are dealer trades and repossessions. Repos make up about 10 percent of our units. “Our sales percentages run 75 to 80 percent. That’s a little bit better than last year. “Our average price is about $6,500. That’s up considerably from this time last year. “Spring fever is over, obviously, so the market is finding its way. PM “But used-car dealers in our area are working hard.”
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Certified Pre-Owned Retail Sales DOMESTIC May ‘14 Ford/Lincoln/Mercury 23,366 Ford / Mercury 21,199 Lincoln 2,167 GM 31,240 Buick 3,229 Chevrolet 22,708 GMC 5,144 Oldsmobile Pontiac 114 Saturn 45 Hummer 0 Cadillac 1,811 Saturn through 2009 Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep 12,854 Chrysler 2,469 Dodge 5,790 Jeep 4,595 Memo: Fiat 45 Memo: Chrysler w. Fiat 12,899 Total Domestics 69,271
May’13 20,708 18,750 1,958 29,278 2,291 22,038 4,323 420 206 (1) 1,624 11,300 2,419 5,157 3,724 31 11,331 62,909
‘14 YTD 109,137 98,871 10,266 156,865 14,404 115,725 25,615 845 276 1 8,516 59,079 11,505 27,321 20,253 173 59,252 333,598
‘13 YTD 89,839 81,140 8,699 140,993 11,346 105,620 20,581 2,288 1,158 5 7,809 50,329 10,704 23,468 16,157 102 50,431 288,975
ASIAN Honda Acura Nissan Infiniti Toyota Lexus Hyundai Kia Mazda Mitsubishi Suzuki Subaru Total Asian
May ‘14 21,718 3,785 12,713 1,973 32,159 7,090 8,250 3,977 3,661 75 4,005 99,406
May’13 22,586 3,934 10,264 990 32,359 6,720 6,696 2,865 3,104 89 3,107 92,714
‘14 YTD 99,698 17,224 56,496 7,775 147,757 31,318 38,528 17,807 17,194 291 18,130 452,218
‘13 YTD 101,153 17,050 47,122 4,619 152,579 30,133 30,649 12,490 14,622 297 13,557 424,271
EUROPEAN Audi Bentley - EST. BMW Fiat Jaguar Land Rover Mercedes-Benz Smart MINI Porsche Volkswagen Maserati Volvo Car Total European
May ‘14 4,162 30 9,177 45 540 1,100 11,863 7 784 994 8,520 36 1,436 38,694
May’13 3,475 30 7,501 31 282 438 8,107 6 631 857 9,069 46 886 31,359
‘14 YTD 18,178 150 39,188 173 2,434 4,850 49,579 46 3,599 4,660 37,913 175 5,473 166,418
‘13 YTD 15,786 150 33,815 102 1,435 2,611 41,198 33 2,516 4,050 41,057 181 4,672 147,606
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PICTURE PERFECT: Patrick Moore of Primeritus Financial Services (left), looks at a vehicle image as Joe Bruening, senior product manager, at Manheim looks on.
Manheim introduced its new Enhanced Vehicle Imaging Suite during the company’s Client Advisory Board Meeting held on May 14 in Napa Valley, Calif. The product not only offers the highest resolution image quality, but also delivers merchandising-type images that support customers’ digital marketing strategies. The improved package offers customers up to 15 vehicle images; ‘heat map’ graphics that help buyers quickly assess vehicle condition and a dedicated photo staff with the goal of ensuring consistent image quality and standards across all Manheim locations. Manheim gave its top customers a firsthand look at how the process works through a live, onsite demo. The product rollout will begin with commercial customers such as Toyota Financial Services, and will be completed for OVE.com and Manheim.com, and at 20 Manheim operating locations in early July. The rollout will expand throughout 2014 as customers sign up and dealer requirements are refined.
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ADESA announced the company has further enhanced its online vehicle-remarketing platform, ADESA.com. Registered dealers will now know the amount of credit available to them through Automotive Finance Corporation as soon as they log in before bidding on any vehicles. This new online offering is available on ADESA DealerBlock, which allows dealers to search, bid and buy inventory any time via buy-now pricing or special bid-now events. While additional floorplan finance companies are available as payment options on ADESA.com, AFC is the only one to instantly display the
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Luckily a friend of ours who kept several â€˜Yorkiesâ€™ was given him for free and Bugsy ended up siring a harem in her possession. Bill for first dog and accouterments: $1,257.27, or thereabouts. At this point, I should own that Iâ€™m probably the only Englishman youâ€™ve ever heard of who has an aversion to dogs. Oscar Wilde once opined that, â€œAn Englishman should have no use for a Frenchman or a dog.â€? As a matter of record, I would pre-
fer the company of a Frenchman to any dog itn creation. I should also admit that no pet holds any sway for me. We had a koi pond at the old house. That was OK â€“ they were outside fish. Iâ€™m allergic to cats, rats, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits and almost any other furry object, my airway closing within seconds of first acquaintance, followed by bulging, watering eyes, whereupon I could be mistaken for a Frankenstein creation. To invite all this unfortunate attendance is really not worth it. Human intercourse qualifies as quite sufficient company for me. Unless, of course the insurance payout upon my demise is starting to appeal! I should assure our readers that Iâ€™ve shown incredible tolerance over the last 23 years over the acquisition and dispersion of seven so-called best friends. After the expensive Bugsy, a â€˜farm-raisedâ€™ black lab arrived with so many diseases, one of which could have transferred to the kids, was returned for a full refund. Total cost: two tanks of gas.
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A â€˜terrier mixâ€™ came next â€“ a pit bull terrier mix, that is. It had contracted parvo, a potentially deadly canine disease, at the pound. It terrorized the neighborsâ€™ kids and we were advised by a lawyer friend to â€˜relocate the dog to someone with acreageâ€™ and a classified ad in the local rag dispatched the dog swiftly to a farmer in Franklin. It had been a $27 pound puppy - $1,109.63 later, after it left three days in â€˜intensive careâ€™ at the vet, it was another expensive venture into the provision of a playmate for the kids. Sophie was a lummox of a golden retriever. A breed thatâ€™s renowned for its intelligence and familial acceptability, she showed no such qualities, even as a puppy. I hate to say it but she was as dumb as two short planks. Moreover,
she had the personality of a dial tone! Our kids thought she needed a friend... so, along came a Jack Russell terrier (or should I say terrorist). She had more spunk than all of our other dogs put together and was viciously protective â€“ her snarl could raise the hair on my neck and question the strength of my sphincter! We had a relationship of mutual avoidance except when I was doing work in the yard, whereupon she would not be further than two feet away. A friendâ€™s son pleaded with us for months to have both the dogs and they eventually went the way of all the rest. There was another, but space precludes further description â€“ same thing. This latest is a shih tzu-poodle mix. I hope it doesnâ€™t do too much of what its name suggests! Iâ€™ll keep you posted.
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