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Trust in Salespeople Top Painpoint for Consumers, DealerSocket Reports

Cutting transaction times was the No. 1 focus for franchised dealers in 2016, but it wasn't the top painpoint for car buyers, according to DealerSocket's 2016 Dealership Action Report.

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Growing Student Debt Expected to Hurt Retailers, Moody's Warns

The largest share of outstanding student loans is held by graduates age 30 to 39, according to the firm. Many of these graduates belong to the millennial generation, which, according to Pew Research, have overtaken Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation.

CU Direct Network Grows Origination Volume 16.4% Through Q2

CU Direct's credit union network was the No. 3 auto loan originator in the first quarter. However, the network posted the highest year-over-year growth in auto originations.

Black Book: Most Used-Vehicle Segments Show 'Slightly Better' Retention in July

The average price of a used vehicle for model years 2011-2015 depreciated 1.5%, slightly less than last month (1.7%) but slightly higher than a year ago (1.4%), according to Black Book.

Wholesale Used-Vehicle Prices Up in June, Manheim Reports

June wholesale used-vehicle prices reached their highest level in four years, rising for the third consecutive month, according to Manheim.

CFPB: 20% of Single-Payment Auto Title Loans End in Repossession

A report form the CFPB found that about 20% of auto title loan borrowers end up having their car or truck seized by the lender for failing to repay their debt. Eighty percent fall into a debt trap, with more than 66% having to take out seven or more consecutive loans to fully repay their debt.

Q1 2016 Delinquency Rates Reach New Highs, TransUnion Reports

High delinquency rates for auto loans and credit cards in the first quarter pushed national average delinquency rates to levels not seen in at least three years, according to TransUnion. Much of the increase can be attributed to the continued slump in oil prices and an increase in loans made to customers with nonprime credit.

Demand for Alternative Fuel Vehicles Dwindling

The percentage of alternative-fuel vehicles in the overall automotive market has dwindled over the last three years, the NADA Used Car Guide said this week. Hybrids continue to make up the majority of the alternative fuel market, but data does show consumers are beginning to shift toward electric vehicles in greater numbers.

Equifax Refutes ‘Subprime Bubble’ in New Report

A new analysis by Equifax economists shows the median consumer credit score increased by 52 points after taking out a subprime auto loan.

Black Book: Vehicle Depreciation to Rise in 2015

Vehicle depreciation is expected to increase in 2015 as a larger used-car supply and off-lease volumes place pressure on retention rates, according to a report from Black Book and Fitch Ratings.