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Discounts, Incentives Stabilize New Vehicle Prices in November

Kelley Blue Book reports the average cost to buy a new vehicle was $38,393 last month, a 1% year-over-year increase restrained by frantic efforts to move 2019-MY inventory.

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Pre-Owned Values Down 1.4% in November

Black Book reports retained values for used vehicles decreased sharply last month. If the index holds through December, it will end 2019 on a year-over-year decline of nearly 2%.

Frontier Leads Early Wave of Lease Price Drops

The latest report from Wantalease.com finds several factories already offering lease discounts ahead of the usual year-end rush.

Report: Spike in Wholesale Volume Hurts Pre-Owned Values

Prices for used vehicles declined 4.2% in the first 10 months of 2019 while volume increased 5.2%, J.D. Power analysts say, a trend that has begun to affect the commercial market.

Auto Loan and Lease Activity Slows as Balances Grow

Equifax analysts say U.S. auto loan and lease originations declined 0.6% and 3.9% year-over-year in the first half of 2019, but balances for new vehicle loans were up 2.6%.

Dealertrack F&I Streamlines Lease Contract Workflow

Dealers on the CDK Global DMS can now import lease deals into Digital Contracting on the Dealertrack uniFI platform, part of an upgrade also designed to benefit finance sources.

Auto Loans and Leases Up 1% in Q3

The Federal Reserve reports U.S. car buyers borrowed $159 billion in the third quarter, a modest gain powered by a 6% increase in originations to prime credit customers.

Ford Credit Tops All Finance Sources in Customer Satisfaction

Ford Motor Credit is No. 1 in J.D. Power’s latest rankings of customer satisfaction with auto finance companies. Analysts say the metric is increasingly driven by the digital experience.

Used Trucks Lost More Value Than Sedans in October

Black Book’s latest Used Vehicle Retention Index report shows retained values for light trucks declined at a faster rate than many car segments.

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Maybee Named President of NextGear Capital

Ten-year auto finance veteran Scott Maybee has been named president of NextGear Capital after serving as general manager of Manheim Northstar Minnesota.