Category Archives: Auto Dealer

Protecting the Dealership’s “Front-End” and “Back-End”: What Does that Mean?


By Greg Johnson. Everyone in the retail automobile industry is familiar with the terms “front-end” and “back-end.” They represent two sources of potential revenue (and, hopefully, profit) for auto dealerships: The “front-end” refers to revenue realized on the sale of … Continue reading

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Minnesota Dealership and Lenders Prevail in Fair Credit Reporting Act Litigation


By Greg Johnson. Can an auto dealership be liable for damages when it transmits a customer’s credit application to several financial institutions through an automated on-line credit application system and the financial institutions pulls the customer’s credit report without express … Continue reading

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The CFPB Strikes Again – Class Action Waivers to be Eliminated? Maybe Not.


The Bad News.By Greg Johnson. At a recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau field hearing in Denver, the CFPB revealed a proposal to eliminate the use of class action waivers in consumer finance contracts. Many retail installment sales contracts require arbitration … Continue reading

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Dealership Arranged Leases: Is the Lessor Liable for the Lessee’s Negligent Operation of the Vehicle?


By Greg Johnson. A dealership leases a vehicle to a customer under a 48 month lease agreement. The lease is assigned to Honda Lease Trust, a leasing company, and administered by American Honda Finance Company. If the lessee-customer negligently causes … Continue reading

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Dealership Arranged Financing: The Indirect Auto Lending Process


By Greg Johnson. This article addresses the indirect auto lending process (a/k/a “dealer arranged financing”). While the article relies heavily on cases I have defended for dealerships here in Minnesota, the same process is involved across the nation. In Minnesota, … Continue reading

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Auto Dealer Risk Management: Negotiating Dealer-Lender Agreement Terms


By Greg Johnson. Car sales are booming and lenders are clamoring for indirect financing business.  Now is a great time for dealers to dust off and review their Dealer Agreement (a/k/a lender master financing agreements) with lenders, particularly the warranty, … Continue reading

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Auto Dealers & Regulatory Compliance: If the FTC Comes Knocking


 Dealerships have become subject to increased regulation and enforcement, particularly in the areas of consumer advertising, consumer finance and consumer privacy. I recently posted an article to this blog entitled: Auto Dealer Arranged Financing: 51 Laws a Dealer Must Know. … Continue reading

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