We are nearing the end of the first full month with the new Administration and there has been a lot of activity from Washington. Vaccine distribution is rolling out, COVID-19 cases are trending down across much of the country, and Congress has a stimulus package to address. All of these actions bode well for the retail automotive industry, which is eager to ramp up sales.
There have been some notable actions around compliance. Former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) member Rohit Chopra has been nominated to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). During his tenure with the FTC, Chopra was active in pursuing abusive and discriminatory lending practices. Specifically, Chopra has signaled interest in establishing more protections against auto lending abuses, specifically for members of the military, Black and Hispanic consumers. If confirmed, Chopra would replace current CFPB head Kathy Kraninger.
And, while recent efforts on the virus front look positive, consumers have become accustomed to shopping online and this trend is likely to continue. Dealers who have successfully pivoted to a more digital sales model are expected to continue to see success. But an increased focus on compliance from federal, state, and local entities calls for a solid compliance training refresher for dealer sales and F&I staff.