Powersports dealers have a myriad of challenges facing them today. Between sky-high interest rates and waning consumer demand, profit margins are beginning to feel the sting of a market that is on the precipice of right-sizing. With this mounting pressure, dealers are rightly concerned about how to maintain their profit margins in the weeks and months ahead. All too often, when the going gets tough, compliance falls to the wayside, and you may be asking yourself, “where is the CFPB anyway?”
The CFPB and FTC have not been making waves like they have in the past, but that does not mean they are not present. In fact, the CFPB has been busy this year bringing lawsuits against auto lenders and servicers. You may think that since these suits don’t affect you or your industry, you don’t need to worry.
If that is you, consider this. According to the National Council on Identity Theft Protection, there is an identity theft case every 22 seconds in the U.S. and 33 percent of all Americans have faced some kind of attempt in their lives, with experts predicting this number could increase significantly this year. So far this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received 5.7 million total fraud and identity theft reports, 1.4 million of which were identity theft cases accounting for $10.2 billion in losses. This is a great example of why policies like the FTC Safeguards rule were put in place. Compliance procedures often serve as critical guard rails that can protect your customer’s data – and your dealership.