The powersports industry has been on a profitable roll for several quarters with the majority of dealers exceeding sales expectations. Low interest rates and a recovering economy bode well for strong revenue for the remainder of the year.
While revenues look strong, regulatory oversight is also building momentum. New leadership within the CFPB has signaled through their rulemaking agenda that automotive lending practices will garner increased scrutiny. New legislative bodies within state and local governments in many areas have followed suite to respond to discriminatory lending practices and perceived predatory consumer behavior.
Now, you may be thinking that you are insulated. After all, the CFPB has jurisdiction over lenders and Buy Here Pay Here Dealers, not you. It’s important to remember that under the Consumer Protection Act, state attorneys general can levy fines against retail auto and powersports dealers under the Federal Trade Commission. This means that your powersports dealership is just as likely to be hit with large fines as the auto dealership down the street. So, what can you do to protect your business?