Allied Finance Adjusters’ Response to Santander’s Tilt of the Playing Field for Certification and Continuing Education

Guest Editorial

October 10, 2017 – The year was 2006: the first internet account management software was introduced into the repossession industry. Since that time, the purveyors of different electronic account management systems have been in an all-out economic “war” to corner the market on connecting lenders with repossessors through their own proprietary software systems.

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Credit Acceptance Issued Subpoena over Collections Practices, Again

Credit Acceptance has confirmed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it had received a subpoena from the Mississippi attorney general on August 14, 2017. Credit Acceptance claims that the subpoena is only related to the origination and collection of non-prime vehicle installment contracts in the state of Mississippi.

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Santander Extends CARS Certification Deadline

29 September 2017 – Through a memo circulated last week, it appears as though Santander has extended their deadline for CARS certification to November 1, 2017 from its prior deadline of October 1st. The memo states that a formal notice of this is pending from Santander themselves. Included in the memo is a request to identify agencies who have refused to comply the certification mandate for the purposes of identifying gaps in coverage.

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Getting Back to the Point – The Heart of the Santander CARS Mandate Editorial

EDITORIAL REBUTTAL

Our initial editorial titled “Santander Demands CARS Certification – The Contingent Fee Contradiction” we addressed the issue of Santander/Chrysler demanding that all of their approximate 700 agencies be CARS Certified. Despite our extreme efforts to distance any blame on RISC, CARS or Joe Taylor, Stamatis Ferrolis or Mark Lacek, all of their editorial responses focused solely upon their defense. It seems like either they all miss the point or perhaps they agree with us and just can’t say it?

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Why Santander Chose CARS – Editorial Response from Mark Lacek

EDITORIAL REBUTTAL

I read the recent editorial about Santander/Chrysler and I felt the need to respond from my point of view. One of the questions in the article was why Santander/Chrysler chose the C.A.R.S. National Certification Program for ensuring that the recovery agents they hire are professionally trained. I am going to try to answer that question only.

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Rebuttal to Santander CARS Certification Editorial

EDITORIAL REBUTTAL

I read your editorial regarding Santander/Chrysler and I would like to take this opportunity to respond to parts of it.  I have known Joe Taylor and Stamatis Ferarolis for more years than I can remember and I totally agree with what your editorial said about them so we will leave that where it is.

The two things I want to respond to is contingency and certification and I mean real professional certification.

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Santander Demands CARS Certification – The Contingent Fee Contradiction

Editorial

We’ve been getting a lot of laughs lately, as well as some copies of cancellation letters being sent to lenders and forwarders over their ludicrous demands. If you work for Santander/Chrysler you should have already received their latest demand for CARS Certification. While we strongly support the CARS program created by the respected industry veterans, Joe Taylor and Stamatis Ferrolis and RISC, we find the Santander/Chryslers demands almost laughable considering they demand their agents partake in the obviously dangerous practice of contingent assignments.

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PAR and Santander Named in “Forcible Removal” Lawsuit

Paintsville, KY – 31 May 2017 – Sandra Baldwin, a Johnson County resident, and her lawyer, David Runyon of Kirk Law Firm, have filed a 19-page lawsuit against AA REPO EAST, LLC, of Lexington, Eddie Pinson of Pikeville, allegedly an employee of AA REPO EAST, SANTANDER CONSUMER U.S.A. and PAR, IN. d/b/a PAR NORTH AMERICA for Compensatory and Punitive Damages for what the Complaint, filed in the Johnson Circuit Court, says was a “Wrongful, Physical Taking of Her Vehicle.” 

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Auto Loan Fraud Soars

Up to 1% of car loan applications include deception, firm says

Borrower fraud in U.S. auto loans is surging, and may approach levels seen in mortgages during last decade’s housing bubble, according to a startup firm that helps lenders sniff out bogus borrowers. As many as 1 percent of U.S. car loan applications include some type of material misrepresentation, executives at data analytics firm Point Predictive estimated based on reports from banks, finance companies and others. Lenders’ losses from deception may double this year to $6 billion from 2015, the firm forecast.

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Santander Decides Not to Use GPS

Dallas-based Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc., one of the country’s biggest subprime auto lenders, has decided not to use GPS-tracking and ignition kill switch technology as regulators clamp down on the devices, an executive said.

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