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Auto Finance Receivables

Auto loans are the most common secured debt in the U.S. If a debtor defaults on an auto loan, the creditor can typically repossess the asset – the car – securing the loan. But if the asset is in a state of disrepair or otherwise diminished in value, the creditor cannot recoup the total balance owed by selling the car. So a deficiency balance is due from the debtor, with the balance becoming a receivable on the creditor’s books.


FTC’s Recent Enforcement Action Sets New Debt Collection Standards

Buried in the FTC’s announced settlement with an auto lender last week over debt collection practices was a seemingly new set of standards for debt collectors. The directives addressing FCRA and debt collection compliance suggest regulators are toughening certain standards and, in some cases, creating entirely new standards for certain debt collection activities.