UK car loan investigation may impact banks; report warns.

February 26, 2024
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  • The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is investigating commissions on car loans in the UK, which could have negative implications for the banking sector.
  • Lenders like Lloyds are setting aside large sums of money for possible compensation related to the review.

England’s financial watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is conducting a probe into the way lenders financed car loans in the UK. This investigation has raised concerns about the banking sector, with banks like Lloyds already setting aside significant funds for potential compensation. The FCA banned discretionary commission arrangements in 2021, saving consumers money but leading to complaints and further actions by the regulator. This, combined with rising interest rates and declining used car prices, could spell trouble for banks, particularly those serving less affluent customers. Additionally, the auto financing ecosystem in the US is also facing challenges, with a growing number of consumers experiencing stress due to auto loans going into serious delinquencies. F&I Sentinel CEO Stephen McDaniel highlighted the compliance risks faced by auto finance companies in the current environment. The situation underscores the need for lenders to navigate complex and evolving compliance rules to mitigate risks and protect consumers.

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