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Internet Car Title Loans: a Tribe

Alleged Facts

20. Ms. Bynon is the owner of a 2008 Ford F150 Lariat Supercrew worth over $20,000. Exhibit P-7.

21. The vehicle was titled, registered, and licensed in Pennsylvania.

22. Ms. Bynon keeps the vehicle at her personal residence in Pennsylvania.

23. In 2013, Sovereign operated a web site under the fictitious name Title Loan America, from which it made title loans to residents of Pennsylvania at triple digit interest rates. Exhibit P-6.

24. During the month of March, 2013, Sovereign purports to have lent Ms. Bynon $2,500 at or about an annual interest rate of 180%.

25. Ms. Bynon entered into the loan transaction from a her computer at her home within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

26. The car title loan was supposedly memorialized by a written contract, but Sovereign did Continue Reading..


Jer Ayles-Ayler Trihouse on the Road with Payday Loans & More

Sorry everyone! I’ve been “on the road” the past MANY days. It started with the annual CFSA Payday Loan Convention in Hollywood, Florida. Then, I visited clients in Miami, Orlando, Key West (Thanks Steve! That was FUN!), Atlanta, Nashville, Clarksville and finally the 25th Annual Reservation Economic Summit (RES 2011) & American Indian Business Trade Fair in Las Vegas.

Man, The Sovereign Nation payday loan model is HOT! After that Wall Street Journal article, a lot of Tribe’s are wondering, “Why aren’t we doing this?” Looks like more will be…

The Payday Loan Offshore Model is making more and more sense as well. More than few significant players are entering this space.

I’ve got a LOT of comments and insight in AFS (payday loans, check cashing, currency exchange, money transfer, car title loans, tax refunds…) products and services coming so stay tuned!




Hang In There Payday Loan Fans! The Future is Ours!!

Hang In There Payday Loan Fans! The Future is Ours!!

Payday Loan, Car Title Lenders, Check Cashers and all the rest of us in the micro-lending niche will survive. In fact, we’ll thrive.

How can I say this? How can I be so certain?

First, let me share with you the catalyst for this rant.

I got into payday loans, car title lending and check cashing in 1997 when I opened my first store in Mission Viejo, Calif. It was the early days and nobody in my world even knew what a payday loan was. I attended my first National Association of Check Cashers Convention (now called FISCA), networked, attended the workshops and left feeling really upbeat about the future of the payday loan industry and micro-lending in particular.

Everything was going great. Sure, there were always rumblings about regulators in a few states getting their feathers ruffled after prodding by The CRL or some other anti-business, anti-capitalist, anti-financial choice group. But I came to realize we enjoy a huge demand by consumers for our products and services. And we have some really smart and creative people in our industry.

Then October 2003 came along. I was at the FISCA Convention (I think it was at The Broadmoor in Colorado) when the FDIC announced all federally chartered banks involved in payday loan lending would have to increase their reserves to 1:1. Additionally, the FDIC advised that banks should ensure that payday loans are not provided to customers who have had payday loans outstanding from any lender for a total of three months in the previous 12-month period. “FDIC-supervised institutions currently engaged in payday lending are instructed to submit plans detailing how they will address the revised guidance.”

This announcement swept like wild fire through the halls of the convention. Shares of publicly traded payday loan lenders and check cashers plummeted that day. Valuations of brick-n-mortars plunged! “There would be no financing available in the future for our industry.” Stephens Investment Bank dutifully reported M & A action in our market segment was “dead” for the foreseeable future. Fully a third or more of the convention attendees freaked out. It was they said, “The end of our industry.”

Many operators bailed. They sold out; some at fire sale prices. (I know that many of these sellers eventually came back to our industry. They couldn’t stay away :o)

And then a funny thing happened; our industry survived. Store revenues increased. Transaction volume increased. The Internet began to play a role. CFSA was formed and eventually the OLA .

I don’t know the date you’re reading this. It doesn’t even matter. Just be aware that the regulatory and legislative issues discussed here are a universal theme, so keep reading. You’ll be glad you did! It’s very optimistic!!

Now don’t get me wrong! There have been more bumps and grinds along the way. The payday loan advocates in Georgia were defeated by GILA . Oregon went down the tubes. Arizona and Ohio were tough battles. Virginia is edgy. And there were others! (By the way, don’t think the residents of these “dark” states are no longer getting their payday loans and car title loans; they most certainly are. They simply aren’t walking into a store in their state. Instead, they’re using the Internet,they’re driving across state lines, they’re calling 800#’s… meanwhile there are fewer jobs in their state. There is more crime in their state. Fewer taxes are being paid in their state. Vacancy rates for commercial buildings are higher in their state. And the fees that licensed payday loan and car title loan businesses were paying to their State are now non-existent. I guess that’s the subject of another rant!)

But it’s not all doom and gloom for us!

Here’s just a few reasons why we will overcome!

It will be 12 to 24 months before anyone in Washington even reads the 2300 page Consumer Financial Regulatory Agency Proposal. It will take months and months to form the committees and boards required to attempt to oversee our industry. There will be massive lobbying by the banks, the credit card companies, the automobile dealers, and our own organizations including OLA, FISCA and CFSA creating a lot of “give-and-take.” Who knows what the ultimate outcome will be. I’m certain we will evolve into whatever it takes. (For more on this read USA Today’s description of past failures of new financial regulatory reform out of Washington.

And there’s technology. Technology is in our favor. Technology knows no boundaries. Pay attention to Internet solutions. Get acquainted with “peer-to-peer” lending. Educate yourself regarding the origination of the Grameen bank and Muhammad Yunus who won the 2006 Nobel Peace prize for micro-lending. Do you know what he’s doing in New York and Pennsylvania today? Take a look at the Kiva Model and Prosper and Lending Club. Here’s a Business Week article offering some further insight into peer-to-peer lending:

Acquaint yourself with installment lending, open-end credit agreements, closed-end credit agreements, the Credit Services Organization (CSO) Model, collateralized and non-collateralized loans… (all of these are discussed in our Training Manual at PaydayLoanIndustry.com .

And don’t forget to learn what you can implement in your specific location/ model regarding setup fees, one time application fees, credit check fees (even if it’s simply Teletrack), referral fees, check cashing fees, connection fees…

MOST IMPORTANTLY, let us not forget about our customers! THEY NEED US JUST LIKE WE NEED THEM. They’re out there by the millions in the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan; they’re EVERYWHERE! And our customers DEMAND our product! They WANT our product! They MUST HAVE our product!

We simply have to organize better, support our industry organizations better, join forces with complementary industries, and prod our customers to support us with videos, email, letters and face book accolades. Most importantly, we must EVOLVE into whatever we need to be in order to SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS. No matter what the Regulators do, OUR CUSTOMERS WANT US! CUSTOMERS NEED OUR HELP! AND WE DESERVE TO MAKE A PROFIT SERVING THEM!!

So… with no end to consumer demand for our products and services in conjunction with an industry composed of some of the most intelligent and creative men and women on the planet, I’m 100% certain the payday loan, car title loan, check cashing …the whole micro-lending niche will not only survive but prosper in the coming decades.

Educate yourself! Read this PaydayLoanIndustryBlog.com . Read The Payday Loan Pundit . Read Nick’s stuff at PDLIndustry.com .

Consumer Financial Service Centers are our destiny! Evolve!! Adapt!! Create!!! You’ll prosper!!!!


Arizona Payday Loan Law Update

Arizona payday loan operators still have a shot at continuing to offer their product; albeit a long one.

Many payday lenders have other lines of business, including car title loans, check-cashing services, scrap gold buying and acting as agents for the Motor Vehicle Division to register vehicles. Rapid tax refunds (RALS) are in the mix as well.

So, while operators try to develop a strategy for remaining in the payday loan business, Arizona legislators are prepared to debate legislation next week that could change existing payday loan laws to allow lenders to impose an “origination fee” of up to 7.5 percent for loans up to $1,000.

Additionally, Arizona payday loan operators could charge a $10 fee for preparing documents and obtaining a credit report on the Arizona payday loan applicant.

We’re a creative bunch! Those payday loan operators who remain flexible and informed will survive and prosper. Installment loan products, CSO ( Credit Services Organizations) Models, Internet offerings and more will appear to help Arizona residents gain access to credit. Regulating payday loan operators out of existence does NOT cause demand for our product to disappear. Every independent study conducted emphasizes the need for the existence of small, no hassle, non-collateralized loans. Payday loan consumers are actually a pretty bright bunch – in spite of what our government bureaucrats think.

And, it’s important to note that it was NOT payday loan consumers, those middle-class folks who ACTUALLY used our product, who complained about the payday loan industry. As usual, it was the elitists who THINK they know what’s best for everyone else who restrict our financial choices.

Wait until they attack your business! You sell some type of product or service? Maybe you run or are employed by a business that, so far, has escaped the busy bodies who lurk in the entrepreneurial trenches? Wait until THEY decide you should not be allowed to sell french fries, cokes, sell two cheeseburgers to your customer rather than one. Maybe you’re involved with the automobile industry, you’re a hair stylist, … Then, when your business is attacked you’ll finally join our bandwagon and fight to keep government out of our pockets and our businesses.

Oh! Come to think of it, THEY already have their hands on your entrepreneurial throat! What are you going to do about it?


What is a Car Title Loan?

What is a Car Title Loan?

Car title  loans, sometimes called pink slip loans or auto title loans are short term loans designed to provide consumers who own their cars with immediate funds. Car title loans usually require repayment within a period of two to 4 weeks (some may last as long as 36 months) with high interest rates so they should only be used for short term, temporary financial difficulties.

The term, “auto title loan” or “car title loan” is due to the practice of giving the lender the title to your car as collateral for the loan. If the loan is not repaid on time you risk losing your car. Auto title loans are also known as “pink slip loans” in some states because of the actual color of the car title (pink). Car title loans should not be confused with payday loans; they are two different animals.

The ultimate penalty for not repaying a car title loan is repossession by the lender. Before it goes that far however, most car title loan lenders will attempt to contact the borrower and collect payment or make suitable arrangements. Because the car title used as collateral is usually worth at least twice as much as the loan on the car, boat, motorcycle, boat, or RV, most borrowers do everything in their power to preserve ownership of their vehicle.

Unlike typical pawn shop agreements where the pawn broker takes possession of the collateral during the loan, borrowers maintain possession of their car and continue to operate their auto as they repay their car title loan.

Recovery of a car involved in a car title loan in which the pink slip owner fails to make the payments is becoming easier in today’s marketplace. The use of GPS systems (global positioning systems) that reveal a car’s position at all times in conjunction with starter interrupt systems are making it extremely difficult for car title loan consumers to avoid having their vehicle repossessed.

Many car title loan companies have two types of loans available. With Title Loans (also known as Pink Slip or “You Drive” loans), you can still keep your car to drive. With Storage Loans (also known as Auto Pawns), your vehicle is stored in a secure facility. Generally, the auto pawn consumer makes NO payments until the vehicle is picked.

Car title loans are approved in a matter of minutes regardless of credit history. A consumer’s credit report and credit history have zero bearing on receiving approval for a car title loan. The factors that do play a role are:
1) The consumer must have a job or guaranteed income
2) The consumer must have the title to their car (or the loan proceeds must be partially used to pay off any leins on the car).
3) The consumer seeking a car title loan must have the ability to pay back the loan
4) In most states the consumer must be at least 18 years old.

A typical car title loan In the state of California, for example, means you can borrow cash on the value of your auto title [pink slip], with your vehicle serving as collateral to the loan. Your credit rating or score isn’t a factor in approval, and you can borrow anywhere from $2,600 to $50,000. Your application and the loan process is kept very private and it takes less than one hour to have your cash in hand. And no matter your reasons for needing—or wanting—the money, no one will bug you with questions as to your reasons or plans for the money. In California, car title loans are typically made or arranged pursuant to a California Finance Lender’s License