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Warren’s false claim that ‘auto dealer markups cost consumers $26 billion a year’

By Glenn Kessler | The Washington Post, Fact Checker Blog

May 5, 2015

“One study estimates that these auto dealer markups cost consumers $26 billion a year. Auto dealers got a specific exemption from CFPB [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] oversight, and it is no coincidence that auto loans are now the most troubled consumer financial product. Congress should give the CFPB the authority it needs to supervise car loans – and keep that $26 billion a year in the pockets of consumers where it belongs.”

– Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), speech at the Levy Institute, April 15, 2015

Sen. Warren has long objected to Congress’s decision to exempt automobile dealers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which she helped set up as an adviser to the Obama administration. In a recent speech, she indicated that she will push Congress to eliminate this exemption and allow the CFPB to supervise loans made by car dealers.

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