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California amends GAP disclosure legislation

State Issues State Legislation California Auto Finance Disclosures GAP Waivers GAP Fees Consumer Finance

State Issues

On September 13, the California governor signed AB 2311, which amends provisions regarding vehicle finance disclosures. The bill establishes provisions to govern the offer, sale, provision, or administration, in connection with a conditional sale contract, of a guaranteed asset protection waiver (GAP waiver). Specifically, the bill requires creditors to automatically refund the unearned portion of a GAP waiver if a consumer pays off or otherwise terminates their auto loan early. The bill prohibits: (i) conditioning the extension of credit, the term of credit, or the terms of a conditional sale contract upon the purchase of a GAP waiver; and (ii) the sale of a GAP waiver pursuant to certain provisions where the loan-to-value ratio exceeds the maximum loan-to-value ratio of the GAP waiver. The bill, among other things, authorizes the buyer to recover three times the amount of any GAP charges paid. The bill is effective January 1, 2023.

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