TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 2, 2016
— With a commitment to fostering a fair and competitive auto finance lending market, Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) today announced a voluntary agreement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that addresses discretionary dealer compensation practices. TMCC determined that a voluntary agreement was the preferred resolution of the agencies’ review, because it helps preserve consumer financing options while fairly compensating its dealer partners and upholding its commitment to fair lending practices. TMCC is the latest of several lenders to enter into such an agreement.
TMCC does not tolerate discrimination of any kind, even perceived or unintentional, from its employees or business partners – this principle extends to fair lending practices. While TMCC respectfully disagrees with the agencies’ methodologies to determine whether industry lending practices have been discriminatory, the company shares the agencies’ commitment to ensuring that consumers can count on competitive and fair auto financing options. The actions TMCC will take under this agreement are intended to further that commitment.
During their review the agencies did not contend that TMCC intentionally discriminated against its customers. Accordingly, TMCC denies any wrongdoing and notes that this voluntary agreement does not include an assessment of civil money penalties. As an indirect lender, TMCC has no visibility into the race or ethnicity of its customers or credit applicants, and these factors have no bearing on the company’s credit or pricing decisions.
Specific terms of the agreement with the agencies include:
- Dealer participation caps will be limited to 125 basis points [1.25%] for contracts of 60 months or less and 100 basis points [1.00%] for contracts with longer terms.
- A three-year term that can be reduced to two years if certain conditions are met.
- TMCC will contribute up to $21.9 million towards a fund payable to affected borrowers.
TMCC began working proactively and voluntarily with the federal agencies in 2013 as part of the agencies’ broad review of the auto finance industry’s discretionary dealer compensation practices and whether such policies contribute to unintended discriminatory impacts.
Additional information about this agreement and the fair lending process can be found at TFSFairLending.org
Agreement Underscored by Company’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
TMCC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion can be traced back more than 75 years, when Toyota was founded on a strong value system built on respect for people and teamwork. That commitment starts in the workplace and extends to the way TMCC values its customers and business partners.
Since opening its doors in 1983, TMCC has made diversity and inclusion a central part of its business practices and has launched programs to build upon that commitment, becoming a leader in the auto finance industry along the way.
Among these many programs, TMCC works with a number of minority-owned businesses and set a new standard for the auto finance industry by offering three Diversity & Inclusion Bonds. These bonds enabled investment banking firms that are certified Minority and Women Business Enterprises to strengthen their experience working on high profile transactions and serve as an integral component of Toyota’s comprehensive funding program.
TMCC's commitment to diversity – including philanthropic endeavors, training programs, and other diversity initiatives – has resulted in the company being recognized by DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Hispanic Business, and the Human Rights Campaign as a leader in diversity and inclusion. The company is a recipient of the 2014 Civic 50 Award, which recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States. Most recently, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected Toyota Motor North America as the 2015 “Corporation of the Year.”