Issue Brief: New Ways to Understand the Impact of Auto Finance on Low-Income Families, May 2016
Harvard University study finding commuting time to be a large factor in escaping poverty, even more predictive than factors like crime and elementary schools, April 2015
New study by the Brookings Institution discussing the long distance relationship between Americans and jobs, March 2015
Group comments to the U.S. Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office supporting collecting data on access and affordability of auto insurance for low-income drivers, June 9, 2014.
Wheels of Fortune. Ken Bensinger. Los Angeles Times. (2011). The three-part investigative series, along with online multimedia components, documents how “Buy Here Pay Here” used car dealers, who prey on people with credit problems, are thriving in California. Link to the full series and view key research documents.
Part 1: A Vicious Cycle in the Used-Car Business (Oct. 30, 2011)
Part 2: Investors Place Big Bets on Buy Here Pay Here Used Car Dealers (Nov. 1, 2011)
Part 3: coming (Nov. 3, 2011)
Fueling Fair Practices: A Road Map to Improved Public Policy for Used Car Sales and Financing. John Van Alst. National Consumer Law Center. (2009) (PDF).
Baby, You Can Take My Car: The Dangers of Auto Title Loans. National Consumer Law Center Webinar. Leah Plunkett, Sarah Mattson, Leslie Parrish, Jay Speer. July 15, 2010.
Cars and Working Families, Part 1: Asset Limits. NCLC Webinar with John Van Alst, Nick Straley, Hosai Ehsan, David McMahon, Aug. 19, 2009.
Cars and working Families, Part 2: Cash for Clunkers. NCLC Webinar with John Van Alst, Rosemary Shahan, Chris Kukla, Delvin Davis, Lisa Margonelli, Aug. 26, 2009
2008 Consumer Complaint Survey Report.Consumer Federation of America, National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators & North American Consumer Protection Investigators. (2010)
Lessons Learned from Cash for Clunkers Program.U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).(2010) (PDF).
Pursuit of the American Dream: Cars and Jobs in America. Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2010).
Avoid auto dealer scams. Pro-consumer experts give tips for car buyers. Video.Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety. (2010)
Changing Lives Study. Vehicles for Change. (2009).
Testimony on “Consumer Protection in the Used and Subprime Car Market”. Rosemary Shahan, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety. Before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, Mar. 5, 2009.
Commuting to Opportunity: The Working Poor and Commuting in the United States.Robert Puentes & Elizabeth Roberto. The Brookings Institution.(2008) (PDF).
Vehicle Donations Selected Charities Reported Mixed Experiences After Changes in Vehicle Donation Rules.U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). (2008). (PDF)
Steer Clear: How Credit Unions Help Car Buyers Avoid Predatory Loans.William Myers. Casey – Aspen Institute, Annie E. Casey Foundation & National Credit Union Foundation. (2008).
Asymmetric Information and the Automobile Loan Market. Sumit Agarwaul, Brent Ambrose, Souphala Chomsisenghet. (2007)
GAO Report: GSA Fleet Information on the Effect of Donating Cars to YouthBuild USA and Potential Benefits to Rural Youthbuild Participants.U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).(2006).
Why Mobiilty Matters. Ted Balaker. Reason Foundation (2006) (PDF).
U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, NHTS 2001 Highlights Report, BTS03-05. U.S. Dep’t of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.(2003).
GAO: Vehicle Donations – Taxpayer Considerations When Donating Vehicles to Charities.U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). (2003). (PDF)