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FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
OF DALLAS

Dallas, Texas, October 3, 1941

INTERPRETATIONS OF REGULATION W — CONSUMER CREDIT

To All Banking Institutions, and Others Concerned,
in the Eleventh Federal Reserve District:
In previous circulars we have printed certain interpretations of Regulation W issued by the
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Additional interpretations are printed below:
76. If a new automobile is sold at a discount, and the “ bona fide cash purchase price” is
therefore less than the sum of items 1 through 4 of Part 3(a) of the Supplement,, the
maximum credit value is limited to 66% per cent of the “ bona fide cash purchase price.”
77. An inquiry which may be stated as follows has been received under section 8 (f) of
Regulation W :
“ A purchaser buys an automobile costing $600 and tenders his old car,
which is worth $200, as the required down payment. Purchaser owed a finance
company $100 on the old car, which was part of its unpaid purchase price,
but the purchaser was able to make arrangements with the finance company
whereby the automobile was released as collateral to this loan and there was
substituted therefor miscellaneous collateral other than listed articles and he
was able to obtain a clear title for the purpose of making a trade-in. Assuming
in each case that the Registrant involved knows or has reason to know of the
$100 transaction: (1) May a finance company, other than the one which
extended credit on the old car, lend 66% per cent of the purchase price of the
new car when the loan is secured by the new car? (2) May the finance com­
pany which extended credit on the old car make a separate loan to the same
individual equal to % of the purchase price of the new car when the collateral
for the loan is the new car? (3) May a finance company make two loans to the
purchaser, one secured by the new car equal to % of its purchase price, the
other secured by miscellaneous collateral other than listed articles, to pay the
$100 which the purchaser owes the other finance company.”
Section 8 (f) in effect prohibits extensions of instalment sale credit under section 4,
or of secured instalment loan credit under section 5(a), in any case in which “the
Registrant making such extension of instalment credit knows or has reason to know
that there is, or that there is to be, any other extension of credit in connection with
the purchase of the listed article which would bring the total amount of credit
extended in connection with such purchase beyond the maximum credit value of such
article.”
The down payment in the present case is represented by the old car, which is not suf­
ficient for this purpose unless taken at its full value without regard to the amounts
still owed by the customer for its purchase. The down payment therefore includes the
$100 of credit which is outstanding for the purchase of the old car, and the result is

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that this $100 brings the total credit in connection with the transaction beyond the
maximum credit value of the new car. Accordingly, when, as stated in the question, the
Registrant knows or has reason to know of these facts, the extension of credit is
prohibited in each of the three cases presented in the question.
78. The inclusion or exclusion of articles under the classification “ ice refrigerators,” which
is a part of Group D-7 “ new household furniture” in the Supplement, is determined
by the same general principles that have been applied in connection with “ mechanical
refrigerators.” Refrigerators of less than 12 cubic feet rated capacity are included, no
matter what the use to which they are to be put, unless their design and construction
is such that they are clearly usable only for commercial purposes.
79. The phrase “ bona fide cash purchase price” in section 6(b) means the bona fide cash
purchase price of the article and accessories purchased, including any sales taxes
thereon and any bona fide delivery and installation charges.
80. An inquiry has been received regarding the applicability of Regulation W to a special
type of lease contract covering an automobile. The lessor is a dealer in automobiles
and the lessee is a contractor who has a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract with the War
Department. The lease calls for monthly payments of 10% of the purchase price of
the automobile and provides that when 10 payments have been made, title to the
automobile will vest in the Government with the option in the Government at any
time to pay the unpaid balance and take title to the automobile. The contract further
provides that the automobile may be transferred to another construction project and
in that event the lessor must enter into a new lease agreement with the holder of the
construction contract at the new location, payments made under the first lease being
credited to the second lease. The contract does not provide any means whereby the
lessee can acquire title to the automobile.
The Board is of the opinion that in such circumstances the lease is not subject to the
requirements of the Regulation.
81. The classification “ radio receiving sets, phonographs, or combinations” does not include
coin-operated phonographs.
82. The classification “ new household furniture” includes a prefabricated fireplace, sold as
a complete unit, that is decorative only and not usable for heating purposes.
88. Section 3(a) (2) (B) permits purchase or discount of 24-month note if note was signed
after September 1 pursuant to pre-September commitment.
Similarly, where contractor and home owner have made pre-September contract for
repairs to be financed by a bank, bank may finance the repairs on terms provided in
contract even though request for financing is not presented to bank until after Sep­
tember 1.
84. The Board has received several questions regarding the application of sections 4 (f)
and 5(c) (1) of Regulation W, which become effective October 1,1941, and relate to the
“ Statement of Transaction” required in connection with extension of instalment sale
credit or instalment loan credit. The answers are given below:
(1) It is not necessary that all of the information required by section 4 (f) or
5(c) (1) be included on a single sheet of paper, but if parts of the information appear
on two or more sheets it is necessary that these sheets be attached together, and that
copies of all of them be given to the obligor together. The statement referred to in
these sections, and the copy required to be given the customer, need not be identical
in form.
(2) It is not necessary that the particular terminology used in the Regulation
(“ bona fide cash purchase price,” “ deferred balance,” and “ time balance” ) be used in
the statement of transaction, as long as the statement contains the required informa­
tion. When the contract is in the form of a lease agreement, such terminology as is
applicable to a lease, giving the corresponding information, may be used.
(3) The bona fide cash purchase price of a particular article and accessories,
including relevant taxes, may be shown as a total without being itemized into various
parts. Although section 4 (f) (2) requires itemization of (1) the article, (2) the acces­
sories and (3) the services referred to in the section, the items themselves may be
itemized without stating the portion of the total purchase price that relates to each.

Accessories which are standard equipment for the article need not be individually
itemized, and a group of accessories which are sold as a single group by the manufac­
turer may be shown in the statement as a unit.
(4) The itemization for a new automobile follows this same rule, and need not
show separately the matters referred to in paragraphs 1 through 4 of Part 3(a) of
the Supplement. As indicated above, however, the accessories should be indicated, and
so should the relevant services.
(5) In the case of an extension of instalment sale credit subject to section 4 of
the Regulation, item 2 under section 4 (f) requires that the statement of transaction
show the bona fide cash purchase price of the articles—the price at which the seller
would sell the article for full cash payment— even though the sale will be made at a
“ time price” which includes carrying charges.
(6) The information referred to in each of the seven paragraphs of section 4 (f)
must be set forth, and it is not sufficient that an item of information may be obtained
by mathematical derivation from other information in the statement. However, if the
interest or finance charge is not included in the face amount of the obligation but is an
additional amount calculated pursuant to an arithmetic formula plainly set forth in the
statement, paragraphs 5 and 6 do not require this amount to be shown in dollars and
cents or to be included in the statement of the time balance.
(7) In any case in which a state law or local regulation requires that sales taxes
be shown separately or requires in any other respect more detail than that required by
Regulation W, the Regulation does not prohibit such further itemizing.
85. The classification “ heating stoves and space heaters designed for household use” does
not include gas heating units designed to be suspended from the ceiling and operated
with a fan circulator.
From time to time, as additional interpretations are made by the Board, they will be printed
this form and mailed to you by this bank.

Yours very truly,
R. R. GILBERT
President

ADDITIONAL COPIES OF THIS CIRCULAR WILL BE FURNISHED UPON REQUEST


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