Auto industry officials are concerned that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may start targeting finance and insurance products such as extended-service contracts and other add-ons for regulation. They say that restricting the sale of such aftermarket products could hurt dealership profits.

"Apparently they are investigating a number of auto lenders, with questions and requests for information," said John L. Culhane, Jr., a Philadelphia partner with Ballard Spahr, a law firm whose clients include auto lenders.

The CFPB refused to comment on the issue.

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