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Carvana’s 7-Day Return Policy Boosts Retention Rate

Carvana’s seven-day return policy has resulted in a single-digit return rate, Christina Keiser, vice president of strategy, said at the Auto Finance Sales & Marketing Summit last month. "Carvana return rates are in the mid- to high-single digits, and about half of those are swaps — meaning, a customer exchanges the original vehicle for a […]

2 Critical Strategies to Cultivate Innovation

As the auto finance industry continues to migrate into the digital landscape, lenders are feeling the pressure to create a culture of innovation to stay ahead of the curve. How can lenders implement that mandate? Tricolor Auto President and Chief Operating Officer Don Goin and CarFinance Chief Technology Officer Doug Nottage tackled this conundrum at […]

CarFinance to Launch Online Tool to Streamline Lending Process

SAN DIEGO — CarFinance is building a “customer acquisition” platform for dealer and lender partners slated to debut in July, Chief Executive Craig Hewitt said at the Auto Finance Sales & Marketing Summit last month. “[The platform] is facilitated by a customer-acquisition tool that allows dealers to do direct mail campaigns and drive consumers to […]

More Prime Consumers Opt for Used Cars as Subprime Loses Share

As the percentage of prime and super-prime used-car buyers reached an all-time high in the first quarter, the percentage of subprime loan originations fell to a record low, according to Experian’s Q1 2019 State of the Automotive Finance Market Report published today. “The trend of more prime consumers entering the used market is one we’ve […]

Auto ABS Volume Closes In on $60B

Year-to-date auto securitization volume hit $57.8 billion at the end of April, with prime loan issuance accounting for the lion’s share of transactions, according to research released today by Deutsche Bank. Prime loan securitization volume totaled $23.7 billion, and subprime volume reached $12.8 billion. The remaining volume was comprised of retail lease ($9.8 billion), fleet […]

Auto Finance Summit 2019 Registration Opens With New Agenda

Auto Finance News is proud to announce that the Auto Finance Summit 2019 registration and agenda are now available on AutoFinanceSummit.com. The 19th annual event will take place October 28-30 at the Bellagio Las Vegas. Registration can be submitted here.  It’s a revolutionary time for auto finance, as technological innovations are making waves in the industry. Meanwhile, lenders are working to stay ahead […]

Carvana Hits ABS Market With Second Transaction

Carvana is bringing $337.3 million in asset-backed securities to market in a deal that’s expected to close June 27, according to a presale report by Moody’s Investors Service issued this week. Carvana’s second deal of the year props up its ABS volume to $676.1 million just three months after the online used-vehicle retailer completed its […]

Santander’s Calling System Still Violates TCPA, Court Finds

Santander Consumer USA’s Aspect calling system will still be considered an automatic telephone dialing system under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, according to a recent federal court decision. The motion to reconsider filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois was based on the premise that the definition of an autodialer changed […]

Carvana Hits ABS Market With Second Transaction

Carvana is bringing $337.3 million in asset-backed securities to market in a deal that’s expected to close June 27, according to a presale report by Moody’s Investors Service issued this week. Carvana’s second deal of the year props up its ABS volume to $676.1 million just three months after the online used-vehicle retailer completed its […]

Sagent Partners With Experian to Combat Fraud Risks

Sagent Lending Technologies has partnered with Experian and integrated the credit bureau’s Precise ID, a fraud and identity solution, into its Auto Loan Origination System. Experian’s Precise ID allows auto lenders using the Sagent system to better identify would-be consumers’ identities and mitigate the risk of fraud, which is reported to have increased 5% year over year, as […]

GM Financial Strengthens Ties With Blockchain Startup, First Products Revealed

GM Financial has expanded its partnership with Spring Labs through a $23 million Series A funding round, the startup announced on Wednesday. The round was led by GreatPoint Ventures “with significant participation from existing investors,” including General Motors Ventures, August Capital and RRE Ventures, among others, according to a press release. Through the GM Ventures […]

Fraud Origination Risk to Hit $7B by Year-end

The risk of fraud for auto lenders has increased 5% year over year, according to new data shared with Auto Finance News by PointPredictive’s chief fraud strategist Frank McKenna. By year-end 2019, fraud origination risk is expected to reach $7 billion. Fraud in the auto lending industry is evident. In fact, discussions between lenders at […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • June 13, 2019
  • Risk

Wells Fargo Explores Switch to Flat-Fee Pricing Model

Wells Fargo & Co. is mulling the switch to a flat-fee dealer compensation model to provide consumers “pricing clarity,” Senior Executive Vice President of Community Banking Mary Mack said at Deutsche Bank’s Global Financial Services Conference last month. “Normally, the response in our industry around pricing clarity is more disclosures,” she said. “What we said […]

Westlake Begins Financing ‘Branded Vehicles’

Westlake Financial Services is now financing refurbished vehicles with branded titles in 48 states, according to a company release. Vehicles with branded titles include flood, hail and water damage, in addition to salvage, junk, lemon and crash test vehicles. The short-term goal with this new financing option is to expand the California-based lender’s dealer base, […]
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