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Westlake Calls on Dealers to Use Automated Payoff Tool Amid Recent Success

Westlake Financial Services is on pace to have about 10% of its payoffs transacted with Dealertrack's automated payoff and title release platform — its most successful month since signing up for the tool in November 2018, said company Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Vazquez. This month is likely to be the lender’s […]

Dealership Financing Slips as Customers Prefer Online Options, Survey Shows

Consumers are increasingly opting to skip the dealership when it comes to getting their next auto loan, according to fresh data from Fico. Published last week, Fico’s 2019 U.S. Consumer Survey of Vehicle Finance Perceptions examined how consumers looked at the financing of their vehicle purchases and how auto finance companies are currently meeting their […]

Westlake Calls on Dealers to Use Automated Payoff Tool Amid Recent Success

Westlake Financial Services is on pace to have about 10% of its payoffs transacted with Dealertrack's automated payoff and title release platform — its most successful month since signing up for the tool in November 2018, said company Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Vazquez. This month is likely to be the lender’s […]

Westlake Exec Outlines Auto Finance Strategy for the Current Economic Cycle [VIDEO]

Technology tools will help lenders navigate and excel in the current financial cycle, said Paul Kerwin, Westlake Financial EVP and CFO, at the 18th Annual Auto Finance Summit. “For auto finance, we’re really in a new cycle and a new game,” Kerwin said. “The cycle started in 2009. Everything was pretty easy — there wasn’t […]

From Profitability to Viability, Execs Weigh In on Subscription Services [VIDEO]

OEMs are still trying to crack the code of profitability and consumer interest in subscription services. Leading providers in the space weighed in on this relatively new method of car utilization, in a session at the 18th Annual Auto Finance Summit. Mason McLead, vice president of engineering at car-as-a-service company Fair, defined a subscription as […]

Fed’s Harker Says He Sees One Rate Hike ‘at Most’ This Year

The U.S. central bank should only raise interest rates once this year “at most” given risks to the economic outlook including Britain’s departure from the European Union, said Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker. “The potential risks tilt very slightly to the downside, but I emphasize the word ‘slight.’ I still see the […]

Flagship Credit Acceptance Settles $4M TCPA Claim

Flagship Credit Acceptance LLC has agreed to a $4 million class-action settlement against allegations that the subprime lender violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by “calling individuals on cellular telephones using an automatic telephone dialing system and/or a prerecorded voice,” according to a court filing. Chadds Ford, Pa.-based Flagship “strongly disputes” that the calls were […]

Westlake Calls on Dealers to Use Automated Payoff Tool Amid Recent Success

Westlake Financial Services is on pace to have about 10% of its payoffs transacted with Dealertrack's automated payoff and title release platform — its most successful month since signing up for the tool in November 2018, said company Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Vazquez. This month is likely to be the lender’s […]

AFSA Provides Input on Cybersecurity to Key Senate Committee

Last month, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs asked for feedback on the consumer finance industry’s views on cybersecurity, especially the collection, use and protection of sensitive financial information. “Given the exponential growth and use of data, and corresponding data breaches, it is worth examining how the Fair Credit Reporting Act should work in a […]

Trump Wants European Autos BMW, Mercedes to Be Made in America

President Trump has given European auto manufacturers a way to avoid an escalation of the trade war, saying they can avoid tariffs on cars if they build more plants in the U.S. “They have BMW, they have Mercedes, they have a lot of very good cars that come in,” he said in an interview with […]

BMW Financial Ties Up Partnerships With Fintech Startups, CEO Says

BMW Financial Services is hammering out partnership details with a few of the six startups that participated in its “CollaborationLab” program late last year, President and Chief Executive Ian Smith told Auto Finance News. “We prioritized a couple of the partnerships, and those are in dialogue as we speak,” Smith said without specifying which had […]

Powell Signals Prolonged Fed Pause as Inflation Lags, Risks Loom

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said interest rates could be on hold for “some time” as global risks weigh on the economic outlook and inflation remains muted. “We don’t see data coming in that suggest that we should move in either direction. They suggest that we should remain patient and let the situation clarify itself […]

Auto Finance Innovation Summit Delves Into Analytics-Enabled Tech

Nagesh Jaladi, vice president of applied predictive technologies at Mastercard, has joined the speaker faculty at Auto Finance Innovation Summit to share how lenders can successfully leverage and evolve analytic capabilities. Jaladi will offer insights into how captive and non-captive lenders are innovating through analytics, best practices for overcoming organizational and operational constraints to try […]
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