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Auto Lenders Must Channel Their Inner Warby Parker

The growing popularity of direct-to-consumer business models like Warby Parker increasingly has implications for the auto finance industry. While the logistics of affording and purchasing a pair of eyeglasses is admittedly much easier than an automobile, the customer experience is highly relevant. This is especially true for subprime auto lenders where consumers are focused on […]

Trump Receives Report on U.S. Security Threat of Car Imports

President Donald Trump has received the findings of a probe into whether imported vehicles pose a national security threat, which could lead the U.S. to impose tariffs. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has submitted his recommendations to Trump, the department said in a statement on Sunday in Washington, without offering any insights into the findings. Trump […]

Daimler Joins BMW in $1.1 Billion Mobility Bet to Rival Uber

Daimler AG and BMW AG are pouring more than 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) into their joint car-sharing and ride-hailing businesses to take on the likes of Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. The German venture, which is estimated to become the world’s largest car-sharing operator, will weigh purchases of startups or established players, along […]

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 […]

Five Questions With… John Thacker of HCA

Five Questions With is a monthly Q&A segment on AutoFinanceExcellence.org that offers a glimpse of what senior industry executives are thinking about outside the boardroom. Read on to find out. John Thacker started his auto finance career two decades ago as a bill collector for Ford Motor Credit, and after “sitting in all the chairs” […]

Term Extensions Trump Rate Cuts for Tackling Affordability, TransUnion Says

Despite concern that rising interest rates will slow new-car sales, loan term extensions will move the needle quicker on monthly loan payments, Brian Landau, senior vice president and TransUnion’s auto line of business leader, told Auto Finance News. Auto lenders originated 7.1 million loans through the third quarter of 2018, up 0.5% year over year, TransUnion reported this […]

Daimler Joins BMW in $1.1 Billion Mobility Bet to Rival Uber

Daimler AG and BMW AG are pouring more than 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) into their joint car-sharing and ride-hailing businesses to take on the likes of Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. The German venture, which is estimated to become the world’s largest car-sharing operator, will weigh purchases of startups or established players, along […]

Bank of the West to Launch Dealer Portal by Yearend

San Francisco-based Bank of the West is making investments to strengthen dealer relationships. At the top of the priority list is a dealer portal, slated for release by yearend. “We continue to invest in the dealer interface,” Executive Vice President of Personal Finance Michael Pereira told AFN. “We need to be engaging with our dealers […]

defi SOLUTIONS Signs On as Technology Partner for Auto Finance Excellence

Auto Finance Excellence, a sister service of Auto Finance News, is proud to announce defi SOLUTIONS as the official Technology partner. defi SOLUTIONS provides loan origination technology for auto lenders. Options include direct, online application interface, loan management, and servicing systems. Additionally, defi SOLUTIONS provides aggregated analytics and reporting, and an online auto loan portfolio […]

Wells Fargo Turns to Machine Learning for Collection Insights

Wells Fargo Auto is looking beyond credit decisioning models for machine learning applications. Specifically, the company employed “sentiment analysis” — an automated process of understanding opinions from written or spoken language — for collections. “One thing I was surprised to see is that through natural language recognition and sentiment analysis, it was very easy to […]

GM Financial Joins Startup Blockchain Network for Fraud Prevention

General Motors Financial Co. is turning to blockchain technology from Spring Labs to strengthen fraud prevention and detection capabilities. Spring Labs, which counts GM Financial as its “cornerstone partner” in the auto finance space, is building a blockchain-based network of finance and technology companies, company Founder and Chief Executive Adam Jiwan told Auto Finance News. […]

Auto Lenders Must Channel Their Inner Warby Parker

The growing popularity of direct-to-consumer business models like Warby Parker increasingly has implications for the auto finance industry. While the logistics of affording and purchasing a pair of eyeglasses is admittedly much easier than an automobile, the customer experience is highly relevant. This is especially true for subprime auto lenders where consumers are focused on […]
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