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Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood

Matt Wood is the Associate Editor of PowerSports Finance, where he is responsible for covering all the latest news, trends, and innovations with powersports lenders and dealerships. Previously, Matt was a writer for Auto Finance News before switching full-time to PowerSports Finance. He is also an experienced entertainment news writer covering pop culture, movies, and TV shows. Matt received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Rowan University in New Jersey. He rode a motorcycle one time and, after the blood returned to his face, thought it was pretty cool.

Proposed Changes to Collection Practices Could Affect First-Party Creditors

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and, while the proposal is geared toward third-party collectors, first-party creditors will need to make changes as well, Stefanie Jackman, a partner at Ballard Spahr, told Powersports Finance. “Some of the proposals, if enacted as […]

Consumers, Dealers Seek Greater Transparency Through E-Contracting

Consumers and dealers alike increasingly prefer the transparency and fast funding that comes with e-contracting as lenders who offer the service scored “considerably higher” on the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction Survey. Dealers scored captives 65 points higher on average while non-captives added 52 points to their overall score when e-contracting options were […]

Chinese Loan Platform Files for $100M U.S. IPO

Weidai Ltd., a title lender that provides small businesses with credit backed by auto loans, has filed for an initial public offering to raise $100 million, according to an SEC filing. Weidai is a peer-to-peer lender with an early-stage personal credit system wherein users can borrow from the platform with their automobiles as collateral. The site also […]

VW Financial Services Grows Portfolio in First Half of 2018

Volkswagen Financial Services increased outstandings by 4.7%, in addition to seeing growth in originations, the company reported in its half-year earnings report. The total number of contracts in the lender’s portfolio totaled 6.2 million compared with 5.9 million the same period the year prior. The leasing portfolio likewise saw growth, climbing 11.5% to 4.2 million […]

Florida Fintech Predicts Boom in Dealer Subscription Programs

Fintech company AmeriFinance launched a dealer-run used-vehicle subscription platform called AmeriDrive in July and Chief Operating Officer Agustin Perret-Gentil predicts more dealers will follow suit in order to meet customer convenience. “We strongly believe that subscription is the future of driving,” Perret-Gentil told Auto Finance News. “[Millennials] just want to enjoy freedom and convenience, and […]
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