Features | Auto Finance News - Part 4

Wells Fargo Invests in Automated Underwriting, Dealer Relationships to Boost Growth

After 18 months of tightening the reins, Wells Fargo Auto is on a growth trajectory, with a focus on investments to automate credit decisioning, Jerry Bowen, executive vice president and head of dealer relationships and product, told Auto Finance News. “We got a lot of the work that needed to be done in the rearview […]

Credit Unions Gain Share With Bigger Risk Appetites, Dealers Say

From the February issue: Credit unions have been grabbing marketshare by dipping into lower credit scores and making more exceptions, a sampling of dealers nationwide told Auto Finance News. As a result, larger banks and other financial lending institutions are missing out on potential borrowers, dealers said. Lower Valley Credit Union and Numerica Credit Union […]

Leasing’s New Look: Financiers Give Lease Options a Makeover

From the February issue: With new-car purchases lagging and used-values increasing, captives and OEMs are reimagining lease products to keep their customer bases growing. Roughly a decade ago, 1.4 million new vehicles were leased — a 16% penetration rate. Fast forward to 2019, and lease volume is expected to reach 4.1 million, with penetration as […]

CPS Eyes Dealer-Based Tech to Bolster Origination Volume, Customer Experience

Subprime lender Consumer Portfolio Services Inc. is allocating funds toward its dealership portal and artificial intelligence as it looks to boost origination volume without sacrificing credit quality, Senior Vice President of Originations Teri Robinsontold Auto Finance News. “We don’t compete as aggressively, we focus a lot on customer service and try to be the lender the dealers want to […]

5 Trends to Watch: 2019 Promises to be an Interesting Year

From the January issue: The pace of U.S. growth is expected to slow, according to most economists, who also think interest rates will rise. There is uncertainty about tariffs and, beyond the economic factors, the race between different lenders, dealers, and manufacturers to overhaul products and services is picking up. But perhaps the biggest challenge […]

2019 Survival Guide: How Lenders Are Planning for the Year Ahead

From the January issue: 2018 was a strong year for auto finance as delinquency rates dropped, the economy grew, and consumer demand remained high. However, the new year finds lenders and analysts bracing for an economic slowdown. But that’s not the only worry. New-car purchases are lagging, according to Manheim’s November data, which has new-vehicle sales […]

Reinventing Loyalty: 4 Companies Transforming the Customer Experience

From the December issue: Customer experience is seen as the key to attracting and retaining consumers in an increasingly digital world. Unfortunately, providing quick and easy interaction has not been auto financing’s strong point. Historically, car buyers have been left feeling overwhelmed with paperwork, confused by ancillary products, and exhausted from negotiating price options. However, […]

How NMAC Uses Technology to Improve the Customer Experience

Technology is playing a more important role in auto financing as car buyers increasingly look for lenders to provide digital options for communication and payment. Finance organizations, including Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., are meeting their customers’ expectations with online portals, text communications, and mobile computing applications. Brian Massey, NMAC’s director of collections and loss recovery, was […]
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