Westlake Financial to Roll Out Direct Lending Portal in 4 States

Westlake Financial Services is gearing up to expand its direct lending portal, LoanCenter, beyond its current California footprint. “Historically, we always pilot everything in our backyard,” VP of Westlake Services and Lending Solutions Ralph Ontiveros, told AFN. Now, nearly two years after launching the pilot, Westlake Financial is ready to take the portal nationwide. The rollout […]

AutoNation Leads $146M Funding Round In Vroom

New- and used-car dealership chain AutoNation is the lead investor in Vroom’s $146 million series G funding, announced today. Other investors were T. Rowe Price, L Catterton, General Catalyst, and Fraser McCombs Capital. In October, AutoNation had pumped $50 million into Vroom in exchange for a 7% stake. Vroom CEO Paul Hennessy told Auto Finance […]

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 […]

BMO Harris Auto Chief Outlines Growth for AutoGravity Partnership

BMO Harris Bank is accepting online auto loan applications in California thanks to a newly inked partnership with AutoGravity, with plans to expand its online business eastward in 2019. “Primarily [the loan applications are] just from the West Coast now, and we anticipate that as the relationship [with AutoGravity] grows, we’ll see a movement more […]

Auto Finance News Launches Week-Long Event for Spring 2019

Auto Finance News today introduced a new event, called Auto Finance Accelerate. The week-long event series focuses on all facets of auto finance operations including sales, marketing, innovation, and risk. The inaugural Auto Finance Accelerate week will take place May 13-16, 2019, at the Omni San Diego.   Produced by Auto Finance News and Royal […]

Canadian OEM Electra Meccanica Seeks Financing Partner Amid Launch of First Model

Electra Meccanica is seeking lending partners for its new model slated to debut in January 2019, CEO Jerry Kroll told Auto Finance News.  “We control financing ourselves and have it in-house, but if we can get some of the big banks and financial institutions supporting this [car], that’s what we’re all about,” Kroll said. Kroll is confident […]
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