New-Car Interest Rates Climb Fastest on West Coast

New-car interest rates in the West have increased 112 basis points in the past year, the biggest jump for any region, according to Informa Research Services. Informa analyzes auto loan interest rates by region and credit tier for current-year and 1-year-old models. The national average interest rate for auto loans in the West increased to […]

Subprime Originations Expected to Grow in 2019 Despite Lender Caution, TransUnion Says 

Anticipated growth in originations to subprime borrowers is a sign that the auto industry is normalizing and will stay healthy in 2019, Brian Landau, senior vice president and TransUnion’s auto line of business leader, told Auto Finance News. Following a lender pullback from the subprime space in 2016 and 2017, subprime as a percent of […]

U.S.-China Tariffs, Credit Availability Threaten New-Car Market

Trade disputes and a tightening credit cycle pose risks for U.S. financial institutions, S&P Global Ratings noted in a report released earlier this month. “The hallmark of the auto finance industry is its access to credit and keeping the needle moving,” Jeremy Acevedo, manager of industry analysis at Edmunds, told Auto Finance News. “If [credit […]

Coastal Federal Credit Union Grows Originations Despite Shrinking Footprint

Coastal Federal Credit Union is on track to increase auto loan originations 10% this year, to $600 million, despite reducing its footprint within its home state of North Carolina. “We’re doing more business but doing it in a smaller area,” David Jacobs, vice president consumer lending at Coastal Federal Credit Union, told Auto Finance News. […]

Subprime Lender Tricolor Slated for Growth, Multiple Securitizations in 2019

Buy-here, pay-here lender Tricolor Auto Acceptance LLC, a niche player that focuses on Hispanic car buyers, is on track to issue at least two asset-backed securitizations in 2019, Chief Executive Daniel Chu told AFN. Though Chu declined to disclose the size of the potential transactions, he expects the offerings to outpace the $101.7 million securitization […]

Rifco Expands Warehouse Facility Despite Slowing Originations

Rifco National Auto Finance renewed and expanded a securitization warehouse facility with Schedule 1 Charter Bank last week. Though Rifco’s utilization limit was bumped up to $40 million from $30 million, the Canadian lender plans to keep originations in the $120-million range, as stated in its 2019 objectives. “Rifco pursues growth within constraints of profitability […]

Despite Decline in November, Interest Rates Set to Rise, Edmunds Says

The auto industry is bracing for a 25-basis-point increase in interest rates later this month, but a boost in 0% financing deals reduced average APRs in November, according to data provider Edmunds. Average APRs on new vehicles fell to 6% in November from 6.2% in October, according to Edmunds’ Third-Quarter Used-Car Market Report. Zero percent […]

Swapalease Lease Approval Rates Up Slightly

Swapalease, an online peer-to-peer lease transfer company, reported a 70.9% lease approval rate in October, a slight increase from September’s 69.8% rate. The company said it wasn’t surprised by the modest month-over-month increase, saying consumer credit rose at a seasonally adjusted rate of just 3.3% in September, down from the 7% the month before.  And […]
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