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Why the Auto Finance Industry Needs a Greater Focus on Digital Sales & Marketing

Most sales and marketing job ads go something like this: As an Inside Sales Relationship Manager, you will be contacting Auto Dealerships to sign up with AUTO FINANCE COMPANY NAME HERE as one of their sub-prime lenders. … The expectations for the first year at this job is to be making $60k – $100k per […]

PenFed to Expand Indirect Lending Footprint Into 4 New States

Pentagon Federal Credit Union has set its sight on expanding its indirect lending program into four new states, said Ivan McBride, vice president of automotive lending products and sales. PenFed plans to debut the program in Texas and Oregon this year, with Washington and Tennessee queued up for 2020. The credit union uses CU Direct […]

Dealership Financing Slips as Customers Prefer Online Options, Survey Shows

Consumers are increasingly opting to skip the dealership when it comes to getting their next auto loan, according to fresh data from Fico. Published last week, Fico’s 2019 U.S. Consumer Survey of Vehicle Finance Perceptions examined how consumers looked at the financing of their vehicle purchases and how auto finance companies are currently meeting their […]

Sierra Auto Finance Unloads Servicing Portfolio

Sierra Auto Finance transferred servicing of its portfolios to First Investors Financial Services on March 2, seven months after the subprime lender put a pause on new originations due to “unfavorable market conditions.” Sierra, founded in 2012, had $144 million of outstanding receivables at yearend 2018, down from $185 million in July 2018, according to […]

Veros Credit Turns to Machine-Learning Fraud Solution

In an effort to combat fraud, Veros Credit has adopted PointPredictive’s machine-learning fraud scoring solution, Auto Fraud Manager. The onboarding process — which typically lasts anywhere from three to six months, depending on the lender — was completed earlier last week. “We do a lot of work to educate lenders on the problem of misrepresentation […]

Proposed FTC Amendments May Impede Lenders’ Use of Aggregators

Proposed Federal Trade Commission amendments to a rule governing consumer data protection “could significantly affect the activities and contracting process” between lenders and lead aggregators, said Quyen Truong, a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. If the amendments are implemented, lenders will need to ensure that aggregators — which fall into the category of […]

Retouching Operations: Bank of the West Adds to Its Financing Palette

From the March issue: Despite a recent industrywide rise in auto loan delinquencies, one legacy prime lender is expanding its product set to satisfy dealer partners. “We needed to reinvent our business model,” Bank of the West Executive Vice President of Personal Finance Michael Pereira told Auto Finance News. “Bank of the West has a […]

P2P Digital Marketplace Targets Florida Expansion, CEO Says

Online buy-sell platform Tred plans to launch in Florida next quarter, on the heels of its February expansion into four Texas cities, said Chief Executive Grant Feek. Though Feek declined to disclose which Florida cities the company is targeting, he noted that Tred typically chooses densely populated areas, like Miami, for example. The company, which […]
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