Auto Finance News’ Top 5 Stories of 2018

It was an interesting year. Early in 2018, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it would form a captive unit. The end of the year saw the arrest of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance head Carlos Ghosn. And there was plenty of news in between. What follows are AFN editors’ picks for top five stories of 2018: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles […]

Kraninger Scraps CFPB Name Change

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is keeping its name after Director Kathy Kraninger determined a change would be too costly for lenders, she wrote in an email to the bureau staff this week. In her first official move as the CFPB’s new director, Kraninger has halted her predecessor’s efforts to change the agency’s name to […]

Oregon CU Caps Loans at 84 Months Despite Consumer Demand for Longer Terms

Despite increasing customer requests for 96-month auto loans, Oregon Community Credit Union caps terms at 84 months, Ethan Nelson, Oregon Community Credit Union vice president of credit administration, told Auto Finance News. While indirect auto lending at the credit union has decreased in the past year, Nelson said the lack of 96-month financing was not […]

Alliant Credit Union Reaches $80 Million Milestone with TrueCar

Alliant Credit Union, which partnered with an online automotive marketplace TrueCar in 2015, said as of December 2018 that it has originated 3,000 auto loans worth $80 million through the platform and that Alliant members have saved $4 million off manufacturers’ suggested retail prices. TrueCar allows Alliant members to access certified-dealer inventory, check vehicle prices, […]

BECU Automates Decisioning to Offset Origination Decline

With volume slipping and interest rates on the rise, Boeing Employees Credit Union has worked to manage loan pricing and strengthen underwriting guidelines this year, Randy Schultz, the credit union’s senior product strategy manager for consumer loans, told AFN via email. For instance, BECU is in the process of implementing a customized scoring system to […]

Ford Motor Credit to Issue $500M Dealer Floorplan ABS

Ford Motor Credit is expected to close its fourth auto securitization on December 21, according to presale reports. The transaction, backed by a $500 million pool of revolving floorplan accounts, is 31.7% smaller than the captive’s last securitization — $732.2 million of notes — which was issued in November. However, the transaction has a 10-year revolving […]
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