General Motors Seen Tightening Integration With Captive Amid Leadership Changes

General Motors‘ latest executive management change appears to be part of a push for integration between the OEM and captive finance arm GM Financial, Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds‘ manager of industry analysis, told Auto Finance News. Chief Executive Mary Barra is taking charge of GM Financial, according to several reports. GM’s President Dan Ammann, who had been overseeing […]

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 […]

SunTrust to Add Functionality to Consumer ‘Smart-Portal’ Tool

SunTrust Bank plans to increase functionality and services offered through its consumer-facing “Smart Portal” web tool in the coming three to six months, said Chuck Jones, the bank’s head of national indirect lending. The online service, which took about six months to build, went live in the second quarter. “The portal is an introductory site showing […]

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 […]

Democratic House Likely to Scrutinize Lenders as State AGs Step Up Enforcement

A Democrat-controlled House will likely subpoena auto lenders for information about their practices, bumping up the threat of reputational and headline risk in 2019, Chris Willis, a partner at Atlanta-based Ballard Spahr LLP and practice leader of the firm’s consumer financial services litigation group, told Auto Finance News. “[The House Financial Services Committee] can issue […]

TrueCar Releases Tool to Guarantee Trade-In Values

Online car-pricing service TrueCar has launched a trade-in valuation tool meant to drive consumers to its dealer partners and, subsequently, boost origination volume for lenders. Consumers plug information about their vehicles into the tool, which then generates a guaranteed trade-in value powered by Galves Accu-Trade. “We’re able to take that information, which is inclusive of […]
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