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Westlake Financial Aims for Another Year of Growth in 2019

Westlake Financial is shooting for 20% growth in 2019 on the heels of expansion of its direct lending platform and several other units, the lender announced last week. Westlake's portfolio shot up 35% last year, to a record $8.33 billion, with 40.5% of originations in the prime and near-prime credit tiers. Westlake Financial attributed some […]

AFN Calls for Startups to Apply for Innovation Demos

Auto Finance News is holding a DEMOvation Challenge in advance of Auto Finance Innovation Summit 2019 — which is slated for May 14-15 at the Omni San Diego — to determine which startups will secure one of a limited number of complimentary demo slots. For the third year, Auto Finance Innovation Summit 2019 will feature DEMOvation sessions, offering a unique presentation experience […]

Lift in Fleet Volume Offsets Sagging January Sales

January fleet sales edged higher than expected, easing the decline in new-vehicle sales, according to fresh data from Cox Automotive. Total fleet sales rose 10% year over year in January to nearly 216,000 units, driven mostly by an increase in sales to rental car companies. In January, 67% of fleet vehicles were sold to rental […]

Bank of America Adds 15,000 Carvana Vehicles to Its Buying Site

Bank of America added 15,000 vehicles to its digital car shopping and financing platform through an expanded partnership with Carvana, the companies announced last week. The partnership comes on the heels of a limited pilot with Carvana. In 2018, Carvana was added to Bank of America’s direct-to-consumer mobile car shopping service "in a couple of […]

CPS Eyes Dealer-Based Tech to Bolster Origination Volume, Customer Experience

Subprime lender Consumer Portfolio Services Inc. is allocating funds toward its dealership portal and artificial intelligence as it looks to boost origination volume without sacrificing credit quality, Senior Vice President of Originations Teri Robinsontold Auto Finance News. “We don’t compete as aggressively, we focus a lot on customer service and try to be the lender the dealers want to […]

Dealers Negotiate Lease Prices in New Lexus Program

Toyota Financial Services is piloting its Lexus Complete Lease program with 80 dealerships in seven states, though the timing for a national rollout is still undecided, Joanna Dean, general manager for finance products at TFS, told Auto Finance News. “[TFS] will continuously evaluate the success of the program and decide on the expansion into additional […]

HyreCar Scouts Insurance Options Amid Profit Growth

HyreCar is leveraging its 2018 growth to either reprice or onboard a new insurance provider this year, Chief Executive Joe Furnari, told Auto Finance News. The startup's growth in earnings, operations, and geographic expansion allows more room for negotiations as its insurance renewal date approaches in early April. “We’re coming up on that renewal date,” […]

Ford Credit Eyes ‘Self-Adapting’ Underwriting Model

As Ford Motor Credit Co. refines the first phase of its machine-learning model for credit decisioning, the captive is already working on version 2.0. “In the fourth quarter of 2018, we launched machine learning into production," Director of Credit Analytics Yi Lu said during a panel discussion at the American Financial Services Association’s Vehicle Finance […]
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