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 […]

Slowing OEM Production to Fuel Affordability Challenge, Analyst Says

Recent OEM exits of lower-priced vehicle segments will limit availability and squeeze auto affordability in 2019, said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Cox Automotive Inc. “We’re starting to see announcements from major manufacturers about ceasing production of mostly more affordable cars, and so that reduces the number of units available for sale,” Smoke said. In […]
  • Bianca Chan
  • December 6, 2018
  • Risk

Dealership Group Faces Federal Charges Amid $10M Auto Loan Scheme

A Fremont, Neb.-based dealership was indicted in federal court on Nov. 15 after obtaining nearly $10 million in lines of credit by allegedly deceiving lenders through submissions of false statements, according to the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Nebraska. In total, used-car dealership group Siemer Auto Center defrauded financial institutions of payments […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • November 29, 2018
  • Risk

Honor Finance’s Securitization at Risk for Second Downgrade, S&P Warns

Subprime auto lender Honor Finance’s 2016 ABS issuance is on track for a second downgrade, according to S&P Global Ratings. The rating agency last week placed a tranche of notes under downgrade watch, noting that cumulative net losses (CNLs) rose to 27.2% compared with 13.4% during the past four months following the lender’s first downgraded […]

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 […]

Santander Settles CFPB Allegations of Loan, GAP Misrepresentation

Santander Consumer USA has finalized an agreement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to pay a $2.5 million fine and more than $9 million in restitution, according to a consent order filed by the bureau on Tuesday. Nearly a year after speculation surfaced of a possible consent order, Santander is finally settling November 2017 allegations […]

Bigger Risk Appetites, Less Competition Spur Subprime Volume

After eight straight quarters of credit tightening, lenders are widening risk parameters to reach more subprime borrowers. The reentry into lower credit tiers stems from an increase in lenders’ use of alternative data to underwrite loans, which translates to more affordable options for subprime borrowers, said Brian Landau, senior vice president and automotive business leader […]

Federal Reserve Urges Regulatory Oversight of AI for Financial Services

As auto lenders increasingly turn to technology to better their businesses, the Federal Reserve is evaluating the regulatory role the agency will play with regard to artificial intelligence, Fed Gov. Lael Brainard said Tuesday during a fintech conference in Philadelphia. “We are working across the Federal Reserve System to take a deliberate approach to understand […]
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