Risk | Auto Finance News - Part 2

Westlake Begins Financing ‘Branded’ Vehicles

Westlake Financial Services is now financing refurbished vehicles with branded titles in 48 states, according to a company release. Vehicles with branded titles include flood, hail and water damage, in addition to salvage, junk, lemon, and crash test vehicles. The short-term goal with this new financing option is to expand the Los Angeles-based lender’s dealer […]

Perfecting the Formula: Why Lenders Need to Harness the Power of Social Media

From June's issue: Since the rise of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, consumers are increasingly turning to social media to view content, interact with each other, and communicate with the companies they engage with in business. Lenders in auto finance have started harnessing the width and breath of social media, but many are only scratching the […]

USAA, Credit Unions Targeted in Fraudulent Auto Loan Scheme

USAA, Navy Federal Credit Union and Pentagon Federal Credit Union were three of nine financial institutions hit with a fake car loan scheme perpetrated by two conspirators. The fraudulent acts racked up more than $2.6 million in auto loans. The scheme was committed from “at least” August 2014 through April 2018, according to court documents […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • June 11, 2019
  • Risk

‘Back-Loaded’ Auto Loans Threaten Small Lenders

PLANO, Texas — A form of fraud where dealer finance departments or banks “back-load” auto loans with disguised personal loans is gaining traction in the subprime auto space, Edward Kramer, senior advisor at Asurity Technologies, said at the Nonprime Auto Finance Conference last week. Smaller subprime lending operations might be ill-equipped to deal with this […]

Wells Fargo Seeks Approval of $394M Settlement

Wells Fargo & Co. and National General Insurance Co. will reconvene at the U.S. District Court of Santa Ana, Calif., on July 8 for preliminary approval on a proposed $393.5 million settlement, according to a court filing published yesterday. Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $386 million and National General will pay $7.5 million in […]

Lengthening Loan Terms a Concern for ‘Healthy’ Subprime ABS Market

PLANO, Texas — The growing popularity of loan terms over 60 months is a concern for the subprime auto securitization market, Amy Martin, senior director of structured finance at S&P Global Ratings, said at the Nonprime Auto Finance Conference last week. “We’re concerned about the lengthening of loan terms because that could lead to a […]

Tariffs Continue to Rattle Auto Industry

PLANO, Texas — The threat of tariffs on Mexican imports could have lasting implications for new-vehicle prices and vehicle value depreciation, said Cox Automotive’s Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke at the Nonprime Auto Finance Conference yesterday. “Tariffs will be very detrimental to the market, leading to higher prices and fewer vehicles sold — essentially causing the […]

Influx of Off-Lease SUVs Applies ‘Downward Pressure’ on Residual Values

Amid the growing popularity of SUVs, an influx of off-lease vehicles returning to the market could impair residual values, David Paris, supervisor of market intelligence at JD Power, told Auto Finance News. So far this year, off-lease volume has increased 7.7% year over year, according to JD Power data. “We’re anticipating used supply to peak […]
  • Joey Pizzolato
  • June 5, 2019
  • Risk
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