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 […]

Lenders Need to Guard Against Post-Data-Breach ‘Credit Washing,’ Analyst Says

Auto lenders are likely to tighten underwriting standards to stave off “credit washing,” a type of fraud that has become more popular amid an increase in data breaches, LexisNexis Risk Solutions analysts told Auto Finance News. Credit washing occurs when a borrower disputes negative information in a credit report, prompting the agency to “clean,” or temporarily […]

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 […]

Anderson Brothers Says It’s on Target for Double-Digit Origination Growth

Anderson Brothers Bank, which operates 23 branches in South Carolina, is on track to increase auto loan originations 22.5% this year and as much as 20% in 2019, according to Micky Watts, the bank’s senior vice president of indirect lending. The bank specializes in subprime and near-prime loans. While larger banks in North and South […]

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 […]
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