Risk | Auto Finance News - Part 4

Decline in Used-Vehicle Inventory Dampens Dealer Sentiment

Used-car sales – a driver behind recent market strength – may slow as used-vehicle inventories shrink, according to Cox Automotive’s second-quarter Dealer Sentiment Index report published last week. “If market strength is being driven by used vehicles, can used-vehicle sales remain strong considering declining inventory?” Cox Auto Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said in a statement. […]

Santander’s Calling System Still Violates TCPA, Court Finds

Santander Consumer USA’s Aspect calling system will still be considered an automatic telephone dialing system under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, according to a recent federal court decision. The motion to reconsider filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois was based on the premise that the definition of an autodialer changed […]

GM Financial Strengthens Ties With Blockchain Startup, First Products Revealed

GM Financial has expanded its partnership with Spring Labs through a $23 million Series A funding round, the startup announced on Wednesday. The round was led by GreatPoint Ventures “with significant participation from existing investors,” including General Motors Ventures, August Capital and RRE Ventures, among others, according to a press release. Through the GM Ventures […]

Fraud Origination Risk to Hit $7B by Year-end

The risk of fraud for auto lenders has increased 5% year over year, according to new data shared with Auto Finance News by PointPredictive’s chief fraud strategist Frank McKenna. By year-end 2019, fraud origination risk is expected to reach $7 billion. Fraud in the auto lending industry is evident. In fact, discussions between lenders at […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • June 13, 2019
  • Risk

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 […]
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