Alt-Data Helps Lenders Overcome Underwriting Hurdles

LAS VEGAS — Lenders are making alternative data a more integral part of the underwriting process. In the subprime sector, alternative data can paint a clearer picture and better assist lenders in assuming comfortable risk levels. “The more information you can have, the better a decision you can make and potentially price loans the right […]

Interest Rates Will Weigh Down Auto Sector Despite Strong Consumer Sentiment [VIDEO]

Comerica Bank’s Chief Economist and SVP Robert Dye expects that the U.S. economy could be headed for a “fiscal cliff” next year. Despite a somewhat confident consumer segment, the weight of interest rates on the auto industry will soon take effect. When it comes to consumers, “It is the best of times and the worst […]

California, Michigan Auto Sales to Decline as Debt-Strapped Customers Curb Purchases, Economist Says

LAS VEGAS —  Economic weaknesses in Michigan and California may dampen auto sales and financing volume, said Robert Dye, senior vice president, and chief economist at Comerica Bank. “On a regional basis, we’re seeing weakness in the Midwest, and we’re also seeing weakness in the West, so there’s an affordability issue,” Dye said in a […]

For Toyota Pilot Programs, Focus Moves to Utilization From Ownership [VIDEO]

Toyota Finance Services has deployed several pilots in ridesharing and car rental services. The company gave specific insight into the findings from two of these pilots at this year’s Auto Finance Summit. “A variety of scenarios are going to coexist in the future, it’s between personally owned and shared, and autonomous vehicles and driver-driven,” Sabreen […]

Why Penetration Rates Are Dropping at Hyundai Capital, NMAC

LAS VEGAS — Hyundai Capital America expects rising interest rates to squeeze penetration ratios to 40% or 50% by yearend across all its franchise brands, Chief Executive Ross Williams said during a fireside chat at the Auto Finance Summit. Historically, the captive’s penetration rate has hovered around 70%, Williams said. However, the rising interest rate […]

Lease Demand for Tesla Model 3 Beats BMW, Mercedes

Consumers seek leases on Teslas 26% more often than on Mercedes-Benz vehicles and 20% more frequently than on BMWs, Scot Hall, executive vice president of operations at car lease transfer marketplace Swapalease.com, told Auto Finance News. Currently, Tesla offers leasing options on its Model X and Model S variants but not on the lower-priced Model […]

How USAA Is Improving Experiences for Members [VIDEO]

USAA has specific objectives around customer service and simplifying the consumer-facing loan application process. The bank’s priorities heading into 2019 are to continue to provide an end-to-end digital experience for members to find and finance cars. “As a direct lender, we facilitate the process from research to enabling that member to apply online, decisioning that […]
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