2019 Survival Guide: How Lenders Are Planning for the Year Ahead

From the January issue: 2018 was a strong year for auto finance as delinquency rates dropped, the economy grew, and consumer demand remained high. However, the new year finds lenders and analysts bracing for an economic slowdown. But that’s not the only worry. New-car purchases are lagging, according to Manheim’s November data, which has new-vehicle sales […]

Coming Unhooked: The Growing Disconnect Between Lenders and Repo Agents

With auto loan delinquency rates rising, it would seem to be a good time to be a repossessor. But that’s not the case. Tow truck and vehicle insurance prices are climbing; license, bond, and other compliance-related costs are increasing; technology spending— to boost internal efficiencies and maintain a competitive edge — is growing. Meanwhile, lenders […]

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 […]

Experian Integrates Alternative Credit Criteria, Increasing Lending Pool

Experian’s plan to integrate telecom and utility bill payments into credit profiles should help lenders originate loans to a broader pool of consumers, according to Greg Wright, Experian’s consumer bureau chief product officer. “Lenders can actually see [consumers’] true creditworthiness and what their real financial behavior is,” Wright told AFN. Early testing and analysis showed […]

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 […]
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