European Purchase Positions KAR to Boost Auction Tech

KAR Auction Services’ plan to acquire Belgium-based counterpart CarsOnTheWeb (COTW) will position the U.S. company to compete in the international remarketing arena. It is also likely to spark technology enhancements for the combined entity, said Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst Craig Kennison. The $103 million deal — slated to close in the first quarter […]

Tesla Issues Second-Ever Lease Securitization Despite Previous Downgrade

Tesla Inc. is slated to issue its second-ever U.S. auto securitization on Dec. 19, according to presale reports. The $837 million transaction is 53% larger than Tesla’s inaugural securitization, which was issued in February. That securitization was subsequently downgraded because of a “significant shortfall” in the Model 3 production rate and a weak financial situation, […]

Subprime Originations Expected to Grow in 2019 Despite Lender Caution, TransUnion Says 

Anticipated growth in originations to subprime borrowers is a sign that the auto industry is normalizing and will stay healthy in 2019, Brian Landau, senior vice president and TransUnion’s auto line of business leader, told Auto Finance News. Following a lender pullback from the subprime space in 2016 and 2017, subprime as a percent of […]

AutoNation Leads $146M Funding Round In Vroom

New- and used-car dealership chain AutoNation is the lead investor in Vroom’s $146 million series G funding, announced today. Other investors were T. Rowe Price, L Catterton, General Catalyst, and Fraser McCombs Capital. In October, AutoNation had pumped $50 million into Vroom in exchange for a 7% stake. Vroom CEO Paul Hennessy told Auto Finance […]

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 […]

How NMAC Uses Technology to Improve the Customer Experience

Technology is playing a more important role in auto financing as car buyers increasingly look for lenders to provide digital options for communication and payment. Finance organizations, including Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., are meeting their customers’ expectations with online portals, text communications, and mobile computing applications. Brian Massey, NMAC’s director of collections and loss recovery, was […]

General Motors Seen Tightening Integration With Captive Amid Leadership Changes

General Motors‘ latest executive management change appears to be part of a push for integration between the OEM and captive finance arm GM Financial, Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds‘ manager of industry analysis, told Auto Finance News. Chief Executive Mary Barra is taking charge of GM Financial, according to several reports. GM’s President Dan Ammann, who had been overseeing […]

Subprime Lender Tricolor Slated for Growth, Multiple Securitizations in 2019

Buy-here, pay-here lender Tricolor Auto Acceptance LLC, a niche player that focuses on Hispanic car buyers, is on track to issue at least two asset-backed securitizations in 2019, Chief Executive Daniel Chu told AFN. Though Chu declined to disclose the size of the potential transactions, he expects the offerings to outpace the $101.7 million securitization […]
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