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Ally Financial scores investment-grade rating

Ally Financial’s long-term default rating has reached investment-grade status after an upgrade by Fitch Ratings, thanks to a boost in profitability stemming from increased used-car originations. The upgrade is a plus for Ally since investment-grade paper is typically in higher demand by investors, Michael Taiano, senior director of the Financial Institutions Group at Fitch Ratings, […]

Clutch Technologies debuts fleet-valuation tool for subscription service providers

Clutch Technologies, a software company focused on subscription and mobility services, launched two tools this week for dealers and manufacturers to manage fleet size, mix, and usage. The first product addresses fleet valuation by leveraging remarketing data from Cox Auto subsidiaries Manheim, Kelley Blue Book, and Cox Automotive Data Solutions (CADS). The tool provides wholesale […]

Bipartisan robocalls bill assigns stiffer FCC enforcement

A bipartisan bill introduced by House lawmakers on Thursday would give the Federal Communications Commission the authority to issue harsher penalties against callers who violate robocall laws, according to a press release by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This week, the bill will move forward through the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. Led by […]

More Prime Consumers Opt for Used Cars as Subprime Loses Share

As the percentage of prime and super-prime used-car buyers reached an all-time high in the first quarter, the percentage of subprime loan originations fell to a record low, according to Experian’s Q1 2019 State of the Automotive Finance Market Report published today. “The trend of more prime consumers entering the used market is one we’ve […]

2 Critical Strategies to Cultivate Innovation

As the auto finance industry continues to migrate into the digital landscape, lenders are feeling the pressure to create a culture of innovation to stay ahead of the curve. How can lenders implement that mandate? Tricolor Auto President and Chief Operating Officer Don Goin and CarFinance Chief Technology Officer Doug Nottage tackled this conundrum at […]

Used-Vehicle Sales Increase Offsets New-Car Volume Decline

Used-vehicle sales picked up the slack as new-car volume slipped in April, according to fresh data from Cox Automotive. Used-vehicle sales volume increased 3% year over year, while new-vehicle sales fell 1.7%, even with one more selling day than April 2018, according to Cox Automotive’s monthly Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index report. The April SAAR […]

CarMax Updates Systems to Onboard New Tech Faster

CarMax Auto Finance is one year out from being able to onboard new technologies faster, Chief Operating Officer Mike Farris told AFN. The used-car retailer is working with London-based Alfa Systems to overhaul its core systems to make it more agile for innovation. “It’s really an evolution concept,” Farris said. “On the finance side, we’re […]
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