Auto Finance News | The News That Drives the Industry - Part 4

Lenders dip down credit spectrum, boost originations in 2Q

As auto lenders opened their books of business to borrowers further down the credit spectrum, total auto debt increased 4.8% year over year to a record $1.3 trillion, according to the New York Federal Reserve Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit.  The report, which uses data from Equifax, showed that auto debt from loans […]

Carvana’s originations skyrocket in 2Q

Carvana’s second-quarter earnings were “the most successful quarter-to-date” for the finance platform, Chief Financial Officer Mark Jenkins said during the company’s earnings call yesterday. Carvana’s originations shot up 124.7% year over year to $1.2 billion, compared with $525 million in the prior-year period. In addition, finance gross profit per unit was a record $1,100 — […]

Loose auto underwriting points to ‘weak’ credit outlook, Moody’s says

Lenders did little to tighten auto loan underwriting last quarter despite worsening delinquency trends. Last quarter, 3.5% of bank respondents in the Federal Reserve's Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey reported to have somewhat tightened credit standards. The remaining 96.5% said standards remained basically unchanged. Given the "rapid rise in auto loan debt," however, banks would […]

American Credit Acceptance adds collectors as originations climb

Originations shot up 71% year over year at American Credit Acceptance, to $510 million last quarter, according to a presale report from Kroll Bond Rating Agency. The report details ACA’s latest securitization, a $302.8 million transaction slated to close Aug. 22. On the heels of its loan growth, ACA added 12 employees to its servicing […]

BREAKING: SNAAC to shut down this month

Security National Automotive Acceptance Co. (SNAAC) will stop purchasing auto contracts and liquidate its portfolio after 30 years in the business, Auto Finance News has learned. The lender will accept applications through Aug. 12 and purchase contracts through Aug. 19, the lender told AFN in an email. "The risk-adjusted returns in today’s market do not […]

Loose auto underwriting points to ‘weak’ credit outlook, Moody’s says

Lenders did little to tighten auto loan underwriting last quarter despite worsening delinquency trends. Last quarter, 3.5% of bank respondents in the Federal Reserve's Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey reported to have somewhat tightened credit standards. The remaining 96.5% said standards remained basically unchanged. Given the "rapid rise in auto loan debt," however, banks would […]

Fewer loan modifications pushes up losses in Santander’s latest ABS deal

Santander Consumer USA's third asset-backed securitization of the year is bringing $1.2 billion auto loans to market in a deal that’s expected to close Aug. 21, according to a presale report by S&P Global Ratings issued today. The deal props up the subprime lender’s ABS volume to $3.4 billion this year, a 10.5% year-over-year decline.  The […]

Wholesale used-vehicle prices climb in July

July’s used-vehicle prices on the wholesale market increased 2.6% year over year, pushing the Manheim Used-Vehicle Value Index to 140.5. Comparatively, July 2018 saw an abnormal increase in both prices and sales volume due to tariff concerns, making comparison to last year “particularly tough,” the report notes. While July usually sees a 1% decline in […]

How to leverage data and analytics to enhance the customer journey

It’s no exaggeration that the data revolution has transformed just about every industry. How data can be analyzed and used to improve business outcomes is virtually limitless. Properly harnessed, data can help find and rate new opportunities, streamline workflows, identify and reduce risk, predict future trends, and enhance employee engagement. Another big opportunity is improving […]

Florida AG cracks down on auto loan fraud

The Florida Attorney General’s office has announced a settlement with now-defunct Riverside Chevrolet and its former owner, Andrew Ferguson, for selling consumers vehicles with outstanding liens from August 2017 to April 2018. The settlement carries a price tag of $1.2 million, according to an agency release. “We are shifting into high gear to protect Florida […]

Sagent Lending Technologies merges auto operations into Defi Solutions

Sagent Lending Technologies‘ auto business will be renamed Defi Solutions by month’s end, when the two companies complete a merger announced today. Together, the companies provide technology solutions and services for lenders across the lending lifecycle, from originations and servicing to lease maturity management, remarketing and analytics, and digital engagement. Sagent also brings to the […]
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