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More dealers use CarGurus, TrueCar than other digital platforms

When it comes to dealerships’ digital functionality and presence, CarGurus is the most widely used third-party digital platform, according to new data from an Auto Finance News dealer insights survey. The survey tapped a sampling of dealers nationwide to unveil digital trends directly from the showroom. Among dealers surveyed, 45% said they leverage CarGurus’ platform, a marketplace […]

AutoGravity increases lead generation, turns to AI

AutoGravity has expanded the number of avenues it uses to generate customer leads for auto dealers, Chuck Schofield, vice president of sales and dealer services, told Auto Finance News. AutoGravity’s platform allows consumers to perform inventory and financing research online before going to a dealership. With these new enhancements, dealer partners receive CRM notifications when […]

Mercedes-Benz Financial fosters innovation to drive originations

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ focus on ushering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and new mobility fronts has buoyed loan and lease originations this year, Vice President of Credit Operations Chris Kaefer told Auto Finance News.  The captive leapfrogged competitor BMW Financial Services, increasing originations 34.6% to $17.1 billion in 2018, according to Big Wheels Auto Finance data. Comparatively, BMWFS originations declined […]

BMO Harris Hones Sales Structure Amid Geographic Expansion

BMO Harris Bank is eyeing new opportunities – and states – to further grow its indirect auto business, Head of U.S. Indirect Lending Craig Harter told Auto Finance News. Last quarter, BMO Harris entered North Carolina and Maryland; the bank added Texas to its footprint in the second quarter of 2018. Additionally, the lender made […]

AutoGravity to Streamline Applications With Experian Data

AutoGravity has set the wheels in motion to integrate consumer behavior data from Experian Automotive into its digital car-buying platform. “There’s an idea of what the perfect digital auto retailing is, and then there’s where we are today — and there’s this massive gap in between,” Mark Humphrey, AutoGravity’s vice president of lender network, told […]

5 Trends to Watch: 2019 Promises to be an Interesting Year

From the January issue: The pace of U.S. growth is expected to slow, according to most economists, who also think interest rates will rise. There is uncertainty about tariffs and, beyond the economic factors, the race between different lenders, dealers, and manufacturers to overhaul products and services is picking up. But perhaps the biggest challenge […]

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 […]

5 of the More Interesting Corporate Moves of 2018

2018 will be remembered as a profitable year for the auto industry. Healthy December sales, as forecast by Cox Automotive, will drive U.S. auto sales above 17 million for the year. But car companies weren’t resting on their laurels. Many players in the auto space were positioning themselves for the future. What follows are five […]
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