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Auto issuance drives ABS growth

The auto finance sector is propping up the securitization market, with year-over-year growth climbing 18% through June, according to Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s Midyear 2019 ABS Outlook published last week. Auto securitization volume hit $68.5 billion through June, according to KBRA. “Despite plateauing new-vehicle sales, there has been tremendous year over year growth in auto-related […]

Carvana stakeholder named richest person in Arizona

Ernest Garcia II, the largest shareholder of Carvana and founder of DriveTime Automotive, was named the richest person in Arizona with a net worth of $5.6 billion, according to an annual Forbes ranking. Garcia, through his wholly owned subsidiary Verde Investments, owns 89.3 million shares of Carvana’s class A and B common stock, giving him […]

Carvana grows southern presence, doubles originations YOY

Carvana, an online used-car retailer, is expanding its geographic reach in the southern states as a part of its sales growth roadmap. Already in June, the Tempe, Ariz.-based company entered four North Carolina markets, two South Carolina markets, and two Central Florida markets, according to company press releases. Bolstering the platform’s southern presence is one […]

Carvana Hits ABS Market With Second Transaction

Carvana is bringing $337.3 million in asset-backed securities to market in a deal that’s expected to close June 27, according to a presale report by Moody’s Investors Service issued this week. Carvana’s second deal of the year props up its ABS volume to $676.1 million just three months after the online used-vehicle retailer completed its […]

Carvana’s 7-Day Return Policy Boosts Retention Rate

Carvana’s seven-day return policy has resulted in a single-digit return rate, Christina Keiser, vice president of strategy, said at the Auto Finance Sales & Marketing Summit last month. "Carvana return rates are in the mid- to high-single digits, and about half of those are swaps — meaning, a customer exchanges the original vehicle for a […]

Carvana Turns to AI For Customer Support

SAN DIEGO — Carvana is integrating a conversational artificial intelligence platform into its customer support channels, Christina Keiser, vice president of strategy, said at the Auto Finance Sales and Marketing Summit last week. Propel.AI, which Carvana bought last year, is in the early stages of testing. “We think the human touch is important,” Keiser said. […]

Carvana’s VP of Strategy Talks Customer-Focused Financing at the Auto Finance Sales and Marketing Summit

Carvana’s Vice President of Strategy, Christina Keiser, will join the Auto Finance Sales and Marketing Summit at the Omni San Diego for a dynamic presentation entitled, “Customer First, Facilitating a Seamless Buying and Lending Experience.” The presentation — which takes place on Monday, May 13, at 3:00 p.m. PT — will explore how lenders can […]

Carvana to Buy Used Vehicles Through Honcker Leasing App

Leasing startup Honcker added used-car trade-in capabilities to its mobile app via a partnership established with Carvana in November 2018, Honcker Founder and Chief Executive Nathan Hecht told AFN. Technology integration was completed in February, and the companies officially launched the tool to users last week. With the partnership, consumers can sell their used car […]
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