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Dealership Financing Slips as Customers Prefer Online Options, Survey Shows

Consumers are increasingly opting to skip the dealership when it comes to getting their next auto loan, according to fresh data from Fico. Published last week, Fico’s 2019 U.S. Consumer Survey of Vehicle Finance Perceptions examined how consumers looked at the financing of their vehicle purchases and how auto finance companies are currently meeting their […]

Bank of America Adds 15,000 Carvana Vehicles to Its Buying Site

Bank of America added 15,000 vehicles to its digital car shopping and financing platform through an expanded partnership with Carvana, the companies announced last week. The partnership comes on the heels of a limited pilot with Carvana. In 2018, Carvana was added to Bank of America’s direct-to-consumer mobile car shopping service "in a couple of […]

Ally Financial Boosts Carvana Financing Commitment to $2.3 Billion

Ally Financial has increased its financing commitment to Carvana by 15%, to $2.3 billion. In the third year of the partnership, Ally has agreed to provide Carvana with a $650 million floorplan line of credit, up from $350 million previously. Ally will also provide as much as $1.25 billion available for bulk purchases, and a […]

USAA Mulls Future of Augmented Reality App as Pilot Nears Finish Line

USAA Bank is establishing itself as an innovative competitor in the direct lending space with its augmented reality app pilot — a move meant to provide consumers with a holistic approach to the car-buying experience, Renee Horne, vice president of consumer lending experiences, told Auto Finance News. “USAA doesn’t go through dealerships like many of […]

Fair Leverages B2B Marketing Strategy for Rapid Growth, CEO Says

Used-car leasing app Fair is expanding rapidly through partnerships rather than spending funds on advertising straight to the consumer, Founder and Chief Executive Scott Painter, told AFN. “Given our partnership with Uber Technologies Inc., our expansion is not based on [brand building], so we don’t have to worry about marketing dollars,” Painter said. By having […]

Carvana Originations More Than Double Amid Geographic Expansion

Carvana’s originations of finance receivables increased to $525.8 million during the first six months of 2018, compared with $223.8 million during the same time last year, according to the company’s second-quarter earnings released this week. That boost in financing tracks with the online dealership’s higher retail sales expectations this year. Sales climbed 111% during the second […]

Online Retailer Joydrive Aligns With Dealers for Home Deliveries

Joydrive, a newly launched online automotive retail marketplace, wants consumers to order cars from their couch, arrange financing from their phones, and have the cars delivered to their driveways without ever stepping foot in a dealership. And it’s enlisting an unlikely ally to accomplish that vision — dealerships.   In the first seven months of […]
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