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Westlake taps CarFinance to grow refi business

Westlake Financial Services has inked a deal to start purchasing auto refinance loans originated through CarFinance, the companies announced this week. The goal of the partnership is to “complement” Westlake’s direct lending platform, LoanCenter, with auto loan refinancing, Ralph Ontiveros, vice president of Westlake services and lending solutions, said in a press release. The Los Angeles-based […]

Global Lending Services bets long-term success on direct business

Global Lending Services is in the midst of establishing a direct lending business, a move Chief Executive Steve Thibodeau calls “the next gear of [the company’s] growth engine.” While the Atlanta-based auto lender is keeping short-term aspirations in check — Thibodeau said he does not see the direct business as a significant driver of volume […]

Global Lending Services revamps decisioning software

Global Lending Services’s Chief Executive Steve Thibodeau is rethinking the way the subprime lender decisions applications as the company ramps up its direct lending business. “The entire decisioning framework must be turned on its head, with the purpose of first solving for the needs of the consumer,” Thibodeau told Auto Finance News. To that end, […]

Bank of America’s direct lending portal gains traction

Bank of America’s technology initiatives continue to gain traction with consumers, according to second-quarter earnings filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The bank's online portal drove 60% of direct auto loan applications, up from 55% back in February. Meanwhile, Bank of America’s AI-driven banking assistant, Erica, has experienced an increase in users, surpassing the […]

CPS ramps up direct lending, eyes title loan venture

In an effort to get ahead of increased competition stemming from a potential economic slowdown, Consumer Portfolio Services is diversifying its business, Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Fritz said. Specifically, CPS is increasing its direct lending volume and is developing a title lending business. CPS originated $8.2 million of direct loans in the first quarter. At […]

Global Lending Services to Venture Into Direct Lending

Global Lending Services is looking to build out a direct-to-consumer business, Auto Finance News has learned. "We are beginning to explore direct-to-consumer opportunities in the areas of direct-to-indirect, direct purchase, and refinance," Chief Executive Steve Thibodeau wrote to AFN in an email. "We will be exploring opportunities to partner with other lenders and players in the […]

Online Platform Drives 15% of PenFed’s Direct Loan Volume

Online originations have grown to as much as 15% of Pentagon Federal Credit Union’s direct loan volume since TrueCar started powering the credit union’s online car-buying service in early 2016, Ivan McBride, PenFed’s vice president of automotive lending products and sales, told Auto Finance News. “TrueCar’s buying service is a significant piece of our direct […]
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