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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 […]

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 […]
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