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Auto ABS Volume Closes In on $60B

Year-to-date auto securitization volume hit $57.8 billion at the end of April, with prime loan issuance accounting for the lion’s share of transactions, according to research released today by Deutsche Bank. Prime loan securitization volume totaled $23.7 billion, and subprime volume reached $12.8 billion. The remaining volume was comprised of retail lease ($9.8 billion), fleet […]

Dealer Group Owes Ford Credit $45M

Ford Motor Credit has determined that Bart Reagor, co-owner of Lubbock-based Reagor-Dykes Auto Group, owes $45.3 million to the captive in its $112 million floorplan financing fraud suit against the dealer group, according to an amended proposed judgement filed with the U.S. District Court yesterday. Ford Credit already has recouped $74.7 million, which includes the former […]

YOY Growth Slows at Nation’s Top 10 Financiers

Loan and lease outstandings increased 2.2% last year for the nation’s 10 largest auto financiers, and two top-10 players recorded year-over-year portfolio declines, according to the Big Wheels Auto Finance Data 2019 report released last week. By comparison, portfolio growth among the 10 largest auto financiers was 4.5% in 2017. Wells Fargo Auto posted a 15.6% portfolio decline […]

Ford Motor Credit Posts Highest Earnings Since 2010

Ford Motor Credit earned $801 million before taxes in the first quarter, notching a 25% year-over-year increase and the captive’s best results in nine years. “Ford Credit benefited from lower depreciation on vehicles in our leased portfolio and improvement in credit loss reserves, reflecting continued strength in consumer credit metrics,” said Bob Shanks, chief financial […]

Ford’s $500M Backing of Electric OEM Opens Door for Captive Financing

Ford Motor Co.'s plan to invest $500 million in electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian could create an opportunity for Ford Motor Credit, said Cox Automotive Senior Economist Charlie Chesbrough. “It seems possible that Ford Motor Credit could provide financing for either Rivian fleet or Ford fleet services, Chesbrough said. "Given the ever-changing mobility world, there are […]

Court Favors Ford Credit in Floorplan Dispute, Dealer Shells Out $58M

Reagor-Dykes Auto Group Co-Owner Rick Dykes has agreed to pay Ford Motor Credit Co. $58.7 million, about half of what the captive claimed it was owed. Bart Reagor, the former chief executive and the other co-owner, is not mentioned in the April 2 consent order; a civil suit against him is still pending. Ford Credit […]

Ricart Automotive Tops 200 Vehicle Sales With AutoFi

AutoFi’s Express Checkout, an online car-buying service, is picking up steam, Rick Ricart, president of Ricart Automotive, told Auto Finance News. In the past three months, Express Checkout has been used for more than 200 vehicle purchases at the Columbus, Ohio-based dealership group. The tool aims to connect dealers, lenders, and buyers, allowing consumers to […]
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