BMO Harris Auto Chief Outlines Growth for AutoGravity Partnership

BMO Harris Bank is accepting online auto loan applications in California thanks to a newly inked partnership with AutoGravity, with plans to expand its online business eastward in 2019. “Primarily [the loan applications are] just from the West Coast now, and we anticipate that as the relationship [with AutoGravity] grows, we’ll see a movement more […]

Catching the Wave: The Impact of Direct Lending on Auto Finance

The wave of direct lending is starting to swell, and lenders are working to initiate their programs before it crests. “[Direct lending] is still small for us, and we’re looking at trying to stay in front of the fact that consumers’ expectations around, predominantly, information is evolving,” Jeffrey Danford, Ally Financial’s senior vice president of […]

Future of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Uncertain Amid CEO Arrest

Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance is likely to undergo reconfiguration regarding which brand holds the power, following the arrest of Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn on Monday. However, the impact on the financing side should be minimal, analysts told Auto Finance News. “Most consumers pay little attention to these palace-intrigue stories,” Michelle Krebs, an executive analyst at Autotrader, […]

BBVA, NMAC, TD Bank, Wells Fargo See Tech as Top Priority for 2019

LAS VEGAS — Digital transformation and changing consumer communication trends will be top priorities for four of the nation’s largest lenders in 2019, according to an exclusive Auto Finance News survey of the resource-allocation plans among the companies’ senior executives. Results from the survey of BBVA Compass, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., TD Bank, and Wells […]

General Motors to Shut Down Cadillac Subscription Service by Yearend

General Motors Co. is reportedly hitting the pause button on its vehicle-subscription service, Book by Cadillac after launching nearly two years ago in Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York. A GM spokesman confirmed the OEM plans to shut down the service by yearend, the Wall Street Journal reported. However, there is still a chance that […]

Used-Car Values: How Lenders Manage Unexpected Appreciation

Roughly two years ago, the automotive market and the economy were heading for a peak year where lenders were aggressive, competition was stiff, and the economic environment was gaining strength. Since then, lenders have taken their foot off the gas, the economy has stabilized, and lenders have operated business as usual — while used-car values […]

Nissan Dealerships Slapped With $40M Fine for Loan Defaults

Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. has won its legal battle with a group of Manhattan-based franchise dealerships. The captive is entitled to $40.1 million after the dealerships and their guarantors defaulted on loan obligations, according to court documents. The litigation was sparked by the dealerships initially suing NMAC for a “breach of contract,” the filing notes. […]

Looming Tariff Threat to Lessen New-Vehicle Sales, ABS Volume

MIAMI — Auto ABS is experiencing strong performance this year, but President Donald Trump’s trade war and tariff threat on imported auto parts are expected to prompt a downturn in securitization volume, Jamie Feehely, managing director of securitization at National Bank, said during ABS East last month. “There are no securitizations done that are 100% […]
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