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AutoGravity increases lead generation, turns to AI

AutoGravity has expanded the number of avenues it uses to generate customer leads for auto dealers, Chuck Schofield, vice president of sales and dealer services, told Auto Finance News. AutoGravity’s platform allows consumers to perform inventory and financing research online before going to a dealership. With these new enhancements, dealer partners receive CRM notifications when […]

Indiana CU rolls out e-contracting to increase marketshare

As credit unions are feeling the pressure of competition in auto finance, Forum Credit Union will adopt e-contracting for its 150 dealership partners by yearend to regain marketshare, Ben Wire, dealer division manager, told Auto Finance News.  The Fishers, Ind.-based credit union first piloted e-contracting with “a few” of its dealer partners last quarter, Wire said, […]

BREAKING: SNAAC to shut down this month

Security National Automotive Acceptance Co. (SNAAC) will stop purchasing auto contracts and liquidate its portfolio after 30 years in the business, Auto Finance News has learned. The lender will accept applications through Aug. 12 and purchase contracts through Aug. 19, the lender told AFN in an email. "The risk-adjusted returns in today’s market do not […]

Lease financier embarks on auto loan business

There’s a new auto finance company gearing up to enter the market. Dallas-based Musa Auto Finance, which specializes in new- and used-vehicle leasing, is taking the steps to become a full-spectrum auto lender, Founder and Chief Executive Jeff Morgan told Auto Finance News. Musa Auto Finance was created to fill a hole in the auto […]

Franchise Dealer Originations Inch Higher in Westlake’s Latest Securitization

The ratio of franchise dealer originations in Westlake Financial Services's securitizations is on an upward trajectory, according to a recent DBRS presale report.  In Westlake's most recent securitization, an $800 million transaction slated to close Feb. 20, franchise dealer originations account for 38% of the pool. By comparison, franchise originations hovered at 30% in the […]

LOS Provider Launcher Solutions Adds Alt Data From LexisNexis

Technology startup Launcher Solutions inked a deal last week to integrate alternative data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions into its loan-origination system geared for subprime lenders. Alternative data plays a significant role in auto loan underwriting, especially in the subprime sector where credit bureau profiles may be thin, Launcher Solutions President Nikh Nath told Auto Finance […]

Avid Acceptance to Double Securitization Volume on Heels of JPMorgan Chase Funding Facility

Avid Acceptance LLC’s new warehouse facility will put the lender on track to double its securitization volume next year, Chief Financial Officer Curtis Ash told Auto Finance News. The $50 million funding facility from JPMorgan Chase “will allow [Avid] a larger securitization in 2019,” Ash said, likely in the third or fourth quarter. The warehouse […]
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