Westlake Financial to Launch Peer-to-Peer Lending This Year

Westlake Financial Services plans to add peer-to-peer lending capabilities to LoanCenter, its direct lending platform, later this year. The goal is to reach a new group of borrowers looking to purchase vehicles from individuals instead of from dealerships, Ralph Ontiveros, vice president of Westlake services and lending solutions, told Auto Finance News. “A lot of […]

2019 Survival Guide: How Lenders Are Planning for the Year Ahead

From the January issue: 2018 was a strong year for auto finance as delinquency rates dropped, the economy grew, and consumer demand remained high. However, the new year finds lenders and analysts bracing for an economic slowdown. But that’s not the only worry. New-car purchases are lagging, according to Manheim’s November data, which has new-vehicle sales […]

DriveItAway Acquires Whip Assets, Cuts Ties With HyreCar

DriveItAway, which provide dealers with the tools they need to offer subscription car services for Lyft and Uber drivers, today acquired the technology and assets of Whip. Whip offers subscription-service infrastructure management to car dealerships and fleet owners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. DriveItAway also said that it is cutting ties with HyreCar, […]

Westlake Financial to Roll Out Direct Lending Portal in 4 States

Westlake Financial Services is gearing up to expand its direct lending portal, LoanCenter, beyond its current California footprint. “Historically, we always pilot everything in our backyard,” VP of Westlake Services and Lending Solutions Ralph Ontiveros, told AFN. Now, nearly two years after launching the pilot, Westlake Financial is ready to take the portal nationwide. The rollout […]

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 […]

Honor Finance’s Securitization at Risk for Second Downgrade, S&P Warns

Subprime auto lender Honor Finance’s 2016 ABS issuance is on track for a second downgrade, according to S&P Global Ratings. The rating agency last week placed a tranche of notes under downgrade watch, noting that cumulative net losses (CNLs) rose to 27.2% compared with 13.4% during the past four months following the lender’s first downgraded […]

Westlake Exec Outlines Auto Finance Strategy for the Current Economic Cycle [VIDEO]

Technology tools will help lenders navigate and excel in the current financial cycle, said Paul Kerwin, Westlake Financial EVP and CFO, at the 18th Annual Auto Finance Summit. “For auto finance, we’re really in a new cycle and a new game,” Kerwin said. “The cycle started in 2009. Everything was pretty easy — there wasn’t […]

Subprime Issuers Gain Share of ABS Market

NEW YORK — Though subprime originations have declined, “a greater share of these originations are making their way into the securitization market,” Amy Martin, senior director of structured finance ratings at S&P Global Ratings, said during the agency’s Auto Industry Hot Topics event last month. With banks reducing their loan volume, independent finance companies have […]
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