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January 26, 2016 - Industry News

Two Auto Finance Veterans Join’s Board of Directors

Former executives of Capital One and Ford Motor Credit Co. have joined the board of, a new direct-to-consumer auto loan platform launched by the former founder of CarFinance Capital.

Tags: auto finance, Capital One Auto Finance, CarFinance Capital, Ford Credit, Jim Landy, John Noone,, Steve Linehan

December 8, 2015 - Industry News

Santander Names Ismail Dawood CFO

Dawood will officially become the finance source's new CFO on Dec. 16. Santander’s interim CFO, Jennifer Davis, will serve as deputy CFO.

Tags: auto finance, Ismail Dawood, Santander Consumer USA

December 3, 2015 - Industry News

Huntington Bank Adds Auto Finance Veteran

The bank named Tom Wirth auto finance product and strategy director. The 25-year auto finance veteran will be tasked with helping the bank’s continued expansion in the indirect auto finance channel.

Tags: auto finance, Huntington Auto Finance, Huntington Bank, Indirect Lending, Rich Porrello, Tom Wirth

December 1, 2015 - Industry News

Lincoln, Ford Captives Rank Highest in Customer Satisfaction, J.D. Power Reports

The firm’s annual Consumer Financing Satisfaction Study showed that Lincoln Financial Services led the way in the luxury segment, while Ford Credit ranked highest in the mass market segment.

Tags: auto finance, captive finance, Ford Credit, J.D. Power and Associates, Lincoln Automotive Financial Services

November 24, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Releases Fall 2015 Rulemaking Agenda

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released its fall 2015 rulemaking agenda. In it, the CFPB outlined its list of current initiatives that would help it govern consumer finance markets, including the auto finance industry.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, lenders

November 24, 2015 - Industry News

ChannelNet Expands Into New York City, Austin, Texas

The firm helping finance sources like Toyota Financial Services and Ally connect with car buyers online has expanded into two major markets. Officials say the expansion will aid the firm’s efforts to further penetrate the financial services industry.

Tags: Ally, auto finance, captive, ChannelNet, digital marketing, multichannel marketing, Toyota Financial Services

November 4, 2015 - Industry News

Auto Loan Balances Totaled $968 Billion in Q3

Experian Automotive reported that outstanding loan balances are now up more than 53% from the post-recession low in 2010.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loan Delinquency Rate, Experian Automotive, outstanding loan balances

October 22, 2015 - Industry News

Banking Regulator Issues Warning to Auto Finance Industry

The Comptroller of the Currency warned in a speech delivered yesterday that the pace of auto lending reminds him of the mortgage industry in the run up to the 2009 financial crisis.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loan Delinquency Rate, Auto Loan Terms, banks, economic downturn, economic recovery, Experian Automotive, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

October 7, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB Considering Ban on Arbitration Clauses

The bureau is seeking to ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses that block class action lawsuits. The proposals under consideration would allow companies to use arbitration for individual disputes, but would require those companies to submit to the CFPB the arbitration claims filed and awards issued.

Tags: arbitration agreements, auto finance, CFPB, Indirect Lending

October 1, 2015 - Industry News

Westlake Expanding Dallas Servicing Team

This week, Westlake Financial Service began its recruitment process as part of its plans to expand the servicing team in its Dallas production center, which opened its doors this past January.

Tags: auto finance, special finance, Subprime Financing, Westlake Financial Services

September 3, 2015 - Industry News

Millennials Continue to Stump Traditional Banks

A new report from Bank Director showed that today’s Baby Boomer- and Gen X-run banks are still trying to figure out the next big generation of consumers.

Tags: auto finance, Baby Boomers, banks, direct lending, Indirect Lending, Millenials

August 11, 2015 - Industry News

Auto Loan and Lease Balances Top $1 Trillion, Equifax Reports

The auto finance industry originated nine million auto loans through the first four months of year, totaling $182.9 billion. Equifax said these were the highest levels for this time of year since it began tracking auto finance data.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loans, banks, captive finance, Equifax, F&I manager, F&I process

August 4, 2015 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Dealer Services Opens Second Office in New Jersey

The new location represents Wells Fargo Dealers Services’ 56th Regional Business Center. It’s also the first of two new offices the company plans to open in 2015.

Tags: auto finance, F&I manager, F&I process, Indirect Lending, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

CFPB to Oversee Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

The CFPB finalized last week its proposal to oversee nonbank auto finance companies. The finalized rule, which left out recommendations submitted by an auto finance trade group, will take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Tags: American Financial Services Association, auto finance, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, nonbank auto finance

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Auto Lenders at Risk for Unpaid Customer Refunds

With government regulators keeping a close eye on the auto finance industry, Finance Express unveiled a new online system designed to help finance sources expedite recovery of ancillary product cancellation refunds.

Tags: auto finance, F&I Product Refunds, Finance Express, Finance Sources, Rich Apicella

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Consumers Want Lenders to Bid for Their Business, Study Shows released a new study that shows a majority of customers aren’t interested in car-sharing services or autonomous driving. What they do want is lenders bidding for their business.

Tags: auto finance, Autonomous Driving, Car-Sharing, leasing,

March 10, 2015 - Industry News

Wells Fargo: Subprime Cap Part of ‘Ongoing Risk Management’

The bank’s dealer services division responds to the reported cap the finance source has placed on subprime auto originations.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loans, Dawn Harp, subpoena, subprime, Wells Fargo

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

Consumers Relying on Financing, Experian Reports

In 2014’s fourth quarter, the percentage of new vehicles purchased with financing increased over the previous year to reach 84%, according to Experian Automotive’s latest State of the Automotive Finance Market report.

Tags: auto finance, Experian, Experian Automotive, Finance, Report

December 16, 2014 - Industry News

‘Great Deleveraging’ Has Ended, Equifax Reports

Consumers are back in the borrowing business, with November consumer credit data from Equifax showing that nonmortgage credit balances rose to their highest level in five years.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loans, Car Shopping, Consumer Credit Balances, Equifax, New-Car Sales

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Manheim Adds Experienced Executive to Leadership Team

Manheim selected Shane O’Dell to serve as senior vice president of wholesale service, a new role within the company. O’Dell has worked in the vehicle finance industry since 1995.

Tags: auto finance, leadership, Manheim, NextGear Capital

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

CFPB Needs a New 'Tool,’ Study Finds

F&I and Showroom delves into a new study commissioned by the American Financial Services Association. It concludes that the CFPB’s use of the BISG proxy method is “conceptually flawed” and could lead to overstatement of alleged harm to consumers.

Tags: Ally Financial, American Financial Services Association, auto finance, Bayesian Improved Surname Geocoding, BISG, CFPB, CFPB study, F&I manager, F&I office

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Comment Period Opens for CFPB’s New Rule

The CFPB published its proposal rule to oversee larger participants in the nonbank auto finance segment in the Federal Register last week, kicking off a 60-day public comment period that ends on Dec. 8.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

700 Credit, Equifax Partner on Income and Employment Verification Solution

The two firms have partnered on a new solution for dealers that is designed to resolve “stips” raised by their finance sources, allowing them to instantly verify income and employment information.

Tags: 700Credit, auto finance, Employment Verification, Equifax, lenders

December 5, 2013 - Industry News

Experian: Auto Loan Interest Rates Fall to All-Time Low

According to the latest report from Experian Automotive, interest rates for auto loans fell to an all-time low in the third quarter, while the average amount financed reached its highest level since 2008.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loans, Experian Automotive, interest rates

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

OnPoint Drops Buy-Back Requirement

Buy-here, pay-here auto financing company OnPoint launched a new lending program, 30/30, which eliminates the buy-back requirement on repossessed vehicles.

Tags: 30/30, Andy Regula, auto finance, lending program, loan, OnPoint Financial Corp.