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Ally to Make FICO Scores Available to Customers

Ally Financial Inc. will begin piloting in February a new program designed to provide customers with free access to their FICO score. The company expects to fully launch the new service this summer.

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Auto Finance ‘Running on All Cylinders,' Equifax Reports

Equifax reported today that auto finance’s total outstanding balance reached a record high in the opening quarter. New credit reached an eight-year high, while serious delinquencies fell to their lowest level in more than five years.

NADA Used Car Guide: Credit Conditions to Become 'Slightly Less Favorable'

The NADA Used Car Guide expects credit conditions to become ‘slightly less favorable’ by the end of the year as finance sources take on more risk.

February Lease Credit Approvals Up 11% From Last Year

So far in 2014, the credit approval rate is clocking in at 68.3%, close to the level Swapalease.com considers “healthy” at 70%.

GM Financial Reports Strong Fourth Quarter

GM Financial realized its second best year for credit metrics in 2013, which drove profitability for the captive finance company. But officials believe credit will be ‘a bit weaker’ in 2014.

Dealer Marketing Services Hires Director of Credit, Compliance

Dealer Marketing Services Inc. has hired Steve Aeschliman in the newly created position of director of credit and compliance. He will have oversight of the strategic direction, expansion and operation of both credit services and compliance.

Equifax: Auto Loan Balance Hits 5-Year High

The balance of auto loans in August increased 9.7 percent from last year, rising from $760.8 billion to $834.4 billion, according to Equifax’s National Consumer Credit Trends Report.

Car Lease Customer Credit Approvals Slip During August

According to Swapalease.com, slightly fewer approvals came through vs. the previous month and the overall strength on the year.

Equifax: New Credit in 2013 at Five-Year High

Auto loan origination activity this year is the strongest it has been for banks since 2006, with new credit generated during January and February totaling $141 billion.

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MBFS Customers Can Now Manage Accounts With In-Vehicle App

The captive becomes the first finance source to launch an in-vehicle app that allows vehicle owners to manage their account. The app will be available on model-year 2013 and newer Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with the COMAND Navigation system.