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CDK Global Adds AutoFi, New Integrations to Fortellis Commerce Exchange

CDK Global announced on Tuesday that AutoFi has agreed to consume digital retailing APIs from the Fortellis Automotive Consumer Exchange Platform. Equifax, one of the platform’s inaugural publishers, also said on Tuesday it will publish new APIs for the platform.

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Total Outstanding Auto Portfolio Balances Top $1.25 Trillion

Total outstanding auto portfolio balances reached $1.27 trillion through May, the first time balances have surpassed $1.25 trillion.

Equifax: Subprime Pullback Continued in Q1

Subprime originations fell 4.5% from a year ago to 1.841 million in the first quarter, a period in which total outstanding balances topped a quarter trillion, the firm reported.

Equifax: Finance Sources Pull Back From Subprime, Leasing

January saw a significant drop in lease originations, as finance sources placed a greater emphasis on loan incentives, according to Equifax. The firm also reported that subprime accounts fell to their lowest share of the market since 2006.

Westlake Financial Now Using Equifax’s Dealer Intelligence Platform

Equifax’s TradeSight allows finance sources to analyze originations, current and future dealer partners, and performance of finance contracts booked through dealer partners. The platform works by combining Equifax’s consumer credit information with dealer and vehicle data from third-party data sources.

AFSA Panel Bursts Subprime Bubble

Representatives from the three major credit bureaus opened the 21st annual Vehicle Finance Conference and Exposition by confirming that there is no forming subprime bubble. They explained why and how millennials are contributing to a healthy auto finance market.

CFPB Orders TransUnion and Equifax to Pay $23.1 Million for Deceptive Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week took action against Equifax and TransUnion, ordering the two credit reporting agencies and their subsidiaries to pay more than $17.6 million in restitution for deceiving consumers about the usefulness and actual cost of credit scores they sold to consumers. The two firms were also ordered to pay $5.5 million in fines to the regulator.

Equifax Adds Income, Employment Verification Tools

In addition to confirming basic income and employment information, dealers can now use this new verification technology to view an applicant's job tenure, officials said.

Auto Finance to Get More Competitive, Equifax Reports

Slowing demand for new vehicles points to auto finance sources having to contend with increased compeittion for consumer loans. That was the conclusion of Equifax's Nation Consumer Credit Trends report for August, which showed that auto originations for the first six months of year grew 3.5% compared to a year ago.

Independent Dealers Bearish on Market, Customer Traffic, Survey Shows

According to the latest NIADA Business Confidence survey, dealer outlook for Q3 retail sales growth was less optimistic than growth expectations for the second quarter, although there was an uptick in the number of respondents who thought sales would remain the same.