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Feds: Fake FinCo Scored 80 Auto Loans Worth $1.7M

Six operators of a nonexistent auto finance company have been sentenced to federal prison or probation for fraudulently obtaining $1.7 million worth of loans from banks and credit unions.

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SMART Payment Plan Adds 30 New Markets

Matching payments program provider SMART Payment Plan is seeking agents to represent the company in 30 new U.S. markets.

JDP: Frontline Finance Reps Key to Dealer Relations

J.D. Power’s latest U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction Study finds knowledgeable and empowered bank and finance company personnel are critical to building successful relationships with dealers and F&I professionals.

OnlineBKmanager Adds Full-Service Mailing Option

Citing an increase in bankruptcy filings, OnlineBKmanager.com announced the addition of a full-service mailing option for its active dealer clients.

Experian Teams With Oliver Wyman to Launch CECL Forecaster

Experian’s Ascend platform now includes a loan portfolio modeling tool built in collaboration with Oliver Wyman and designed to help finance sources comply with new current expected credit loss standards.

DOJ Settles Nissan Captive Case for $3M

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nissan Motor Acceptance will pay $3 million to settle charges that it unlawfully repossessed 113 vehicles belonging to active military members.

Survey: Finance Execs Want More AI

Nearly 80% of C-suite finance executives expressed a growing need for artificial intelligence-driven auto loan processing procedures in a survey conducted by Inovatec.

Report: Longer Commute, Bigger Auto Loan

LendingTree analysts have discovered a correlation between commute times and auto loan balances, finding that car buyers borrow $269 for every additional minute between home and work.

New-Vehicle Interest Rates Fall to 5.8%

The average interest rate for a U.S. new-vehicle loan fell below 6% for the first time all year as automakers and dealers extended model-year selldown promotions.

Cornered Fed Announces First Rate Cut Since 2008

Facing new global realities and pressure on multiple fronts, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade in an attempt to prolong the economic expansion.