First American Corp., which provides credit reports, has acquired Bar None Inc., which supplies dealerships with leads on customers with risky credit. Terms were not disclosed.
Bar None of Pleasanton, Calif., will become a subsidiary of First American's credit information group.
Anand Nallathambi, president of the credit information group, says the Bar None deal "further expands First American's presence into the automotive market and enhances our nontraditional credit capabilities."
Jim Crouse founded Bar None in 1995 and remains its president.
First American of Santa Ana, Calif., provides data to businesses and consumers on vehicle purchases, employment, apartment rentals, home mortgages and business acquisitions.