LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dealertrack Technologies (Nasdaq: TRAK) today announced that the number of active lenders connected to its Dealertrack Credit Application Network now exceeds 1,400 lenders, including more than 700 credit unions nationwide.
The Dealertrack Credit Application Network, which has grown from five lenders in 2001 to more than 1,400 lenders today, allows dealers to electronically submit application data to the industry’s most diverse network of banks, independent finance companies, captives and credit unions.
“The number of financial institutions, especially credit unions, and regional and state banks, that are embracing automated loan processing has grown substantially,” said Michael Collins, vice president, Lender Finance Solutions. “Dealertrack’s overall Dealflow Advantage, which includes our industry leading Credit Application Network, is designed to create greater efficiencies in financing and selling vehicles for lenders and dealers through advanced automated processing.”
Over the past several years, credit unions and regional banks have benefited the most from the move to an automated Sales and F&I process. For example, several credit unions, including the Greater Iowa Credit Union, STJ Federal Credit Union and Truity Federal Credit Union, have experienced indirect automotive loan volume growth of between 60 percent and more than 300 percent since introducing Dealertrack’s Sales and F&I tools into their automotive financing workflow.
“Integrating Dealertrack into our indirect loan process has helped us add 17,000 members and increase our loan volume by 340 percent over five years,” said Steven Meyer, vice president, Consumer Lending for Truity Federal Credit Union, with locations in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Arkansas.
According to Collins, “As automotive retail and credit markets continue to improve and better processes are put in place, we anticipate lenders will deploy more capital into automotive lending and concentrate on building more active relationships with dealers going into 2014.” Currently, the average number of lenders per dealer has risen to 9.5, compared to a low of 6.9 Lender-to-Dealer Relationships (LDR) in 20091.
In addition to the use of Dealertrack’s Credit Application Network by lenders, more than 6,300 automotive lenders use Dealertrack’s Electronic Lien and Titling (ELT) and collateral management services.
Dealflow Advantage: Driving Profits and Value for Dealers and Lenders
The Dealertrack Dealflow Advantage underscores Dealertrack’s commitment to workflow efficiencies that help drive profits and value through every step of customer interactions and transactions for dealerships. Dealers can leverage the Dealflow Advantage through a number of Sales and F&I tools and solutions, including digital retailing, credit application processing, F&I product aftermarket selling, electronic contracting, compliance and registration and titling, to create a seamless and efficient customer experience and workflow for one’s dealership.
About Dealertrack Technologies (www.dealertrack.com)
Dealertrack Technologies’ intuitive and high-value web-based software solutions and services enhance efficiency and profitability for all major segments of the automotive retail industry, including dealers, lenders, OEMs, third-party retailers, agents and aftermarket providers. In addition to the industry’s largest online credit application network, connecting more than 20,000 dealers with more than 1,400 lenders, Dealertrack Technologies delivers the industry’s most comprehensive solution set for automotive retailers, including Dealer Management System (DMS), Inventory, Sales and F&I, Interactive and Registration and Titling solutions.
Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
Statements in this press release regarding the benefits of the Dealertrack Dealflow Advantage and all other statements in this release other than the recitation of historical facts are forward-looking statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements of Dealertrack Technologies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.
Factors that might cause such a difference include the performance and dealer and lender acceptance of the Dealertrack Credit Application Network and Dealertrack solutions, and other risks listed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2012. These filings can be found on Dealertrack Technologies’ website at www.dealertrack.com and the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Forward-looking statements included herein speak only as of the date hereof and Dealertrack Technologies disclaims any obligation to revise or update such statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or circumstances.
1 - Each lender-to-dealer relationship (LDR) represents a pair between an active U.S. lender and an active U.S. dealer on the Dealertrack network.