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Dallas-based Santander Shopper USA companions with AutoFi for digital car-buying platform

Dallas-based Santander Shopper USA Inc., one of many nation’s largest subprime auto lenders, is increasing its partnership with a rising San Francisco know-how agency to develop an end-to-end digital automobile shopping for expertise.

Santander Shopper additionally invested in AutoFi’s new $85 million funding spherical, together with Silicon Valley Financial institution and Crosslink Capital. AutoFi had beforehand raised $29.5 million from buyers corresponding to Ford and BMW’s enterprise arm.

Santander Shopper’s new know-how will embody cellular, desktop and in-dealership instruments to streamline the automotive financing course of. AutoFi’s platform lets customers choose “Purchase Now,” obtain an automatic credit score choice after which assessment mortgage affords from banks, specialty lenders and credit score unions competing for the customer’s enterprise.

“Our new digital product suite will join sellers, shoppers and autos extra successfully than ever earlier than,” mentioned Santander Shopper USA president and CEO Mahesh Aditya in a press release. “By personalizing and streamlining the automobile shopping for course of, everybody wins. Consumers see precisely what they will buy, and sellers can self-service every deal to satisfy the wants of their prospects.”

Santander Shopper, which has a mean managed asset portfolio totaling $64 billion, and AutoFi have been working collectively since 2018. Santander Shopper has mentioned it expects to roll out the brand new know-how nationally this yr.

AutoFi plans to make use of the brand new funding to rent employees and speed up improvement of merchandise corresponding to “RealPayments,” a cloud-based pricing platform that lets auto finance firms join with shoppers as they seek for autos. Customers are shortly pre-qualified for financing and may see the precise worth and month-to-month cost of 1000’s of autos.

Prospects buying or researching autos on-line can also acquire on the spot credit score approvals and a agency financing provide from AutoFi’s community of main lending establishments.

AutoFi’s platform processed greater than 1 million auto financing requests final yr, leading to greater than $3 billion in automobile gross sales.

“We’re humbled to have a number of the world’s main monetary establishments share our imaginative and prescient to deliver innovation to automotive commerce,” mentioned AutoFi CEO and co-founder Kevin Singerman in a press release. “Finance is a vital a part of how folks purchase and promote autos and continues to be a foremost supply of friction within the automotive retail course of. Finance should be extra built-in into digital experiences.”

In August, the U.S. subsidiary of Spanish banking large Banco Santander mentioned it was taking Santander Shopper USA non-public in a deal that valued the corporate at $12.5 billion.