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Take back control of your dealership’s auto loan process

On this episode of CBT Now, host Jim Fitzpatrick is joined by Steve Burke, CEO of Agora Data, and Becky Chernek, finance and insurance (F&I) expert, to discuss how innovative processes are radically transforming the auto loan process.

Key Takeaways

1. Agora Data offers a unique value proposition for car dealers by enabling them to act as their own finance company. By signing consumers up for vehicle retail installment contracts and assigning these auto loans to Agora, dealers can retain full residual income, which is typically earned by traditional finance companies. This approach seeks to enhance the dealers’ profit margins and offers a novel way for dealers to manage financial transactions directly.

2. Agora Data’s services can help dealers recoup lost gross profits and optimize financial operations in a changing market. As car dealerships face challenges like reduced gross profits and inventory issues, Agora proposes solutions that help them establish more deals and develop loyal customer bases, ultimately leading to more sales and improved profit margins.

3. Agora’s platform includes comprehensive training and support for dealership staff. This aims to alleviate the burden of adopting new financial practices within dealerships.

4. Agora enhances its financial offerings with robust technology that aids dealers in structuring auto loans for maximum profitability. The platform provides a dashboard that allows dealers to monitor cash flows and overall performance, enabling better decision-making and financial management at the dealership level.

5. A significant advantage of partnering with Agora is its non-recourse auto loan structure, meaning dealers do not have to return the residual income even if the buyer defaults. This model reduces the financial risk to dealers, providing stability and security in their new role as finance providers.

"You get a check every month for the term of the loans. So you know if a dealer originates $10 million worth of loans, and let's say...there's a $2 million residual interest that will come to that dealer. On the 20th of every month, the dealer gets that residual that was paid by those consumers in that month. And it can never go negative because it's non-recourse. So if, let's say, Armageddon happens and every loan defaults, the dealer never gives back any of the money they got." — Steve Burke

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Colin Velez
Colin Velez
Colin Velez is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. After obtaining his bachelor’s in Communication from Kennesaw State University in 2018, he kicked off his writing career by developing marketing and public relations material for various industries, including travel and fashion. Throughout the next four years, he developed a love for working with journalists and other content creators, and his passion eventually led him to his current position. Today, Colin writes news content and coordinates stories with auto-industry insiders and entrepreneurs throughout the U.S.

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