Buy Here, Pay Here (BHPH) crowdsourced securitization firm Agora Data is coming out with a new financing tool this week. The Texas-based company is introducing a reducing interest rate line of credit for BHPH dealers and small-to-mid-size finance companies to offer their sub-prime borrowers more vehicle financing options.
With the new reducing rate line of credit, the interest rate decreases over time. The loans also come with other advantages not typically found with traditional financing options, including no personal guaranty or recourse, flexibility to draw cash as needed, and no origination or unused line fees.
“With AgoraCapital, we remove the obstacles dealers confront in traditional lines of credit and empower them with the same secret sauce enjoyed by larger national dealer groups,” said Agora Data CEO Steve Burke. “Agora’s innovative, best-in-class financing options and robust data analytics are leveling the playing field for an underserved and underbanked industry.”
Agora Data was founded in 2017 and its team of auto retail, finance industry experts, and top data scientists leverage AI to bring BHPH car dealers a simplified experience when it comes to selling auto loans. Agora Data aids dealers in selling their auto loans to banks, finance companies, hedge funds, and private equity firms. The selling tool groups all firms’ offers together and analyzes each one in order to provide the dealer with the most competitive offer.
In addition to the selling service, the company offers AgoraInsights, a product that helps dealers maximize portfolio performance, reduce risk, and manage cashflow. “Agora is already making a positive difference for the BHPH industry by helping our members strengthen their financial footing and realize unprecedented growth, knowledge, ability to compete and ultimately build wealth,” added Burke.
News about auto financing has consistently appeared in the fintech headlines since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. However, while Agora Data’s announcement is aimed at auto financing for the underbanked community, most of the news we’ve seen in this sector has focused on digitizing and managing the loan application portion of auto loans and refinances. One such company, MotoRefi, partnered with SoFi in April of this year and received $45 million in funding in May.