Founded in 2016, MotoRefi connects users with lenders and manages the back-end documentation process with each state’s motor vehicle department.
According to SoFi Executive Vice President Jennifer Nuckles, the addition of an auto loan refinancing tool was a logical one since many of the company’s users carry large balances on their auto loans.
Additionally, the nation is an increasingly fertile ground for a car loan refinancing tool. In the past decade, the number of vehicle loans has grown by 41%. Today, auto loans account for 9% of all household debt, with 114 million Americans carrying a total of $1.37 trillion in auto loans.
Through today’s partnership, MotoRefi will have access to SoFi’s two million customers via an integration on SoFi’s website. MotoRefi is banking on this increase in exposure; the company expects to process $1 billion in loans this year after handling $250 million last year.
Overall, the addition of the new service is another step toward making SoFi into a more “bank-like” environment. The California-based company, which originated in student loan refinancing, has since expanded to offer personal loans, home loans, investing tools, a checking account, rewards, budgeting tools, and more.
Launched last month, SoFi’s latest tool offers investors early access to IPOs. Users with at least $3,000 in their account can purchase shares of companies as they go public. This type of access to IPOs, which is generally not available to individual retail investors, will help SoFi reach the new generation of traders that have entered the stock market since the pandemic hit last year.
Fintech connoisseurs may notice the irony in SoFi’s new IPO investment tool. The company itself recently eschewed a formal public listing for a SPAC merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings.