CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – CarGurus (Nasdaq: CARG), a leading online automotive marketplace, today announced that Global Lending Services (GLS) has joined its multi-finance financing platform. lenders that allows eligible consumers to get prequalified for auto loans on the CarGurus website. CarGurus launched its online financing capability last year through a partnership with Capital One, and has since added Westlake Financial Services and now GLS as additional auto lenders to its financing program.
“As a leader in trusted automotive purchasing for consumers and dealers, CarGurus is delighted to welcome GLS as the latest lender to our finance platform,” said Tom Caputo, Director of Products at CarGurus. “The addition of GLS is a victory for shoppers who will see a greater selection of fares to choose from and a victory for dealers who will have better informed and ready to buy shoppers who come to their stores. Financing is an often overlooked, but crucial step in the online car buying journey, and creating an online auto finance lender market will help consumers do this research earlier in the process. and, ultimately, to go to dealerships better prepared to buy a vehicle. .
According to CarGurus buyer insights data, 36%1 of car buyers want to finance their vehicle online before purchasing it. The CarGurus online finance platform not only allows buyers to do so transparently, but also ensures that dealers retain both financing flexibility and the ability to offer additional financing options to these buyers by downstream.
“We are excited to partner with CarGurus to provide customers with financing options from the start of their car buying experience and from the safety of their own home,” said Steve Thibodeau, CEO of GLS. “The last few months have really highlighted the importance for customers to be able to do a lot of the buying process online, before they go to the dealership. Knowing you’re approved and what your payment will be before you walk into the dealership allows customers to focus on the vehicle they want without the stress of financing. For dealers, knowing they have qualified buyers referred to their showrooms improves sales volumes and reduces time spent in the finance office, leading to a better customer experience.
The partnership between CarGurus and GLS will allow eligible CarGurus buyers to pre-qualify for financing before visiting the dealership. Adding a third lender to the program will not only continue the transparent and efficient process buyers have become accustomed to on CarGurus, but will also offer these buyers competitive rates for virtually all US vehicle inventory on CarGurus.
For dealers and lenders with questions about the CarGurus financing platform, please contact [email protected].
Founded in 2006, CarGurus (Nasdaq: CARG) is a global online automotive marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of new and used cars. The company uses proprietary technology, search algorithms and data analytics to bring confidence and transparency to the automotive search experience and help users find great deals from top rated dealerships. CarGurus is the most visited car shopping site in the United States (source: Comscore Media Metrix® Multi-platform, Automotive – Information / Resources, Total Audience, Q2 2020, United States (the competitive package includes: CarGurus.com, Autotrader.com, Cars.com, TrueCar.com)). In addition to the United States, CarGurus operates online marketplaces under the CarGurus brand in Canada and the United Kingdom. In the US and UK, CarGurus also operates the Autolist and PistonHeads online marketplaces, respectively, as independent brands. To learn more about CarGurus, visit www.cargurus.com. CarGurus® is a registered trademark of CarGurus, Inc.
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1 According to the CarGurus 2020 Buyer Insight report