AutoFi raises $85 million to grow its online auto finance business

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March 7 (Reuters) – AutoFi, the San Francisco-based provider of dealership systems to support online vehicle sales and financing, has raised $85 million to expand operations, the company said on Monday.

The investment values ​​AutoFi at nearly $700 million, the company said. New round investors include Santander Holdings USA, Silicon Valley Bank and Crosslink Capital.

The pandemic has spurred growing consumer interest in online vehicle financing and purchasing from U.S. auto dealerships, a trend recognized and generally supported by automakers.

Previous investors in AutoFi include BMW iVentures and Ford Motor Credit, according to investor website PitchBook.

AutoFi said its digital commerce platform was used to process more than one million vehicle finance applications in 2021, supporting more than $3 billion in retail sales.

The latest funding round will be used to expand AutoFi’s platform to banks, as well as captive and specialty finance companies, according to Kevin Singerman, CEO and co-founder of AutoFi.

Santander Consumer USA announced that it will expand its partnership with AutoFi to roll out Santander’s online sales and finance program nationwide. (Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit editing by Chris Reese)

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