Credit Karma is looking to make managing your car related routines a lot easier by launching their auto information center; the new product will allow customers to manage their auto finances, insurance and other car related items like recall notices; the biggest benefit will allow users to shop for better auto insurance and loan refinance rates that will help make sure they are getting the best deal. Source.
Several startups are approaching the auto purchase and loan process by integrating with the existing system instead of attempting to upend the current model; Kevin Singerman, founder of AutoFi, who recently inked a deal with Ford stated: "The market is so big that there's nothing preventing someone from creating a new dealership model, but I want to go after the biggest part of the pie, which is how consumers buy cars today. That's a much more attractive opportunity."; startup AutoGravity who is backed by German carmaker Daimler has a similar approach, providing a white label service to dealers; Bloomberg provides details of the current state of the auto market and other industry participants. Source