Agora Data’s Steve Burke and Becky Chernek Discuss Enhancing Car Dealer’s Profit Margins with CBT News

On this episode of CBT Now, host Jim Fitzpatrick is joined by Steve Burke, CEO of Agora Data, and Becky Chernek, finance and insurance (F&I) expert, to discuss how innovative processes are radically transforming the auto loan process.

Key Takeaways

1. Agora Data offers a unique value proposition for car dealers by enabling them to act as their own finance company. By signing consumers up for vehicle retail installment contracts and assigning these auto loans to Agora, dealers can retain full residual income, which is typically earned by traditional finance companies. This approach seeks to enhance the dealers’ profit margins and offers a novel way for dealers to manage financial transactions directly.

2. Agora Data’s services can help dealers recoup lost gross profits and optimize financial operations in a changing market. As car dealerships face challenges like reduced gross profits and inventory issues, Agora proposes solutions that help them establish more deals and develop loyal customer bases, ultimately leading to more sales and improved profit margins.

3. Agora’s platform includes comprehensive training and support for dealership staff. This aims to alleviate the burden of adopting new financial practices within dealerships.

4. Agora enhances its financial offerings with robust technology that aids dealers in structuring auto loans for maximum profitability. The platform provides a dashboard that allows dealers to monitor cash flows and overall performance, enabling better decision-making and financial management at the dealership level.

5. A significant advantage of partnering with Agora is its non-recourse auto loan structure, meaning dealers do not have to return the residual income even if the buyer defaults. This model reduces the financial risk to dealers, providing stability and security in their new role as finance providers.

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About Agora Data, Inc.

Agora Data, Inc. is an automotive industry fintech revolutionizing financing for car dealers and finance companies. Car dealerships can secure affordable capital to build their own non-prime captive finance company, obtain actionable loan performance data to improve their lending portfolios, and use a wide range of solutions to grow their business safely. Powered by patent pending artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology, car dealers can access real-time data analytics and planning resources to help optimize the performance of their portfolios. Agora Data made history by closing the first-ever crowdsourced non-prime auto securitization in 2020 and continually brings groundbreaking financing solutions to an underserved market. For more information, visit

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