may be in the process of acquiring AmeriCredit
as a step toward securing a captive in-house financing operation, but the company says it will continue to nurture its relationship with Ally. As you may recall, Ally (formerly GMAC
) has financed dealer
floor plans for years, and GM
says that it will continue to rely on its former financing arm for that very reason. While AmeriCredit has been able to weather the rise and fall of consumer confidence with nary a scratch, the company doesn't boast same level of assets as other lenders. Note also that AmeriCredit has next to no experience financing dealer floor plans, and it's easy to see the holes in GM's financing strategy.
Ally seems happy to fill in those bald spots. According to Automotive News
, the company provided financing for around a third of all GM vehicles sold at retail during in the first quarter of 2010 and 90 percent of The General's vehicles in inventory. That leaves AmeriCredit to take care of subprime borrowers and leasing
duties. Consider the two the dynamic duo of GM financing.
[Source: Automotive News