U.S. Bank broadens real-time payment solution for dealers
U.S. Bank announced this week that it now can provide funds to auto dealers instantly after the contract is finalized by the bank.
Following a successful pilot completed in June, U.S. Bank said it already has enabled more than 800 dealers to receive funds from auto financing via a real-time payment.
The bank expects to deliver the solution to more dealers in the coming months as the bank continues to improve operational efficiencies for auto dealers.
While the traditional ACH payment method for funding auto loans can take several days — especially when sales are made outside of banking hours — U.S. Bank explained that real-time payments to dealers are fast, secure and available seven days a week, including holidays.
U.S. Bank also pointed out that dealers using real-time payments gain a competitive advantage, with greater control over cash flow and improved contract-in-transit metrics, a key performance indicator for auto dealers and their employees.
Furthermore, the solution is also available to recreational vehicle dealers, according to a news release.
“U.S. Bank is focused on delivering innovative real-time payment solutions to resolve what our customers tell us are their payments pain points,” said John Hyatt, president of dealer services at U.S. Bank. “We’re simplifying loan payment processes to help our dealer clients better control their cash flow, which gives them a competitive edge and peace of mind.
“Dealer interest in this solution over the last few weeks has grown rapidly, with many particularly excited about finalizing their deals within moments after a consumer is approved for a loan, especially during the evenings and even on Saturdays and Sundays,” Hyatt continued in the news release.
Earlier this year, U.S. Bank announced that it worked with Lithia & Driveway to help Driveway.com become the first online dealership to pay customers over the RTP network.
With The Clearing House’s RTP Network, the first new payment rail in the U.S. in more than 40 years, U.S. Bank can help businesses send and receive payments instantly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
U.S. Bank, which participated in the first ever payment on the RTP Network, is one of the top senders of RTP transactions in the U.S.
“The bank is continually developing new ways for companies to utilize real-time payments, such as a new solution to provide greater speed and security to money movement between individual investors and broker dealers,” the bank said.