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CUDL rolls out iPhone app
ONTARIO, Calif. (7/14/10)--CUDL, California-based indirect auto lender for credit unions, has rolled out the new AutoSMART App for the Apple iPhone. The new iPhone app, designed specifically for credit union members, replicates features of CUDL’s AutoSMART website as a fully functional app for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The AutoSMART app connects credit union members looking to purchase and finance a vehicle with their credit union and the more than 5,700 dealers posting live inventory to CUDL’s AutoSMART website. Members can use the new mobile tool to shop the more than 600,000 vehicles listed nationwide on the AutoSMART website, CUDL said. Free to iPhone owners through the Apple App Store, the new app gives members and consumers the ability to perform selected steps of the vehicle buying process from their iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, from initial vehicle shopping and research, to accessing their pre-approved credit union loan, and connecting with an auto dealership in their area. Members can access the Apple App Store and download the AutoSMART app through links provided on credit unions’ individual AutoSMART websites. The new app incorporates content from the CUDL AutoSMART website’s library of research tools, including an advanced vehicle search that allows for search by make, model and year; car buying articles; affordability and payment calculators; researching vehicle trade-in values; and the ability to confirm credit union financing. “Our AutoSMART iPhone application is our first step in changing the automobile purchasing process by giving the consumer control over their financing while sitting in the F&I office,” said Kip Haas, CUDL executive vice president of products and technology. iPhone owners also can use the app to contact dealers for vehicle quotes. The app also has a dealer search feature that allows users to search for and locate dealers in their area by distance and by using a visual map overview. “Our goal was to provide a dynamic research tool that leveraged the AutoSMART site to further simplify members’ approach to vehicle shopping, while also helping our credit unions to stay connected with their members throughout the car buying process, and helping dealers to connect with customers,” said Tony Boutelle, president and CEO of CUDL. “As a result, our credit unions have a greater opportunity to not only improve their members’ auto-buying experience, but also to capture more member loans.”


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