United Auto Credit is a California based non-prime automotive lender serving dealers and their customers across the United States since 1996.

Who are we?

Created with the car buying public in mind, United Auto Credit has become a leader in the automotive finance industry. When other’s say “no”, United Auto Credit says “yes” because we believe everyone deserves the chance at vehicle ownership – regardless of their credit history.

Combining cutting edge technology, hard work and old-fashioned common sense, United Auto Credit has developed programs – from First Time Buyers to our Bankruptcy program – that enable us to approve customers across the credit spectrum. In short, what we call our Common Sense program serves as the foundation of our corporate vision today and into the future.

— Provide Excellent service to Dealers and Customers through common sense lending.

Our Mission

Providing the best opportunities for our dealers and customers to achieve financial success through our hard work, innovation, and great service.

Our Vision

At United Auto Credit, we strive to be the company of choice for our employees, customers, and dealers through our drive to make a difference.

Core Values

Accountability
As one of the Top 10 non-prime auto lenders in the country our goal is to provide excellent service to our Dealers and Customers by being the best at what we do.

Integrity
We say what we mean and do what we say, even when no one is looking.

Consistency
We consistently provide the best results, service, and collaboration to create the best experience.

Service Excellence
We give our best, provide world class service, and strive to achieve excellence each day.

Fun
We are committed to our well-being by celebrating our success and each other every day.

UACCares

Driven to make a difference is not just a tagline or catchphrase, it’s our everyday mantra.

We believe in making a difference at work and outside of work, with our dealers and with each other. Most of all we believe in making a difference within our company and our community.

UACCares was created because at United Auto Credit®, we believe it’s important to give back. UACCares brings our team closer together with one goal in mind, giving back to the community. UACCares encourages team members and their families to volunteer and make a difference with various charitable causes. It’s an honor for us to be able to support the communities where we live and work to become even stronger and unified – One Team One Vision.

We are United Auto Credit®, we are UACCares and we are driven to make a difference.

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Executives & Officers

James Vagim – President & Chief Executive Officer

Jim has served as United Auto Credit’s President & CEO since 2008. In his capacity, Jim oversees all aspects of United Auto Credit’s strategic direction and day-to-day operations. Brought aboard to manage United Auto Credit’s reorganization, Jim is credited with building a team of exceptional individuals whose efforts in executing a successful turn-around have positioned United Auto Credit as one of the country’s leading non-prime automotive finance companies.

—“At United Auto Credit, we have an unwavering commitment to the success of our dealer partners and their customers. We take great pride in bringing a very human element to the credit decision process; from our Area Managers, to our Buyers, to our Customer Support teams, everyone is challenged with ensuring that success.”

Leading to over 25 years of proven industry experience, Jim began his career in the automotive business as an accountant with the automotive dealer accounting firm, Kobayashi & Company. In 1988 he joined the Los Angeles based Hankey Automotive Group and spent 5 years in its retail automotive group with positions in Retail, Finance and Business Operations.

Ravi Gandhi – Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer

Ravi has been an executive with United Auto Credit since August 2008. His most valuable experience lies in obtaining and securing access to capital. Ravi has more than 15 years of experience in the auto finance industry working for Financial Security Assurance (FSA) and now United Auto Credit.

Ravi has served as United Auto Credit Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since September 2009. From August 2008 to September 2009, he served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Credit and Risk Officer.

—“We are doing things that will make a difference by using proven, successful business practices. These practices ensure that United Auto Credit will never experience liquidity issues and will provide the best programs for contracted dealers.”

Ravi holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Concentration in Accounting.

Amy Castell – Corporate Counsel

Amy joined United Auto Credit as In-House Counsel in March 2017. Utilizing her prior experience advising auto finance companies, Amy assists employees across the company in ensuring relationships with dealers and customers – the heart of the company’s business – remain mutually beneficial. Prior to joining United Auto Credit, Amy practiced as the Compliance Officer and In-House Counsel for an auto finance company for over 4 years. She brings general and business litigation experience, as well as general company representation from her time in private practice.

Jeff DePies – Chief Information Officer

Jeff DePies joined United Auto Credit as Chief Information Officer in April of 2016. As the company’s CIO, Jeff is responsible for providing technological leadership in the development and implementation of the company’s information technology programs. He continually works to develop and lead an efficient, forward-thinking IT department that is aligned and partnered with the business.

Jeff brings with him an extensive blend of corporate expertise coupled with a domestic intelligence and security service background. Prior to joining United Auto Credit, he worked as a Special Agent with the FBI, focusing on electronic crimes, as Vice President of IT for the TCW Group, and most recently he worked as Sr. Director of Information Technology at Green Dot Corporation. Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree in International Economics and Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Bruce Newmark – Chief Operating Officer

Bruce Newmark was named Chief Operating Officer in April of 2017.

Prior to assuming the responsibility at UACC he consulted for several finance industry related firms.

In 2007 Mr. Newmark joined MarkOne Financial and built 3 regional finance entities under MarkOne Holdings. He was subsequently named President and CEO of MarkOne Holdings.

From 1998-2007 Mr. Newmark was with Westlake Financial Services and held positions from National Marketing Director to President working with the team that grew a local finance company into a national Company. Westlake is part of the Hankey Automotive Group.

Bruce Newmark joined the Hankey Automotive Group in 1992 and moved to Westlake from the Automotive Division in 1998.

Prior to joining Westlake, Mr. Newmark had extensive experience working in the automotive and finance industry. His past experience included Inglewood Thrift & Loan, certificates from Ford Marketing Institute, the Walker-Buerge Automotive Group, and a partnership in Ed Butts Ford & Fair City Ford. He was also the V.P., General Manager at Midway Ford in Los Angeles, CA from 1992-1996 (Midway is a member of the Hankey Automotive Group).