EBay Inks E-Loan Deal

Looking to drive its motor vehicle business to the top, eBay Motors has forged a partnership with E-Loan , which will provide financing services for the online
auction giant.

Users of eBay Motors will now be able to obtain cars and motorcycles
without jumping through the traditional hoops of vehicle inspections or
appraisals that most banks or credit unions require, according to E-Loan.
Both companies estimate that consumers looking to finance a vehicle
purchased from eBay Motors will be able to complete the transactions within 24 hours.

Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. The companies’ stock reacted positively to the news on Monday. E-Loan shares were
up 88 cents, to $3.88, while eBay shares jumped 59 cents to $86.63.

Mark Lefanowicz, president and COO of the
California-based E-Loan, said a vehicle is sold nearly every minute on
eBay, making the need for efficient financing critical.

“Just as eBay Motors changed the paradigm for finding and buying used
vehicles, we are
changing how individuals finance those vehicles,” Lefanowicz said in a statement. “Instead of waiting long
periods of time and jumping through hoops for high interest rate loans,
provides consumers with a faster and easier way.”

EBay Motors is the fastest growing division of eBay. The company claims
the distinction of being the top-ranked automotive site on the Web and annually delivers $11.1
billion in worldwide sales.

As reported last week by internetnews.com, shares of eBay
stock took a nose-dive after the company’s earnings came in short of
expectations. The announcement of its disappointing results followed closely behind its recent
decision to raise

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