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A Driving Force

A Driving Force

With strong sales driven by low interest rates and on-time payments, 2011 finished with a bang.

April 13, 2012

All Lanes Open

All Lanes Open

The auto finance industry is surging after a third quarter in which all lending segments increased their originations for the high-risk tiers.

January 17, 2012

Industry Summit: Finance Execs Discuss Market Trends
2Q Analysis: Below-Prime Goes Prime Time

2Q Analysis: Below-Prime Goes Prime Time

In the second quarter, finance sources continued their drive down into the high-risk credit tiers and consumers continued to pay on time. But the magazine’s resident finance insider wonders how long those trends can continue in this month’s review of quarterly auto finance trends.

October 7, 2011

First Quarter Delivers Optimistic Outlook

First Quarter Delivers Optimistic Outlook

Delinquencies and dollar volume of at-risk loans continued to fall in the first quarter, and auto finance sources responded, with shares of loans to credit-challenged buyers increasing by 11.1 percent. Experian Automotive’s director of automotive credit provides a snapshot of other auto finance trends from the quarter.

July 5, 2011

Fourth-Quarter Push

Fourth-Quarter Push

The auto finance market continued to drive forward in the fourth quarter of 2010, but can it continue? Experian Automotive’s director of automotive credit runs through the numbers.

April 4, 2011

Carfax: Friend or Foe?

Carfax: Friend or Foe?

Dealers aren’t happy about Carfax jumping into the pricing game, but market insiders say the company’s new tool isn’t what’s hurting margins.

August 1, 2010

Lanes Open for Prime Tiers

Lanes Open for Prime Tiers

Sixty-day delinquencies are on the decline and credit quality continues to improve, but lenders still favored prime customers in the first quarter.

June 28, 2010

Subprime's Fundamental Problem

Subprime's Fundamental Problem

With more than 40 percent of the buying public now in the lower credit tiers, could franchised dealers be missing out on a prime opportunity?

May 1, 2010

Market on the Mend

Market on the Mend

The auto finance market continued to stabilize in the fourth quarter, as the crash of 2008 continues to become a distant memory. New financing, however, will remain the domain of the prime and superprime tiers in the months to come.

April 1, 2010

Primed for a Comeback

With the capital markets on the mend, special finance could be on the comeback trail, that’s if bank regulators and financial services reform don’t get in the way. Insider breaks down the market.

March 1, 2010

Digital Battlegrounds

With the battle for customers going online, dealers are racing to get their hands around this budding marketing medium. Three dealers provide a peek into their strategies.

February 1, 2010

Going in the Right Direction

Going in the Right Direction

Experian's director of automotive credit says there were a few signs in the third quarter that automotive finance is on the rebound.

January 1, 2010

Delinquencies Keeping Auto Finance in Slow Lane

Delinquencies Keeping Auto Finance in Slow Lane

The economic downturn has put more than $25.5 billion in auto loans at risk, but there were some signs of improvement. Experian Automotive’s director of automotive credit gives her take on what continues to be an unpredictable market.

October 1, 2009

Shifting Out of Survival Mode

The industry shows signs of improvement in July and August, with AmeriCredit reporting a 4Q profit and DealerTrack increasing its number of active finance sources.

September 1, 2009

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