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Rising Loan Amounts Drive Consumers to the Used-Vehicle Market

The auto finance segment is growing at a healthy rate, but average new-vehicle loan amounts are outpacing the market, driving an increasing number of car buyers — including those with prime and superprime credit scores — out of the showroom and onto the used-car lot.

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Subprime Up 13% as Total Auto Originations Decline

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Q1 U.S. household debt report finds auto loan and lease originations declined slightly year-over-year — except for sub-620 customers — while 90-day delinquencies grew by 9.2%.

Q4 Revisited: Affordability, Not Delinquency, Is Cause for Concern

Thirty- and 60-day delinquencies remained fairly stable in the fourth quarter, while affordability rightfully remains a key point of discussion among dealers and auto finance sources.

Experian: Finance Amounts, Monthly Payments Reach New Highs in Q2

Affordability remains a concern despite finance sources continuing to tighten underwriting standards, according to the firm. Consumers, however, seem unfazed, with outstanding balances climbing to a new record high.

TransUnion: Auto Finance Registers Lowest Growth Rate Since Q1 2012

The firm attributed the slowdown to improvements in oil states and tightening underwriting guidelines, which have also helped stabilize delinquency rates.

TransUnion: Auto Loan Growth Slowing

Originations continued to fall at a faster rate than previous years, as finance sources continued to tighten underwriting standards during 2017’s end-of-year quarter. TransUnion officials, however, say the sector is performing well as the economy remains relatively strong.

New York Fed: Credit Scores Rise as Household Debt Reaches New Peak

Credit scores in the fourth quarter of 2017 were only a half a point higher than the median score recorded during the first quarter of 2009. And according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2017 auto loan origination volume reached the highest level it has ever observed.

Auto Finance Registers Subprime Record in Q3 2017

Third-quarter data from Experian Automotive shows that the auto finance market gained strength and stability, but mostly at the expense of subprime originations.

Auto Loan Market Shifting Toward Less Risky Consumers

For the fourth consecutive quarter, auto loan originations in the second quarter decreased on a year-over-year basis. Much of that decline was driven a 5.9% decrease in subprime, nearprime, and prime loan originations.

Subprime Pullback Continues in Q2

The auto finance market is a trillion-dollar industry. It’s also very much a prime market, with subprime financing remaining at near-record lows in the second quarter.