If you have less than perfect credit and have been wanting to purchase a new or used car, this may be the ideal time to start shopping! According to an Experian Automotive report, the sales of new and used cars to customers getting subprime loans has increased.
Subprime loans to customers purchasing new cars increased during Q3. This puts these loans at 25% of loans for all new cars. Used car loans at subprime rates are on the rise, becoming over 54% of the loans made for used cars.
As the economy continues to change, consumers are becoming more willing to make large purchases. Lenders are willing to take on a little more risk by approving more subprime loans. The affect of all this is that the new and used car market is open to more consumers.
While the market is far off from where it was a few years ago, changes in lending trends are helping to get more people into new and used cars. The credit scores required for new and used car purchases are lower than this same time last year. There is also an increase in the amount of money approved for both new and used car loans.
Some of these increases are due to changes in spending habits. Late car loan payments and repossessions have both gone down. The goal of lenders is to move auto inventory and to do that they need customers. When there are reasons for lenders to be more positive about the market, they will extend the subprime loans to more people, generating more sales.
The availability of new and used cars to consumers with subprime credit is still influenced by the brand and model. For example, Lexus and Lincoln require a higher credit score to get you into a new car versus a Dodge or Chrysler product, which only require the lowest scores.
With a little research on brands and subprime lenders, this could be the time for you to show your consumer confidence by purchasing a new or used car.