Two weeks into the budget-related government shutdown and it sounds like some progress is finally being made, but that doesn't really help furloughed government employees pay their bills. To help out a little, Nissan and Toyota are joining Hyundai with offering payment deferments to current owners and lessees.

In a release, a Nissan spokesperson said the company is "sympathetic to any of our customers who find themselves in difficult financial circumstances – many times outside of their control."

Both Japanese automakers are allowing payment extensions of up to 90 days without penalties or fees. Unlike the Hyundai Assurance Plan, though, it doesn't seem like the Nissan or Toyota assistance will be extended to those who are still in the buying process. Scroll down for press releases from both companies about their respective payment deferment programs.
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Nissan Offers Payment Extensions to Customers in Need

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nissan's financial services division, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. (NMAC), continues to be a leader in providing payment assistance to existing and new Nissan customers in times of need by offering a standard extension of payments up to 90 days*. This policy may become helpful to the hundreds of thousands of federal employees who are indefinitely furloughed during the government shutdown.

"NMAC is sympathetic to any of our customers who find themselves in difficult financial circumstances-many times outside of their control-and we want to provide assistance to help them through those times of uncertainty," said Mark Kaczynski, president, NMAC. "Our customers' needs are the No. 1 priority at Nissan, which is why we have this program available on an ongoing basis."

NMAC's payment extension plan allows qualifying lease and retail customers to delay payment up to three months without extension fees, where allowed by law and subject to certain conditions, to provide extra assistance to those in need.

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Toyota Financial Services Offers Payment Relief to Customers Affected by Federal Government Shutdown

TORRANCE, Calif., October 14, 2013 – Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced it is offering payment relief options to its customers affected by the federal government shutdown. This broad outreach includes any Toyota Financial Services (TFS) or Lexus Financial Services (LFS) customer financially burdened by the government shutdown, including furloughed workers, businesses and employees of businesses directly affected by the shutdown, government contractors, and suppliers. TFS or LFS customers in good standing with their accounts may be eligible to defer up to three months of payments.

"The government shutdown has placed an unanticipated financial strain on many individuals and families," said Al Smith, Toyota Financial Services Group Vice President of Service Operations. "Toyota Financial Services and Lexus Financial Services remain committed to making the lives of our customers easier, so we are pleased to be able to provide some flexibility to our customers affected by this situation."

Customers who have been affected by the shutdown and would like to discuss their account options are encouraged to contact TFS or LFS:

Toyota Financial Services customers may call (800) 874-8822 or contact TFS via email using the Mail Center function after logging into ToyotaFinancial.com.

Lexus Financial Services customers may call (800) 874-7050 or contact LFS via email using the Mail Center function after logging into LexusFinancial.com.


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      MechE
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree that if you bought a car you should be able to go several months without pay before having issues, but you guys are getting all pissy as if the car companies are handing out freebies. Its just PR. Just like when Hyundai did this, very very few take advantage of it. And the risk to the car company is almost nill since at some point the furlough will end and the customer will be able to restart payments. With such a high likelihood the customer will resume payment it makes more financial, CS and PR sense for the company to do this scheme rather than repo vehicles.
      Nathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol they rape the taxpayers with their bloated public salaries and then get breaks when the extortion suddenly slows. I'm sure all of these companies offered the same breaks to the millions of private sector workers laid off in the last 5 years.
        Zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nathan
        The government employs many people who could earn more in the private sector, as they're generally well educated (more so than you apparently). A greater proportion relative to the pvt sector have masters degrees in their field of expertise; get a clue and turn off the FauxNoise
          Healthy Chap
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Zoom
          >could earn X much in the private sector. So why don't they work in the private sector? Oh yeah, because they're the worst of the crop. Education doesn't solve intellectual poverty. Ask me something about it, I live in the Canadian NCR.
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nathan
        Exactly. This is BS, make these worthless deadbeats pay their bills.
          Daniel D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brandon
          I bet you get great service when you call someone with an honest job earning a honest days pay a deadbeat. Think you must have been looking in the mirror when you wrote that.
      justgoawaymad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok with all the people on this list explain to me HOW the US government that takes 6 to 8 months to do the very simplest of things took "ONLY" 8 hours to have those perfect printed signs that say kiss off because of the shut down. Yea sure b/s.....this was planned for by the current administration plain and simple. Now ask your self "why"?
      q1ford
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is a shame that the government workers would buy a forign vehicle . I guess they forgot about when the big 3 built tanks, war plains, and jeeps , to help us win world war ii. Shame on them...
        MechE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @q1ford
        What do you say about the men fighting RIGHT now overseas that have decided to purchase a japanese brand based on their own preference and needs while you sit in a chair farting ridiculous thoughts thru your keyboard? They owe it to you to purchase a domestic brand? I'm not even going to get into a discussion regarding how "domestic" cars are regardless of brand. Ford transit?
      brandon
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is BS. What about the rest of us? So because you choose to work for the government as a POS, you get taken care of because you're too lazy to get another job while furloughed? Here in the real world, we don't get car payment deferment because I lost my job, why should these worthless fonks?
        Zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @brandon
        don't worry, after the baggers are through you too will be in the cheese line.
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Zoom
          Who, pray tell, are the "baggers"? Also, for once, I agree with the pubtards in shutting the government down. In fact, none of us would even know it if the people in charge weren't pitching a hissy fit and taking down government websites and such. They are doing it for the greatest effect. Honestly, we should cut the stupid obamacare crap, foreign aid, all wars, lay off 2/3's of the DOD, because do we really need a 10x more powerful military than the rest of the world? Axe the NSA and put on trial anyone associated with spying(because it is obvious that this was more on americans than anyone else.) and the list goes on. The government should be about 1/3 of the size it is now. (and even that is being generous)
      Arizonarelax
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh woe is me! Get used to disappointment. YOU chose to buy the car - take the responsibility and pay for your own car. Figure it out and pay your bills. Take some responsibility and grow up! For this reason I will never own a Toyota or Nissan. There are still many Americans who work hard, ask for nothing and save to buy what they need. How many Americans are out of work or have given up to look for work in the private sector? Were they offered a "deal"? Toyota and Nissan this is pure donkey dung.
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Arizonarelax
        So what, it's better to buy a GM? At least what Toyota is doing isn't outright theft from us.
          Arizonarelax
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brandon
          Brandon - I won't buy a GM product. As it stands now even after government collects back payment for loans we paid for there is still a huge loss of money that we will never recover due to GM's poor management. But this is about Toyota and Nissan feeding into the Food Stamp program for cars.
          brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brandon
          Ok, I was just wondering with the "American" comment. I jumped to an ASSumption. @radioactiveflea Ummmm, no. Pay the taxpayer back plus interest and I will. The jackbooted thugs come after me when I don't pay my taxes, but they freely give it without repercussions to some d!cks from detroit. Hypocrisy much?
          Radioactive Flea
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brandon
          Let it go dude, let it go.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why are they closing open air spaces and spending money to erect fences and have around the clock security to keep people out?
      kc7pg1
      • 1 Year Ago
      How is it if I get laid off from a private sector job I don't get a break like these workers??? They get paid well and get better benefits than I ever will! Let them suffer like us honest workers! Gee, I got my hours cut to 26 hours per week and none of my creditors gave me a break.... I still paid and just cut back on my outgoing expenses. Then, I took a part time job to subsidize my dwindling income.
      fx16gts
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the government default , then yes they will need a large military because that would start a world war....not to mention a civil war ...
      D
      • 1 Year Ago
      That picture is near Lake Mead...
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