Automotive News reports Chrysler owes some of its recent sales success to a resurgence of subprime loans. Chrysler has a history of working with customers burdened with questionable finance histories, and lenders have begun to loosen credit restrictions. As a result, 29 out of every 100 auto loans for new Chrysler models went to buyers with a credit score under 680 in the first quarter of this year. Experian Automotive classifies loans tied to that credit score as subprime. What's more, nearly 2
We've decided to stop trying to guess what General Motors will do before its IPO – which might come next month or later this year or early next year. What we do know is that GM has wanted to secure a captive finance arm before an IPO, a process that looked unlikely, then fell off the radar entirely, and then, BAM!, GM whips out $3.5 billion to buy AmeriCredit. That has made at least one senator do a double-take, asking whether spending that much money and loaning to the subprime market is
General Motors has just announced its intent to acquire AmeriCredit Corp. According to the automaker, the move should give dealers an added finance option when it comes to putting car shoppers into a new vehicle. Since GM and GMAC parted ways back in 2006, buyers looking to purchase a car or truck from The General have faced tougher financing terms than in the past. Supposedly, the new deal with AmeriCredit will provide new opportunities for sub-prime borrowers. The total cost of the deal? A coo
In a word, yes. The Detroit News reports that General Motors is looking to find a way to tap into the subprime lending market that accounts for 16 percent of the overall car-buying market. There is, after all, plenty of pressure to sell more vehicles to enhance the company's value leading up to its initial stock sale. But while GM would like to strategically go after subprime borrowers, there is one significant roadblock in the way; Ally Financial. The financing firm, which was GMAC until The Ge
The Hyundai Assurance program may well go down as the most innovative and perhaps successful marketing campaign of 2009. The program was so perfect for our economic times that General Motors and Ford eventually followed suit with very similar offers. But according to The New York Times, Hyundai's marketing magic may have worn out with the South Korean automaker's newest offer – an incentive that sounds great until you dig just beneath the surface.