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5Auto Loan Defaults Higher During Recovery Than Recession

Delinquency rates have nearly doubled since 2010

More subprime borrowers defaulted on their car loans in the years following the Great Recession than during or before the crash.

59Average new car loan stretches 5.4 years, so what does that mean?

Even as some experts predict new car sales could top 16 million in 2014, there could be a storm brewing for maintaining current sales and inventory levels. According to Automotive News, consumers are buying new cars because it's easier to get a loan – even if that loan is for longer terms and to buyers with subprime credit – which, surprisingly, is considered anything below a 680 credit score.

48GM seeking more subprime buyers?

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

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