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Equifax Trends Report Says Auto Loan, Lease balances Surpass $1T Mark
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 6:35 AM

Total outstanding balances on auto loans and leases nationwide climbed to $1.021 trillion in June, according to Equifax’s National Consumer Trends Report, released this week. That marks a 10.5 percent year-over-year increase for the month. Further, the total number of outstanding accounts rose 8 percent in June to 73.7 million.

“Strong sales numbers in both new-car and used-car markets, coupled with the availability of quality financing for consumers, are a few of the main reasons the industry reached the one trillion dollar mark,” said Dennis Carlson, Equifax deputy chief economist.

The report also found, however, that financing has accelerated faster at finance companies when compared with commercial financial institutions. In fact, finance company portfolios have risen seven times higher than that of bank lease portfolios, with 54.2 percent of all new auto accounts and 51.8 percent of originations coming through finance companies.

“The captive auto finance companies are supporting sales for the manufacturers, and dealers continue to work with independent finance companies to find the right loans for their customers, particularly in the non-prime space,” Carlson said. “The combination has led to finance companies growing slightly faster than the commercial bank segment.”

Read more on this report.