Borrower fraud in U.S. auto loans is surging, and may approach levels seen in mortgages during last decade’s housing bubble, according to a startup firm that helps lenders sniff out bogus borrowers. As many as 1 percent of U.S. car loan applications include some type of material misrepresentation, executives at data analytics firm Point Predictive estimated based on reports from banks, finance companies and others. Lenders’ losses from deception may double this year to $6 billion from 2015, the firm forecast.
U.S. subprime auto lenders are losing money on car loans at the highest rate since the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis as more borrowers fall behind on payments, according to S&P Global Ratings.
Losses for the loans, annualized, were 9.1 percent in January from 8.5 percent in December and 7.9 percent in the first month of last year, S&P data released on Thursday show, based on car loans bundled into bonds. The rate is the worst since January 2010 and is largely driven by worsening recoveries after borrowers default, S&P said.
Dallas-based Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc., one of the country’s biggest subprime auto lenders, has decided not to use GPS-tracking and ignition kill switch technology as regulators clamp down on the devices, an executive said.
August 16, 2016 – Earlier this month, English HBO comedian and commentator took aim at the subprime auto industry with some accurate, but perhaps unobjective insights into the financing practices of some “Buy Here Pay Here” used car dealers.
Washington, DC – February 25, 2015 — Auto lender Santander Consumer USA agreed to pay at least $9.35 million for improperly repossessing more than 1,100 vehicles from active duty military service members, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
Milwaukee County, WI – February 12, 2013 – How much would time and money would you be willing to spend to fight a $2,300 judgment? Credit Acceptance Corp of Wisconsin apparently felt it was worth many thousands more to do so.