NY Fed: Auto Loan Delinquencies Rising in the “Sub-Prime” Market

New York, NY – 21 November 2017 – The growth in household debt can be attributed, at least in part, to the growth in auto loan balances, which have increased for 26 consecutive quarters as a result of new loan originations. In the aggregate, there are apprx. $435 billion worth of auto loans outstanding that were made to consumers with a credit score below 660.

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Auto Loan Fraud Soars

Up to 1% of car loan applications include deception, firm says

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.

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Subprime Auto Loan Losses Reach Highest Level since the Financial Crisis

Subprime net loss rate in auto bonds rose to 9.1% in January

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.

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Santander Decides Not to Use GPS

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.

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John Oliver Blasts Sub-Prime Auto Lending and Repossessions

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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.

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Santander Agrees to pay $9.3M for Violating Servicemen’s Rights

law_stWashington, 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.

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