Experian Automotive: Toyota, Ford and Chevrolet top makes financed in Q3 2012

Experian Automotive: Toyota, Ford and Chevrolet top makes financed in Q3 2012

Subprime financing, leasing show strong gains

PR Newswire

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Dec. 4, 2012

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Experian Automotive today
announced that Toyota grabbed top honors in Q3 2012, claiming 14.09 percent of
all new vehicles financed. Ford was second with 13.16 percent, and Chevrolet
was third with 11.10 percent. Findings from its Q3 State of the Automotive
Finance Market analysis showed market share for nonprime, subprime and
deep-subprime automotive loans for new vehicles grew by 13.6 percent and new
vehicle leasing grew by 7.53 percent year over year.

The analysis found that loans financed for new vehicles to customers with
nonprime, subprime or deep-subprime credit ratings increased to 24.84 percent
in Q3 2012 from 21.87 in Q3 2011. For used vehicles, the total subprime
financing market increased 5.47 percent year over year to 54.43 percent in Q3
2012, up from 51.60 percent in Q3 2011.

"With leasing showing a continued upward trend, and lenders increasing their
appetite for risk, consumers were in a good position to obtain a vehicle
during Q3," said Melinda Zabritski, director of automotive credit at Experian
Automotive. "Expanding loans to lower-risk tiers opens the market for more car
shoppers, while an increase in leasing means it is easier for consumers to get
more vehicle for a lower monthly payment. Both of these trends are positive
signs of a strong and recovering auto finance market, which ultimately
benefits the consumer and the entire auto industry."

Percentage of new vehicles financed in Q3 2012 by make

Make       Percentage
Toyota     14.09%
Ford       13.16%
Chevrolet  11.10%
Honda      10.20%
Nissan     8.28%
Hyundai    6.06%
Kia        5.32%
Jeep       4.20%
Dodge      3.21%
Volkswagen 2.85%

Findings from the report showed that lenders still are more risk averse than
they were prior to the Great Recession. In Q3 2007, the average credit score
for a new vehicle loan was 749, compared with 755 in Q3 2012.

The analysis also included information on the average credit scores by make
for new vehicle loans financed in Q3 2012. Consumers who financed a Volvo
comprised the highest average credit scores (818), while those who purchased a
Mitsubishi made up the lowest average credit scores (694).

Top-scoring new loans by make

Make       Score
Volvo      818
Lexus      816
Acura      813
Audi       810
Infiniti   810
Jaguar     810
Porsche    810
Land Rover 802
Mercedes   802
Lincoln    801

Lowest-scoring new loans by make

Make       Score
Mitsubishi 694
Suzuki     704
Dodge      718
Kia        721
Scion      723
Nissan     726
Chevrolet  737
Chrysler   737
Ram        737
Fiat       741

In other findings:

  oAverage consumer credit scores for loans on new vehicles fell by eight
    points, from 763 in Q3 2011 to 755 in Q3 2012. For used vehicles, the
    average consumer credit scores fell by eight points, from 676 in Q3 2011
    to 668 in Q3 2012.
  oCredit unions and finance companies showed strong market share growth of
    4.5 percent for overall automotive loans. Credit unions now have 18.22
    percent of the overall automotive loan market, while finance companies
    grew to 13.29 percent.
  oBanks still have the highest market share at 40.98 percent, but they had a
    market share decline of 2.9 percent from Q3 2011 to Q3 2012.
  oThe average amount financed for a new vehicle loan grew from $25,873 in Q3
    2011 to $25,963 in Q3 2012.
  oThe average amount financed for a used vehicle grew from $17,359 in Q3
    2011 to $17,577 in Q3 2012.
  oThirty-day delinquencies fell from 2.78 percent in Q3 2011 to 2.67 percent
    in Q3 2012, marking the second consecutive year that third quarter 30-day
    delinquencies stayed below the prerecession level of 2.81 percent from Q3
  oSixty-day delinquencies fell from 0.71 percent in Q3 2011 to 0.69 percent
    in Q3 2012. This marked the second consecutive year that third quarter
    60-day delinquencies stayed below the prerecession level of 0.74 percent
    from Q3 2007.
  oQuarterly repossession rates fell from 0.62 percent in Q3 2011 to 0.40
    percent in Q3 2012.
  oQuarterly repossession rates for banks, credit unions, captives and
    finance companies all fell, with finance companies showing the sharpest
    decline, dropping from 2.36 percent in Q3 2011 to 1.18 percent in Q3 2012.
  oOverall charge-off amounts rose from $6,820 in Q3 2011 to $7,026 in Q3

Experian Automotive's quarterly credit trend analysis features market
reporting data and analysis from its AutoCount^® Risk Report, which analyzes
automotive lending markets based on a uniform measurement of credit quality
that segments markets by geography, credit score and vehicle registrations,
among other factors. It also incorporates data from the Experian–Oliver Wyman
Market Intelligence Reports, which provide topical, quarterly analysis; peer
benchmarking options; and commentary on key issues facing the financial
services industry.

About Experian Automotive

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enables results-driven professionals to gain the fullest possible
understanding of the market, the vehicles and the people who buy them. Its
North American Vehicle Database^SM houses data on nearly 700 million vehicles
and, when combined with Experian's credit, consumer and business information,
provides an integrated perspective into the automotive marketplace. Experian
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with in-depth information, allowing them to confidently understand, compare
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Roslyn Whitehurst
Experian Public Relations
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