Dealers' #1 source for auto industry news, content, coaching & analysis

Data shows a decline in average auto loan amounts: What it means for dealers – Melinda Zabritski | Experian

Experian has released new data showing that the average loan amount for both new and used vehicles decreased in the third quarter of 2023. In the latest episode of CBT Now, we delve deeper into Experian’s Q3 State of the Automotive Finance Market Report to learn more. Melinda Zabritski, Senior Director of Automotive Financial Solutions at Experian, joins us to further elaborate on the matter.

Experian’s market report indicates that the market is continuing to stabilize, considering that from Q3 2021 to Q3 2022, new vehicle loan amounts increased by $3,698, and used vehicle loan amounts increased by $2,379.

Key Takeaways:

1. Zabritski says the most prominent finding of the report was the decrease in loan amounts, following what Experian saw for the used loan amounts during Q2. Additionally, Zabritski claims, “Payments remain high from where they were last year, but new car payments have steadily fallen throughout the year.” 

2. The report also continues to show consumers opting for shorter loan terms, with credit unions maintaining the largest share for used car lending. Moreover, credit unions have served a lot of interest in short-term loans driven by higher interest rates. 

3. The good news is that loan amounts are decreasing, indicating that availability is suitable for new vehicles. The value of used cars has also reduced, contributing to a decline in used vehicle loans. 

4. Leasing rates have remained stable at around 20%, while the average loan term has stayed nearly 36 months. 

5. As consumers’ credit scores continue to improve, Experian has witnessed more growth in shorter-term loans with higher credit scores.

"The market has been very consistent this year." – Melinda Zabritski

Stay up to date on exclusive content from CBT News by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Don’t miss out! Subscribe to our free newsletter to receive all the latest news, insight and trends impacting the automotive industry.

CBT News is part of the JBF Business Media family.

Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

Related Articles

Latest Articles

From our Publishing Partners