Amid Rising Delinquencies, Auto Lenders Scaling Back Loan to Subprime Borrowers

Lenders using other tools, such as longer loan periods, to keep volume going

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By AnnaMariaAndriotis
Updated Dec. 5, 2016

Auto lenders are scaling back loans to subprime borrowers but loosening other terms in a bid to keep loan volume going.

Loans extended to subprime borrowers with a credit score of 501 to 600 on a scale that tops out at 850 fell 4.5% in the third quarter from a year prior, according to data released Monday by Experian Automotive, a unit of credit-reporting firm Experian PLC. For borrowers with even lower scores, lending fell 2.8% over the same period to reach the lowest level since at least 2011. Credit scores for borrowers receiving loans and leases on average increased.

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