Auto Lending Rising As Access To Credit Opens Up

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
auto lending rising as access to credit opens up

With auto lending easier to come by these days, bank regulators and analysts are keeping their eyes open for potential signs of trouble.

According to The Detroit Bureau, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found that newly originated auto loans in Q3 2014 reached $105 billion, the highest level of originations since 2005. The high level of originations are attributed to an increased demand for vehicles and easing lending standards.

Researchers Emre Ergungor and Caitlin Treanor add that those with good and bad credit scores are landing the loans, with banks taking the higher-rated consumers and finance companies going for all levels of risk, especially the subprime consumers.

Other factors driving the new credit boom include increased consumer confidence, job opportunities, and the brief respite in fuel prices. However, the boom has attracted the federal regulators, who are planning to go through the standards and practices of several large lending companies for potential liability and discrimination issues.

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