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WATCH: What you need to know about credit tightening for consumers

Posted by George Augustaitis on August 14, 2020

One of the most recent issues in the auto industry that’s come to light due to COVID-19 is the tightening of credit among banks. In under 15 minutes, I’ll discuss how these changes in financing and lending impact car shoppers—and what that means for dealers. Watch this video to learn:

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Topics: covid-19, credit, industry insights, lending

Will limited credit availability slow car sales this summer?

Posted by George Augustaitis on May 21, 2020

As states begin to reopen and CarGurus leads trend upward again, it seems we might be through the trough. These signs indicate that the US might soon emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we must be cautiously optimistic because it’s unlikely that the unemployment rate has reached its peak or that we are fully in recovery mode. And for the auto industry, there is an additional headwind on the horizon: credit availability.

While demand for vehicles is growing—US lead volume on CarGurus has nearly returned to the same level as February—the sales bounce back in the auto market may be tempered by the availability of credit.

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Topics: covid-19, credit, economic analysis, financing