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2013 Shows Strongest Credit Health Since The Recession

The latest car lease credit approvals data show 2013 has started out with the strongest credit health since the recession. According to credit approvals data from Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest automotive lease marketplace, 77.3% of customers were approved during April, up from 70% during the previous month.



Credit remains the lifeblood of car leasing, and lenders…

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Added by John Sternal on May 14, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Spring Market Ending As Car Segments Starting To Soften?

Here is the most recent used car market report from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. A few months back we talked about the effects on the used auction activity, especially on the physical lanes, when we have a fifth week of the month of auctions. While attending a manufacturer related meeting this past week I had a remarketer say the reason for more no sales during this past week was due to the extra week of activity for the month. We did have…

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Added by John Sternal on May 13, 2013 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Positive Growth In 2013 For Mid-Sized SUVs

Here is this week’s Used Car Market from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. As the calendar is about to put April in the history books, one might be wondering how much of the spring market remains. With the various comments from the Black Book survey personnel around the country indicating a more stable market in most cases, the only questionable retention and more hesitant interest was focused around the remarketing of the rental cars. Several…

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Added by John Sternal on May 1, 2013 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Lease Pull Ahead Programs Bring Flexibility To Consumers

Lease pull ahead programs allow drivers to wave their last remaining payments if they agree to immediately buy or lease a new vehicle of the same brand. Are they beneficial to the dealer, brand and customer?

With more off-lease volume expected in 2013, manufacturers and leasing companies are leveraging lease pull-ahead programs as a way to massage customer loyalty and keep people…

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Added by John Sternal on April 26, 2013 at 10:09am — No Comments

Spring Segment Vehicle Trend Takes Different Direction

Following is the latest Used Car Market Report from Black Book.  It seems that price is the value driver in the market information from this past week. There have been reporting periods where slightly more Average condition vehicles than Clean were adjusted and generally with more increasing adjustments on the Average condition units. This past week was the strongest example of this. More than 216 Average condition…

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Added by John Sternal on April 23, 2013 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Trucks Show Positive Increase In Used Car Segment

Here is the latest used car market report from Black Book. As the editors came back from auctions over the past week their observations and resulting comments indicated that many dealers were not bidding as aggressively, a sign that retail had been slower recently and they just didn’t need to replace previously sold units.

There is still enough…

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Added by John Sternal on April 19, 2013 at 11:09am — No Comments

With Increase In Cost Of Ownership, Does It Make More Sense To Lease?

AAA recently unveiled its 2013 annual study in the cost of ownership for the typical sedan, available at AAA’s “Your Driving Costs” study, which revealed a nearly 2% increase in the cost to own and operate a sedan in the U.S. This report must raise a few…

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Added by John Sternal on April 18, 2013 at 7:32am — No Comments

Small Car Segment Take Fastest Growing Lease Market

Small cars aren’t typically synonymous with leasing. Rather, it’s usually luxury vehicles and trucks consuming the lease contracts. However, Swapalease.com has some new data that might show that more people are leasing smaller cars.



The Ford Focus was recently named the …

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Added by John Sternal on April 11, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Entry Level Cars Continue To Climb In Automotive Market

Here is the latest used car market report from Black Book. As the week progressed and comments arrived from the Black Book survey personnel, there were primarily three main descriptions of the auction activity and market: steady, good and strong. On the other hand there was a slightly surprising…

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Added by John Sternal on April 11, 2013 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Gas Prices Continue To Fall As March Ends On High Note For Dealers & Remarketers

Here is the latest used car market report from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. Gas prices continue to fall, but only $.015 this past week. At least we are $.24 less than a year ago. I wish I could say the decline at the pump was directly driving the market, but at this point this is an afterthought. The overall strength is really based on less than full operating lanes with…

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Added by John Sternal on April 4, 2013 at 10:23am — No Comments

Lease Vehicles Show Price Increase Surpassing Pre-Recession Times

Car lease deals are more plentiful today compared with just a few years ago, but how do today’s lease payments compare with pre-recession levels? National car lease marketplace Swapalease.com analyzed monthly payments in 2012 and compared with vehicle inventory from 2006, finding payments on many models have increased…

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Added by John Sternal on April 3, 2013 at 1:36pm — No Comments

RV Values Show Steady Increase

It may be early April as we release this market update, but for sure the market overview is all solid facts and no tom foolery for dealers interested in motorcycle and powersports, the collectible and exotic cars, the recreational vehicles and the mother of all work markets, the…

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Added by John Sternal on April 2, 2013 at 8:53am — No Comments

Compact Cars See Greatest Upward Movement

Here is the latest used car market report from Black Book and managing editor Ricky Beggs. As the data and market reports came steadily flowing into the Editorial team where the analysis progressed, it was prevalent as to the need for used vehicles for retail level offerings. When demand is present, prices will generally increase or at least stay stable. Although…

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Added by John Sternal on March 27, 2013 at 9:09am — No Comments

January Shows Improvement in Auto Lease Credit Approvals

AUTO LEASE CREDIT APPROVALS INCREASE IN JANUARY

 

National car lease marketplace Swapalease.com reports its latest lease customer credit approval information, with positive trends continuing into 2013. According to U.S. Bank data, January credit approvals on Swapalease.com were 23.1% higher compared with the…

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Added by John Sternal on March 14, 2013 at 6:31am — No Comments

Used Leases Leave Those With Subpar Credit With More Option For Ownership

Hundreds of thousands of people who suffered a drop in credit have emerged as consumers again – just a few years removed from the dark days of the recession. Many of these people have found a way to shop for a car without going through traditional credit checks at the dealer, and they’re getting some pretty nice wheels, too.

 

Credit is the lifeblood of car shopping. But consumers who acquire a used lease through transfer are…

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Added by John Sternal on March 12, 2013 at 9:08am — No Comments

Compact SUV's Continue to Climb As Strong Spring Market Begins

The Black Book team has been in Las Vegas this past week at the CAR/IARA/NAAA Conference, where we produced the latest used car market report. There has been insight regarding the rebirth of Harley Davidson when they were close to extinction in the 90s, and also some interesting economic thoughts from Steve Cortes, a commentator on CNBC. Now, let’s…

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Added by John Sternal on March 12, 2013 at 8:33am — No Comments

Consumers Unaffected By False MPG Claims

Vehicle recalls and false MPG claims have been reported recently in the world of automotive. How concerning are these issues for drivers and car shoppers? Swapalease.com, the world’s largest automotive lease marketplace, conducted a survey recently to check the pulse of car shoppers to find out where they stand on these…

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Added by John Sternal on March 6, 2013 at 10:05am — No Comments

Compact Crossovers Gain More Momentum

One of the strongest segments in today’s auto industry is that of compact crossovers. This category was one of just four truck segments that saw price increases this past week as reported in the most recent used car market report.

 

Jeep announced late last week that it will revive the Cherokee model to replace its Patriot as well as…

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Added by John Sternal on March 6, 2013 at 9:35am — No Comments

Used Car Segment Rises As Spring Approaches

As you are watching this video several of the Black Book team are heading to or are already at the CAR/IARA/NAAA Conference in Las Vegas. What a great event to network with other remarketers, and to hear insight from the many informative sessions presented by industry leaders.

 

Next week several from our Lender Solutions team will be in Scottsdale for the CBA Conference. Some of the prime…

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Added by John Sternal on March 6, 2013 at 8:08am — No Comments

Buy Here Pay Here Markets Show Increased Strength

Following is this week's used car market report from Black Book managing editor, Ricky Beggs, also available by viewing the weekly video segment. As we attended the auctions, and talked with many dealers and also looked at the commentary from the Black Book survey personnel, there were three main topics of interest that kept coming up, and these are not in any particular order, a strong market, the current tax…

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Added by John Sternal on February 25, 2013 at 11:29am — No Comments

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