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Democrats Signal Defeat on EV Tax Credit

The federal spending bill being negotiated by House and Senate leaders is not likely to include an extension of the $7,500 tax credit for buyers of electric vehicles.

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Sense of Urgency Pervades Q3 Dealership Acquisitions

Kerrigan Advisors’ latest Blue Sky Report finds the pace of U.S. dealership buy/sell activity quickened in the third quarter and could accelerate further in Q4.

Used Car Price Gap Grows to $15K in Q3 Report

Edmunds’ latest Used Car Report finds high off-lease volumes have suppressed prices and widened the gap between new and 3-year-old models to an average of $14,951.

Q3 Auto Finance: Used Accounts for 55% of Loans

Experian analysts say buyers of pre-owned vehicles accounted for 55.15% of all U.S. auto loan originations in the third quarter, a 2.4% year-over-year increase.

November Auto Loan Interest Rates Hit 21-Month Low

Edmunds analysts say Black Friday promotions helped suppress new auto loan interest rates last month, registering a year-to-date low of 5.5% and an 8.3% year-over-year decline.

Regulators Appear to Endorse Alternative Credit Scoring

A joint statement from the nation’s biggest banking regulators expressed cautious optimism toward emerging decisioning models that could generate more auto loans.

Discounts, Incentives Stabilize New Vehicle Prices in November

Kelley Blue Book reports the average cost to buy a new vehicle was $38,393 last month, a 1% year-over-year increase restrained by frantic efforts to move 2019-MY inventory.

Frontier Leads Early Wave of Lease Price Drops

The latest report from Wantalease.com finds several factories already offering lease discounts ahead of the usual year-end rush.

Report: Spike in Wholesale Volume Hurts Pre-Owned Values

Prices for used vehicles declined 4.2% in the first 10 months of 2019 while volume increased 5.2%, J.D. Power analysts say, a trend that has begun to affect the commercial market.

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Auto Loan and Lease Activity Slows as Balances Grow

Equifax analysts say U.S. auto loan and lease originations declined 0.6% and 3.9% year-over-year in the first half of 2019, but balances for new vehicle loans were up 2.6%.