New-vehicle interest rates hit highest level since 2009

Analysts at Edmunds say interest rates on new vehicles are projected to reach their peak level since February 2009.

The average transaction price of a new vehicle is also forecast to remain high, hitting $36,331 in February.

Edmunds analysis shows the new-vehicle financing for February averaged 6.26 percent compared to last year’s 5.19 percent and 4.56 percent half a decade ago. The car shopping experts also note that automakers’ control and restrictions in zero-percent financing deals and low-interest rate offers contributed to this change.

Last month, zero-percent finance offers represented only 3.22 percent of all financed deals in comparison with last year’s 8.28 percent and 6.95 percent in 2014. Moreover, only 18 percent of car buyers received an APR below 3 percent in February in comparison with the previous year’s 29.91 percent, and 45.49 percent five years ago.

“Shopping conditions are pretty unfavorable for consumers across the board, and even those with good credit are having trouble finding compelling finance offers,” said Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds' manager of industry analysis. “As rising vehicle costs and interest rates continue to compromise affordability, more shoppers might find themselves priced out of the new vehicle market.”


New-Car Finance


Feb. 2019
Feb. 2018
Feb. 2014
Term
69.4
69.4
66.6
Monthly Payment
$556
$527
$474
Amount Financed
$32,071
$31,313
$24,477
APR
6.26
5.19
4.56
Down Payment
$4,187
$3,929
$3,552


Old-Car Finance


Feb. 2019
Feb. 2016
Feb. 2014
Term
67.4
67.1
64.6
Monthly Payment
$409
$390
$364
Amount Financed
$21,861
$21,224
$19,253
APR
8.95
8.35
8.47
Down Payment
$2,638
$2,533
$2,370


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