Navigating the Turbulent Waters of the US Auto Loan Market: A Comprehensive Risk Analysis
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Navigating the Turbulent Waters of the US Auto Loan Market: A Comprehensive Risk Analysis

July 25, 2023

"The auto loan market is the third-largest consumer credit market in the US, after mortgages and student loans."

The US auto loan market, boasting an impressive $1.55 trillion valuation, stands as a significant player in the consumer credit landscape. The industry has confronted various challenges this year that are reshaping its dynamics and presenting both opportunities and risks. To help Amitabh Bhargava, Sr. Managing Director, Credit Portfolio Management at Strategic Risk Associates has completed a comprehensive risk analysis of the auto lending landscape, exploring key takeaways and potential implications for lenders, investors, and consumers. Read the key takeaway below or scroll to the bottom to download the full 19 page report.

Key Takeaways:

Before we dive into the intricacies, let's highlight the ten key takeaways from Amitabh's thorough analysis:

  1. The auto loan market is the third-largest consumer credit market in the US, trailing only behind mortgages and student loans.
  2. Supply shortages and delays in the automotive supply chain have contributed to soaring new and used vehicle prices.
  3. Affordability concerns arise as borrowers face higher loan amounts, driven by the surge in vehicle prices.
  4. The Federal Reserve's campaign to curb inflation has resulted in a sharp rise in auto loan interest rates.
  5. Term length extension has been adopted to mitigate affordability issues, but it brings potential risks.
  6. Economic conditions, interest rates, and vehicle prices significantly influence the credit quality of auto loans.
  7. Credit tightening in 2023 raises concerns about the future credit quality of auto loan originations.
  8. Consumer demand for auto loans has been impacted by inflation and economic uncertainties.
  9. Indirect auto lending faces strategic and non-credit risks, necessitating adaptability within the industry.
  10. Environmental changes may affect the viability of dealer-centric automotive finance businesses.

The In-Depth Analysis:

To gain a comprehensive understanding of these key takeaways and their implications, we have compiled an extensive report titled "SRA White Paper: Auto Lending Risk Analysis." This 19-page report explores the intricate details, market trends, and potential future scenarios within the US auto loan market. Whether you're a lender, investor, or simply a curious reader, this report offers valuable insights to help you navigate the shifting tides of the auto lending landscape.

The US auto loan market continues to be a critical pillar of the consumer credit ecosystem, but it faces a plethora of challenges in 2023. The supply chain disruptions, soaring vehicle prices, and rising interest rates have significantly impacted borrower affordability and credit quality. By staying informed and adaptable, lenders and investors can navigate these turbulent waters with confidence.

To access the full analysis, fill out the below form to download the "SRA White Paper: Auto Lending Risk Analysis" and equip yourself with the knowledge to make informed decisions in this evolving landscape. As we journey into the future, understanding these risks and opportunities will be instrumental in shaping the path ahead for the US auto loan market.

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