Edmunds Analysis Reveals Car Shoppers Get Slight Reprieve from Soaring Interest Rates in November

Edmunds Analysis Reveals Car Shoppers Get Slight Reprieve from Soaring Interest Rates in November

Zero percent deals make a limited return for the holidays, but Edmunds analysts caution these deals won't last and APRs over 6 percent are likely the new normal


SANTA MONICA, CA — December 3, 2018 — Interest rates for new vehicles dipped slightly in November, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. The annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles averaged 6.0 percent in November, compared to 6.2 percent in October. Edmunds experts say that this month-over-month dip can be attributed to a bump in zero percent finance deals from automakers in November.

"Car buyers got a bit of relief this month thanks to Black Friday deals, but an average interest rate above 6 percent is still a tough pill to swallow, especially for shoppers who might be coming back to the market after a number of years," said Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds' manager of industry analysis. "Shoppers who purchased a car in November five years ago could feasibly be facing a 47 percent increase in their interest rate this November."

Despite this month-over-month uptick in zero percent finance loans, Edmunds data reveals that zero percent finance deals dropped to 5.5 percent, their lowest November level since 2005.

"Automakers are certainly offering more zero percent finance deals this holiday season than they have in previous months, but they're still few and far between," said Acevedo. "Consumers who are thinking of buying and are planning on financing their next purchase might want to strike while the iron is hot because these deals are not likely going to last beyond the New Year."

More insight into recent auto industry trends can be found in the Edmunds Industry Center at http://www.edmunds.com/industry-center/.

New-Car Finance Data
  November 2018 November 2017 November 2013
Term 69.14 69.26 65.65
Monthly Payment $551 $524 $483
Amount Financed $31,877 $31,433 $22,967
APR 6.03 4.81 4.11
Down Payment $4,164 $3,906 $3,785
Used-Car Finance Data
  November 2018 November 2017 November 2013
Term 67.27 67.06 64.57
Monthly Payment $409 $389 $369
Amount Financed $22,004 $21,494 $19,795
APR 8.69 7.66 7.68
Down Payment $2,643 $2,475 $2,188

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