Credit availability for subprime customers is still low, but the well is not dry. In fact, there are signs that special finance is making a comeback, with the bankruptcy niche leading the way. Finance sources with an established history in the bankruptcy segment know the payoff is worth the risk. They know those consumers will be relatively debt free at the end of the process and motivated to reestablish their credit.

That makes BK customers an ideal candidate for financing. And with bankruptcy filings soaring to heights not seen since 2005, this is a segment that’s ripe with opportunities. In 2009, bankruptcy filings shot up 32 percent to more than 1.47 million for the year. The surge mirrors what happened five years ago, when consumers were trying to take advantage of older, less restrictive filing guidelines before revisions to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code took effect.

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