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Kelley Blue Book: Car financing has reached a record high

The average new car buyer financed $40,290 in the second quarter of 2022, according to credit monitoring company Experian
That’s an increase of 13.2% over last year’s figure.

The price of the average new car has soared over the past year — $48,182 in July, compared with $42,736 in July 2021. But incomes haven’t kept pace with that increase, which has left Americans working longer than ever to pay off their new cars. As of July, the average earner would need to work 42.2 weeks to pay off the average new car.

Also see: Inflation falls for first time in more than two years, key U.S. gauge shows, due to sinking gas prices

Used car buyers are borrowing more, too. Experian reports that the average used vehicle loan last quarter was $28,534 — nearly 19% higher than one year ago. The average used car price increased in July after several months of decreasing.

Year-over-year, the buyers with the worst credit scores suffered the biggest increase in their monthly expenses. Experian reports that subprime borrowers are paying $97 a month more than they were a year ago, while prime buyers average $83 more.

Loan terms stayed steady, Experian reports. The average borrower committed to 69 months of payments.

See: Is 72 months too long for a car loan? The problems with long-term loans.

Also, for the first time SUVs surpassed 60% of the auto loan market. Just 18% of buyers borrowed to finance a sedan.

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