According to the FDIC, cash is readily at hand as a record $2 trillion in cash hit the deposit accounts of U.S. banks since the beginning of the pandemic. With interest rates near zero, net interest margins have narrowed. Financial institutions would love to issue loans, but there are few opportunities to grow right now. Auto loans are a frequent go-to solution, but the pandemic has added a few wrinkles to that tried-and-true tactic.
Used car values typically decline during a recession, raising concerns about negative net equity on typically long-term 84-month loans. But analysis from Edmunds reflects there could be more demand for used vehicles versus new, as the cost of new units continue to rise and manufacturers continue to fall behind on production schedules.
How can a credit union capitalize on the opportunity to grow their auto loan portfolio? The first step is to reach the car shopper early in their search. By the time a consumer visits a dealership, they are likely to have conducted an average of 13-14 hours of research. Offer proactive, pre-approved loans to members along with assistance in selecting the best deal for their credit position. Partner with members in their buying journey rather than waiting for them to come to you.