May 1, 2016 — Issue Brief

Conventional analysis of auto finance tends to ignore the number of families affected and their demographics. It also tends to obscure the rate at which new car financings are originated in comparison to other consumer debt. While economists, policymakers, and others realize the overall role that auto finance plays in the United States’ financial landscape, the scale of the impact of auto finance on those with low and moderate income, people of color, and younger people has received less attention. This report looks at existing data in new ways to better understand the true scale of auto finance for low- and moderate-income families.