No Script Lease Credit Approvals Finish a Strong 2015 on a Low Note



Cincinnati, OH (February 23, 2016), the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals began 2016 lower than what they had shown during the last two quarters of 2015, but also showed a marked improvement from the December dip. January lease credit approvals finished at 63.6%, higher than the December mark of 54.5% when the year finished on a down note.

Sales in the broader automotive industry remains at near-record levels, although the pace of sales from year to year has begun to cool off. The lease approvals rating mirrors other closely watched economic indicators which have been mixed lately. While consumer confidence dropped slightly in February, to 105.8 down from 106.4, the expected personal finances index rose to 126 from 124. Both figures closely watched by the University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment.

“While lease approvals have been slightly down over the last few months, it’s difficult to say this is any meaningful trend at this point, especially given the sales success seen in showrooms currently,” said Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of “The numbers do bear watching more closely, though, as several more months of this level of activity could indicate a softening of the overall credit environment for consumers and car shoppers.”

Also of note, the lease credit approvals rating showed more volatility during the first and second quarter of last year before picking up momentum toward the latter half of the year. executives will be monitoring broader trends to identify any possible year-over-year patterns.