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      04-04-2020, 02:34 PM   #1
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Exclamation Complete collapse of the used car market

I'm wondering if there will be a complete collapse of the used car market over the next 6 months.

A loan officer told me that I would be blown away by how many people out there have cars they shouldn't be able to afford but do because they got a 10 year loan at high interest in order to have low monthly payments that they could make. These are luxury cars like BMWs, Mercs, Porches, and Teslas.

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Some people find this hard to believe. A great example is BMW's own "BMW Select Financing" program which is balloon financing offering "Lower monthly payments up front and the option to refinance if you're qualified." Essentially turning a 5 year auto loan into a 10 year loan with refinancing (or repossession) at the end of the first leg.
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Now that means all these people are way upside down on their loans. The first things to go when people try to maintain financial stability are their cars. But since they're going to be so upside down, the easiest way out is to default on the loan. I think everyone is going to do this around the same time - which means a flood of cars going to auction at the same time and then hitting the market at the same time. About 3 months from now is my guess.

I drove by carmax the other day and their lot is already PACKED, fence to fence, bumper to bumper, no room for more cars and no buyers.

But at the same time, auto makers have shut down - so with no new cars coming into the market, will it all just even out?

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The following is from: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fear-...110000556.html


“Six months from now, there will be huge, if not unprecedented, levels of wholesale supply in the market,” Dale Pollak, an executive vice president of Cox Automotive, which owns North America’s largest auto-auction company, wrote in an open letter to auto dealers last week. “Cars are coming in, but they aren’t selling. Today’s huge supply of wholesale inventory suggests supplies will be even larger in the months ahead.”

It goes on to say that auto makers with in-house financing units, like BMW FS, are going to have to eat the depreciation. Dealerships will have to eat the cost for every single car currently on their lot. This is a big deal guys, much worse than 2008, maybe not for mortgages but certainly for vehicles.

One thing is certain, in about 6 months you're going to be able to buy your 2010-2020 dream car at a fraction of the price.
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https://www.karglobal.com/march-apri...et-conditions/



They say April's 16.3% Y/Y drop is the largest price drop in wholesale used vehicles, ever.
Though you can see in that chart that Sports cars only dropped 12% while luxury cars, compact, and midsized cars dropped the most at 22%.
These are wholesale auction prices, it will take time for this to trickle down to off-the-lot prices.
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Horrible time to sell anything, great time to buy. IMO
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Horrible time to sell anything, great time to buy. IMO
New cars are another story but used cars should be on sale. Alot of people are losing their jobs. If the virus keeps on, the sale on used cars should get better.
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if virus keeps on, everything will go down..
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Not so sure about the collapse of used car market. A few months later when (hopefully) lockdowns are lifted, a lot of people who used to buy new every so often or get a new lease won't be able to do that. So they might start holding on to what they got or instead of a new car, get a used or CPO car. So what will happen is that the supply of used vehicles will dry up in some segments. I think after 2008 recession used car prices started to hold better because the new cars got out of reach for many people. This time around might turned different, but I don't know
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Who gets a 10 year loan at 12% interest so they can afford it or have a low monthly payment? Especially for a luxury vehicle?

Your loan officer might be exaggerating a bit much.

There will be a meltdown in the financial markets but my biggest concern is that this C19 may never go away until a vaccine comes out. With global contact, this could just end up being a cyclical crisis.
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There is a going to be a complete collapse of everything.
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A loan officer told me that I would be blown away by how many people out there have cars they shouldn't be able to afford but do because they got a 10 year loan at like 12% interest in order to have low monthly payments that they could make. These are luxury cars like BMWs, Mercs, Porches, and Teslas.
What reputable Financial Institution would even offer a 10 year auto loan?
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What reputable Financial Institution would even offer a 10 year auto loan?
What reputable financial institution would offer 30 year ARMs without proof of income and no money down?

See early 2000s, A LOT.
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What reputable financial institution would offer 30 year ARMs without proof of income and no money down?

See early 2000s, A LOT.
I would argue those arenít reputable FIs and why most of those arenít in business anymore.
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What reputable financial institution would offer 30 year ARMs without proof of income and no money down?

See early 2000s, A LOT.
I would argue those aren’t reputable FIs and why most of those aren’t in business anymore.
Nearly every major bank survived. And every one was giving absurd loans.
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I'm wondering if there will be a complete collapse of the used car market over the next 6 months.

A loan officer told me that I would be blown away by how many people out there have cars they shouldn't be able to afford but do because they got a 10 year loan at like 12% interest in order to have low monthly payments that they could make. These are luxury cars like BMWs, Mercs, Porches, and Teslas.

Now that means all these people are way upside down on their loans. The first things to go when people try to maintain financial stability are their cars. But since they're going to be so upside down, the easiest way out is to default on the loan. I think everyone is going to do this around the same time - which means a flood of cars going to auction at the same time and then hitting the market at the same time. About 3 months from now is my guess.

I drove by carmax the other day and their lot is already PACKED, fence to fence, bumper to bumper, no room for more cars and no buyers.

But at the same time, auto makers have shut down - so with no new cars coming into the market, will it all just even out?
I agree. We haven't touched on leases yet, but I'm sure people won't be able to keep up those payments either.

There is going to be a huge supply regardless and few buyers. Sports cars especially will be impossible to move im guessing.
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There is a going to be a complete collapse of everything.
This. People won't care about cars when they can't even afford food and shelter.
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Who gets a 10 year loan at 12% interest so they can afford it or have a low monthly payment? Especially for a luxury vehicle?

Your loan officer might be exaggerating a bit much.
This.
My perception is people lease to get into a more expensive car than they can afford.
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My perception is people lease to get into a more expensive car than they can afford.
I've never leased a car, but people that use their cars for business or swap cars every 3 years or so sometimes are better off leasing.
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My perception is people lease to get into a more expensive car than they can afford.
I've never leased a car, but people that use their cars for business or swap cars every 3 years or so sometimes are better off leasing.
I didn't intend to portray everyone that leases as doing it for a lower payment. My comment was focused on people buying above their income. My perception is this group likes to lease because the cost of admission and payments are lower than financing.
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My perception is people lease to get into a more expensive car than they can afford.
Bad perception for everyone then

I always lease, just because I like the car/tech every three years. I can lease two new cars in three years through BMW than paying cash for one in 6 years and still have warranty, new car/tech and not worry about the value of my trade in too.

My wife, on the other hand always pays cash. Nothing to do with affordability.
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I didn't intend to portray everyone that leases as doing it for a lower payment. My comment was focused on people buying above their income. My perception is this group likes to lease because the cost of admission and payments are lower than financing.
Hey, I resemble that remark! Who in their right mind would buy a new BMW and a truck in the same year.
But if I die this year at least all of my vehicles will be paid for.
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Bad perception for everyone then

I always lease, just because I like the car/tech every three years. I can lease two new cars in three years through BMW than paying cash for one in 6 years and still have warranty, new car/tech and not worry about the value of my trade in too.

My wife, on the other hand always pays cash. Nothing to do with affordability.
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My perception is people lease to get into a more expensive car than they can afford.
I've never leased a car, but people that use their cars for business or swap cars every 3 years or so sometimes are better off leasing.
I didn't intend to portray everyone that leases as doing it for a lower payment. My comment was focused on people buying above their income. My perception is this group likes to lease because the cost of admission and payments are lower than financing.
Note the clarification to my post you're commenting on.
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