Car lease credit applicants registered a 57.8 percent approval rate in January to begin 2018, down from 62 percent in December, according to Swapalease.com, an online car lease marketplace. January’s credit approve rate was higher than the 50 percent rate from January 2017.
Some of the reason for the lower-than-normal approval rate can be attributed to the higher-than-average number of applicants registered in January, according to Swapalease.com. With holiday promotions and strong emphasis on luxury lease offers typically signaling heavy applicant volume in December, the marketplace saw a continuation of high volume applicants opening the new year in January. With this higher volume comes a variety of credit histories, including more applicants with less-than-stellar credit approved by the banks.
Over the last three months and dating back to November 2017, the lease approval rate is registered at 62.2 percent. The majority of applicants are interested in taking over leases in the mid- to high-end luxury categories, including higher-end SUVs. These vehicles come with an average monthly payment of $499 or higher.
“We’re continuing to see a healthy consumer appetite in taking over existing leases in the online marketplace, and a large number of these interested parties feel confident in the monthly payments they’re willing to take on,” said Scot Hall, executive vice president of Swapalease.com. “The banks and lease companies have remained firm in their criteria for approvals, which is why we continue to see a slightly higher number of those still not being approved. Credit profile remains extremely important when applying for a lease across any segment or type.”
Swapalease.com matches a person wanting out of their existing vehicle lease contract with a car shopper looking to take over a short-term vehicle lease. The marketplace has several thousands of cars and trucks available for transfer to anywhere in the continental U.S.