Swaplease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports car lease credit applicants registered a 72.7% approval rate in December. The approval rate is significant considering approval ratings hit a low of 63.8% in April, the lowest rate reported since January of 2018.
With the holiday season being an optimal time to buy or lease a vehicle, it is no surprise that approval ratings saw an increase in December. According to Experian’s State of the Automotive Finance Market Report, in the second quarter of 2020, nearly 26% of new vehicles were leased. While this number is down from pre-pandemic levels, Swapalease.com believes many of its site visitors have solid credentials available to take over a person’s vehicle lease. The inclination to have more flexibility through leasing amidst economic uncertainly may contribute to a rise in shoppers who are looking to lease vehicles.
December has historically turned out a higher lease credit approval rating, likely due to end of year sales and lease deals. In December of 2019, 72% of applicants were approved to take over another person’s lease, and in December of 2018, 71.4% of applicants were approved.
“The automotive industry took a hard hit in early 2020, especially as stay-at-home mandates were implemented and businesses were temporarily shut down,” said Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of Operations at Swapalease.com. “We’ve continued to see slight increases month-over-month since May, and we’re optimistic at the outlook for the 2021 calendar year.”
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 thousands of cars and trucks available for transfer to anywhere in the continental U.S.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Swapalease.com is the world’s largest automotive lease marketplace and the pioneer in facilitating lease transfers online. More specifically Swapalease.com matches individuals who want to get out of their lease with people who are looking for short-term lease agreements. Prospective buyers can search the listings for the exact vehicle they want, and then register for a nominal fee, allowing them to use Swapalease.com’s safe online system to contact the prospective seller and close the deal. For more information about Swapalease.com or how to exit your lease early, visit www.swapalease.com.