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Most Ford Buyers Chose To Finance Their Vehicles In Q1 2023

For years, leasing proved to be incredibly popular among new vehicle shoppers, offering them lower monthly payments and certain tax advantages, depending on their employment status, not to mention the ability to simply turn in the vehicle at the end of the lease term and slip behind the wheel of another one a bit easier. However, in recent years, most Ford buyers (not including Lincoln) have opted to finance rather than lease, and that trend continued in Q1 2023, according to new data from Experian.

In its most recent State of the Automotive Finance Market Report, Experian notes that the percentage of new vehicles that are being leased has declined over the past couple of years, from 27.93 percent in 2021 to 21.76 percent in 2022 and 18.23 percent thus far this year. Ford buyers, in particular, have helped drive this trend, as 85.19 percent of those customers opted to finance their new vehicle in Q1 2023, versus just 14.81 percent that chose to lease.

That finance figure was one of the largest in the automotive industry last quarter, trailing only Chrysler (91.42 percent), Tesla (88.02 percent), Toyota (86.37 percent), and Dodge (85.73 percent). Meanwhile, only Volvo had more customers opt to lease their new vehicle rather than finance it in Q1.

Ford buyers, on average, have had fairly high FICO scores in recent years, which could play some role in these results, as they’re able to obtain lower interest rates when financing a new vehicle. Those same buyers haven’t really changed their habits much over the past few years, even amid soaring prices, and delinquencies remain low among Ford Credit customers, too, which is a sign that those folks have made responsible purchases in spite of record high prices caused by dwindling inventory and various supply chain issues.

We’ll have more on the state of the automotive finance market soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for comprehensive Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. steve

    They say 85% choose to finance there trucks. this means people can’t afford the costs. 90 – 100K for a truck is expensive. some people in this market have to have new trucks so they are forced to pay 6 – 8 % , but I think eventually this slow down will get harder on working people. with 1000 – 1500 dollar a month payments, it only takes a small dip for people to loose these trucks. debt keeps climbing, its a bit sad.

  2. Mike

    The used truck market is getting ready to be flooded with repossessed trucks… The increase in cosys of vehicles and housing in not sustainable.

  3. Richard Rassh

    Feed the rich

  4. Kenneth Haines

    I finally got a notice my 23 Escape was produced on May 31 with shipment to be determined.With that shut down in Louisville it took a lot longer.

  5. Mike

    Where in my post did I suggest a position on the repossessions? I paid cash for my Maverick, LOL! I was just stating an opinion, not passing judgement. Don’t get so wound up-not healthy!


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