Growing share of car buyers pay $1,000 or more a month for loans


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A growing share of car buyers are signing up for monthly loan payments of $1,000 or more amid rising interest rates and elevated auto prices, new research shows.

Overall, 14.3% of consumers who financed a new vehicle in the third quarter committed to payments at or above that amount, up from 8.3% during the year-earlier period, according to Edmunds. For buyers of electric vehicles, that share is 26%; for hybrids, 24%.

“High prices and rising interest rates are dealing consumers a one-two punch by catapulting monthly payments into a new realm,” said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds’ executive director of insights.

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