Auto Leasing Takes Big Jump, Balance Sought


Automak­ers are work­ing to expand vehi­cle sales. Even though inter­est rates remain low, they are turn­ing to an old tool, leas­ing, to attract buy­ers. There is a risk, how­ev­er. Too many cars com­ing off lease at the same time can dri­ve down used car prices at the auc­tion, affect­ing prof­itabil­i­ty and rep­u­ta­tion. Automak­ers and their cap­tive finance com­pa­nies are seek­ing a bal­ance.