The Cox Automotive/Moody's Analytics Vehicle Affordability Index shows new vehicles are more unaffordable in December.
New-vehicle affordability declined again in December and reached a new low in 2022, according to the Cox Automotive/Moody’s Analytics Vehicle Affordability Index released yesterday. Auto loan rates reached a new 20-year high and the average new-vehicle price increased to a record-high $49,507. The number of median weeks of income needed to purchase the average new vehicle in November increased to 44 weeks from 43.3 weeks in November.
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Supporting affordability, median income grew 0.4%, and incentives from manufacturers also increased in December. All other factors moved against affordability. The average price paid for a new vehicle increased by 1.9% to $49,507, according to Kelley Blue Book. The average interest rate increased another 53 basis points. As a result of these moves, the estimated typical monthly payment increased 2.1% to $777, which was a new record.
New-vehicle affordability in December was much worse than a year ago when prices were lower, incentives were higher, and rates were lower. The estimated number of weeks of median income need to purchase the average new vehicle in December was up 7% from last year.