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American car buyers are borrowing like never before—and missing plenty of payments, too

Gwynn Guilford
American car buyers are borrowing like never before—and missing plenty of payments, too

Last year, Americans bought more new cars than ever before. Given that auto sales make up around a fifth of all retail spending, 2016’s banner year is being hailed as a sign of burgeoning consumer confidence across the country. But something else is revving up, too: auto loans. The US closed out 2016 with just…