Here's a look at the state of auto loan rates from Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large banks and thrifts conducted Feb. 10, 2010.
Auto loansRates: 6.63 percent (60-month, new car); 7.62 percent (36-month, used car)
Auto loan rates were down across the board this week. Average rates for 48-month and the 60-month new-car loans each gave up 6 basis points, to 6.65 percent and 6.63 percent, respectively. Rates for used-car loans also gave up ground; the 36-month used-car average slid 5 basis points, to 7.62.
Add Honda to the list of Japanese automakers experiencing recall pains this week. Honda announced it was expanding a recall first issued in 2008 to deal with faulty air bags installed on some models, according to a report by The Detroit News. The additional recall will affect 378,758 vehicles, including the 2001 and 2002 Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V and some Acura TL models. If you own any of these vehicles, the safest bet is to contact your local Honda or Acura dealer.
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-- Claes Bell