The percentage of "cash deals" has grown over the past year, a trend that can eat into auto dealership finance-and-insurance revenue.
Dealerships earn money from arranging indirect loans between lenders and consumers, revenue they can't collect when a consumer has cash, a cashier's check or a personal check in hand. Cash deals might also jeopardize finance-and-insurance product sales because consumers typically finance F&I coverage within auto loans. If a customer is paying cash, the finance manager must persuade the consumer to pay those premiums out-of-pocket or take out a loan for the coverage.
G.P. Anderson, finance manager at Thielen Motors in Park Rapids, Minn., recalled a run of 38 deals in 2022 that either involved either cash or outside financing.