August 14, 2013 08:00 ET

Car Lease Customer Credit Approvals Reach High for the Year

Slightly More Than Three Fourths of Car Shoppers Approved Year-to-Date

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - Aug 14, 2013) -, the nation's largest car lease marketplace, reports continued increase this year for customer credit approval on lease transactions through the end of July. According to website data, total year-to-date credit approvals were 75.6% through July, up from 73.9% through the end of June and the highest cumulative average recorded so far this year.

Historical data show that 70% approval is considered healthy for the online car lease marketplace, which matches a person looking to exist a vehicle with a car shopper looking to take over a short-term lease. Customer credit approvals have continually increased since the beginning of 2011, and the current 75.6% approval rate compares to 61.6% year-to-date approvals through July 2012.

"Now that our credit approvals rate is resting near 75%, the majority of customers processing transactions are believed to be looking for upgrades to their previous vehicle," said Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of "The health rate of consumer credit in many cases gives drivers the confidence to upgrade into a vehicle category that's considered higher than their previous vehicle."

In looking specifically at the July approvals rate, 80.6% of customers looking to take over a vehicle lease were approved by the incoming bank. This represents the second best month for approvals, behind the 88% approval rate recorded during May. Credit is the lifeblood of leasing, and each interested car shopper must have their credit approved by the lease company holding the vehicle contract.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the world's largest automotive lease marketplace and the pioneer in facilitating lease transfers online. More specifically matches individuals who want to get out of their lease with people who are looking for short-term lease agreements. Prospective buyers can search the listings for the exact vehicle they want, and then register for a nominal fee, allowing them to use's safe online system to contact the prospective seller and close the deal. For more information about or how to exit your lease early, call 866-SWAPNOW or visit