February 22, 2011 13:11 ET Sees Credit App Approvals Increase for First Time Since Recession

First-Time Customer Approvals Increase 4.5% Since October

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - February 22, 2011) -, the nation's most popular online car lease marketplace, believes the environment for consumer credit may be getting healthier in analyzing its customer credit application data of first-time customers from the last quarter of 2010.

For the first time since the recession began, the auto lease company saw the rate of credit application approvals increase for first-time customers during the final quarter of 2010. Credit application approvals increased by 4.5 percent since the start of October and have continued in positive territory to begin 2011. To ensure the best possible experience for leasing drivers looking to find an individual interested in assuming the remaining contract, requires all car shoppers to verify creditworthiness before any contact is made.

"Having good credit is arguably the single most important factor in anyone's ability to lease a vehicle," said Sergio Stiberman, CEO and founder of "We view this positive indication as key to the health of the overall leasing environment. It's one thing to offer great lease deals but you've got to have customers with good credit to sign on the dotted line."

Credit is analyzed differently when applying to take over a car lease compared with credit analyzed to lease a new car at the dealership. In taking over a lease, the amount of credit a person has, combined with credit history, is analyzed to determine whether they can assume a lease. Unlike a dealership, a person's credit score is not analyzed to determine which category of pricing they qualify for when shopping for the best payment. The same person could have the credit to lease one vehicle in both scenarios but fail to qualify for the similar payment at the dealer level.

About, the most recognized name in car leasing, easily and affordably matches car shoppers with individuals looking to escape their auto lease. Visit, on Twitter @Lease_Trader, or call 800-770-0207.