Some 52.1% of new-car buyers in the U.K. chose financing through an auto dealer last year, up from 45.8% in 2009. The Finance and Leasing Assn., the trade body for the motor-finance industry, says half a million people used dealer financing to purchase a new car last year, and motor lenders provided £6.4 billion ($10.3 billion) in funding. Financing helped 635,000 people purchase used cars, with £5.9 billion (9.5 billion) in advances. “Overall, the number of cars financed last year ...

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