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BAMAPHIN 22
06-13-2006, 12:40 PM
Rashida Redd punched in a six-digit code in her Pontiac Grand Prix and got a new lease on life.

The 34-year-old Pottstown mother of five had to file for bankruptcy about a year ago in the face of mounting medical bills from her husband's open heart surgery. Despite her poor credit history, Redd was able to lease the three-year-old car from Williams Pre-Owned of Limerick on the condition that it have a starter-interrupt device.

"At least I was able to save the house," said Redd, now separated.
The device, the size of a cigarette pack and mounted under the dashboard, flashes green if she has made a car payment on time. If she misses her $94 weekly payment, it won't let her car start.

Starter-interrupt devices are becoming a popular way for lenders to ensure they get paid, and consumers seem willing to accept them to get into nicer cars, use a smaller down payment and qualify for a lower interest rate, according to device manufacturers.

Ken Shilson, managing partner at Shilson Goldberg Cheung & Associates in Houston, an accounting firm that works with auto dealers who make use of the device, said the market for them is growing.

The major manufacturers of the device report double-digit increases in sales so far this year, compared with the same period a year ago. An estimated 1 million are in use today, he said.

Consumers with poor credit often are faced with interest rates of over 20 percent - nearly triple the rate drivers with good credit can get, Shilson said. They also have to pay a down payment equal to 10 percent to 20 percent of the car's purchase price, while buyers with good credit can purchase a vehicle with little or no money down.

Redd's car is equipped with a device made by Payment Protection Systems Inc., of Temecula, Calif. It's one of three manufacturers that dominate the market - the others are PassTime in Littleton, Colo., and Pay Technologies of Cleveland, Ohio.

The companies make a variation of the same device: The units are connected to the starter and emit a brief series of sounds or flashes of light days before the payment deadline.


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NJFINSFAN1
06-13-2006, 12:47 PM
Man would I be in trouble!

A Wing Pilot
06-13-2006, 12:55 PM
As soon as this is mainstream, expect them to be hacked !!!!!

nevadadolfan
06-13-2006, 01:20 PM
Imagine how angry you would be if you got in your car to go make your payment for the car and it wouldnt start!!!! I would just say no, its not fair to people even if they have bad credit or whatever other reason they might have. They still deserve a car that will start whenever, even if they are late.

playmaker1
06-13-2006, 04:41 PM
Glad I have mine paid off then

GreenMachine
06-13-2006, 04:43 PM
Imagine how angry you would be if you got in your car to go make your payment for the car and it wouldnt start!!!! I would just say no, its not fair to people even if they have bad credit or whatever other reason they might have. They still deserve a car that will start whenever, even if they are late.
I disagree. If you want the responsibility of owning a car, you should be responsible and pay your bills on time. Owning a car is a luxury, not a birthright.

nevadadolfan
06-13-2006, 06:26 PM
I disagree. If you want the responsibility of owning a car, you should be responsible and pay your bills on time. Owning a car is a luxury, not a birthright.
Oh really, its a luxury not a birthright huh, thanks for that insite i wasnt aware of that!!! Im just saying I dont like the idea of these dealerships of whoever it is putting these on. I think its a bad idea thats all.

Roman529
06-13-2006, 06:36 PM
Great idea!!!!!! :lol:

ILPhinFan88
06-13-2006, 06:38 PM
Next will be the locks on the new house you just bought. Miss your payment you get locked out.:D