Ram Trucks Coronavirus Financial Relief and New Car Incentives

Jack R. Nerad | April 2, 2020

As is needless to say, the coronavirus pandemic has changed things radically. And that is as true for the auto industry as it is about our daily lives. Instead of a year of economic growth and strong vehicle sales, 2020 has turned into a year of mystery, doubt, and fear. None of those is good for business, and Ram Truck is in the business of providing its customers with comfortable, cost-effective transportation and its employees with good, reliable paychecks.

Ram Trucks Coronavirus Financial Relief and New Car Incentives

In an effort to jumpstart sales that are themselves "sheltering in place," Ram Trucks and its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), has launched the "Drive Forward" campaign designed to support current customers who are struggling and to persuade others to buy new trucks.

The multi-faceted coronavirus payment plans campaign includes special financing offers and deferred initial payments for new-car buyers, plus a new online buying program that will enable Ram Trucks customers to purchase or lease a vehicle without visiting a dealership.

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Unlike some brands, Ram Trucks doesn't have a single primary source of vehicle financing. Instead, Ram Truck dealers most often rely on Chrysler Capital and Ally Financial to fund many of their car loans and leases, while tapping into other sources, including local banks as well. With so many people out of work or experiencing limited working hours, both Chrysler Capital and Ally Financial are offering several coronavirus car payment plans to those affected by the situation.

At Ally Financial auto loan customers will be allowed to defer payment for up to 120 days on their existing accounts with permission from the lender. No late fees will be charged, but finance charges will accrue over the period the payments are put in abeyance. To seek assistance with their individual accounts, Ally Auto customers are advised to contact Ally Auto customer care at 1-888-925-2559.

For their customers in need of special help, Chrysler Capital has established a toll-free telephone number to give individual service. Customers who fear they might not be able to make a payment on time can reach a representative by phone at 855-563-5635. Currently, the call volume is high so the company asks for patience, but individualized service from a loan counselor is available. To help relieve the burden on the toll-free line customers can use self-service payment options through Chrysler Capital MyAccount.

Ram Trucks customers who neither financed their vehicle nor obtained their lease through Chrysler Capital or Ally Auto are advised to contact their lender or leasing company directly if they anticipate payment issues. Many lenders are currently able to assist their customers with various forms of payment relief.

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Ram Trucks New Car Incentives - Find the best deals!

Throughout 2020, Ram Trucks has been promoting its line with a wide range of incentive offers. Now the "Drive Forward" initiative adds some new, compelling alternatives to the mix. Well-qualified buyers can get zero-percent financing for terms up to 84 months and deferred payments for 90 days on select 2019 and 2020 models.

For instance, in some markets, Ram Trucks is offering zero-percent financing for 84 months on the 2020 Ram 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab 4x4. Several other Ram 1500 trim levels are also eligible for the zero-percent 84-month financing. To find Ram Trucks models that qualify for 84-month zero-percent financing and for 90-day deferred first payment visit Ramtrucks.com or contact your local dealer.

The just-announced Online Retail Experience (ORE) allows Ram Truck customers to make their vehicle purchase online. Customers can initiate ORE on the Ram Truck national website and then complete the details on a local dealer website. Virtually all aspects of a purchase or lease — vehicle trade-in, credit application, price and payment negotiation, and other details — are all available on computer. Once the transaction is finalized, buyers can arrange to have their vehicles delivered to their homes.

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All FCA U.S. and Canadian manufacturing plants are closed, and approximately 68,000 manufacturing employees have been temporarily idled. Ram Trucks are built in a number of temporarily shuttered FCA plants in Michigan and Mexico. Fiat Chrysler's manufacturing facilities, as well as headquarters operations and construction projects, are currently slated to open after April 14, but that date could change depending on how the situation unfolds.

Mopar Parts distribution centers, essential to keeping first-responder and commercial vehicles on the road, are still in operation using paid volunteers from their regular staff of workers.

Ram Trucks Economic Outlook & Sales Forecast - Find the best deals!

After a rousing start to 2020, sales in March went into a precipitous decline as the coronavirus effects began to grow in impact across the country. Restrictions on personal interaction and movement intended to slow the spread of the virus led to the sharp drop. Due to the rapidly changing situation, FCA spokespeople are not willing to comment on the outlook for Ram Trucks sales or the overall outlook for 2020 calendar-year sales.

After looking at its extensive dealer transaction data, J.D. Power expects March sales to be 983,000, a decline of 493,000 from its forecast issued before the coronavirus pandemic. In contrast to the original forecast of 16.9 million sales in 2020, the March sales rate translates to a seasonally adjusted annual sales rate of 11.2 million, down drastically from earlier estimates but well above Great Recession levels.

J.D. Power believes auto sales results going forward will be affected by the course of the pandemic itself, vehicle production lost to plant closures, and the legal restrictions on consumer and business activity designed to fight the pandemic. As this is written J.D. Power's most recent 2020 outlook for total vehicle sales is in the range of 12.1 to 14.8 million units.

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