Hyundai To Defer Payments For Federal Workers

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Hyundai is offering to defer new-car payments for 800,000 workers who have been furloughed due to the partial U.S. government shutdown.

Related: What’s Open, What’s Closed During The Government Shutdown

The company says workers who buy or lease cars this month won’t have to make payments until January. Those who already own a Hyundai financed through the company won’t have to make payments until they go back to work.

Hyundai won a lot of good publicity four years ago when it offered U.S. customers who lost their jobs the chance to return their new cars for a refund. The Hyundai Assurance program boosted sales at a low point in the economic downturn.

The automaker says the program for government workers helps them at a time they need it most.

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