Car loan borrowers face challenges getting economic relief

Up to $600 extra a week in unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 economic meltdown plugged a lot of holes in everyday budgets.

Yet as the extra money is scheduled to phase out by the end of this month, it’s likely that more people could struggle making their car payments in the months ahead. Some may even find it more difficult to get extra help than they imagine. 

Consumers who face financial hardships during the fight against COVID-19 aren’t always happy after trying to get a break on their auto loans, based on skyrocketing complaints to a federal consumer watchdog agency.