In a recent press release, Ford Motor Company announced that qualified customers of its seven finance company subsidiaries may delay payments if they were affected by Hurricane Ike.

Letters will notify eligible customers

Here at Auto Credit Express, we know that the current economic situation has affected many people's abilities to pay their bills on time. When you throw in a storm with the magnitude of devastation like Hurricane Ike, budgets that are already stretched thin can reach the breaking point.

That's why the news from Ford (not without its own problems) regarding its offer, for qualified customers, to delay one or two months of car payments is especially noteworthy.

Ford Press Release:

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 15, 2008 – Ford Motor Credit Company is offering customers affected by Hurricane Ike the option to delay some car payments. Ford Motor Credit's Disaster Relief Program allows qualified customers to delay one or two monthly payments, resuming their regular payment schedules when their situations improve.

Ford Motor Credit customers who are eligible for the Disaster Relief Program will be sent letters with instructions on how to register. The offer is available to customers who are leasing or have purchased vehicles with financing from Ford Credit, Fairlane Credit, Jaguar Credit, Land Rover Capital, Mazda American Credit, PRIMUS or Volvo Car Finance.

Customers also may call the toll-free number listed for their brand to register for the Ford Motor Credit Disaster Relief Program:

Ford Credit: 1-800-723-4016
Fairlane Credit: 1-800-525-5868
Jaguar Credit: 1-800-945-7000
Land Rover Capital Group: 1-877-507-2264
Mazda American Credit: 1-800-945-4000
PRIMUS Financial Services: 1-800-945-4000
Volvo Car Finance: 1-800-770-8234