Debt collection on steroids. Now in China. Where next?
So-called auto-backed lenders—which charge annualized interest rates as high as 36%—install tracking devices in cars by hiding them inside bumpers, under seats or behind mirrors to prevent them from being removed by borrowers. When people fail to repay their debts, collectors act quickly to repossess cars, sometimes in the middle of the night, according to people on both sides of the transactions.