Ford Motor Credit Company
is the financial services
arm of Ford Motor Company
, and is headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan
activities are concentrated primarily in the area of automobile loans
in support of its parent company. The company offers consumer loans and leases to car buyers, as well as business loans and lines of credit to dealerships selling Ford Motor Company products. The firm also issues commercial paper
and other debt
instruments on Ford's behalf.Ford Credit
, as it is popularly known, is somewhat analogous to GMAC financial services, the credit
arm of competitor General Motors
Ford Credit also owns PRIMUS Financial Services, formerly known as Primus Automotive Financial Services. PRIMUS specializes in non-Ford financing by providing private-label financing to other Ford owned but not Ford badged brands such as Lincoln, Mercury, and Volvo.
Primus was formerly known as Marine Midland Automotive Financial services (MMAFC) and was owned by Marine Midland Bank
of Buffalo, New York
. Ford Credit bought MMAFC in 1990 and moved the headquarters to Nashville and later Franklin, Tennessee.