Meeting the needs of the time
During World War II, we helped support the war effort as the financing arm of GM, which supplied the Allies with submarine engines, airplanes, trucks and tanks. Back home, we helped financially troubled railroads stay in business by renting and financing locomotives. In the 1950s, we diversified and worked with participating household appliance retailers and extended financing to customers who couldn't afford to buy a refrigerator, washer or stove outright.
Providing convenience and more options
Americans' love for cars was on the rise during the golden years of automobile design. With our slogan, ''Enjoy financing where you buy,'' more people took advantage of getting the car they wanted and the financing they needed at the same place. In 1956 we introduced "Buying cars on time" with our Time Payment Plan and gave over 2 million customers more options to finance a vehicle with a payment plan that fit their budget.