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Toyota, Lexus lending arms offer hand to furloughed federal workers

Toyota Motor North America says it will lend a helping hand to individuals and businesses financially burdened by the extended federal government shutdown.

The automaker said Wednesday that customers of either Toyota Financial Services or Lexus Financial Services who are otherwise in good standing on their loans or lease payments and who can demonstrate that they are directly impacted by the shutdown may be able to defer up to two months of payments in their contracts.

The missed payments will be tacked on to the end of the loan or lease, the company said.

Customers of Toyota Financial Services may call 800-874-8822 or contact the lender via email using the mail center function after they have logged into ToyotaFinancial.com. Similarly, Lexus Financial Services customers can reach the lender by phone at 800-874-7050 or contact the lender via email using the Mail Center function after they’ve logged into LexusFinancial.com.

About 800,000 federal employees have either been furloughed or have been working without pay since Dec. 21 when a bipartisan deal to fund the federal government through February was rejected by the Trump administration.

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