Bank of Boston Corp. expects to find a new buyer for its Fidelity Acceptance Corp. automobile finance unit and remains open to one "who would give us a stake in another company," spokeswoman Karen Schwartzman said Wednesday.

The banking company had unveiled just such a deal Jan. 13 with Mercury Finance Co. Bank of Boston was to sell Fidelity Acceptance in exchange for a 16% stake in Mercury, then valued at $453 million. But that plan blew up last week amid disclosures that Mercury had overstated its earnings for the past four years, sending its share price into a tailspin.

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