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Couple in convertible car purchased with finance
  Find a loan that runs as sweetly as your new car There are plenty of car loan options out there, and many of them may be suited to you. Knowing where to look, however, is the starting point that makes it much more likely you’ll end up with the right one. This overview outlines the main avenues you can pursue as you seek approval for new or used auto financing.   Traditional dealerships Getting your financing through a dealership is a common approach as it allows you to buy a car and arrange credit at the same time. The… Read More

Man and woman traveling in car
  Financing is a central part of most car purchases, and the terms of the loan can have a strong bearing on how you feel about the overall buying experience. Understanding the factors involved will enable you to plan for your application and confidently consider any offers you receive. Here are five important points to know about.   1. Credit score Your credit score is based on the credit history contained in your credit reports, and sums up how creditworthy you are. It’s a key reference for lenders in determining how much money they may be willing to lend and… Read More

Car lifted by dollars to clouds
  To a large degree, your credit score reflects how well you repay your debt, so timely payments on a car loan can be an effective way to build your score.* Other things affect your credit standing, too, such as how long you’ve been using credit products, but paying off an auto loan over a period of years demonstrates to a credit reporting agency that you’re a good, or better, lending risk. That has significant potential benefits for the future because next time you need to borrow, whether for a car loan, mortgage or credit card, you’ll likely have an… Read More

Car parked beside road
  Getting declined for an auto loan can be frustrating but doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks. Often, a rejection decision results from bad credit,* yet there are many lenders who will loan to people with poor credit scores, so it makes sense to look for a second chance. A lender like RoadLoans, for example, accepts applications from consumers with a wide range of credit and has years of experience helping customers move forward in the vehicles they want. Here’s how to go about getting that second chance at an auto loan.   Check your credit report There… Read More

Tax refund for car purchase infographic
If you’re in the market for a new vehicle then you should know something about tax season: tax refunds and car loans are a good match.* That’s because refunds, which have averaged around $3,000 in recent years, can provide many approved buyers with a ready-made down payment on their next ride, or at least a useful chunk of it. In turn, that money down may drop their monthly payment and provide useful savings on interest charges. Take a look at the following infographic to see how a tax refund may be used to get a new or used vehicle in six straightforward… Read More

  • 20 percent for new and 10 percent for used vehicles recommended • Smaller down payments still offer advantages   Whatever you can afford as a down payment on a car will stand you in good stead, but the general view is that you should aim for 20 percent, or at least 10 percent if buying a used vehicle. One of the main reasons for these figures is to offset the depreciation in a car’s value that inevitably follows a purchase. A down payment offers other advantages, too, including improving the chance of loan approval, a lower APR and… Read More

Man using laptop to improve credit score
  If you’re relying upon a loan to purchase your next vehicle, you may want to improve your credit score before you apply. Credit score is normally a leading factor for lenders weighing your application and, if approved, it will also affect the terms of the loan offered. Amount financed and APR, for example. In that light, a cared-for score could make the difference between a new set of wheels or no wheels at all, and potentially save you thousands of dollars on finance costs. Here are six ways to get credit savvy and move your score higher.*   1.… Read More

Toyota Sequoia on racetrack
The RoadLoans blog provides articles on a range of topics. Auto finance, for sure, but also the wider car-buying experience, vehicle ownership and interests. The most-read blog posts of 2019 reflect that spectrum, albeit with a bias towards financing, from the longest-running vehicles to the basics of refinance. As the year enters our rearview mirror, here are the top 10 posts to date.     Longest-lasting vehicles: SUVs are way ahead Some vehicles just don’t like to quit – especially big SUVs. See the models and brands most likely to take you past 200,000 miles, as recorded by iSeeCars.com.  … Read More

Financing for first-time car buyers with no credit history
  You can still apply for a loan without an established credit history Down payment, co-applicant among ways to boost your application RoadLoans offers a quick and easy process for newcomers to financing   As a first-time car buyer with no credit or bad credit,* you might feel up against it. That’s understandable. Consumers with long and strong credit histories generally stand a better chance of getting financing from an auto lender, and may enjoy better terms and a greater choice of vehicles. But take heart. Many lenders are set up to work with first-time buyers, and guess what? Many… Read More

Holiday season car price tags
  Car buyers rejoice. Black Friday kicks off a season of holiday sales events that create one of the best times of year to shop. From the day after Thanksgiving through New Year, deals abound as automakers offer deep discounts on outgoing year models, dealerships make their own reductions, and both look to finish year-end sales on a high. Despite the abundance, it’s a good idea to plan your purchase so you can take full advantage. That way, you’re better placed to maximize the potential savings and make a smart choice for the seasons ahead. Here are six steps to… Read More