You might think getting a car loan with bad credit is a fool’s errand.* Poor credit can cause some bumps in the road but it may still be possible for people in this situation to get auto financing that won’t break the bank.†
Credit history is one of several factors that may affect a lender’s decision on a loan application. Looking at where your credit stands could help you better understand your position when applying. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends consumers get a copy of their credit report before any major purchase, which can be obtained for free from each of the three national reporting agencies; Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You may get your credit score from the lender after applying. “Usually, you will get your credit score as part of a credit disclosure notice after you apply for financing,” says the FTC.
What might help you qualify?
Some points to consider when looking to qualify for a car loan with poor credit include:
- Your choice of vehicle could play a part. Being realistic about what you can afford can help when thinking about getting a car loan with bad credit. Consider a used car rather than a new one, and an older model over a newer vehicle. RoadLoans offers a range of finance calculators that can be useful when estimating budgets, affordability and possible payments.
- Buyers with poor credit may be asked to provide a down payment or to trade-in an existing vehicle in order to qualify for a loan.
- A cosigner might also help. The cosigner agrees to make the loan payments if you fail to, so it’s important the cosigner is creditworthy.
- The FTC suggests shopping around for vehicle financing to make comparisons between the terms of different lenders.
Getting a car loan with bad credit: Some options
Banks, credit unions, dealers and online finance companies are potential lenders when seeking a car loan with subprime credit. Bear in mind dealers might offer add-ons, such as extended warranties, which could be rolled into the loan and increase the amount you’re borrowing.
Online lender RoadLoans specializes in car loans for consumers with bad credit and enables you to apply for financing in your own time. It offers competitive rates, you can apply in minutes and get a decision back in seconds. Approved applicants can view and print their car loan documents, which contain the vehicle parameters for which the loan has been approved, before going to a dealer to shop for a car, SUV or truck. Once you’ve selected your vehicle and settled the price, the dealer will work with you and RoadLoans to finalize the transaction.
RoadLoans has provided auto financing for thousands of qualified applicants. Getting a car loan with bad credit might be possible for you too.
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* “Bad” or “Poor” credit generally is considered a FICO score around 600 and below by sources including the Consumer Federation of America and National Credit Reporting Association (reported by the Associated Press), Bankrate.com, Credit.com, Investopedia, NerdWallet.com and others. The Congressional Budget Office identifies a FICO score of 620 as the “cutoff” for prime loans. FICO scores are not the sole factor in lending decisions by RoadLoans.com and Santander Consumer USA.
† These statements are merely informational suggestions only and should not be construed as legal, accounting, or professional advice, nor are they intended as a substitute for legal or professional guidance.
RoadLoans is not a credit counseling service and makes no representations about the responsible use of or restoration of consumer credit.