For some people, owning a car is just a way to get from A to B. For others, it can mean an extension of themselves or a symbol of wealth and success. Unless you want to walk backward to work in a raging blizzard or suffer a meltdown waiting at the bus stop, owning a vehicle is essential. But what if you don’t have the money to purchase an automobile outright, poor credit or no credit? It’s not as difficult as it seems. There are lenders out there willing to help you get your car financing or refinance. You should know where you stand in the world of financing and have an action plan in place before you apply for an automobile loan. Some things to keep in mind are listed below. In addition, you can shop the individual directory listings on the Debt Consolidation Loan Directory for other consumer finance services:
- Debt Consolidation Loans – (Home Page) DebtConsolidationLoan.com offers subdirectories for a wide variety of financial services companies, in addition to automobile loans, such as debt settlement and bill consolidation. A library of personal finance tips offers suggestions on how to manage your finances and take care of or avoid debt problems.
- Auto Insurance – There are several types of car insurance coverage and different reasons for obtaining each kind. Review and compare different providers and learn more about the different types of auto insurance.
- Need Personal Loan Financing? – Looking for a small loan? Start at the personal loans directory, where you can shop and apply with different lenders and related services online.
- Debt Management Programs – Having trouble keeping up with the demands of your mounting credit card debt and other bills? You are not alone. Using the services of a debt management company may be the solution to your problems.
More Auto Financing / Lender Information:
- First and foremost, know your credit history. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com; a site set up and maintained by the three national credit reporting agencies (Equifax, TransUnion and Experian) to obtain your credit report. You’re eligible to obtain one free credit report each year. Make sure all the information is correct. If you find a mistake, there are procedures to offer up proof and ask the credit bureau to correct it. Every lender has different underwriting (approval) guidelines. Don’t assume you won’t qualify, but here are a few of the criteria they may look at when you make an application for an auto loan.
- Length of credit history? How established of a credit record do you have? Have you had installment loans, mortgages, or just credit cards?
- Late payments? Do you pay your monthly bills on time? How many times have you been 30, 60, etc. days late on your bills?
- Loan defaults? Have you had a foreclosure, repossession or charged off debt? And, if so, how long ago and have you had any credit established since?
- Income and employment status. – Your loan application will likely ask for proof of job and monthly income. The auto finance company will not only check to see if you have enough income to make your payments (too much debt in comparison to your income), but also how stable your job situation is. For example, how long have you been with your current employer?
- Length of time at your current residence? This is also a factor that may be looked at, as it is another indicator of stability.
One added consideration: Even if you have no established credit history, you sometimes have an option of offering a large down payment or obtaining a co-signer. If you don’t have the money, perhaps a family member can help you out on either front. Regardless, this option should not be taken lightly, as the lender is essentially transferring a substantial amount of risk to your family member.