INFLUENCE AUTO LOAN RATES
There are several key factors that
determine what kind of
auto loan interest rate you are going to
receive for your
What is your credit history like?
Your credit history is probably the most influential
factor in determining auto loan rates. If you have poor
credit, you are considered more of a risk and will
receive auto loan rates that are going to be higher than
someone with great credit. If you have no credit,
the auto loan rates you will receive will be greatly
influenced by the additional factors listed below. You
can learn more about
how lenders use your credit in determining approvals and
Getting a copy of your credit report is crucial. In
fact, you should
get a copy of your credit report a
minimum of once/year. You need to have a solid idea of
credit rating is before you apply. You also
need to make sure that all of the info on your report is
accurate and more importantly that you are not a
victim of identity theft. If there are errors on your
credit report, you must
write a dispute letter to the agency reporting.
What kind of car are you buying and are you purchasing
a new or pre-owned car?
If you are buying a sports car you will are going to
be considered more of a risk than someone buying a sports
utility vehicle. Thus resulting in higher interest rates.
Also, used cars have higher interest rates than new cars.
Why? Because new cars are considered more reliable and
less of a risk than used cars.
How much do you need to finance?
The more you borrow, the greater your auto loan rate
is going to be.
Are you going to leave a down payment? If so, how
The greater the amount you leave as a down payment,
the lower your interest rates will be.
How long do you need the car loan for?
Typical loan terms are 24, 36, 48, 60 or 72 months.
The greater the amount of time needed for your loan, the
higher your interest rates are going to be. Don't be
fooled by lower monthly payments offered by longer car
loans. You are going to pay much more in interest over
the entire length of the loan.
Do you have a co-signer?
Having a co-signer is not needed to obtain approval
for an auto loan. However, if you have poor credit or a
lack of credit,
a co-signer can help you achieve a lower
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