With loan delinquencies on the rise, especially in the subprime sector, buyers who know their credit scores, credit report and have cash down and/or trade equity will have a better chance of getting their car loan application approved.
Despite the fact that a lender can approve a car loan even if the applicant has an expired license, the loan cannot be funded and the title to the vehicle cannot be transferred without a valid insurance policy in the borrower’s name – something that will not happen if the borrower has an expired driver’s license.
Credit-challenged buyers usually can’t buy a vehicle from a private party because subprime lenders only loan indirectly through dealerships. Auto Credit Express is not a lender, so we can’t tell borrowers what their interest rate will be – only the dealer will know that.
While new car leasing and lease to own car financing may sound very similar, there are major differences between them including potential vehicle ownership, credit checks, down payments, the types of vehicles involved as well as maintenance costs.
When given the choice of financing a new car, we suggest that buyers with credit issues choose an affordable compact or subcompact – vehicles that are also fuel efficient and inexpensive to insure. Opting for the shortest loan term possible, once they’ve reestablished their credit these consumers will be in a much better position for their next loan.
The latest credit union report from TransUnion has some good news and some bad news for consumers with less than perfect credit. The good news is that they plan on increasing the number of car loans they offer. The bad news is that they also plan on keeping their risk levels low. But despite the mixed results, we still believe even buyers with credit problems should first explore the possibility of a car loan with their credit union before checking out other lenders.
Credit-challenged consumers have to decide for themselves if the added price of a certified used car makes sense. The information contained in the IntelliChoice report, however, should serve as a guide for those borrowers considering a certified pre-owned vehicle.