If you have ever gone to multiple dealerships when looking for auto financing, you may be concerned about your credit score being affected each time a lender pulls your report. What you should know is that if all the auto loan inquiries are within a 45 day period, they only count as one inquiry. But when you are seeking auto financing beyond that period, it could hurt your credit.
Although the rise in median family income means that new cars are becoming more affordable, borrowers dealing with credit problems would do well to maximize their down payments while keeping both the loan term and payment-to-income ratio to a minimum. This means lowering expectations (at least until their credit is reestablished) and financing a more affordable car for a shorter term, rather than taking out a long-term loan on a more expensive vehicle.
While a balloon car loan can reduce the monthly payment on a vehicle, lenders that offer these loans, because of the higher risk involved, usually only approve them for their most credit-worthy borrowers.
We receive many questions about the income requirements necessary for someone who is already struggling with damaged credit. Sometimes it requires some creativity to meet lender requirements while working with the each customer’s situation. We will introduce you to some …
Although it may look similar, an ITIN is not a Social Security Number. Since anyone with an ITIN is not eligible for an SSN, these consumers are also not eligible to take out a loan here in the U.S.
A couple years ago you bought the car you always wanted. It was brand new and you absolutely loved the way it looked and performed. Recently, however, financial situations have changed and you are finding it tougher and tougher to make the payments. You’ve talked to your lender, and while they gave you the option of deferring a couple months of your payments, you know that’s not going to solve anything. Now you’re wondering if it may be time to trade the vehicle in.
Buying a car can be exciting. It’s time for something new, and sometimes we get caught up in that excitement and get ahead of ourselves. And when this does happen, it often leads to disappointment when we get to the car dealership and discover that what we want isn’t exactly what we can get.This is why it is so important for all car buyers to get their financing arranged first.