When you purchase a new or used car from a dealer, your auto loan will include a variety of fees that you will be expected to pay. And for a lot of buyers who only focus on the monthly payment, as opposed to looking at the total vehicle cost, these fees will seem like they are “hidden.” While many of the fees are non-negotiable, some of them are avoidable, so it pays to know what to look for when you’re going over your sales contract.
If you have been approved for a loan, the time has come to select the vehicle you want to purchase. So what are your options? Can you really get any car you want? Your biggest limitation is your price range. How much can you afford? Keep in mind that when you have bad credit, you will need to factor in a higher interest rate.
Both private and SSI disability income is usually an issue with any car loan but it’s an even bigger problem if the buyer has tarnished credit. For most borrowers in this situation, the only alternative is a buy and pay here, tote the note, dealer that offers in-house financing.
Credit-challenged borrowers currently in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy typically won’t qualify for a new car lease (and they will have to petition the court, through the trustee, in order to purchase a vehicle). The good news is that there are programs out there that will allow them to reestablish their car credit.
Subprime lenders set minimum income levels to give borrowers the best chance to reestablish their auto credit by creating a realistic budget for their car payment.
The first thing borrowers should do before applying for a car loan is to check their credit reports (and correct any errors) and find out at least one of their credit scores. In addition, if they have poor credit and are self employed, they will need at least two years of professionally prepared tax returns showing after-expense proceeds from the business that meet the minimum requirements of subprime lenders.
A postdated check is not an acceptable down payment on a car loan and can result in the lender rescinding the deal and cancelling a dealer’s contract. The only way to avoid this, if the dealer is agreeable, is to wait until those funds are available before taking delivery.