While having a bank account is a great tool for many things, it isn’t needed to be considered for an auto loan approval. We cover what you do need when you apply for a car, and the general requirements of an auto lender.

Bank Accounts and Auto Loans

Do I Need a Bank Account to Be Approved by an Auto Lender?One thing you’re going to need to be able to get into your next vehicle is a qualifying income, but you don’t need to be using a bank to apply for an auto loan. While many borrowers are members of financial institutions, if you have the income and meet the requirements, you can apply for a car loan without a bank account.

Bank statements are sometimes used to prove things like residency or that you’re receiving some types of fixed income, but computer-generated check stubs act as proof of income if you have W-2 (earned) income. You also don’t have to have a bank statement to prove your residency, since a recent utility bill in your name can do the trick.

Does it make it easier to pay for or apply for an auto loan if you have a bank account? It can if you go through your financial institution. If you’ve got bad credit, applying with a credit union or bank that you’re a member of can help your approval chances, especially if you've been a member for a while. Generally speaking, credit unions are a little more lenient when it comes to their credit stipulations, but it isn’t a guaranteed approval when you have credit issues. You may have to work with a bad credit car lender if your credit isn’t the best.

Special Financing Car Loans

If you’ve got a lower credit score and you apply through a subprime auto lender, you wouldn’t need a bank account, either. Subprime lenders are third-party lenders, and they’re more concerned about your ability to pay for the vehicle rather than your personal choice of having or not having a bank account.

Since most traditional lenders can’t finance poor credit borrowers, finding a lender that can work with bad credit can be hard. That’s where special finance dealerships come into play.

Special finance dealers are signed up with subprime lenders, and subprime simply means bad credit. These lenders use your ability, living stability, and overall willingness to pay for a car loan when considering you for financing.

What does ability, stability, and willingness to pay mean to you? It means proving you’ve got the income to pay for the loan, that you’re stable financially and in your living situation, and you have a down payment that shows the lender you’ve got skin in the game.

Having a bank account doesn’t tell lenders whether or not you can pay for an auto loan or that you’re a stable and ready borrower – your check stubs and other documents can do the talking.

Meeting Subprime Loan Requirements

The specific requirements of a subprime lender are going to vary, and they also depend on your specific situation. However, we’ve got a list of requirements that you likely have to meet if you're pursuing a bad credit car loan with a subprime lender:

  • Income – Subprime lenders typically need to see a minimum of $1,500 to $2,500 a month before taxes to meet income requirements. Prove your income with a recent computer-generated check stub.
  • Living – Lenders require that you’ve lived in the same area for around one year. Prove your residency with a recent utility bill in your name that shows your current address.
  • Identity – You can prove your identity with a valid driver’s license that shows your current address.
  • Working phone – Prove you have a working phone with a recent phone bill in your name. Must be a contract cell phone or landline; no prepaid phones.
  • Down payment – While it isn’t required immediately, you’re going to need a down payment of at least $1,000 or 10% of the vehicle’s selling price to get into a bad credit auto loan.
  • Personal references – Expect to need around five to eight personal references with contact information like phone number, address, email, and possibly their relationship to you. References can’t be someone that lives with you, but they can be pretty much anyone else.

As you can see, none of the above requirements ask that you have a bank account! Having one can be useful as far as building your savings, or applying for a credit card, but as long as you can prove you’re able and ready to pay for a car, you can apply for an auto loan without a bank account.

Next Step in Auto Financing

Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of what lenders look for when you apply for a car loan, you can start looking for dealerships with the lending options you need. If you have bad credit, this can pose a little bit of challenge – how do you know which dealers work with subprime lenders? Luckily, we know, and we can look for one in your area so you don’t have to.

Here at Auto Credit Express, we’ve created a network of dealerships that are signed up with subprime lenders, and our connections are nationwide. To get begin looking for a dealer with the resources you need for your credit situation, complete our free auto loan request form. There’s never an obligation to buy anything, so get started now!