When you have bad credit, you may think that you’ll never get approved for a new car loan. This isn’t true. It’s actually easier to get approved for a new car loan than a low-limit credit card. The reason for this is because auto loans are secured. There are many ways that you can improve your chances of getting approved for a new car loan with bad credit. This article explains the three best ways:
Get a Copy of Your Credit Report
Before applying for any type of loan, you need to make sure that your credit report is clear of errors. Get a copy of your credit report from all three major reporting agencies and check them for errors or inaccuracies: credit accounts that don’t belong to you, late payments that were made on time, credit accounts that are double-listed, etc. If you dispute any inaccurate information at least 30 days before applying for a loan, then you can have the inaccurate information removed from your credit report. This can greatly improve your credit score.
Borrow Less Than the Car Is Worth
If you have bad credit, lenders are going to want to make sure that, even if you don’t pay your loan, they can resale the car and get their money back. For this reason, it’s important that you take out a loan for less than the car’s appraised amount. For example, if the car you’re buying is worth $15,000, you’ll want to borrow less than that amount. Usually that means making a significant down payment. Making a down payment makes you less of a risk to a borrower, therefore improving your chances of being approved.
Make Timely Payments on Your Other Credit Accounts
In the months before you apply for a car loan, make timely payment on your other credit accounts. Even if you just have a few months of timely payments prior to applying for an auto loan, it will look much better than applying for a loan with recent negative reporting from your other creditors. If you can prove that your poor payment history is a thing of the past, a lender is much more likely to approve your car loan.