Getting Approved for an Auto Loan

by : Craig Thornburrow

If you own a television then you know that getting a loan is getting a bit more difficult, and this also includes the ability to be approved for an auto loan. So when you are ready to shop for a new or used vehicle you need to make sure that you have everything in order so you can easily be approved for a loan. The other thing to consider is where to apply for a car loan as some places are more willing to loan money in this current market.

The first thing to do is get yourself ready to qualify for a loan. The best place to start is by making sure that your credit report is clean. If you have bad credit it is going to be very difficult to qualify for a conventional automotive loan. Even if you have good credit take a look and see if there are any old items on there that you can have removed. Bad marks against your credit can be removed after seven years and just one or two of them on your report can significantly lower your credit rating.

The next thing to do is to make sure you have a nice down payment. Lenders love to see a potential client that is willing to invest their own money up front. This also raises the chances of you actually being accepted by lenders as they see you as less of a risk to default on a loan. Remember the less strong your credit rating the more money you should have available for a down payment.

Another mistake that is often made when trying to get approved for a car loan is trying to by too much car for your specific financial situation. It is important to know the difference between what you want to drive and what you need to drive. For example when you are looking at a vehicle it might be nice to have a fully loaded convertible but do you need it? The same car with a few less options may fit your financial situation better and be more practical which the lenders will look at this when deciding whether to approve you.

With the credit market tightening up it is becoming increasingly more important to know who is actually lending money for auto loans. The quick answer is to steer away from the larger banks. They have found themselves in a jam over the housing market and they are very tough to get money out of right now. A terrific place to get money is with a credit union. If you are a member they tend to give you much more leeway when it comes to getting financing.

The other place that seems to be willing to loan money is the automakers themselves. They all have their own financing companies and since it is in their best interest to move their inventory, they are still willing to make the loans. So when you are looking for an auto loan, get your credit ready, have a deposit, know what you can afford and know who is lending money.