Car loans for people with bad credit are becoming more and more common as millions of Americans are losing their jobs and becoming less ‘credit worthy’ and more ‘credit challenged’. These days, if your credit is less than perfect, you should not have too much trouble getting the car you desire. Several thousands of bad credit loans are issued daily in the United States.
Before you apply for a bad credit car loan, there are a few things you can do to make sure the process flows smoothly. After all, this is still a specialized area.
Examine your credit history
Credit reports change for various reasons. Experts advise you review your personal credit report no less than once a year. This ensures accuracy. Computers might be perfect, but the people inputting the data are – human. Mistakes and omissions can occur. This becomes especially important when you apply for a bad credit car loan. There are several services available that will send you up-to-date credit reports. However, not all of these services are free. If you do a little bit of your own homework, you can accomplish the same results all on your own, or find a government program that offers these services free of charge.
Figure out how much you can comfortably afford
Sure, many of us have dreams of owning a Lamborghini, but that is not only an unreachable dream, it is impracticable. Who wants to drive to the grocery store in a Lamborghini? You should set your sights on a vehicle you can afford without putting additional stress on your finances. Not just the down payment, you also need to consider the monthly payments and insurance premiums. A car loan calculator is a nifty tool to help you figure out exactly what your payments will be, how much the vehicle will cost you after all of the interest charges and how much insurance premiums might be. Higher end cars carry higher premiums.
Provide proof of income
Proof of your income sources is the number one requirement in any type of lending situation. Having this documentation close at hand – pay stubs, settlement payment receipts, alimony, etc. – is very important. You will be asked, so having it ready and available will speed up the process of getting your bad credit car loan.
Keep your credit history clean
Make every possible effort to make your payments on time. Setting up smaller payments – that fit within your budget – will make this easier to maintain. Stay within what you can afford! That is the main focus. If you do find yourself in need of immediate cash, avoid unscrupulous title loans. Too many people have lost their cars due to unfair terms. Refinancing your car loan may be a better alternative.
In no time you will have re-established a good credit score, a good re-payment record and maybe you will be able to get that Lamborghini after all.