How to Get a Direct Loan for a Second-Hand Car?

Alger Antoinette  2019-09-04 17:59:00

If you need a car and can't afford with cash, financing is always a preferred option. Or if you want to finance a used car, you have the choice of getting your own direct financing. It seems quite straightaway for individuals with normal or fine credit record.

  1. 1Request a copy of your credit report. Knowing your credit score will give you a good idea of what kind of rates and terms you'll potentially be offered. In the United States, you're entitled to one free copy of your credit report every year. If you have a credit score of 680 or above, you're a prime borrower and should be able to get the best possible rates. The higher your score, the lower the rate you can potentially negotiate with lenders.
    • 2Contact local banks and credit unions. If you have had a credit or savings account with the same bank for a number of years, start there when looking for a direct car loan. Your history as a customer may get you better rates.
      • 3Try online lenders. If you're not a prime borrower, it's still possible to get a direct loan for a used car. There are a number of online lenders who are willing to finance used cars for people with less than stellar credit. Since online lenders have less overhead, they typically will offer you a lower rate than you could get from a brick-and-mortar bank or credit union.
        • 4Get rates from multiple lenders. Before you choose a loan, apply for several so you can compare the rates offered. Many banks and lending companies have a pre-approval process that won't affect your credit.
          • 5Complete a loan application. Once you've decided which lender you want to use for your financing, you'll typically have to fill out a full loan application. Many lenders give you the option to complete the application online. But you'll need to provide basic identification information, such as your driver's license and Social Security numbers. You also may need to provide basic financial information regarding your income and debts.
            • 6Negotiate with the dealer. In most cases, you're going to secure direct or "blank check" financing before you find the specific car you want to buy. Having financing already secured puts you in a stronger position to get the best price from the dealer.
              • 7Give the dealer your blank check. Lender policies vary, but in most cases you'll get a check for the exact amount of your car, or a blank check that's worth any amount up to the maximum amount your lender has approved. When you buy a car using direct financing, you still must maintain full coverage insurance on the car. Your loan agreement will include information on the minimum amounts of coverage you must maintain.