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Bad Credit Car Loans - Within Reach!

Aug 17, 2007
Are you thinking of getting a car loan despite the fact that you have a bad credit standing? Do you have any qualms about pushing through with your car loan? Then be assured that it can be done. But the terms will be harder such as having a higher interest rate and a shorter time period for your payments. Before proceeding, you should also know what the term "subprime borrower" means.

Subprime borrower:

A borrower with bad credit is usually said to be a person with a subprime credit score. Simply put, this means that the lender regards you as someone that may have trouble paying for what you are borrowing for in the first place. Different creditors have variations of this term, but usually a credit score of around 600 lands you into this category. To get a better idea on this matter, visit online sites that give provide additional information regarding credit scores.

After knowing the term, let's proceed and look at what you can do with your current bad rating:

Scrutinize your credit report:

Take time to look over your credit records and make sure that everything is correct and accurate. Remember, you already have an unattractive credit record, and having errors in it will surely hinder you from getting that car loan approved. Immediate action on your part is critical. Communicate with the agencies concerned and explain to them any errors or inaccuracies. Don't forget to provide details such as your full name and address.

Know your credit score:

There was a time when your credit score was only accessible to potential lenders who were going to evaluate your loan application. Well not anymore. You can now readily get your credit score online! Get it from the credit bureau's website. It is vital that you obtain this piece of information, especially if you have a bad credit standing and you want to get an auto loan.

Avoid depending upon the dealer:

Let's face it, dealers get a percentage from the car financing deals they secure. This means that if the dealer gets you a loan from a bank or lending company, chances are that this will be more expensive than going to the lender and applying for a loan yourself.

Take time to look around:

It is important to go around and look at what different lenders are offering. Various lenders will have differing rates. This is your chance to look for the best deal that they can offer. Lending companies have their own units that focus specifically on car loans and are always ready to take in current clients. Going to your credit union is another option that you can consider. Today, credit unions are becoming more open to lending members that have bad credit.

Improve your credit records:

Remember, your credit record is not permanent. You will have many opportunities to improve your credit standing such as making your payments on time and refrain from overextending your loans. By staying focused and giving proper attention to your credit status, you will be able to get yourself reclassified from being a subprime borrower; making you more attractive to banks and lending institutions.

The above pointers can be taken into consideration when you're trying to obtain a car loan. Remember in just a few years, you will be able to get better loan terms and lower interest rates if you improve your credit score, as well as credit history.
About the Author
Trevor Kronk is the author of many magazine and website articles on topics ranging from credit and finance, to legal matters. See more of Kronk's articles about bad credit auto loans.
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