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5 Ways to Get a Car Loan Fast

Jul 17, 2008
Getting a car loan can be tiresome business, and you want to get it done as fast as possible. There are many things you can do to get your loan processed quickly.

Here are some tips which everyone, regardless of credit score or history, can use to save time when getting a loan:

1) Organize your paperwork. You'll need to prove your income with your most recent paystub, and residence with a recent phone, electric or cable bill. If you have credit problems from collections, bankruptcies or a messy divorce, make sure you have the paperwork documenting that as well. Bring everything with you when you visit your lender, so you don't have to make any extra trips for forgotten documents.

2) Get references. You'll probably need to give your lender the names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three friends or family members not in your household. Finding this information ahead of time will save you time when you're completing your application, and you won't have to stress to figure it all out on the spot.

3) Talk to your boss, office manager, or human resources department. When you apply for an auto loan, most lenders will call and verify your employment. Let the person in charge of employment verification know that you're expecting an auto lender to call about you - that way they'll be ready to provide what the bank needs quickly and accurately.

4) If you have a trade-in, find out your exact payoff. Many times, when people apply for an auto loan, they estimate their trade-in payoff. The trouble with estimating your payoff is that your new lender may use your estimate as an exact value. If your payoff is actually substantially higher than you estimated, your loan may need to be re-approved for a higher amount. If your payoff is lower than you estimated, your interest rate might be higher than it should be. Save everyone some time (and yourself some money) and find out your exact payoff before you apply for a new loan.

5) Be as honest and accurate as you can. You'll need to list information such as former residences and employers when completing your loan application. If everything is accurate, then your application will be processed quickly. If there's a lie or inaccuracy, however, the lender will likely find out, and this will negatively affect your application. The consequences of an untruthful application can range from a long delay in your processing time as the lender checks everything on your application, to your loan being denied outright.
About the Author
Author Jason Lancaster, an auto industry veteran, developed AccurateAutoAdvice.com. You'll find accurate tips for buying a car and car advice.
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