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The 5 Things You Need to Do to Get a Car Loan Fast

Jul 19, 2008
If you're like most people, you don't have a lot of time to futz around when getting a car loan. Luckily, there are quite a few things you can do to decrease the amount of time you'll spend getting the loan you need.

No matter what your credit score or history, these tips can help you save time when getting a loan:

1) Make sure you've got all your paperwork together. You'll need a recent paystub to prove your income, and a recent bill from your phone, electric or cable service to prove your residence. If there are any problems with your credit, such as collections or bankruptcies, get the paperwork for that too. Bring everything with you in an envelope when you go to see your lender. That way, you'll only have to make the trip once.

2) Find references ahead of time. Lenders usually want you to give the name, address and phone number of at least three references who aren't family members living in your household. By figuring out who to use as a reference ahead of time, you'll save time when you're filling out your loan application.

3) Talk to your boss, manager, or human resources department at your work. Lenders will often call your workplace to verify your employment there, and alerting whoever's in charge of employment verification about the call will give them a chance to prepare all the information in advance.

4) Find out the exact pay-off of your trade-in, if you have one. Estimating your trade-in payoff on your loan application could slow down the process and cost you money. The bank might take your estimated figure for the exact one, and if your payoff ends up being higher than what you estimated, you'll lose time as your loan is re-approved for a higher amount. If your payoff is lower, you could wind up paying a higher interest rate than you should be. Finding out your exact payoff before you fill out your loan application will save time and money in the end.

5) Be honest! Your loan application may require you to list information about former residences, employers, etc. An accurate application will be processed quickly, but if you lie about your credit history, the lender will probably find out. This will lead to a long delay while the creditor goes through every aspect of your credit history, and may even result in your application being turned down.
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Author Jason Lancaster, a car business veteran, created AccurateAutoAdvice.com. You'll find accurate car advice and car buying tips.
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