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A New Car Loan - How Do You Get One When You've Never Had One?

Oct 12, 2007
It can be challenging to get a car loan or charge card, particularly if you have never had credit established in your own name. Another problem is that having no credit history can be as much of a negative as that of having a poor credit history. Some of the people who often are found in this predicamnet are students, other young people, and newly divorced or widowed women who have always obtained credit jointly with their husbands.

You can't get credit because you have never had credit, but you've never had credit because you can't get credit, this is a situation similar to that of trying to find your first job. What's a person to do? You need to get some credit so you can get a car loan but no one wants to give you a chance, don't worry; it's not as hard as it seems.

The best method to build a credit history is to apply for a modest loan or credit line from your local bank or a get a credit card from a local department store. Ask whether they report your information to a credit bureau. If they do not, having the card or loan won't help you establish credit so there isn't much point in it. To get a charge card or a loan without a cosigner, you must be at minimum, eighteen years old and make a steady income. Gas cards are comparatively easy to obtain contrary to of thes regular charge cards. Apply for one of these as soon as possible and use it to establish your credit, but pay it off each month to demonstrate that you are able to pay your accounts responsibly.

You will be able to drastically increase your chances of acquiring the loan you're applying for by putting up a large down payment. This normally stands for at least 20 percent of the price of the automobile. So if you are considering a car that is priced at $6,000, you should ideally be capable of putting $1,200 as a down payment. If you don't have the cash, consider borrowing the money from a family member or consider a lower priced car. Once you put money down on your car, this diminishes the total of the loan you'll require and increase the chances you'll get the loan.

If you don't have a checking account, you definitely need to open one. You will bear very little credibility with lenders if you don't at least have a checking account and preferably a savings account as well. The worst case scenario is that you might find it essential to acquire a secured charge card. These cards call for you to deposit money in an account to guarantee the loan or credit limit, and they often have extra fees and higher rates of interest. If you default on your payments, the lender takes the money from your account.

After making payments on time for a few months on the secured credit card, you might be able to get a regular charge card. Remember to make certain the company reports to the credit bureaus before applying for a secured card, or the card won't help you establish the credit history you need to get a low interest automobile loan.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living with his beautiful wife and family in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about cars as well as car wax alternatives at http://www.waxyourauto.com
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