How to Prepare for a Car Loan


If you are thinking about taking out a car loan, you will want to make sure that you are in the best possible position to be accepted for a loan. When assessing your suitability for a loan and when setting terms such as the amount of interest you will pay, car loan providers will evaluate your financial standing. If your credit report is good, it will increase the likelihood that you will be accepted for a loan and it will help to keep the interest on your car loan low. Below is a guide to 3 things you can do to prepare before you submit a car loan application.

Check Your Credit Report

The first thing you should do is check your credit report. Your credit report contains personal details such as your name, age and address. It also contains detailed information about any money you have borrowed in the form of loans, credit card debt or bank overdrafts. You can access your credit report for free by contacting a credit reporting body such as Experian, Veda or D&B. When you receive your credit report, you should carefully check it to make sure that what is listed in the report matches your current financial situation. Sometimes, old debts which have been cleared may be left on your credit report. If this occurs, it can have a negative impact on your credit score so you should contact the reporting company and ask that your file is amended.  

Pay Down Any Existing Debt

If you have large outstanding debts, you should do your best to pay these down to a reasonable level before applying for a car loan. When you apply for a car loan, the loan company will take into account the amount of debt you are already servicing when deciding if you are a suitable person to lend to. By paying down any outstanding debt, you can increase your chance of securing a loan at a low-interest rate.

Stay in Your Current Job

The loan company will also want to know about your employment history. If you have moved from job to job, or have long periods of unemployment, this will have a negative impact on your car loan application. However, if you have been working a job for an extended period, this will work in your favour.

If you would like to find out more about applying for a car loan, you should contact a car loan company today.


27 September 2017

Starting again after a divorce

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