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08-02-2013 09:24 PM
Applied for a car loan today, got good news and horrible news! I applied for a 2013 Dodge Charger (6 cyl) priced at roughly $23-24K. The salesperson called me back to tell me they were having a hard time finding a lender for me. When I asked why, she said although my credit score was okay I had a couple of things to worry about, namely a repo (2007, balance $2K) and a medical bill (2007,$1K). After explaining to her that I make payments on both, and that all other past accounts are paid off or deleted, she says "we may have to use Americredit or another subprime lender! Once I said no deal, no subprime with my score (Ex 686, Eq 679) and salary ($80K), she says let me check again. Calls me back to me that I'm approved, by Chrysler Capital, before i can get excited she says "at 12.75%!!!!!!, then continues with "your note will be around $565 per mo/72 mos, isn't that great?! I quickly told her thats out of my price range and after crunching numbers those terms are over $40K for a base model Charger! I know other things play into getting auto loan approvals but, they have to be holding back 3-5 % points, RIGHT??? Please help with any advice, in desparate need for a new car, gotta truck with $237K, looking for a nice sporty sedan for the wife and kids!
08-02-2013 09:58 PM - edited 08-02-2013 09:59 PM
Have you tried going to a local credit union?
I agree, this is the main benefit of a CU. If there are none in your local area then there are plenty that will take you with a donation to a specific charity.
08-03-2013 02:00 AM
08-03-2013 07:06 AM
If you really need another vehicle, then go to a CU. Don't even consider getting financing with any dealership. Once you have financed thru a CU you will see how much better the whole process is for your purchase. The terms are better, the rate is better and the servicing of your loan is better. Good Luck.
08-04-2013 06:11 AM
I bought a car last week. I had already talked to my local bank and my CU. When I went in, I told them I already had financing options. My bank had offered me 3.6% and my CU 1.9%. If he could beat that, then I'd take his financing. He came back with 1.74% from BOA. Deal done.
I think it just helped to give him a goal, that I wasn't going to take what was best for him.
08-05-2013 01:40 PM
OT. If you are going to go to a dealer, get your FICO scores before going to the dealer, especially if you have any dings on your CR. Keeps the dealer honest. I would also check rates at your local CU and bring a copy of your CR along. They may give you an idea about the rates without having to apply. Worth a shot.
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