That income...is it before any taxes are taken out or is it post-tax (aka take home)?
Any down payment available?
Gotcha. I mean you're still at 2k/month so that's not terrible loan approval wise. I don't think balloon would be the best idea to be honest because at the end you'll have a balloon payment come due and likely not enough cash to pay it off outright.
So I know you'd probably get approved at DCU. But their approval would probably be for 15k if I had to guess. You can try them though. Your local (Affinity) CU is another option as well.
Finally, you could try BofA and Cap One if the CUs didn't work out.
I think across one of those lenders, you'd get the 20k you're looking for at probably < 5%. I'm sure a dealer will get you through at <5-6% for 72 months. But generally, buying a 20k car on a 24k pre-tax income is probably not the best idea. Have you considered used maybe? You can find some pretty new used cars for ~10-15k (that 3-5 years ago were selling for 20k)? What car are you planning to buy for 20k anyways?
Just to make sure income isn't a bigger problem than I'm thinking, what's your rent/mortgage and the monthly payment on that 3k loan? Also any credit card debt?
Like explained before in your other thread, you have to bring cash if you're underwater on the balloon loan. And it's not a guarantee: remember you'd have to get approved. The same income issue could present itself as a problem.
I can't tell you which is better honestly. I don't know much at all about Affinity. I know DCU has good rates though. They'd likely approve you if they pulled a 700+, though I don't know if for the amount you want.
Honestly, I'm not sure I can recommend a BMW. Yes, it's a very nice car. But you know they tend to have high repair bills as well right? I'm not sure how old you are, but given that your oldest card is ~2 years old, I'm going to assume you're like me aka pretty young. I think you might be better served by buying something that's more affordable. Say a 2007-2009 Accord or Civic or Camry or something.
I'm not judging in any manner, we don't do that on this board. It's just that I've seen a lot of people posting on this board who have gotten in over their heads. They come here asking for advice on how to not get repo'ed, etc, but the best advice I could have given them is to never buy. Obviously I don't say that in their threads since it's too late for that. But in your case, it's not...I think you should seriously reconsider purchasing a BMW and go with a more modest car for now if at all possible. (I don't know if you are required to have a BMW/luxury car for your business or clients or something)
Well, it's not my ultimate decision. I just want to make sure you think it over and make sure that the monthly payments are affordable even if some sort of income shock happens (say car breaks down and you need to spend that month's income on repairs, or your employer closes down and you need a month to find another job, a medical bill, etc...). If you have a 6 month emergency fund, you'll probably be okay though...well at least better than if you had no savings.
And, honestly, a 2013 Altima or a Mustang convertible won't be that much cheaper. You'd have to go "down" to like a 2008 altima or 2008 sonata or something before it becomes substantially cheaper.
Like I said before, maybe start by trying Affinity or DCU. Then try the other if the approval isn't enough. If it still isn't enough, I'd look at BofA/CapOne at that point.
I asked this a little while ago, but I think you might not have caught it because I edited my post and added this: Just to make sure income isn't a bigger problem than I'm thinking, what's your rent/mortgage and the monthly payment on that 3k loan? Also any credit card debt?