07-07-2013 03:27 PM - edited 08-15-2013 12:05 PM
One of the most FAQ on the fico forums is, "Do I qualify for an auto loan?" When asking about approval chances, it would be helpful to include the information below. Some of the information may be sensitive, and it is up to you as to which information and how much details you wish to provide.
This is one of the biggest factors when applying for any type of credit. What does your credit scores look like. What does your credit report look like. Do you have any negative marks like charge offs, collections, judgements. When were the negatives. What is your average age of accounts (AAoA).
Do you have any auto loan history on your reports? Or is this your first time financing a car? How was the payment history on your auto loan tradeline? Many lenders may use 'auto-enhanced' fico scores which takes any previous loan history as a bigger factor. An auto enhanced FICO is often higher than your regular FICO if you have previous auto loan history with a flawless payment history. Some lenders who do a manual review on credit reports will also pay special attention to auto loan tradelines.
Include any other relevant credit information you feel might be helpful.
Income & Employment
What is your current income. How long have you been at your current employer (more or less than 2 years).
Calculate your monthly debt minimum required payments versus your income. Remember to include items like child support payments, alimony, and rent. Things like ultility bills and insurances are not included in this.
Collateral (the car you are wanting to purchase)
Is the vehicle new or used. What is the year of the vehicle. How many miles are on the vehicle. Lenders usually have collateral restrictions for example some banks will only finance vehicles no older than 7 years old and/or no more than 100,000 miles. If you know the value of your car, it would be helpful in figuring out the Loan-to-Value (LTV).
Loan amount & down payment
This helps determine the LTV. How much do you want to borrow. Are you planning to give a down payment or trade-in a car as down payment. If the car you are purchasing is $20,000 and you want a loan for $22,000 to pay for TT&L then your LTV would be calculated as 22,000 / 20,000 = 1.1 or 110% LTV. Lenders usually have a maximum threshold LTV before the loan application is automatically declined. Sometimes this is a good question to ask a lender before applying.
Transaction type & loan terms
Purchase or refinance. How many months are you looking to finance your vehicle. This isn't a big factor in getting approved, although most lenders usually increase interest rates if you finance more than 60 months.
Co-borrower / co-signer
Are you planning to use a co-applicant. Do you have one available.
Everybody's situation is different. Provide any other information you think would be relevant. Remember the more information you provide, the more accurate assessment can be made. Below is a template so you can copy and paste for easier posting:
Please post in a new thread:
# of positive trade lines:
# of negative trade lines:
Lenght of Employment:
Previous Loan Experience:
Year of Car:
Requested loan term (XX Months):
Down payment amount:
07-08-2013 09:02 AM
Thanks for posting ~ this is very helpful !
One factor to mention specifically under the credit topic would be any prior auto or installment loan history. This is a significant factor in approvals and also in setting interest rates.
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09-26-2013 08:33 AM
You should have a good credit rating to qualify for auto loan. Do not bother if you have a bad credit rating and still in need of an auto loan. There are several lenders ready to offer loans to this category of people too. It is important for the borrowers to afford the monthly payments on getting the loan approved.
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