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Refi'd my auto loan from 18.8% to 8%!

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Refi'd my auto loan from 18.8% to 8%!

Bought my mom a car 1 year ago this month, best I could get at the time was 18.8% for 4 years, now, 1 year later with my scores about 120 points higher, I got the refi done and I'm going to save almost $3k over the next 3 years.

Now THAT feels good!

Starting Score: 556
Current Score: 672, 681, 692
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Re: Refi'd my auto loan from 18.8% to 8%!

Awesome!!!!
Starting Scores: 12/14/14 FICO EQ: 579 EXP: 586 TU: 591
Current Scores: 12/29/15 FICO EQ: 643 EXP: 667 TU: 670
Goal: 750

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Re: Refi'd my auto loan from 18.8% to 8%!

WTG!  Are you using the same car financier or a different one?
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Bartender, bring another round of FICOtinis please!

9.4.2011: TU 805. EQ 815.
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Re: Refi'd my auto loan from 18.8% to 8%!



@masdeocho wrote:
WTG! Are you using the same car financier or a different one?





Originally got the car through the dealer, Capital One Auto Financing... I tried to refi with them about 2 months ago and they said no way... I guess that makes sense though, why would they want to stop taking my money?

I applied for and got a refi through my credit union. I didn't have them back then but even if I did, I'm sure they would not have approved me with all of my outstanding collections at the time.

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Re: Refi'd my auto loan from 18.8% to 8%!

I want to do the same, but my only question is I owe more than the car is worth.  Can I still refinance?
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Re: Refi'd my auto loan from 18.8% to 8%!

I didn't ask what they valued my car at, but I know they use NADA guides and by that my car would have been undervalued by just about 500 bucks, so I suppose it depends on how much you're upside down... can you use cash to cover the difference?

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Re: Refi'd my auto loan from 18.8% to 8%!

Congrats! That is a HUGE difference!
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Re: Refi'd my auto loan from 18.8% to 8%!

Thank you Smiley Happy

By the way, for all of you out there thinking about not paying your debts and collections just because it doesn't help your fico score, remember that not only does it make you feel better to pay them off (the legitimate debts that is)... credit unions (and possibly other lenders too that aren't based on computer approval systems) give that kind of thing a lot of weight... 3 months ago they didn't approve me with almost identical scores to what I have now... but back then I had about 12k more in unreconciled debt showing than I do now.

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Re: Refi'd my auto loan from 18.8% to 8%!

Great to hear! WOW that is big 18% to 8%. That means you are doing something right. Question, when you did the refi. did the mark the old loan as "PAID OFF" or as "CLOSED". ?
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Re: Refi'd my auto loan from 18.8% to 8%!



@forthepeople wrote:
Great to hear! WOW that is big 18% to 8%. That means you are doing something right. Question, when you did the refi. did the mark the old loan as "PAID OFF" or as "CLOSED". ?





I don't know yet, right now the new loan is showing on EX as open along side the old loan. Both EQ and TU only have the old loan. Guess I'll find out in 30 days or so.

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