Subprime borrower? Some Auto Loan tips for you.

Do you know your credit score? What it means? How it affects your chances of getting a loan, how much you can borrow, and ultimately getting on the road?

AutoTrader.com say know your credit score as its the first piece of information a lender asks for: “It’s the best tool to determine your credit status and the interest rate for which you qualify”. In 2014 around 14 million subprime borrowers acquired new and used-car loans, out of approximately 25 million new and used car buyers in the nonprime (601-660), subprime (501-600) and deep-subprime (<500) (Data from Experian Automotive).

So what is the best way to prepare for your purchase in advance?

1. The first would be to cleaning up your credit report where possible. It is possible that it could contain errors or out-of-date information. Any of the three major credit-reporting agencies (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax) could have made a mistake.

2. Next, work out how much can you afford? It is easy to get carried away when faced with looking at lovely shiny metal. But remember all the costs involved in running your car, and your life. As a rule of thumb you should not be paying out more than 10% of your income in car loan payments. Then you should also budget for fuel, tyres, servicing, insurance. The costs soon mount up.

3. You could need up to 10% deposit, so make sure you have that amount saved. And ideally that should be at least $,1000. So if you are getting a loan for $8,000 you will still need a $1,000 down payment.

4. Before applying make sure you have all the paperwork you need to prove things like income, residency and a record of on-time payments. If you can show a good credit history the more likely you will be seen as an acceptable risk by a lender.

5. Secure your loan before visiting the dealership. You should already have your maximum purchase price secured and this means you can not be pushed in to a higher purchase price. You can apply online here at 247AutoFinance.com and we give you access to dealerships across all states and cities.

6. Now the fun begins. What kind of car do you want? A new one or an old one?

Remember to check its service history, that the mileage and the log-book tally, the tyres have plenty of tread. Look for any leaks under the car. Is the wear on the drivers seat in line with the mileage of the car? Check the oil levels – if they are too low then maybe the car hasn’t been looked after very well. Make sure the car is cold when it is started up as the dealer may have warmed it up already. Listen for any unusual squeaks, rattles or bumps when driving.

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