It’s easier than ever to get pre approved with online auto loans. Even your local bank probably has a website where you can go and fill out a loan application. Don’t think that if you look online it will mean that you have to deal with some bank you’ve never heard of. Though, having said that, it is a good idea to try online, there are usually a lot more choices and it will greatly increase your odds of finding a lender (especially if you have credit challenges).
Even if you have perfect credit, the rates you will be quoted can vary significantly from one lender to another. The more you look around the more likely you’ll be to find a great deal.
It’s also good if you can put down a nice big chunk towards the down payment. The more money you can put down the better deal you’re likely to get. The reason is simple, if you’re financing a car for 20,000 dollars, that is 20,000 the bank is on the line for. If you find a 20,000 car and put down say 5,000 dollars than all they have to lend is $15,000. This gives them more leverage if you do default on your loan.
The basic way it usually works is this: the car is the actual collateral for the loan. The bank will take that collateral if you don’t make your payments. At that point they can sell the car off at auction to recoup some of their investment, what ever amount of money they lent out in the beginning.
The more value the car has in relation to the amount owed on it,the better chance they have of getting their money back. So if you put down 5 grand on a twenty thousand dollar car and the bank only has to lend fifteen thousand on a twenty thousand dollar car they only need to get fifteen thousand out of it, which will be much easier to do.
Remember too that if your credit is bad you can always refinance your loan after six months to a year and get a lower interest rate as long as you’ve been making your car loan payments on time.
Looking for your car loan online can also save time in many cases. For some reason, I’m not sure anyone really knows why, the online banks seem to be able to streamline the whole loan application process. If you are in a big hurry (which, by the way, is never a good idea when trying to get a loan since your desperation will mean you’ll accept a less beneficial deal) than an online bank may be a good option for you.
No matter what your current financial situation is or what kind of credit score you have, it can be much easier to apply for online auto loans. If nothing else it will give you the opportunity to compare rates so you can be assured you are getting the best rate possible.