If you have bad credit due to unemployment, illness or any other type of dramatic life change, you're probably thinking that you're out of luck when it comes to buying a used car. However, that is simply not the case. According to a recent report from Experian Automotive, more auto lenders are taking the plunge on offering loans to customers in the subprime risk tier, with those loans representing more than one in four new vehicle loans for the second quarter of 2012. Given these circumstances, now is perhaps the right time to look for an auto loan that not only fits your needs, but also your budget.
You Have Options
The last thing you should do is let a less-than-perfect credit history in the way of your chances of buying a solid vehicle. Keep in mind that while you might not be able to get the newest vehicle on the showroom floor for 0.9-percent APR, there are plenty of excellent options for you to utilize in order to get yourself behind the wheel of a decent vehicle.
- Work with the Loan Specialist. Depending on who you talk to, the loan specialist may be able to work with you on a case-by-case basis, especially if you've been making efforts towards restoring your credit history.
- Go With a Cosigner. Having your loan backed by a cosigner with an excellent credit history and stable income can increase your chances of obtaining a reasonable car loan.
- Save Your Money. The more money you are able to put down as a down payment, the smaller your overall monthly payments become.
- Buy Smart and Sensible. It may be easier to obtain a loan for an affordable compact or midsize sedan rather than something that is a bit more extravagant.