Are There Car Loans for People with Bad Credit?

Are you looking for a car loan, but you have bad credit? Have you been turned down for car loans in the past? There may be options available to you that you haven’t considered. Read on for details about bad credit car loans. 

Bad Credit Car Loans: Where’s the Deal?

First of all, let’s be honest. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is, right? Well, I don’t think car loans for people with bad credit are the exception to the rule, since there are some definite financial drawbacks to such loans. For some people, however, these loans are the only option available.

Available Loans

Many companies offer car loans to people with bad credit, as long as you have a stable work history and are making more than $1,500 a month gross. You’ll have to prove your income and work history with pay stubs or tax records. You may also be required to make a $2,000 to $3,000 down payment, if you’ve had a repossession or collection account during the past year. If you do qualify for one of these car loans, your interest rate will likely be much higher than most banks would charge.

Avoiding the Need

Obviously, the best way to avoid having to resort to bad credit car loans is to keep your credit in good standing. Always pay your debts on time – late payments really hurt. The credit bureaus keep track of 30-, 60-, and 90-day late payments. If you are 120 days late on a bill, your delinquent account will likely be sent to collections. Nearly every type of business will send your account to collections if you’re 120 days past due, including hospitals, cell phone companies, and utility providers (power, gas, phone, etc.). Once this happens, your credit score drops like a rock, says By the way, late payments and collections stay on your credit report for seven years, and bankruptcies remain for ten years, so be responsible. Otherwise, you may find yourself needing these car loans because of your bad credit.


Ever heard of a cosigner? This is probably your best alternative to bad credit car loans. Finding someone with a strong credit score to cosign on the loan will save you from having to pay the high interest rates associated with these car loans. In addition, having a cosigner will allow you to increase your credit score as you consistently make your loan payments on time. This may be the best way to get your score high enough so you won’t have to look for these high interest rate car loans in the future. Just make sure to make your payments on time — you don’t want to ruin the credit of someone who is helping you out.

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Pamela Greenberg

Pamela Greenberg is a science fiction and fantasy writer, game designer, and poet. Pamela’s works are characterized by an aversion to doing things that have been done before. This attitude is perhaps most notable in her writing. She writes fabulous news on recent things. She is working as an author on
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