If you are looking for a loan on a used car, it makes sense that you should know all the factors that are going to go into the loan process. When you are looking for a car loan, the amount of money, the type of car you want and the loan length are really what will determine how much money you can possibly get. Also, your credit score and history are going to be used to judge what kind of loan you can get and for how much that loan will be for.
The first factor that is going to go into your car loan is how much money you want to spend for a car. Are you looking for some beater or relatively cheap car? Perhaps you are looking for something that might just be last year’s model that will save you a few thousand dollars by waiting. Keep in mind that every 10,000 financed is about 200 a month in terms of a payment for a 60 month loan. This should help guide your decision making in terms of how much you ask for.
The type of car you want is going to also factor into the type of loan that you are going to ask for. If you are looking for a newer car you might not be able to get the loan simply because of the amount needed. If you are going for an older car it might be easier to get a loan because of the amount of the loan and a smaller payment might be seen as your attempt at building your credit.
How long do you want to pay for the car? You can pay for a car for as long as you would like, but the average car loan is about 60 months. Sometimes you can get a better interest rate for a 48 month loan though, so check with your credit union or bank before you decide to apply for a loan. The length of the loan is also going to determine how much you have to pay each month.
Your credit is the biggest factor when it comes to getting the car that you want to buy. If you have good credit and a solid income level, you should be able to get whatever you want. If you are lacking a credit history or you don’t have sufficient income, it might not matter what you want to buy because you aren’t going to be able to get a loan for too much per month.
Make sure you know what those factors are that are going to effect your car loan because it can seriously alter your plans to buy a used car. Do your homework before you apply and make sure that you know what you are going to get before you go shopping. That will make a stressful situation a little bit easier for you.