Can I still get a car loan if I defaulted on a loan last year?

Last year, I had some expenses I didn't expect. I defaulted on my loan, but I eventually paid back the money on my own. Now I want to get a new vehicle. Can I still get a loan even if I defaulted 12 months ago?

Answer
Sorry to hear about your added expenses, but you made the right move by paying back your car loan. Since you paid in full, you effectively minimized the negative consequences to your credit report.
However, the extent to which the default will impact your candidacy for new loans is dependent on how fast you paid back what you owed.
Some lenders only report defaults if you’re more than 60 or 90 days past payment. Others have stricter stipulations that could impact your score if you’re only 30 days late.
The only way to know for sure is to check your credit report. You’ll be able to see if you have a derogatory mark for lack of payment or defaulting on your loan. Your best bet is to hop on Credit Karma or one of the credit bureau websites.
So, it’s not impossible for you to get another loan, but you may have to get a cosigner or sign a loan with a higher interest rate as a result of your past default.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 15, 2021
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