Can you be denied for a car loan after you've taken possession of a vehicle?

I got financing through a dealer for a used Lexus. Two weeks after driving the car off the lot, I got an adverse action notice in the mail saying I've been denied the loan. Why would this be? Can I actually be denied financing after taking possession of the car?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
“What you’re talking about is called a spot delivery. It’s when the dealer gives you the keys to the car before your financing is approved. It’s fairly common in the industry.
Your adverse action letter means that you’ve been denied the specific terms of a loan. Maybe the lender wanted a higher interest rate or a shorter term.
Even so, it doesn’t mean that all of your financing options were denied. It just means that one of them was. Most dealerships look into multiple financing options in case of a situation like this.
Do you have the title yet? If so, check to see who the
lienholder of your car
is. That lienholder is the entity that lent you the money. Call them to see if there are any issues with your loan.
If you don’t have the title yet, you’ll need to reach out to the dealership to find out what will happen next.
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