Can you take a loan out against your car?

Would I be able to take a loan out against my car? I need to take out a loan, but my credit isn’t great. From what I know, I’ll get a better rate if I have collateral. Can I use my car for that?

Answer
Yes, you can take out a loan against your car as long as you have positive equity on it. However, using your car as collateral for a personal loan puts you at risk of repossession, so it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of this choice before moving forward. To learn more about your options when using your car as collateral, talk to your lender.
If you don’t have enough equity on your car, though, you won’t be able to use it for a loan. You could see if the lender will accept other types of collateral like a savings account or your home. However, keep in mind that using these things as collateral for a loan puts you at risk of losing them if you can’t make payments as agreed, so carefully assess your financial situation before committing to this kind of loan.
Depending on what you need the loan for, you could opt for an unsecured personal loan. Unsecured loans don’t require collateral. Although interest rates are higher, you won’t need to put anything up for it. You could also look into lenders who offer loans for those with lower credit scores.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 17, 2021
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