How can I get a car without a credit check?

How do I buy a car without going through a credit check? I don’t have the best credit score, and I'd rather not get another ding if my credit is checked during the application process.

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Credit checks can take a toll on your credit score, so it’s tempting to avoid that when buying a car. But while it is plausible, it does come with some risks.
To buy a car without a credit check, you’ll have to buy it from a dealership. Most dealerships will only require you to provide proof of:
  • Steady employment
  • Ability to repay (low to debt-to-income ratio)
  • A sizable down payment
    But loans from dealerships also come with:
  • High rates
  • Long loan terms
  • Large repayments
  • Risk of repossession
So before you decide to buy a car without a credit check, consider these alternatives:
  • Getting a car loan with a cosigner
  • Applying for an unsecured personal loan with a cosigner
  • Applying for a car loan despite having bad credit
  • Applying with a community development financial institution (non-profit banks that offer favorable financing to community members)
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Hana Sabah
Answered on Oct 29, 2021
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