How do I get a car loan if I'm 19?

I'm 19, and I got my first credit card about a year ago. Now I want to finance a car, but I'm worried I won't be able to get a loan. Can I get one?

Answer
You’re legally allowed to get a car loan when you’re 18, so you shouldn’t have a legal problem if you’re 19-years-old.
However, the problem with getting a car loan at that age hinges almost completely on your credit score. Most 19-year-olds only have maybe one or two credit cards, which means they have a severely limited credit history or even no credit history at all.
As a result, you’ll likely need a cosigner to secure the loan. But this isn’t the end of the world. Many young buyers require a cosigner or co-borrower for car loan approval. You may want to ask your parents or close family members who also have good credit to become your cosigner. This is probably your best chance for car loan approval.
You should also note that another major expense is often overlooked by younger buyers—car insurance. Car insurance can cost several hundred dollars a month on top of your car payment, so you should definitely shop around to get the best car loan and car insurance rates.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 02, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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