How do you get a small car loan with bad credit?

What can I do to get a small car loan with bad credit? My credit score isn’t great, but I really need a car. I found one that’s cheap enough to buy if I qualify for a loan.

It’s great that you’ve already found a car that works for you! There are a few things you can do to improve your chances of getting approved for a small car loan with bad credit:
  • Make a large downpayment. Many lenders will offer you better terms if you can put a large amount of money down.
  • Reduce your debts. Lenders will often look at your debt-to-income ratio when determining rates. It helps to pay off as many outstanding debts as you can before applying for a loan.
  • Get a cosigner with excellent credit. A cosigner can help you get better terms and lower interest rates.
  • Shop around and look at rates and terms with different lenders. Some lenders specialize in borrowers with bad credit and may offer you more favorable terms.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 17, 2021

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