Is a 518 credit score good for a car loan?

I’ve had a few financial troubles in the past and my credit score took a hit. I want to buy a new car—will my 518 credit score qualify me for a car loan?

Andrea Barrett · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
That’s great that you’re ready to buy a new car and looking for loans! Credit scores range from 300 to 850 and anything below 579 is considered a poor credit score. In order to be approved for a
car loan
, you need to have a good credit score to show lenders you’re financially reliable.
There are five major factors that contribute to your credit score:
  • Payment history
  • Debt
  • Length of credit history
  • Credit mix
  • New accounts
Investors want to know that if they approve you for a car loan, you’ll be able to pay it back in a timely manner. While not impossible, you will probably find it difficult to get a car loan with a credit score of 518, at least one that doesn’t require collateral or a security deposit.
The other option you have for getting a car loan with a poor credit score is to find a cosigner who can pledge to back your car loan payments if you’re unable to make them.
Although buying a car outright can be expensive, if you can save money and focus on building your credit, you will have a larger down payment and a better chance of being approved for a car loan.
Once you’re approved for a car loan and you get your new car, you’ll want to make sure you have the proper insurance. Car comparison app and licensed broker
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