Should I use a personal loan to buy a car?

Is it a good idea to use a personal loan to buy a car? It seems like a good loophole to avoid having my car repossessed.

While you can use a personal loan to buy a car, you should first weigh the pros and cons. In some cases, a traditional car loan is the better option, but analyze both to come to the best conclusion for your needs.
If you buy a car with a personal loan:
  • You have no risk of repossession since you won’t use your car as collateral.
  • You may be able to avoid a down payment.
  • You can choose an older car (older than 10 years or with more than 100,000 miles) or a car with a salvage title, as most lenders exclude these from traditional car loans.
  • Personal loan interest rates have a much higher APR than auto loans.
If you get an auto loan:
  • Your loan will have a lower interest rate because it’s secured with your car as collateral.
  • Getting the loan may be easier since your credit score won’t need to be as good to qualify for a car loan.
  • You may need to make a down payment.
  • You risk repossession if you’re unable to make the payments for more than 90 days.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 29, 2021

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