What are the pros and cons of having a cosigner on a car loan?

I applied for a few car loans, and all the lenders said I need a cosigner. I want to get a car, but I'm not sure about having a cosigner. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a cosigner?

Cosigners are a relatively common requirement for car loans, so don’t stress if a potential lender says you need one. In fact, having a cosigner may be the only way for some people to get approval for a loan.
However, there are a few downsides, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of having a cosigner on a car loan.
The Pros
  • Allows for loan approval when you normally wouldn’t qualify on your own
  • May help rebuild your credit if your credit score is what’s hindering your loan approval
  • May mean a lower interest rate on the loan, which means you’ll pay less for the car in the long run
The Cons
  • Damage to cosigner’s credit if you fail to pay the loan
  • Legal action and other fees and charges can be levied on the cosigner
  • Damage to your personal relationship if you fail to pay
As you can see, most cons aren’t exactly problematic for you (i.e., the car buyer). However, failure to make on-time payments toward the loan each month can drastically impact your cosigner’s finances—not to mention, ruin your relationship with them.
No one ever intends to miss their car payment, but keep in mind that it’s not just your credit that suffers if you do. For this reason, it’s a big ask—and responsibility—to enlist the help of a cosigner in order to qualify for a car loan.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 15, 2021
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