First of all, you should get your credit report from the three agencies: TransUnion, Equifax and Experian. Actually, you should check the three of them since you have no idea which one your desired lender is going to use. Moreover, this will also give you enough time to correct your mistakes.
Aside from this, you should check your credit rating because your credit rating will be used to set the rate of interest. If you have good credit rating, you will be able to get a loan at a considerably lower rate of interest and vice versa.
We suggest that you shop around when looking for the best deal. In the same way, you should look for the best deal as far as applying for a loan is concerned. The majority of people don’t do it. Most of them don’t do their homework before going to a dealer.
According to the Center for Responsible Lending, 80% car buyers make their financing decision at the dealership. Probably it is the convenience or the attraction of the ads offering low rates of interest. Keep in mind that you can get the lowest rate of interest only if you have very good credit scores.
If you want to get started, we suggest that you get in touch with community banks and credit unions. Usually, they offer the lowest rates of interest on car loans.
Since the prices of cars have gone up, the car loans are being granted on higher interest rates so that the total amount of the car could be paid in lowest monthly installments. So, nowadays, you can finance your car for up to 9 years. The monthly payments will come down with an increase in the number of installments.
Here is the catch: if you choose a higher rate of interest and you decide to make payments for, say, 5 years, you will be paying more for the car in the long run than if you had chosen a shorter payment period. So, you should choose a shorter period for payments as this will help you get out of the loan faster.
Some people assume that they are good to go as long as they afford to make the monthly payments, but this is not a good assumption. As a matter of fact, this is a terrible mistake.