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Auto Finance Basic Guidelines

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/30/2007 | Auto and Trucks
Before you go and sign up for the auto finance deal that youve been cooking with the help of your car salesman or your lender, you should read the following tips.  These tips can help you get the best possible auto finance deal as well as avoid common problems and issues.

Prepare yourself

Before you even search out possible auto finance deals, you should be prepared with the documentation that will be required of you.  You should prepare your income tax returns, certification from your employer and even a copy of your credit report.

Your auto finance company is probably not going to ask for a copy of your credit report.  They are much more likely to procure their own copy.  However, if you know your credit worthiness, youll have a better idea about the chances of getting your car loan getting approved.

If you have a rather poor credit history or standing, then you should start improving it.  You can do this by religiously keeping all of your bills paid and your loan repayments updated.  Pay off some loans; that would be even better.  It will be so much better for you if you can apply for auto financing when you are in a much stronger financial position.

Find your own auto finance source

There are cases when the auto dealer will present you with a fait accompli; that is, you may be presented with a loan that theyll make you believe is part and parcel of the car purchase.  Dont be fooled by this.  Yes, you can certainly choose to go with the car dealer or manufacturers in-house financing scheme, but you dont have to especially if you have been able to find a much better alternative on your own.

Thus, before buying your car, make sure to check out your auto finance alternatives.  Go to your bank or any other lending institution that you trust and see if they can lend you the money for your car purchase or if they can cover your car refinance.  You should also find out the going rates for auto loans.  Knowing as you do your credit standing, you should be able to guess what kinds of interest rates and payment terms you are qualified or eligible for.

Be exact and precise

You should be really careful about the loan auto loan contract.  Carefully read all the terms in the contract.  If you are given a loan agreement thats supposed to be standard for all borrowers, do not accept this sitting down.  If possible, consult a legal expert on the merits of the contract and how the terms can be revised in your favor.  Moreover, be sure that everything that has been said or every concession made to you is included in your auto finance contract.