If the car loan you’ve got now is too high for your liking, it might be possible for you to find a refinance car loan. With consumers getting hit with rates as high as 21% to 24% or even higher, it’s no secret that you’d like a lower rate, and would save yourself a bundle if you can do this.
To do this, you are first going to have to do some homework and gain a little knowledge so that you have the proper tools it takes to talk to a salesperson or lender and get your car loan refinanced. This might take a little effort, but it’s worth the money savings in the end.
First, take a look at your own credit report and make sure everything on it is really yours. Credit bureaus are notorious for making mistakes, and this could be negatively affecting your credit score when it shouldn’t be. Challenge anything on your credit report that you don’t think is yours; by law, credit bureaus have to contact the creditor in question have them verify the entry. If the creditor does not or cannot verify it, or if the debt is found not to be yours, the credit bureau in question has to remove it, usually within 60 days. You will want to get a copy of your credit report separately from each of the big three credit reporting bureaus; i.e., Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion.
Once your credit report is cleaned up and everything on it is really yours, your credit score should go up if anything erroneous was removed. Now, you’re armed with the knowledge you need to get a better rate when you apply for a refinance car loan.
What you are going to do is to pay off your current car loan with a new loan that comes to you at a lower interest rate, and sometimes with better terms. This can literally save you thousands of dollars over the term of the loan.
You may want to talk with your current lender and see if they are willing to refinance your car loan. If they realize that you are looking to refinance at more favorable terms, chances are good that they will want to retain you as a customer and may be able to offer you a very aggressive refinance package. But the key here is that you want to get a lower interest rate and better terms of possible, so don’t just look at your current lender. Shop around.
It is easy to research lenders you’re looking at to make sure they have a good track record. One place to go to is the Better Business Bureau, to their website; type in the company name for information on it. Another thing to do is simply go to the search engine you favor and type in the company’s name plus the word “complaint” or “review.” This should bring up any complaints the company has had posted online about it.
With a little bit of elbow grease and some research, doing a car loan refinance isn’t that difficult and can save you some decent cash. That’s a good thing, with today’s gas prices and the current economy.