As many individuals complete their four years of college, one of the rewards for such hard work often will be a new car. This article will give you some insights into what a bank may look for when you are purchasing a new or used (new to you!) car. Thinking about purchasing that new car goes beyond just your credit but this will be a critical piece of the puzzle.
When you go to talk to a loan officer about taking out a car loan, be sure to think ahead of time what kind of car you want to get or whether you want to be pre-approved. One of the keys you will want to think about either before meeting with a loan officer or while your meeting is what price range you are comfortable with and what kind of monthly payment you will want to pay. Most people care only about that the monthly payment will be. You will want your monthly payment to be as comfortable as possible while still working to pay off the car as quickly as possible.
Your credit will play a factor in whether you are approved or declined for the loan. This is where your diligent work in building good credit while a student will pay off. If your credit is excellent, you can find a great deal and have a bank or the dealership fight for your business. The difference between good credit and fair credit can be a difference of three percentage points or more on your loan potentially. Think about that. If you have a ten thousand dollar loan and have to pay three percent more because your credit is not solid, that can end up costing you about two hundred fifty dollars your first year and about five hundred dollars in total if it takes you five years to pay back the loan. That is a lot of money to be throwing away because you were not responsible with your money.
The next factor when dealing with banks and what they will need from you is how much money you will be making. The bank will use your credit report to see what debts you currently have to pay and what the monthly payments are. They will then take how much you will have to pay for rent along with the car payment you wanted to find how much debt you have to pay every month. They will then divide this number against what you make in a month and come up with a percentage. The number is supposed to be under 40% so that you still have room left within your monthly income to eat, pay bills, and do other fun stuff. This makes sure that you can pay all of your bills comfortably while still having a good life.
Hopefully this article on student credit and what a bank will ask from you when looking to get a loan has been educational. Being approved for the loan comes down to two factors: your debt to income and your credit. When looking for a car, find something you like which is not overly elaborate as you do want to have to pay a great deal for your new car. Do you notice what a difference a good credit score can have in keeping more money in your pocket?