Questions tagged [auto-loan]

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Girlfriend took off with the car I got a loan for

I got a loan on a car from CarMax for my girlfriend. She was to make the payments but instead took off with it & I can't find her. Should I report it stolen? The insurance, loan and registration ...
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Co-signer taking over as primary when borrower can no longer drive

My sister co-signed a car loan for me. Payments are current. I have had an injury and cannot drive. She wants to take over my car, which I’m fine with. How will this affect my credit? What needs to be ...
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Lease with intent to purchase a vehicle

I am in the market for my first new vehicle ever. It will be a minivan for our growing family and we ideally plan to keep it forever. That being said, none of my vehicles have ever cost more than $15k ...
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What is the procedure of getting an auto loan?

I am a new international student in the US. My credit score is 702 in the Capitalone credit wise and 710 in the CreditKarma website. I am a fully funded PhD student and have an annual income around $...
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What's the best way to quickly get a car on low budget with a poor credit score?

I am starting a new position somewhere that I'll absolutely need a car, so I have to buy one. But I have a poor credit score, so the best APR rate I can receive is about 18%. That means financing a ...
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I purchased a motorcycle that has not been delivered, how can I resolve this with the company?

I purchased a motorcycle from Blue Ridge HD in Hickory, NC, almost 2 months ago on 3/30/21. I still don't have the bike. Conditions of the sale was that the dealership get the gas tank vinyl wrapped, ...
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Vehicle Trade-In

An ex-girlfriend and I took out a car together. After breaking up, she decided to trade in the car and get a new one. The dealership sent me a Power of Attorney form to fill out to have our car used ...
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Can a used car dealership switch the price I saw online vs going in and getting a different price?

I’m looking to purchase a used vehicle today and when I finally found one I called the used car dealership to see if it was available. I showed up to the test drive, without even asking for the price (...
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Is it ever worth it to refinance an auto loan for a higher APR?

I recently moved into a new place/city and am looking to free up some room in my monthly budget. For the first time in about 3-5 years, I shopped for new car insurance and then looked into an auto ...
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Should I sell my car, refinance or trade in?

I am in a weird financial situation and wanted some advice. First of all my wife and I bought a car two years ago for 2,000 over the MSRP and have a higher interest rate about 10%. So in the two years ...
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Can a bank continue to allocate payments to interest even after they have taken what the contract states?

I purchased a car, borrowing money from a bank for the auto loan. Long story short, I asked the bank for a detailed history of my payments, and they sent me a document that shows every payment I've ...
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Will a divorce affect my co-signed vehicle?

Not sure if this question should be here or in the law exchange, but basically my dad cosigned my car loan for the purposes of rate reduction (as I had virtually no credit history at the time). My dad ...
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In the United States, what is the cheapest legal way to get rid of a wrecked car?

My wreck of a car might get towed away, and is posing other financial risks to me. What is the cheapest legal way to get rid of the car? Further details: I took out a loan in order to buy a car, and ...
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How to get out from an unpaid car loan? [duplicate]

I met with a gentleman from church today with a rather unique situation that I wasn't sure how to deal with. Two years ago he impulse bought a new car in IL @ 19% interest (poor credit) so he'd have ...
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When buying a used car, and getting an auto-loan, need the down-payment be in paper bills?

Consider the following Scenario: you are buying a used car in the United States you get an auto-loan through a used car-dealer. Do large national car dealerships in the United States require the ...
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What advice do you have for a first-time used car buyer in terms of paperwork and/or legal documents?

My question is about the basic legalities of buying a car in the United States, not anywhere else in the world. I have never bought a car before in my life. I was looking at some used cars for sale on ...
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Splitting a Car Payment / Ownership

I've simplified values for discussion purposes. I moved from overseas back to the United States where I needed a car. Before buying one, a dear friend had bought a car for his daughter in 2017 that ...
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I just paid off my car - should I release my Credit Union's lien on the car?

We just came upon a windfall significant enough to pay off our car loan - so I did. My Credit Union just sent me a letter describing the way in which I can remove them from the lien. From the letter:...
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I needed a co signer but my cosigner is the primary on my auto loan

so just a couple days ago I was able to get a car for. $100 down right i thought to good to be true so i went to the dealer ship anyway, they ran my credit and gave me 2 options they told me i can get ...
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18 years old with a 10k down payment towards a Challenger

I’m 18 working a under the table job, making $2,400 a month, and have been saving up for a brand new or fairly used challenger, I want to put down 10k and finance the rest but have had a few issues as ...
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Dealership ran my credit and then texted me and told me the truck was priced wrong. What can I do?

Called a dealership to buy a truck over the phone. I told him I wanted it and that I was going to have them finance it. First time over the phone purchase because of COVID-19 San Antonio, Texas Price ...
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How to finance a car when I have credit history but no active credit cards or loans

I paid off 30k of student loans and a 26k car (which I no longer own) years ago, and I had two credit cards at one point, but I foolishly decided I didn't need them and closed both credit cards ...
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I bought a car from a small dealership without knowing the dealer didnt have the title

Ok i bought a car from a small dealership (mom and pop style) first time ever doing this. i was told that i would be receiving my tags via mail, ok no problem there. Several weeks passed still no ...
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1) Paying auto insurance premium yearly vs monthly 2) Paying auto finance loan

I've recently purchased a vehicle and was planning on prepaying my auto insurance for the year up front rather than divided into monthly payments. Should I rather put some of that money to paying ...
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Should I sell back a lease early in order to improve Debt-to-Income?

My wife and I just started the process of buying our first home. I've noticed DTI is very important as far as how much home you can get pre-approved for. Knowing this, I have started thinking of ways ...
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Co-buyer on car loan

I thought I was a co-signer on a car loan and found out after I was actually a co-buyer. The other co-buyer made 2 payments and is having trouble making the third. I have serious issues with paying on ...
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I took over the payments on my sister's car. But it is left in her name

About 11 months ago. I took over the payments on my sister's car because she wanted to get a new one and they wouldn't let her have two car loans. So instead of trading this in she let me take over ...
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My friend cosigned for a defaulted loan. Should he declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Background: My friend Abe co-signed an auto loan for about $25k with his "friend" Bella, in the USA state of Maryland, about 4-5 months ago. The car was for Bella's use. The deal was that ...
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Is a down payment better than a lump sum payment?

I forgot to tell my banker that I wanted to make a down payment on my auto loan. According to my banker, the interest rate wouldn't have changed from the lower principal, only my monthly minimum ...
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I wrecked my car and it might be totaled after 2 months of ownership which includes a loan, what happens now?

I started financing a 2011 Toyota Camry LE for $11.6K October 2019. I’m 20 years old and I just got my license in September 2019. I’ve been paying $323 a month for full coverage through the General, ...
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Car Possession being threatened by Signer

I wanted a car and the sales representative advised me that it was best to put the car in my significant other's name. So I did. I put $10k down and put the car in his name which he didn't mind as ...
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Applied for car loan and got denied: No credit history or no credit file

I am currently looking for a loan to purchase a new vehicle. I just called my bank, and after briefly discussing with them, they said that I can apply to a 2.74% loan. This is the best I have found so ...
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18 years old and looking for advice on loans, buying a car, financing, etc

I'm 18 years old, I've been growing up in a place where there is animosity towards success, trust nobody and help from nobody is the point. Finally I'm on the right path but I'm having troubles. I ...
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Used car loan and number of credit cards

My credit history is almost 6 months old and I have a score of around 700 now. I got my first credit card 6 months ago and two weeks ago I got another credit card. Last day I got prequalified for a ...
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What is the purpose of the first payment in car loans?

I'm in the process of buying a used car again. This involves taking a loan from the bank because I don't have enough cash on hand. The precise term for the kind of loan I'm taking might be "leasing", ...
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I co-signed but found out i'm actually the primary account holder [duplicate]

I co-signed my boyfriends auto loan so he could trade in his car and opt for lower car payments. I received a red light traffic ticket in the mail with my name on it, which i thought was odd. So I ...
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My mother's car was totaled

My mother was in a car accident and died. Her boyfriend's name is on the title and financing of the vehicle. She made all of her payments on the car. Is he entitled to all of the money since the ...
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cosign a car loan, what is true $ risk

I asked a question and I am asking same question from a different angle. For example purpose, If I have friend( know for 6-7 years), who came to USA recently ( and I happen to come 2-3 years ago), ...
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Can I cosign a car loan up to a limited amount?

Can a person co-sign a car loan up to a specific amount, less than the full value of the loan? Article says that "You’re actually committing to be 100% responsible for that debt". For example, ...
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Auto loan technicalities in the US

I know what loans are (you borrow money and pay it back plus interest over a period of time), but I have a few questions about the specifics: When you are approved for an auto loan and you proceed to ...
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How to determine lease vs buy for specific scenario of a Tesla Model 3 I plan to keep 3 years

I want a Tesla Model 3. Like this guy How to determine car loan length as a function of how long I plan to keep a car I (using his words): ...plan to keep for 3 years (see below for why) I am ...
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How to determine car loan length as a function of how long I plan to keep a car

I will be financing* the purchase of a brand new car that I plan to keep for 3 years. Based on this I am trying to understand how to structure the loan variables (term, rate) appropriately. Should I ...
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How can I purchase a car when no one will loan to me?

My wife's car recently broke down, and is in need of replacing. My own car is also on its last legs so we intended to purchase something new-ish (2015-2017 model) to get something a little more ...
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Advice for paying off student loans and auto loans now that I have my first 'real' job

I'm hoping for some advice on which loans I should focus on paying off first. I'm 28 and just got my first 'real' job about 2 years ago after 8 years of schooling. I've paid off all my credit card ...
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Dollar Down Car Payment

I'm in a really tough situation with continually using Uber as transportation for work. I am basically working to pay for uber. Someone had mentioned to me the other day about a car dealership that ...
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Should I tell my insurance company I have an unsecured loan for my new car?

Generally, I do all of my quotes online instead of dealing with an agent. They've always asked if the car is leased, financed, or owned. In my current situation I am technically financing the car, but ...
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Why would my pre-approval auto loan be denied, but chance of actual loan approved?

I have an income of roughly ~70k, a little over $50k after taxes. My only debts are housing expenses (rent and utilities) which total around $800 out of >$4000 a month net income. Recently, I was ...
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Should I worry about having my credit pulled multiple times while car shopping?

I went to a dealership today and they pulled my credit after a test drive. I've heard that as long as you get your credit pulled for an auto loan within a few days, multiple pulls will only count as ...
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Will banks allow one spouse to get an auto loan to buy a car from the other spouse

My husband was in an accident with our family’s van so we have to buy a new one. The insurance is paying off our existing note in full. We have found a pre-owned van that we want to purchase as a ...
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Getting an auto credit history without buying a car

I’ve graduated college and got myself a pretty solid engineering job. And think it’s time for a new car. I’m looking at some of the nicer cars in the $100k range. The problem is I’ve never had a ...
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