How can I get an auto loan without outrageous interest rates when I have terrible credit?

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I already have a loan-on my child’s car’ – with 29% interest. I need a new car for myself and do not want to pay that outrageous interest rate. I don’t have more than a couple hundred for a down payment. Is there anyone out there that will finance someone like me? I own a house and always pay my mortgage on time. I just had some financial problems several years ago that are still pulling my credit score down. The dealer where I want to buy the car from said my credit is something like 550 . Do I have any options at all? aside from the guy that will finance me at 29%? Help! I really need this car!
thanks for all the answers!!!
I did get a loan from Chase Bank-decent interest rate, $ 1000 down.
I appreciate your help! I guess it was my luck day!

  1. Reply
    May 2, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Bad credit = high risk = high interest rate. You simple are not going to get a good interest rate with that score. You may not even be able to get another car loan if you already have a car loan in your name. That loan will count in your debt to income ratio even if your child makes all the payments.

  2. Reply
    May 2, 2011 at 1:13 am

    See if you have any home equity in your home and maybe you could take out a second mortgage on your house. Those are going for about 5- 6 %. But I strongly suggest you don’t drowned yourself in credit that will take you years to come out of.

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    Peter M
    May 2, 2011 at 1:50 am

    29 % on a loan is criminal, and someone should have stopped you from doing such an ($ %$ & ) thing.

    You own your own home: Take out a mortage on the lowest interest rate you can find, maybe from your lender and first pay off your daughters car. That 29 % is crazy.
    Then you have a little left and purchase yourself a used 2005 or something with 40,000 miles for under $ 10,000.

    The only payment is to for the house and the additional mortage you took out.

    OR learn the public transportation in your area.
    OR make your daughter drive you everywhere.

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    My Take on It
    May 2, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Sorry, but with a score of 550 and only a couple hundred to put down, you won’t be getting a decent rate. You are lucky you can even finance a car.

  5. Reply
    May 2, 2011 at 3:00 am

    I would go for a used car to avoid the hassle. Good luck

  6. Reply
    the kid
    May 2, 2011 at 3:59 am

    You can’t.

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