By Jason Lanier
So where exactly is the best place to get a car loan when you've got bad credit?
First of all, you certainly want to avoid the following...
Avoid Buy Here Pay Here Dealerships.
These types of establishments that offer in-house financing charge extremely high interest rates, price their cars at retail or above, and generally always want a down payment. This is not the best place to get a car loan and certainly not if you're wanting to save money. Buy a car from one of these places and you'll be paying not hundreds, but thousands of dollars more for finance charges than you have to.
Avoid Dealer to Dealer Hopping.
Don't go hopping from one dealership to another trying to get approved. So many people with bad credit do this and it leaves large numbers of credit inquiries on your credit report. Those inquiries stay on your credit report for two years and they show that you're having a hard time getting approved. When you go to a second or third dealership trying to get approved, the dealer can see the banks and loan companies that you've been sent to already and have been turned down. So, if you're doing the dealer to dealer hop, stop now!
Online Lenders Save the Day.
If you have bad credit, the best place to get approved for a car loan is online. Now don't go entering your information into 15 websites. There are a couple legitimate sources on the internet that allow you to either search through a database of lenders. There are also sources online that will pair your credit history with lenders that are guaranteed to approved you. In my opinion, online sources are the best place to get a car loan if you have bad credit.