Bad Credit Auto Loan Program FAQs

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I have really bad credit. How can Stonebridge Auto Loans help?

At Stonebridge Auto Loans we use state of the art technology that evaluates your credit profile, income, and debt factors. Our process ensures that each application has the best possibility of approval prior to submission. And with a 93% approval record, if anyone can get you financed, we can!


What are the minimum qualifications?

Every applicant must meet these three basic requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be a resident of the United States or Canada.
  • You must have a verifiable gross (before tax) monthly income of $1500.

Beyond these basic requirements, each loan application is then evaluated individually based upon the credit profile of the applicant and equity position of the vehicle being financed.


How much will I qualify for?

The loan amount that you will qualify for is based on a number of factors, including but not limited to your current FICO score, your past credit history, and your monthly debt to income ratio. We use state of the art technology to determine the exact amount on an application by application basis.


How much down payment will I need?

The down payment amount that you will need is based on a number of factors as well. However, most of our dealers have vehicles avaible with zero down payment finance options.


Can I use my trade for a down payment?

Yes! Additional cash, however, may be required if there is a lien on the automobile that you are trading.


What type of car can I get?

The typical auto loan is for a new, one year, or two year old car with less than 50,000 miles. Nearly every vehicle financed is eligible for Extended Factory Protection so you won’t have to worry about unexpected repairs.


Will inquiries effect my credit rating?

If you’re shopping around for an auto loan or more credit, you should know that when creditors check your credit, it places an inquiry on your credit report. Inquiries can add up, which is often interpreted negatively by creditors. For this reason, too many inquiries can actually make getting an auto loan more difficult.


I’ve had a repossession less than a year ago. Will I still qualify?

If the repossession was not included in a bankruptcy and there is still a balance on the account, we can still help. Greater down payment requirements will apply and vehicle selection will be limited to newer cars that are still under factory warranty.


I’ve had a bankruptcy. Will I still qualify?

Yes, Stonebridge Auto Loans can help.


I’m currently in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. Will I still qualify?

Yes. However, it may take longer to process your loan. You have to obtain an “Authorization to Incur Debt” from the trustee of your bankruptcy. This normally takes two to three weeks. Consult your bankruptcy attorney.


I’ve never had credit before. Will I still qualify?

Yes! Stonebridge Auto Loans has several First Time Buyer Programs.


Will Cosigners help?

A Cosigner may be considered for a Buyer who does not comply with all the credit requirements. The income of the Buyer, however, must meet all the income and budget guidelines without reliance upon the income of the cosigner.


Can I use Stonebridge Auto Loans to finance a vehicle through a private owner?

No. Funds for loans through Stonebridge Auto Loans can only be used to purchase automobiles from dealerships with an Auto Loan Center onsite. Each dealer selected by Stonebridge Auto Loans has passed a rigorous screening for quality and customer service. This process ensures that each customer will purchase a dependable vehicle. When a vehicle is purchased from a private owner we have no way of determining the quality and dependability of the car.


Can I use an auto manufacturer’s employee discount (A-Plan, GMS)?

Yes! Let your Stonebridge Auto Loans Auto Loan Specialist know that you qualify for the discount and it will be applied toward your new car purchase.


Should I find a car first before applying for an auto loan?

We recommend that you consult with one of our auto loan specialists first. They can determine how much you qualify for before you start shopping. This method will increase your chances of approval and decrease the number of inquires on your credit report. Inquires may have a negative effect on your credit rating.

For Example: You decide to buy a new $40,000 Cadillac at a dealership without using Stonebridge Auto Loans. The dealer may keep submitting your application until it is approved or the dealer has exhausted all their lender resources. Your Stonebridge Auto Loans Auto Loan Specialist, on the other hand, will first determine if you qualify for the Cadillac. If so, your loan package will be submitted. If you don’t qualify you’ll find out without numerous inquires showing up on you credit report.


What are the monthly payments?

Monthly payments are based on your credit profile and the vehicle you are purchasing. Newer, lower mileage cars qualify for extended terms. The best payments are on less expensive cars that have under 50,000 miles.


What are the interest rates?

A very good question for which there is not a direct answer. Rates are based on your credit profile and the equity position of the loan. Stonebridge Auto Loans is full spectrum. We will get you the best rate based on your credit profile. The higher your credit rating and down payment the lower your rates will be. Also, the model year of the vehicle plays an important role. Rates generally increase 1 point per model year. The older the car, the higher the rate.


Latest Finance Rates

Auto loan finance rates are slightly up this week. The average interest rates for both new car and used car loans were as follows*:
  • 60 months: 4.24%
  • 48 months: 4.14%
  • 36 months: 4.03%
  • 36 months: 4.71% (used car)