Your credit score, which can range from 300 to 850, is a number that represents your credit risk. In other words, it tells lenders how likely you are to repay the money you borrow. The higher your credit score, the more likely you are to pay back your loan on time.
Having a good credit score can make it easier to qualify for traditional personal loans, credit cards, mortgages, and other lines of credit. In fact, many lenders establish minimum credit score requirements that borrowers must meet to qualify.
If your credit score isn’t perfect, you may wonder what your options are when it comes to borrowing money. Fortunately, you may be able to qualify for a title loan even if you don’t qualify for a traditional personal loan as a result of your credit. Here’s how to get a title loan with bad credit:
How Do Title Loans Work?
Before learning about how your credit will impact your application, it’s important to understand how title loans work. Title loans are not like traditional personal loans because they are secured by collateral. To obtain a title loan, you must use the title to your vehicle as collateral. Title loan companies typically accept titles to many different types of vehicles, including sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, minivans, coupes, convertibles, RVs, and motorcycles.
You won’t lose access to your vehicle if you choose to use it as collateral to secure a title loan. Your lender will allow you to continue driving it while you make payments on your loan. However, the lender will put a lien on your title or hold onto a physical copy of it until your loan has been paid off.
As long as you continue to make payments on your title loan, you will remain in possession of your vehicle the whole time. However, if you stop making payments, the lender has the right to take possession of your vehicle to satisfy your debt.
Do Title Loan Companies Check Your Credit?
The first thing you may want to know is whether the lender will check your credit when you apply for a title loan. The answer to this question is yes, you will need to consent to a credit check to apply for a title loan.
Performing a credit check involves more than just looking at your credit score. A credit check gives the title loan company an opportunity to see your credit history and evaluate how well you have managed debts in the past. It allows the title loan company to assess the risk of lending you money.
If you have defaulted on debts in the past, for example, this makes you a riskier borrower. If you have never defaulted on any debts, however, you are less of a risk to the lender.
Can You Get a Title Loan With Bad Credit?
The thought of getting your credit checked by a lender may be nerve-wracking, but you shouldn’t let this scare you away from applying for a title loan.
The title loan company will consider your credit when determining your eligibility, however the lender will also consider other factors, including your car’s resale value and your ability to repay the loan. Because your credit isn’t the only factor that is taken into consideration, you don’t need perfect credit to qualify for a title loan.
Remember, title loans are not like traditional personal loans. In fact, you may qualify for a title loan even if you don’t qualify for a traditional personal loan as a result of your credit. This is because unlike traditional lenders, title loan companies accept most credit types.
Can You Add a Co-Signer to Your Title Loan Application?
You may qualify for a title loan even if your credit score isn’t perfect. However, there is one other way to get approved for a title loan even if you don’t qualify on your own. Find someone with good credit who is willing to co-sign your title loan application.
A co-signer is someone who agrees to take responsibility for paying back your loan in the event you are unable to do so. In other words, if you stop making payments on your loan, the co-signer is responsible for satisfying your debt. The person who co-signs your application will not receive any of the money you are approved to borrow.
Adding a co-signer with good credit to your application reduces the lender’s risk, which will make it easier to get approved for a title loan.
How to Improve Your Credit Before Applying for a Title Loan
If your credit score is low, you may want to take the time to improve it before applying for a title loan. By improving your credit score, you could qualify for better terms, including a lower interest rate, which could save you money over the course of your loan. Here’s what to do to increase your credit score:
- Avoid taking out new lines of credit. Don’t open any new credit cards or apply for any new loans.
- Make payments. The best way to improve your credit score is to make on-time payments on your debts.
- Review your credit report. Pull your credit report using a free tool such as Credit Karma. Then, review your report to look for errors. If you spot an error, contact the credit bureau to have it removed from your credit report.
- Don’t make large purchases. Try to avoid making large purchases on your credit cards. Making large purchases will increase your credit card balance, which will lower your credit score.
Follow these tips for several months and you should see a noticeable improvement in your credit score.
How to Apply for a Title Loan With Bad Credit
Now you should have a better understanding of the role that credit plays in getting approved for a title loan. If you’re ready to secure the cash you need, follow these steps to apply for a title loan from 1(800)CAR-TITLE®:
- Contact us. The first step is contacting a loan specialist on our team. You can either call 1-800-227-8485 to speak to a loan specialist directly or submit your information using the form on our website.
- Get a free loan estimate. Your loan specialist can create a free loan estimate that will tell you if you are approved for a title loan and if so, how much you can borrow and at what interest rate. But first, your loan specialist will need to get more information about your vehicle, including its make, model, year, trim level, and mileage.
- Finalize your loan. Review the terms of your loan estimate with your loan specialist. If you’d like to move forward with getting a title loan, complete your application by signing and submitting the required documentation. Your loan specialist will guide you through this step to ensure you know what you need to sign and submit to complete your application.
- Collect your cash. You will be able to get your cash shortly after your application has been approved. You can choose to pick up your cash in person or have it sent to you via check or wire transfer, whatever is more convenient for you.
You’re just a few steps away from getting the cash you need to make ends meet. Contact us today to start your title loan application.