Frequently Asked Questions
How much will I get pre-approved for?
The loan amount that you will get pre-approved for is based on a number of factors. We use special technology to determine the exact amount.
How much money down will I need?
The down payment money amount that you will need is based on a number of factors.
I’m currently in a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. Can I pre-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.
Can I use my trade as money down?
Yes! Additional money, however, may be required if there is a lien on the automobile that you are trading.
I’ve never had credit before. How can I get pre-approved?
We have several First Time Buyer Programs.
Will inquiries affect 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.
Can I use you to finance a vehicle through a private owner?
Auto loans obtained through Auto Center of Texas can only be used to purchase vehicles from our inventory. Each dealer selected by us 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.
Will Cosigners help me get pre-approved?
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.
I’ve been turned down before. How can you help?
We use state of the art technology that evaluates your credit profile, available inventory, income, as well as debt factors. Our process ensures that each application has the best possibility of approval prior to submission.
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 less than 50,000 miles.
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 inquiries on your credit report.
I’ve had a repossession less than a year ago. Can I still get pre-qualified?
If the repossession was not included in a bankruptcy and there is still a balance on the account, you can still pre-qualify. Greater money down requirements will apply and vehicle selection will be limited to newer cars that are still under factory warranty.
What are the minimum qualifications to get pre-approved?
There are no minimum qualifications to pre-qualify! Each auto loan application is evaluated based on the credit profile and equity position. An applicant with previous good auto credit, for example, may not have to meet income and job time requirements; whereas an applicant with a recent repossession would.