What Lenders Look for Other Than Credit ScoreContrary to popular belief, a credit score is not the only thing lenders look at when considering you for a car loan.
One person with a credit score of 620 may be declined while another person with the same score will be approved - by the same lender!
How can that be? It's because lenders look at several factors in addition to your credit score.
One major factor they look at is your current employment situation. They want to know how long you've been at the same job (obviously, the longer the better), and how much income you make.
If you tend to move from job to job, they will not see you as being very stable. Even if you have a good credit score, this can hurt you. Lenders like to see at least 2 years continuous employment with no more than two job changes in the last 5 years.
Another major factor is your debt to income ratio. It's the percentage of your monthly gross income that goes towards paying off debt. Lenders like to see a maximum ratio of less than 45%. People with good credit can get by with a 60% ratio.
If you're willing to put down a large down payment, or have a co-signer, then these factors can be minimized.
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