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Financing a Car Loan as a Student: 2 Minute Guide

Financing a Car Loan as a Student: 2 Minute Guide

If you’re studying but need to get around, a car is usually your only option. But how can you get a car with very little money and no credit history? You can’t qualify for student car loans that way but getting money and building a credit history isn’t as difficult as you might think.


To qualify for a car loan in Hamilton, you’ll need a source of income and a credit history. Both of which we’ll show you how to get right here.


There is no magic bullet to securing an income. You’re going to need to get a job of some kind. Whether that’s waiting tables, parking cars or working in the gig economy, you’re going to need to work for it.


The rest we can help you with.

Challenges for Student Car Loans


Aside from finance which we already talked about, the other challenge is lack of credit history. You probably haven’t had much dealing with credit so far and you’ll be largely unknown as far as banks go.


Put yourself in their shoes. Students aren’t known for fiscal responsibility and if they have nothing else to go on, how are they to know you’re one of the sensible ones?


All lenders have to go on is your credit report. That’s going to be your main challenge and the thing we’ll tackle here.


Get a Credit Card


If you’re over 18, which you’ll need to be to get any type of credit, start with a secured credit card. They take a deposit equal to the credit limit, around $1,000 and provide credit card facilities in return.


Use the credit card for groceries and expenses and pay it off in full each month. If you settle the card every month, you’ll avoid the high interest rates.


If you don’t want to get your own credit card, ask a parent or sibling if you can become an authorized user on theirs. It won’t have the same positive impact on your credit score but it will help a little.


If you know someone willing to trust you enough with a credit card they pay for, it’s a viable option for building credit.


Expect to spend a minimum of a year to 18 months building a positive payment history by regularly using a credit card.


Get a Phone Contract in Your Name


It may be tempting to minimize outgoings with a prepaid phone but going for a contract in your name will also contribute to your payment history. It won’t have the same effect as the credit card but every little helps.


Set up automatic payments and it’s another entry on your credit report lenders can use to assess you.


Save for a Down Payment


While you’re building credit, save for a down payment. We appreciate you won’t have a huge amount of money after living expenses but again, every little helps. Even saving $20-50 a month will make a difference.


While you’re saving, it is also there for emergencies. While it may set your plans for a car back a bit, should anything serious happen, having some savings can genuinely save your skin!


Qualifying for a car loan as a student isn’t easy, even if the steps themselves are. However, it can be done. Then, when you’re ready for a loan, we can help.

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