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How Can You Pre-qualify for Car Refinance?


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If you want to pre-qualify for the car refinance, the main factor is your debt-to-income ratio. This means that the money you owe each month is compared to how much you make each month. The lender will look at this ratio before deciding if they will give you a loan. So, if you want to pre-qualify for auto refinanceread further to know more. 

Debt-to-Income Ratio

When applying for a new car refinance, you’ll likely be asked to provide information about your debt-to-income ratio. This is the amount of money you owe compared to how much you make. For example, the debt-to-income ratio is used by lenders when deciding how much money they’ll lend someone and what interest rate that person will receive.

The Vehicle’s Value

You can also pre-qualify for a car refinance based on the value of your vehicle. For example, a lender will want to know how much money you would get if you sold your car and used that money to purchase another vehicle. This is called residual value, an essential factor when determining how much a lender will lend you.

In addition to looking at current market values, lenders will look at historical data and their own internal statistics when considering what they’ll offer or whether they’ll make an offer. For example, they might do this by using industry averages or doing their calculations based on previous loans that were made under similar circumstances (e.g., credit score).

Length of Loan

When you refinance your car’s loan, the lender will want to know how long you want to keep the vehicle. The longer you keep the vehicle, the more money they can lend you and the more interest they will charge over time. The shorter you keep it, the less money they can lend and thus lower your monthly payments.

The duration of your new loan is also related to how much money you want to borrow and the current equity of your vehicle.

Original Loan Amount

The original loan amount is the total you originally paid to the bank when you bought your car. So it’s important to keep track of this number so that you can compare it against other offers later on. Make sure your original loan’s payment history is accurate, or your new lender may not accept it as proof. For example, suppose a lender does accept an inaccurate payment history. In that case, there could be delays in processing your application because they’ll need help to verify it easily and quickly with their records.

The Vehicle’s Age

To prequalify for a car refinance, you must consider the vehicle’s age. The longer the vehicle has been on the road, the more likely it is to depreciate in value. However, if your car is older than five years old, it may be difficult or impossible to refinance it at all.

Lantern by SoFi experts explains, “Lower monthly payments from a refinanced car loan are usually achieved as the result of a loan term.”

You can do a few things to prequalify for a car refinance. First, you can check your credit score, make sure your income is sufficient, determine how much the vehicle is worth in today’s market and determine its age.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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