How To Find Legitimate Online Bad Credit Auto Loans

Online auto loan scams are not getting any less. The Internet is a very good platform for scam artists to rip off consumers. This does not mean, though, that you shouldn’t get an auto loan online. Online lenders offer competitive rates, especially for people with bad credit. You just need to protect yourself. So here are some ways on how you can avoid getting taken for a ride when you shop for bad credit auto loans online.

1) Visit websites of trusted lenders.
Do you know any big banks, well-known credit unions and large dealerships? They probably have their own websites. Check them out first as you begin shopping around. You can be certain that most, if not all, of these lenders are legitimate. Take note of the competitive deals you find among them as you check out other options.

2) Ask for recommendations.
Your family members, friends, neighbors and relatives might be able to help you find a good and legitimate auto lender. Ask them for recommendations. You can rely on recommendations because they are based on experiences. You at least have some proof that a certain lender is professional, honest and fair.

3) Be familiar with shoddy lending practices.
There are a lot of online lenders that operate to rip off borrowers, especially those with bad credit. Familiarize yourself with their ways so you can easily identify red flags. Some of the commonly reported scams are the guaranteed loan scam, co-signer scam, yo-yo financing and identity theft. In most cases, unscrupulous lenders ask for upfront or advanced fees, bank account information and Social Security number right away. They also rush you into the deal. These are red flags, so be wary of such lenders.

4) Do not give personal information right away.
Unless you are sure you are dealing with a legitimate lender, never give any information about you. Your personal information can be used against you. Identity theft is one of the most common ploys scammers carry out online.

5) Shop around.
Some find shopping around time-consuming and exhausting as it includes comparing offers and making some computations. But we assure you it is worth the effort. Shopping around helps you not only find the best bad credit auto loan but also avoid abusive, unscrupulous and predatory lenders.

6) Look them up in BBB.
Search a lender in BBB’s website. Legitimate online auto lenders must be recognized and accredited by the Better Business Bureau. You can also find some information about the company, like overall rating, office address, contact numbers, complaints and a review, in BBB’s website.

7) Ask legal help.
You can ask your lawyer to review the loan contract to make sure that it isn’t bogus. If the lender is a scam artist, they wouldn’t agree to have the contract checked by a lawyer.

You can also approach the attorney general in your state or any local agency or department that regulates financial services or lending companies. The law requires every lender to register with their respective state agency so they can legally do business in the state. If a lender is not a registered business, it’s a red flag.


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