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Who Will Take a Chance on You?

Here’s a question we’re often asked: if lenders are all drawing credit reports from the same three credit bureaus—Experian, Equifax and TransUnion—why do some lenders accept and others reject my application when it comes time to refinance? If I have bad credit from late payments, bankruptcies or delinquencies, wouldn’t every lender see the same bad credit report and deny my loan application?

The answer is a definite no! All lenders—whether banks or credit unions—have their own ways of defining risk and measuring it. What may seem like an acceptable level of risk to one lender may be a clear denial for another. In that instance, the institution that does offer you the loan, may do so with a higher rate to cover their risk.

Every lender has its own formulas for calculating risk and no two institutions have the same one. They are essentially using your past history to determine how likely you are to pay them back. Late or missed payments, bankruptcies, home foreclosures, judgments against you for non-payment and high credit balances are all warning signs to lenders.

While the customer’s credit report is an important component of a lending decision, there are dozens of other inputs that may be used to calculate your final credit score. As explained by the VantageScore credit reporting site:

“There is no one credit scoring model that singularly represents the consumer lending marketplace. In addition to…the dozens of FICO* models [measuring consumer credit risk] that are in use today, many lenders rely on their own proprietary models to grant or manage credit.

In light of the reality that no single credit model is the yardstick used by all, or even most, consumer lenders, consumers should understand that no score they buy or obtain from a free-score web service is guaranteed to exactly match scores from the model or models a lender may consider when making a lending decision.”

Recommendations

To make things as easy as possible when you go to refinance, here are two recommendations you should follow:

  1. Work with an umbrella organization. Instead of approaching a number of different banks or credit unions to apply, go to a central refinancing source like RefiJet.com. We have relationships with a wide range of lenders and can match you with the best one for your particular financial situation. We handle all the paperwork for you and don’t charge you any fees—what could be easier?
  2. Work on your credit score. You should always be aware of your credit score—you are entitled to view yours for free each year—and the ways in which you are helping or hurting it. Make a concerted effort to pay your bills on time, establish a credit history if you don’t have one, and manage your credit accounts well, with low rates and balances. If your credit history is poor, make a concerted effort to “clean up your act.”

To learn more about how RefiJet works and how we can help find the best auto refinancing loan for you, complete the form on our home page and we will be in touch!

Refinancing? You’re in the Driver’s Seat!

Improving “the customer experience” is the name of the game in business these days. Companies are falling all over each other to stand out from the competition, say, by offering shorter delivery times, hot deals, stellar customer service, and buying incentives. They are getting much better at seeing things from the customer’s point of view and that’s great for all of us!

Auto refinancing is no different. RefiJet, for example, does the work of researching refinancing options and comparing loan products to pinpoint the ones that best suit our customers’ needs and then guides them through the entire process. Everything—from the first glimpse of our website through the close of each deal, has been carefully considered to take the pain points out of the refinancing process.

The RefiJet website has just two simple intake forms—essentially capturing contact information and birth date—and then uses a “personal concierge” to walk customers through the loan process. By having a single source to represent multiple lenders, customers can avoid the tedious task of calling all over to gather information and compare refinancing options on their own.

When getting started with your refinancing, you will need to have a few documents on hand so the lender can verify your qualifications. To make things flow as smoothly as possible, it’s a good idea to start gathering this information:

  1. Proof of employment and income—recent pay stubs or the W-2 from a prior year. If you don’t have a single employer, you can use your 1099s or tax returns.
  2. Proof of residence—documents that confirm your physical address, such as a driver’s license, bank statement or utility bill.
  3. Proof of insurance—either an insurance ID card, policy document or other information that demonstrates coverage for your vehicle.
  4. Vehicle information—specific details about your car, including its year, make, model and VIN.
  5. Loan information—amount of your current loan pay-off amount.

You may also want to take a look at your credit report before submitting a refinancing application to make sure it is accurate. Everyone is entitled to review their credit report for free each year at each of the major credit bureaus—Experian, Equifax and Transunion—and draw their attention to any errors. You can be sure that any lender will be checking it carefully and the last thing you want is for them to make decisions on your credit when it looks worse than it really is!

With all your documents in hand, the process just flows from there. You can be busy at work or at home, knowing that someone else is out there looking after your best interests. And especially when it comes to your hard-earned money, it’s nice to know that someone has your back.