Loans or Auto Title Loans
Car Title Loans and Auto Title
Loans (General Information)
Car Title Loans
(General Information Updated)
Car Title Loans and Auto
Title Loans in California
Car Title Loans and Auto
Title Loans in Arizona
General Information on Car Title Loans or Auto Title Loans
A car title loan, or an auto title loan, is a loan
where the borrower provides their car title as collateral for a loan.
These car title loans or auto
title loans are typically short-term, and tend to carry higher
interest rates than other sources of loans. These loans have higher
interest rates than other sources of loans or credit because of the fact that the lender
typically does not check credit and that the only consideration for the loan
is the value and condition of the vehicle.
Most car title loans or auto title can be acquired very easily in 15 minutes or less on loan amounts as
little as $100. In contrast, most other financial institutions will not loan under $1000
to someone without any credit as they deem these not profitable and too
risky. In addition to verifying the borrower's collateral, many lenders
verify that the borrower is employed or has some other source of regular
income. The car title loan or auto title loan lenders do not generally consider the borrower's credit score.
The loan is secured by the title to the vehicle.
Process of Getting Car Title Loans
The maximum amount of the car title loan is determined by the collateral. Typical
lenders will offer up to 50% of the car's resale value, though some will go
higher. The borrower must hold clear title to the car; this means that the
car must be paid in full with no liens or current financing.
Depending on the state where the lender is located, interest rates typically
range from 36% to as high as 651.79% (APR). Payment schedules vary but at
the very least the borrower has to pay the interest due at each due date. At
the end of the term of the loan, the full outstanding amount may be due in a
single payment. If the borrower is unable to repay the loan at this time,
then they can roll the balance over, and take out a new title loan.
Government regulation often limits the total number of times that a borrower
can roll the loan over, so that they do not remain perpetually in debt.
Regulation of Car Title Loans
There has been new regulation of car title loans that will take in effect on April 1 2009, for
title loans in Illinois. They are as below
* A $4,000 limit on car title loans.
* Restrictions on loans of any amount that would result in monthly payments
exceeding 50 percent of the consumers' gross monthly income.
* It will be prohibited for lenders to give loans with balloon payments,
thus allowing consumers to repay the loan in equal installments - much like
traditional car loans.
* Car title loans can be refinanced, but only if the principal on the loan
has been paid down by at least 20 percent.
* Illinois title loans that are refinanced cannot exceed the total
outstanding on the original loan.
* The state of Illinois will create a statewide database of current title
loans. This is an effort to enforce the above regulations.
* Title loan companies operating in Illinois will be enforced to provide
consumers with pamphlets from the Illinois Department of Financial and
Professional Regulation outlining options for debt management as well as
debtors' rights and responsibilities.
California Existing Regulations on Car Title Loans
* Above $2,500 the rate cap is exempt. Essentially, it's what the lender and
borrower agree on.
* Customer must show ability to pay.
* Fully amortized loans.
* Maximum $75 loan processing fee for loans up to $5000, no maximum for
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