Illinois (IL) - Auto Loan / Debt Consolidation / Home Loan
AUTO LOAN / DEBT CONSOLIDATION / HOME LOAN
Part of being financially secure includes areas of debt consolidation and personal finance. As Illinois (IL) accountants and finance professionals we also must look deeply into any debt consolidation home loan proposal, auto loan contract and even the financing sources of a college loan within Illinois or any other locale. An Illinois auto loan or Illinois debt consolidation home mortgage may or may not be nationally competitive; the same can be said of any Illinois college loan. The below is intended as a high-level guide for you an Illinois (IL) accounting professional in analyzing then selecting the best home mortgage, auto loan, debt consolidation or college loan after reviewing all alternative Illinois (IL) loan proposals. The guideline below is intended as a guide only, not an exhaustive examination of the intricacies of debt consolidation or a home loan, analysis of an auto loan or the longer-term implications of a college loan. Let them serve as reminder to you the Illinois (IL) professional that we must serve and protect ourselves first when it comes to debt consolidation or a personal loan.
Automobiles are one of the most common consumer purchases. Purchasing or establishing a IL auto loan on an automobile is one of the most expensive transactions most consumers ever make aside from a house purchase. Yet, despite the frequency of Illinois auto loan sales and the large amount of money spent on cars each year, most consumers know very little about the vehicles they buy through their auto loan. The average auto loan and car today is too complex, with too many vague paragraphs within the auto loan contract or auto systems and parts, for the consumer to master. Add to this the wide variety of models and auto loans available, and most consumers are forced to rely on the seller's representation that a car is in good working order or the offered IL auto loan fits their needs. Recognizing that car buyers are often at the mercy of car sellers and auto loans offered, the state of Illinois has enacted two principal laws to protect car buyers that are worthy of review: The Illinois Lemon Law and Illinois Used Car Warranty Law.
Auto Loan Guide
This auto loan guide is to serve as a high level reminder or check list on what you should consider BEFORE you commit to an auto loan. It is not intended to be exhaustive, but can save you considerable time and money on your auto loan. Primary is to ensure that you are qualified for an auto loan, you are not paying too much for the vehicle, and that your auto loan is competitive with no hidden charges or fees.
New Car Auto Loan Money Saving Tip: if the manufacturer offers additional rebates in exchange for financing through the manufacturer, take their auto loan financing. Once you have the rebate and received the auto loan from them, refinance your auto loan online at a lower rate. To see the best finance rates available, click on our recommended finance sources:
Automotive.com: Any Credit Auto Loans.
1-800 AUTO YES: "Get an Auto Loan with our Free 60 Second Application."
Auto loan interest rates are determined in good part on a buyers credit worthiness. It is very important that you determine your credit score prior to applying for an auto loan. This can be done online for all three of the primary agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion:
Get Equifax Score Power Now! Among them Equifax is the leader and should be used if selecting only one agency. Or, to save time and money, order a combined 3-BUREAU CREDIT REPORT.
Know your car pricing before you negotiate a deal. Visit online car buying sites and research car pricing. You can visit some of the online auto dealers here:
Calculate what auto loan payment you can afford to pay comfortably prior to making your final auto selection. You can find a good auto loan calculator here: Auto Loan Calculator.
Debt Consolidation / Home Loan Guide
You will likely have your realtor, relatives and friends pushing various debt consolidation or home loan sources. Evaluate them thoroughly and make your own educated and independent loan decision. To assist you, VentureLine has professionally looked into some good cost effective online contacts for debt consolidation or a home loan that we believe should be considered. If your credit worthiness is challenged, we have also located the best assistance you can find to resolve poor credit reports. Just click on any that may apply:
- Mortgage Loans with LendingTree
- Click here if you suffer from a poor credit report. Lexington is a law firm focusing on repairing credit reports cost effectively. They have helped over 300,000 Americans repair their credit reports by removing inaccurate, misleading, or unverifiable information (in other words, "questionable" negative credit).
When looking into debt consolidation, before you accept a new home loan or borrow money on your current home's equity for that debt consolidation, think objectively so you don't end up paying more for a loan than you expected or than you can afford. This loan guide highlights how to prepare and what to look for in a home loan or debt consolidation. We have also evaluated several loan sources that we believe should be included in your home loan or debt consoliation analysis activity. The broad outline for analyzing a loan should follow 6 basic steps in preparing for and analyzing any loan prior to acceptance:
- It is imperative that you know your credit rating and credit score prior to applying for a debt consolidation or home loan to ensure that you are not considered a credit risk. You can order a tri-company loan credit report (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). To save time and money order a combined 3-BUREAU CREDIT REPORT here: CreditReporting.com.
- Be cautious about using a home equity loan to consolidate credit card debt or other debt consolidation. If you destroy your credit cards upon receipt of the debt consolidation home loan, it can be justified. Most times the credit card debt starts upward once again after being paid off through a home loan based debt consolidation. Be careful, you do not fall into this trap.
- Shop around when considering debt consolidation or a home loan. Get several offers, then pick the debt consolidation or mortgage loan that's best for you; not a loan that is best for the lender or broker. You will find one of the best loan calculators here: Home Loan Calculator.
- Close your debt consolidation or home loan deal carefully. Once you've found the loan you want, make sure you get the deal you were promised.
- Know your legal rights and use them. You have a legal right to know the details of your debt consolidation or home loan: The total cost of borrowing the money (fees and interest); The annual percentage rate (APR); The number of payments and the payment amounts; How long you have to pay back the loan; and, the total amount you have borrowed in the loan.
- Report things that go wrong and get legal assistance. If you believe your debt consolidation or mortgage loan lender is dishonest, e.g. you discover fees that you weren't told about or you were required to buy credit insurance.. report it! See the Home Loan Recourse section below for contact information.
College Loan Guide
There is not too much to say in guiding a graduate such as yourself through the morass of grants, scholarships and obtaining a college loan. The primary thing is to do your research as to everything that is available to you as a student; to include a low interest college loan. These links are some of the best VentureLine could find to educate you our user as to what is available in the college loan area. One is government sponsored while another will assist in your calculating the lowest college loan approaches and rates. The banner ad is your source for the best loan rates available over the Internet:
- A must use when going for that college loan: The best financial aid calculator.
- Guidance from the U.S. government: Federal Student Aid.
- Thinking about the future? Consolidate your student loans and lower your monthly payments. Get a FREE Quote!
ILLINOIS CONSUMER RECOURSE
For general information the U.S. government publishes an informative handbook: The Federal 2005 Consumer Action Handbook. The Handbook features general advice on steps to take when shopping for goods or services, along with warnings on what to watch out for when shopping for a car or auto loan, credit, or home loan and improvement. The Handbook also includes information on how to solve consumer problems, as well as addresses, telephone numbers, and websites where you can file consumer complaints with consumer organizations, corporations, trade associations, BBBs and government agencies at the city, county, state and Federal level. Visit http://www.consumeraction.gov/index.shtml to view or order the handbook.
The Consumer Credit Protection Act of 1968, which launched Truth in Lending disclosures, was landmark legislation. For the first time, creditors had to state the cost of borrowing in a common language so that you—the Illinois consumer—could figure out what the charges are, compare costs, and shop for the best credit deal in Illinois. All forms of credit are covered; to include a auto loan or home loan. Since 1968, credit protections in Illinois have multiplied rapidly. The concepts of "fair" and "equal" credit have been written into laws that outlaw unfair discrimination in credit transactions in Illinois (IL); require that consumers be told the reason when credit is denied; let borrowers find out about their credit records; and set up a way to settle billing disputes. If you have any concerns whatsoever over a home loan, auto loan or any consumer complaint you can contact the Illinois (IL) Office of the Attorney General. At a minimum you should visit the Illinois (IL) Office of the Attorney General web site:Consumer Fraud Bureau
1001 East Main St.
Carbondale, IL 62901
Toll free in IL: 1-800-243-0607
TTY: 618-529-0607 or toll free in IL: 877-675-9339
Web site: www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov