out from under co-signed auto loan
I have a question regarding co-signing an auto
loan. Last summer I helped a friend out and co-signed his auto loan.
The problem is I have some things I would like to do but I can't
as the bank looks at my debt ratio and says I have too much, which
I don't, as it's my friend's car loan that I co-signed for.
So I told my friend that he needs to refinance his
car to get me off. However, he has a big problem with getting his
car refinanced due to his bad credit, which is way below 525. We
have even tried to trade his current car in to get an older model
and that still doesn't work. This car loan is for seven years, and
I can't be stuck with this.
Do you have any suggestions or places I can
try to find for my friend with bad credit? If he can get someone
else to co-sign, is that a possible consideration? I look forward
to your help and/or suggestion. Thank you very much and have a good
-- Nelson Nullify
As a co-signer on the loan you are every bit
as obligated as the primary borrower to repay the loan, and it's
appropriate for that obligation to be reflected on your credit report.
A credit score of 525 is pretty abysmal, so it's no wonder he's
having problems refinancing without a co-signer.
Below is a graphic from the myFico.com
Web site that shows the distribution of credit scores. Your friend's score is
down where he's not going to be able to find willing lenders. It's also going
to take some time for him to rebuild his credit to the point where lenders are
willing to loan him money on his own.
Refinancing with a
different co-signer can work, but they'll have to have good credit
for a lender to be willing to commit. A potential problem in refinancing
is that it's possible that you're upside down in the loan, meaning
the loan balance is more than the car is worth. Auto loans are secured
loans. Borrow more than the car is worth and there is an unsecured
component to the loan that makes it riskier to the lender. More
risk means a higher interest rate.
the car would get you out from under the obligation, but you have to convince
your friend to do it. Then he'd be on his own in finding a replacement vehicle
and financing for that vehicle.
There isn't an easy answer to your problem.
You're looking at all the right things and just need to either accept
the consequences of your decision or work with your friend to have
him either sell the car or find a different co-signer.