By Jon Acuff
Getting the right answers starts with asking the right questions. That's why we created Buy Here Pay Here Financing Basics and this list of questions designed to give you a starting point in your conversation with a Buy Here Pay Here (BHPH) Dealer. Choose the ones that matter most or add your own questions to get the information you're interested in.
1. What do I need to bring when I visit your dealership?
Bringing the correct documents to a BHPH dealership can speed up your purchase process. Although the list of items can differ depending on your unique credit situation and each dealer, we interviewed BHPH dealers around the country, and here is what they suggested you take:
To find out exactly what to bring, call the dealership before you visit. They'll help you pull together everything you need.
2. How do you accept payment?
Instead of making monthly payments to a traditional lender, you make weekly or bi-weekly payments at a BHPH dealership. Many BHPH dealers require you to bring cash physically to their location, but some are expanding the ways they'll accept payment. Ask if they take payment by phone or online. Some dealers will require an automatic withdrawal if you currently have a checking account, savings account or credit card. Other dealers offer the option of paying through money orders. Explore a variety of payment methods with your dealer to find one that best fits your financial situation.
3. What is your late payment policy?
You'll want to understand the dealership's late-payment policy. Will they repossess the car the day after you fail to make a payment, or is there a grace period? Will they contact you or simply take the car back with no questions asked? More than likely, this will never be an issue, but it's good to know what to expect if an emergency temporarily delays your payment. You might also ask if the dealership regularly reports both positive and negative payment information to the credit reporting agencies. If you have a good payment record and the dealer reports this information, this can help you start or rebuild a credit history.
4. Where are you located?
When selecting from a list of BHPH establishments, location is important. Pick one close to where you live or work so that it's convenient to come in to make your payment. What's more, BHPH dealers prefer to work with customers who live close to the dealership so that it's simple to maintain the financial agreement geographically. So, finding a dealership nearby may make it even easier to get the car loan you need.
5. What value do you place on providing quality vehicles?
Bad credit shouldn't prevent you from getting a good vehicle. In fact, many BHPH dealers are focused on offering reliable vehicles. They understand that to ensure your faithfulness to the payment plan, they need to offer you a dependable vehicle. Ask dealerships about the inspection standards or reconditioning processes they use to prepare vehicles for purchase. See if they offer maintenance and repairs onsite, or if they have a partner provider who does. A reliable vehicle serves the interests of both parties, and a dealer should be happy to provide you with this information.
Whether it's your first time or your tenth time at a BHPH dealership, it's important that you know what to look for. To learn more about the BHPH world read Buy Here Pay Here Financing Basics.
To connect with dealers in your area that can assist with the right type of financing, use the Car Credit Wizard. Look for the official BHPH logo, shown below to find dealers that offer this type of financing.