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Start cruising with a First Time Auto Buyer Loan
Ready to buy your first car? With a First Time Auto Buyer Loan, you can conquer this milestone with ease. This loan is designed to help those with little or no credit navigate the car-buying experience. Get your new vehicle, grow your credit, and have a partner with you every step of the way.
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How to Qualify
- Verification of Income
- Minimum 12 months employment with the same employer
- 2 most recent paystubs
- Previous year's W-2
- 2 Credit references
- At least one tradeline paid as agreed for 12 months
- No negative tradelines on credit report
- Must complete Zogo First Time Buyer Course Curriculum
Not sure which account is right for you?
Click on the AccountMatch icon and answer a few simple questions to be guided to the best accounts to help you achieve your goals.
What counts as a first-time buyer?
You are a first-time buyer if you do not have any current or prior vehicle tradelines on your credit report.
What is the maximum amount/term I can get?
The maximum amount you can borrow is $25,000. The maximum term is 60 months for loans up to $10,000 and 72 months for loans up to $25,000.
How much cash do I need to put down?
There is a minimum of $1,000 cash down required.
What is Zogo and why do I have to complete a course?
Zogo is a free app that rewards you for completing bite-sized financial education modules. By answering questions correctly, you earn pineapples, which can be redeemed for gift cards to your favorite stores. By completing the First Time Buyer module, you can prepare for getting your first auto loan and earn rewards along the way!
When can I apply for an auto loan?
If you are thinking about purchasing a new car, you can apply to get pre-approved for an auto loan prior to going to the dealership. With a credit check for the process, you will have an idea of what rates to terms and rates to expect with a specific lender. You can fill out an auto loan application with Texas Bay Credit Union by clicking here.
What’s the difference between a secured auto loan vs an unsecured auto loan?
In a secured auto loan, the lender of the auto loan puts a lien on the vehicle that is being purchased. There are other types of secured auto loans where a lien is put on a house or another vehicle you possess. The lien allows the benefit of lower finance charges and overall lower loan costs. If payments are not made by the borrower, the lender may repossess and sell the asset to recover money to pay off the loan balance.
An unsecured auto loan is not tied to any asset. The money acquired for an unsecured auto loan has no restrictions on how you use the money. If payments are not made, the lender has to pursue payment from the borrower through other legal means. Typically, unsecured auto loans come with higher fees and interest rates. Texas Bay Credit Union does not offer unsecured auto loans.
Who is eligible to apply for an auto loan?
To apply for an auto loan from Texas Bay Credit Union you must:
- be 18 years old
- provide your social security number or individual tax identification number
- provide a valid Driver’s License, State ID, or passport
If I decide to pay my auto loan off early, is there a prepayment penalty?
No, there is no penalty for paying off your auto loan early.
What is a first-time buyer auto loan?
What is the interest rate on a first-time buyer auto loan?
Interest rates at Texas Bay Credit Union are based on the term of the loan, the amount of the loan, employment history, the member’s credit score, and other factors. To get your personal interest rate for this loan, please contact Texas Bay at (713) 538-1329.
Find Your First Car
Not sure where to start looking for your vehicle? With our Find a Car feature, you can search vehicles from preferred dealers to get you the best price possible. Find your ride without leaving the comfort of home and without the tracking cookies. Plus, auto loan members receive a free myEZ Car Care Membership to save you money on auto service and travel.
You Have Your New Ride. Now Protect It!
Texas Bay's Insurance Group works with a wide range of A rated carriers so you can get the type and amount of coverage that fits you. Their experienced Insurance Representatives can help you find the policy that meets your specific needs at a price you can afford.
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Vehicle age, mileage, and LTV restrictions may apply. Membership eligibility required. Relationship Product Discounts lower your rate up to a .50% reduction from the standard rate. The standard rate is based on your credit at the time of application. Discounts per product vary. A combination of products reach up to .50% rate reduction.