Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Right Arrow Icon Are there any restrictions to the vehicle I can purchase if I have an auto loan?
Most lenders finance new and used cars, light trucks (less than one ton), and sport utility vehicles, however, some lenders have specific restrictions or will not finance certain models. For instance, most lenders will not finance conversion vans or high end sports cars, or vehicles that have been salvaged, repossessed, "Lemon" or auctioned. See our list of general quidelines for more help.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Are there mileage or vehicle model year requirements for the vehicle I want to purchase?
Mileage and vehicle model year requirements will vary by lender. See a list of general quidelines.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon How quickly can I get and use my loan?
In most cases, you can use your loan immediately.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon It's been 24-hours since I submitted my application. Why haven't I heard anything?
Credit decisions and loan approvals are based on the information you submitted in your application and a review of your credit report. We do our best to provide you with up to four loan options in a matter of minutes, but it may take some lenders longer to verify and review your information. Response time may vary over weekends or holidays.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Are your interest rates competitive?
You bet! Our lenders provide some of the lowest interest rates in the industry!
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Is there any cost to apply for a loan with Horizon Digital Finance LLC?
No! There are no fees or costs to apply for an auto loan with Horizon Digital Finance LLC. It's fast, simple, easy to use, and free!
FAQ Right Arrow Icon What kind of documentation will I need to provide the lender?
Depending on the lender, you may be required to include a copy of your current driver's license, proof of auto insurance, personal reference contact information, and a pay stub with current year-to-date earnings.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon What if I have a vehicle I'd like to trade-in?
If your vehicle is worth more than the remaining loan balance, you have what's called "positive trade equity." This equity can be put towards your down payment or used to reduce your loan amount. Work with your lender to determine your specific requirements. If you owe more than the value of the vehicle, which is called "negative equity" or "being upside down," you'll want to talk to your selected lender to work it out.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Is a down payment required for an auto loan?
Some lenders do not require a down payment, but others do. If required, the amount of the down payment will be determined by your selected lender at the time of approval.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon How much money can I borrow?
No two situations are the same, so there's really no set amount. The amount you can borrow will depend on your credit history, income, the amount you request, your down payment, and the length (or term) of the loan. Once you complete and submit your application, you will better understand the options that are available to you.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon What is a general loan term or length?
Loan terms vary by lender. The term (or length) of the loan is generally determined by the age and mileage of the vehicle, along with your credit profile. Our lenders offer loan terms ranging from 24 months to 72 months.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon What is a "Loan-To-Value Ratio?"
For new vehicles, this number is calculated by dividing the amount of the loan by the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) or invoice price. For used vehicles, this number is calculated by dividing the loan amount by the estimated value as published in an auto-pricing guide like Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, or NADA. The lender will use your loan-to-value ratio to help determine if you qualify for the loan amount requested. If the loan-to-value ratio on your application is outside of the lender's guidelines, they may require you to put down a higher down payment.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Will applying for an auto loan hurt or lower my credit score?
In the long term, it usually doesn't. Reporting agencies recognize that when people shop for an auto loan, they're going to compare multiple loan options. With this in mind the top three credit reporting agencies, for the purpose of credit scoring, roll multiple auto inquiries into one inquiry on a continuous, 14-30 day cycle.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Is it OK to shop around and compare auto loan rates?
Yes, but sometimes this can be time consuming. To compare actual loan rates you would need to fill out multiple applications with multiple lenders and banks. When you apply for auto financing through Horizon Digital Finance LLC, we take care of the hard work for you. Just fill out one application and quickly compare up to four loan offers at once.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon How much time do I have to select a lender before the approval expires?
After you submit your application, you usually have 30 days from that date to select a loan offer. If you do not select a lender within those 30 days, all approvals will be deleted from your secure Horizon Digital Finance LLC account.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon How often can I submit a loan application?
You may apply once every 30 days for each of our loan products (new/used auto loan, refinance loan, private party loan, and lease buyout loan).
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Should I freeze my credit report?
Freezing your credit report stops all credit activity, which isn't good if you plan on applying for credit anywhere. If you need to stop an identity thief or unwanted solicitations for credit cards, freezing your credit report could be a good idea. If you want to apply online or in-person for a new credit card, car loan, or mortgage refinance, you'd have to unfreeze your credit report before you do so.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Are there any residency requirements in order to be approved for an auto loan?
Residency requirements will vary by lender. See a list of general quidelines.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Are there any employment requirements in order to be approved for an auto loan?
Lenders will look at the length of time you've been at your current place of employment, as well as the year-to-date earnings on your pay stub. Applying today is the best way to find out if a lender will approve you for a loan, as employment requirements will vary depending on the lender.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Are there any income requirements in order to be approved for an auto loan?
Income requirements will vary by lender. See a list of general quidelines.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Can I get an auto loan if I've filed for bankruptcy?
Maybe. In all cases, Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcies must be discharged or dismissed before you can apply for an auto loan. If your bankruptcy has been discharged or dismissed, you can apply.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon I've had credit problems in the past. Can I still apply for an auto loan?
Yes! We have lenders that specialize in these situations. We may be able to help you find an auto loan when other lenders have said, "No."
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Do I have to use the full loan amount?
As long as it falls within the minimum and maximum amount you were approved for, you can use only what you need. Depending on the lender you select, you may be able to add additional aftermarket accessories or extended service plans if the maximum loan amount will allow it.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon I don't want to select any of my loan offers. What should I do?
You are not obligated to select or use any of your loan offers. If you decide not to select one within 30 days of your application, they will automatically expire and will be deleted from your account. If you decide to reapply, you will need to wait 30 days between your application dates.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Can I refinance my car that I've already paid off?
Since there is no loan to refinance, you can't technically refinance it. You can, however, take out a title loan on a car that you've paid off if you're in need of some quick cash.
FAQ Right Arrow Icon Can I apply for an auto loan before I find the vehicle that I want to buy?
Yes! We encourage you to apply for an auto loan before you buy for a couple of reasons. First, when you walk into the dealership with an auto loan approval in hand, you'll have the negotiating power of a cash buyer. More importantly, you'll know how much you can afford. The combination of your auto loan amount and down payment amount will approximately equal the purchase price of the vehicle you are able to buy. A loan approval gives you greater flexibility and more negotiating power in the auto purchase process.