Good for: refinance applicants who’ve recently bettered their credit scores
OpenRoad Lending refinances auto loans for a full spectrum of borrowers with poor to excellent credit.
OpenRoad Lending is a good fit for those who:
- Have improved their credit in the past six to 12 months.
- Like a rate quote without a hard credit pull. (Its lending partners may use a hard pull, though).
- Want access to a car buying service and other auto-related products.
OpenRoad Lending at a glance
|APR*||2.9% - 24.9%|
|Loan amount||$10,000 – $100,000|
|Minimum requirements||Credit score: 500
|Hard credit check with application?||Sometimes|
*APR is used to evaluate the true cost of borrowing money and includes the interest rate.
OpenRoad Lending review details
Founded in 2009, OpenRoad Lending specializes in auto refinance loans, but also offers an assortment of car-related financial products.
Refinance applications do require a Social Security number, but the company will only do a soft credit pull to provide you with a rate quote. In this way, your credit score won’t be lowered, to provide a rate quote, says Don Chapman, the company’s chief marketing officer.
Keep in mind, your final interest rate can sometimes change, since that depends on verification of your car’s value. OpenRoad Lending works with several banks, credit unions and lending institutions to secure the lowest interest rate for a customer, Chapman say — and one of those lending partners may use a hard credit check in its underwriting process.
Car loan rates
The best rates offered by OpenRoad Lending are available only to those with very good credit. Lenders can set their own requirements, but excellent credit is generally considered 720 or better, while 690 to 719 is good. The average credit score for OpenRoad Lending customers is 650.
Remember, if you have average or below-average credit you won’t get the lowest interest rate. This means your monthly payment will be more and, over time, you’ll pay more interest. If you know your credit score you can get an idea of the rate you might qualify for.
APPLYING TO OPENROAD LENDING
- Co-signers allowed.
- No application fee; late payment fees vary by lender.
- Borrowers are not obligated to accept an offer.
- Maximum vehicle age: 10 years.
- Maximum vehicle mileage: 140,000 miles.
- Loan terms: 36 to 84 months (NerdWallet doesn’t recommend loans longer than 60 months).
- Ineligible vehicles: Includes certain makes such as Oldsmobile, Daewoo, Isuzu and smart cars.
- Not available in Alaska, Hawaii, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
How OpenRoad Lending compares
Compared to other auto refinance lenders we reviewed, OpenRoad Lending has a mid-range monthly income requirement, while its minimum loan amount is on the high end of the spectrum. The chart below shows how OpenRoad Lending compares to other auto refinance lenders. (Some companies provide loans directly, while others shop for loans for you from a network of lender partners.)
|Company||Minimum credit score||Minimum monthly income||Maximum vehicle age/mileage||Hard pull?||Get started|
|MyAutoloan ||500||$1,100||10 yrs / 125,000 mi||Yes|
|OpenRoad Lending||500||$1,500||10 yrs / 140,000 mi||No|
|Tresl||500||$1,500||10 yrs / 150,000 mi||No|
|LendingClub||510||None||10 yrs / 120,000 mi||No|
|Capital One||540||$1,500 - $1,800||7 yrs / No restriction||No|
|RateGenius||550||$2,000||7 yrs / 100,000 mi||Yes|
|RefiJet||580||$2,000||10 yrs / 200,000 mi||No|
|Autopay||600||$2,000||11 yrs / 125,000 mi||No|
|Clearlane||600||$1,800||10 yrs / 100,000 mi||No|
|Consumers Credit Union||640||$500; $2,000 preferred||No restriction||Yes|
|Company||Min credit score, monthly income||Get started|
$1,500 - $1,800
|Consumers Credit Union||640|
$500; $2,000 preferred
More from OpenRoad Lending
OpenRoad Lending also offers a number of additional products, features and services to assist borrowers. These include a car-buying service and referrals for gap insurance, home and auto insurance, extended service contracts and paintless dent repair service contracts. In addition, the site has a blog with consumer advice, a glossary of financial terms and a free credit repair consultation from a partnering firm.
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