A title loan is one of the easiest and quickest ways to receive cash by using your vehicle to obtain the loan. It's hard to apply for a traditional bank loan, especially if you have bad credit history. However, whether you need funding for an emergency repair, surprise bill, or other expenses here in the beautiful Grand Canyon State, you can still qualify for a title loan even with bad credit.
What is a title loan?
A title loan is a convenient way for people who own their vehicle to receive cash. If you own your car outright and have the vehicle title in your possession, you can use it as collateral to secure the funds you need. After you're granted approval and receive cash, you will be responsible for paying the loan back through a repayment system that works with your finances.
Keep in mind that car title loans are short-term loans that typically carry a high-interest rate and you risk losing your vehicle if you don't repay your lender in full.
Arizona title loan requirements
The best thing about title loans is that there are fewer requirements than a traditional bank loan. The following are what you need to have on-hand to secure your loan:
- An Arizona driver’s license or state-issued ID
- A lien-free vehicle title
- Proof of income
- Proof of residency in Arizona
- A running vehicle
In addition to these requirements, you must be over the age of 18 and not actively serving in the United States military.
The title loan process
Securing a title loan is simple and can be completed in less than an hour. There are six steps to complete in the application process:
Fill out an application online and tell us about yourself and your vehicle.
Lenders will verify the information you provided on the application and ensure its accuracy.
At this step in the process, lenders will verify that your vehicle is in good working order, safe to be on the road, and assess its value to determine how much you can safely borrow.
After your application receives approval and your vehicle has been deemed safe and in workable condition, your lender will create a contract outlining the terms of your loan agreement, including the amount, interest rate, and the repayment process.
At this point, you will receive your funds either directly or indirectly, such as through a wire transfer to your bank account.
After you receive your money, you'll be required to make payments according to the schedule outlined in your loan agreement. When you've completely paid off the loan, you'll get your title back from your lender.
How title loans are regulated in Arizona
Title loans in Arizona are currently regulated under Arizona Revised Statutes § 44-291 et seq.
The maximum interest rate for a car title loan in Arizona is 17%. You must also be given a clear explanation about the monthly or annual financing rate.
In Arizona, you are entitled to request a written statement explaining the due dates for repayment as well as the amounts. In addition, you have the right to request a receipt when providing cash repayments in case of a later dispute.
If you happen to default on your title loan, your lender then has the legal right to seize your vehicle. While default occurs when you do not make the required payments, failing to maintain insurance or meet any other requirement stipulated in the contract may also be considered a default.
Per Arizona law, your lender must not "breach the peace" upon seizing your vehicle and must provide you with notice before repossession. Additionally, they must get a court order before taking possession of your car.
Cost considerations and title loan alternatives
The cost of a title loan in Arizona is dependent on your loan amount and your APR. Here are a few examples to help illustrate the true cost of a title loan.
Example 1: You borrow $2,000 at an APR of 300% and pay it back in 30 days.
If you took out a $2,000 loan and paid it back in 30 days, you would pay a total of $2,500 back to your lender in 1 payment. In this example, you’re paying $500 in finance charges to borrow $2,000.
Example 2: You borrow $2,000 at an APR of 300% and pay it back in 6 months.
If you borrowed $2,000 and paid it back in 6 months, you would pay a total of $4,065.83 back to your lender in 6 payments of $677.64. In this example, you’re paying $2,065.83 in finance charges to borrow $2,000.
Personal installment loans: A better and more affordable way to borrow money with bad credit
If you're in need of cash but do not want to apply for a title loan, consider applying for an online installment loan instead.
An installment loan does not require collateral. However, it does require a credit check. An installment loan allows you to borrow a predetermined amount comparable to a title loan. It can also help you build credit.
Frequently asked questions
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that we get regarding Arizona title loans.
Can I qualify for a title loan with bad credit?
Yes! Your credit score will not affect your ability to apply for a title loan.
Can I get a title loan completely online with no credit check and no inspection?
Yes! You can apply completely online without having to worry about credit checks. However, a vehicle inspection is an essential part of the loan application process in order to determine your vehicle's value and the amount you can borrow.
Will I receive the funds from my title loan instantly?
If you apply before 2 p.m. EST and complete all the steps, you will usually receive your funds that same day.
Do you offer car title loans near me?
Yes! We offer title loans nearby through direct title loan lenders in many cities in Arizona, including:
- Apache Junction
- Bullhead City
- Casa Grande
- El Mirage
- Lake Havasu City
- San Luis
- Sierra Vista