Private party car loans are a catch-22 when a consumer needs a ride to work. The loan process is easy, but do you sign on the dotted line and drive away feeling helpless, or do you research other options? Private financing has pitfalls and windfalls for the lender. If a consumer defaults, the car is confiscated, re-sold and another buyer will make the payments. This scenario turns a bad situation into a money generator for the unconventional lender. But, why do so many of these loans go defunct? In most cases, the buyer needs the vehicle, purchasing the car in good faith, but the terms of the payback are financially exhausting.

Higher interest rates, shorter loan terms and paying a higher retail price for the vehicle, will make the car or truck payment much higher for the consumer, then typical financing through a traditional lender. In most cases, the consumer needs the transportation to get back and forth to work, so they are willing to sacrifice and make the higher payments. It is important that the consumer has a secure job, and can afford this new expense. If the payment is too high, they may need to purchase a cheaper car, keep and repair the vehicle they have, or save up for a good down payment. If it is possible, turn to a family member for financial help. As a last result, use your 401k at work to secure a small loan, if applicable, filing a hardship.

If the loan goes into default per the contract, the vehicle is confiscated, and the consumer will have nothing to show for the high payments, invested into the purchase. If the car breaks down and needs repair, the consumer may not have the money to fix the car or any options to get money. Private party car loans have stiff fines for late payments and repossessing the car could be an on-going, monthly threat. The gamble is on both sides, but the consumer loses all.