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Thanatos0320Thanatos0320 Posts: 578 ✭✭✭
My brother asked me to cosign on a car he wants to lower his interest rate, so I said yes. The dealer called me and asked how much money I make and asked for my social security number. Before we got off the phone, the dealer also said he needs some other things from me and that he will email what he needs. I received an email a few hours later and opened it.

Because I've never cosigned for a car, the additional information needed from me in the email confuses me. The dealer now needs:
  1. The vin number on my car. What does my car have to do with cosigning?
  2. A picture of my odometer. Again, what does my car have to do with cosigning?
  3. He needs me to add the car that my brother is trying to by to my insurance. This doesn't make sense because my brother is going to get his own insurance on the car. Why do I need to add his car to my insurance? That'll just increase my insurance.
  4. A picture of the front and back of my license
I can understand wanting a copy of my license, but is it really necessary to supply the first 3  additional items?

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  • cbuckcbuck Milford, CTPosts: 5,488 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I co-signed for my daughter, and had to put it on my insurance, then she paid me the cost. I was confused like you, but evidently that is a requirement. I live in Connecticut. Don’t recall them ever asking about my cars, but it’s been a while. She’s 37 now.
  • PatrickbrickPatrickbrick Lake Zurich IlPosts: 5,340 ✭✭✭✭✭
    First never consign anything you don't fully intend on paying.  Lower interest rate?  What one or two points?  Tell him to find a credit union to get the full loan.  Second having spent a long time in the auto industry, do not send that in an email!  Call and ask why, also what state is this, you are probably being scammed!
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  • WylaffWylaff Reno, NVPosts: 4,723 ✭✭✭✭✭
    My understanding is that as "co-signer" you are essentially taking the loan out in your name, with your collateral. Just allowing another party access to make payments for you.
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  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 9,233 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2019
    They want to add your car as collateral. 
    There is no reason for them to add your vehicle information, unless they are using it in the loan. Not good.
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  • Bob_LukenBob_Luken already sucked before joining forum,.....just sayin'.Posts: 7,673 ✭✭✭✭✭
     "I've never cosigned for a car"
    It is my experience that people who can make this statement are happier than people who cannot make this statement. 
  • Amos_UmwhatAmos_Umwhat West TNPosts: 5,171 ✭✭✭✭✭
    My wife and I used to watch Judge Judy, I think, one of those shows while we ate lunch on my days off.  This reminds me of a show we saw where a woman who had co-signed for her sister was then suing the sister to help with paying off the loan.  The sister, who'd 'bought' the car had wrecked it, and stopped making payments.  The judge asked her why she refused to make any further payments.  "I ain't got no car, why should I make payments?"  She said.  When the judge followed up that she should make payments 1st because she owed the money, and 2nd because the burden now fell to her sister who was kind enough to co-sign her reply was "She should have known better than to co-sign for me."

    People get really screwy when it comes to money.  And nobody will screw you over faster than family, 90% of the time.

    Just something to think about.
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  • Amos_UmwhatAmos_Umwhat West TNPosts: 5,171 ✭✭✭✭✭
    OK, this is weighing on me.  I think you need to hear the short answer.

    JUST SAY NO.
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  • PatrickbrickPatrickbrick Lake Zurich IlPosts: 5,340 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Anyone who has ever consigned was not worried about the person making the payments, until they stopped making the payments.  Good decision on your part.
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  • RhamlinRhamlin WVPosts: 7,442 ✭✭✭✭✭
    My brother asked me to do the same about a month ago. I told him I couldn’t do that. I had loaned him 3,000$ to get into an apartment he wanted. He paid me back in monthly payments. But then a couple weeks ago he had to move because he couldn’t afford the rent anymore. 
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