At Easton Motors, we understand that each guest we work with comes with their own unique financial situation, whether that involves an unfortunate financial burden or experience like bankruptcy, repossession, or divorce, or you’re just a first time car buyer looking to get an affordable loan that will help you build your credit score. While each guest is unique, we do get asked many of the same questions with each new inquiry or purchase.

Listed below, you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions at Easton Motors. Don’t see an answer to your burning question? Give us a call at 877.254.6855 and we’ll d our best to help you out.

Financing and Approval

Can I get approved over the phone?

For your own protection, we cannot give a phone approval. We offer many different lending options and do not want to misinform you over the phone in regards to how we may help you find a reliable vehicle that fits your needs and your budget. It will save you time and money to come in and sit with a Finance Specialist so we may offer you the best service we can, and help find and finance a vehicle that is right for your specific situation and financial goals.

How much will I get pre-approved for?

Your pre-approval amount is based on a number of factors, including but not limited to your credit score, your credit payment, your employment history, your residency, and personal and professional recommendations. Pre-approval amounts vary from guest to guest, and we always encourage you to schedule an appointment with a finance specialist to best figure out if our finance program works for you and your needs.

What are the minimum qualifications to get pre-approved?

There are no minimum qualifications to pre-qualify. Every auto loan application is evaluated based on each individual’s credit profile and equity position. An applicant with previous good auto credit, for example, may not have to meet income and job time requirements, whereas an applicant with a recent repossession would.

What are the monthly payments?

Monthly payments are based on your credit profile and the vehicle you are purchasing. Newer, lower mileage cars may qualify for extended terms.

Can I buy a car with no money down at Easton Motors?

You may get approved with no down payment required, or you may be asked to bring in an initial investment in order to get you the right vehicle at the right payment amount. For a more favorable approval, our average customer brings in a down payment of around $1,375.00. Ultimately, your down payment requirement will be determined based on your current financial situation. All guests are encouraged to ask us about using a trade-in (see below), and to check out our current sales promotions for extra savings and to help cover auto ownership start-up costs.

Should I find the car of my dreams before applying for an auto loan?

We recommend that you consult with one of our auto loan specialists first. They can determine how much you qualify for before you start shopping. This method will increase your chances of approval and decrease the number of inquiries on your credit report.

Can I use you to finance a vehicle through a private owner?

No. Auto loans through us can only be used to purchase automobiles from dealerships with an auto loan center onsite. Each dealer selected by us has passed a rigorous screening for quality and customer service. This process ensures that each customer will purchase a dependable vehicle. When a vehicle is purchased from a private owner we have no way of determining the quality and dependability of the car.

I understand that you may eventually need to pull my credit. Will inquiries affect my credit rating?

Pulling your credit isn’t the first thing we do once we receive your online credit pre-approval application—we do this to protect you from negative side effects caused by having your credit pulled. Your credit is only pulled once we’ve established that you’re a good fit for our finance program. And, once your credit is pulled, it’s only pulled once (since we’re the bank for your car, too), unlike at many other dealerships who shop your loan around to multiple banks.

Will co-signers help me get pre-approved?

A co-signer may be taken into consideration for a buyer who does not comply with all the credit requirements. The income of the buyer, however, must meet all income and budget guidelines without reliance upon the income of the cosigner.

I have an appointment scheduled with you—what should I bring with me?

Please bring the following documents to your appointment:

  • A valid Driver’s License
  • Proof of income
  • Eight complete personal references
  • Additional items for a more favorable approval: lease agreement, proof of home ownership, Utility or phone bill, and/or proof of household income

I live in…Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, i.e., a state that is not Wisconsin. Can you still finance me?

There are rare circumstances where we can approve a loan and a car sale to an out-of-state driver. To learn if your situation qualifies you, please call us directly at 877.254.6855.

Can you help me if my credit is REALLY bad?

Yes! We finance your future, not your past. Our approval isn’t based on your credit score—instead, it’s based on the stability of your situation and your budget. Most importantly, we’re here to help you establish or re-build your credit. If you’ve struggled to get financing at traditional new and used car dealerships, then our finance program may be right for you.

I've been turned down before. How can you help?

We use state of the art technology that evaluates your credit profile, available inventory, income, and additional debt factors. Our process ensures that each application has the best possibility of approval prior to submission.

I've never had credit before. How can I get pre-approved?

We will review your application and follow-up to discuss your financing and auto options, and how we can help you establish your credit. Also, we encourage you to ask about our first-time buyer programs to help ease the transition into automobile ownership.

Can I get a loan even though I filed bankruptcy?

Easton Motors can work with you even if your bankruptcy has yet to be discharged.

In a Chapter 7 case, you should get your Notice of Discharge from the bankruptcy clerk of court at least 90 days after your meeting with the creditors.

If you are in a Chapter 13, the process is significantly different. A Chapter 13 is a continuous proceeding that typically takes between three to five years to complete. If you need a new car while you are still in Chapter 13, you will need permission from the bankruptcy court before you can buy one.

I've had a vehicle repossessed within the last year. Can I still get pre-qualified?

If the repossession was not included in a bankruptcy and there is still a balance on the account, you can still pre-qualify.

I have a trade-in. What is it worth?

All trade-ins are appraised on an individual basis, and we will help you find the CMV (Current Market Value) of your vehicle to be used for your purchase at Easton Motors. Simply schedule an appointment at one of our five used car dealerships so that we can begin the trade-in appraisal process. Once you’ve arrived, the total appraisal process should take roughly 15 minutes, and can be completed while you’re applying for credit for a new-to-you car. Make sure to bring your title with you at the time of the appraisal; failure to bring the title can delay the appraisal process.

What if I still owe money on my trade-in?

All trade-ins are appraised on an individual basis, and we will help you find the CMV (Current Market Value) of your vehicle to be used for your purchase at Easton Motors. Simply schedule an appointment at one of our five used car dealerships so that we can begin the trade-in appraisal process. Once you’ve arrived, the total appraisal process should take roughly 15 minutes, and can be completed while you’re applying for credit for a new-to-you car. Make sure to bring your title with you at the time of the appraisal; failure to bring the title can delay the appraisal process.

How does your bad credit finance program work?

Easton Motors has been in business for over 20 years, helping thousands of Wisconsin drivers establish or re-build their credit. Our process is easy: all we need for you to do is to set an appointment with a Finance Specialist at your nearest branch location (Adams, Baraboo, Beaver Dam, Portage, or West Salem). Your Finance Specialist will work with you every step of the way to help find you the right vehicle for your needs and your budget.

When it is time for your appointment, just bring the following documents along to give to your Finance Specialist: WI Driver’s License, 2 current pay check stubs or other proof of income, if you have recently moved please bring a utility bill or something similar that shows your current mailing address. Renters should bring their signed year-long lease. Also, bring information for at least 8 personal references. If you have an initial down payment, please be sure to bring it in with you—whether it’s cash, check or debit/credit card. Lastly, if you are trading in a vehicle, be sure to bring in the vehicle along with its title. If you cannot find the title, we can help you apply for a missing title; you will need to bring $20 in cash to submit with the forms.

Your Finance Specialist will then sit down with you to complete the application process. This will take 20-30 minutes and they’ll work directly with our underwriters to find the right vehicle for you based on the information you provide us during the application process. You will then be able to take your vehicle selections for a test drive to determine which one works best for your situation. Once you have decided on a vehicle, we will provide you with the best payment plan options for you to consider. If you are in agreement with the payment plan we have selected for you, we then complete the process by helping you obtain the necessary vehicle insurance through a company of your choice, and signing the necessary contracts.

I’d like a second loan from Easton Motors. What are my options?

When it comes time to consider getting into your second loan we have many other lending options available at interest rates starting as low as 4.99% to 19.99%. With your approved credit we can offer more vehicle choices at even lower monthly payments. Our goal is to keep your credit healthy, while also providing you with a great vehicle that will last.

My credit isn’t that bad—it’s actually pretty good. Can I still buy a car from you?

Easton Motors specializes in financing Wisconsin drivers with bad and no credit, but we do have exceptional financing for qualified buyers that starts at 4.99% in partnership with local lenders. Call us to discuss the vehicle(s) you are interested in, and financing options.

Warranties and Mechanical Service

What does your warranty cover?

All of our vehicles receive a Multi Point inspection by an ASE Certified technician before they are delivered to any of our five dealerships. Because we stand behind our vehicles and strive to offer you reliable and long-lasting transportation, we offer a fantastic Limited Power Train Warranty as a part of our Customer Care Package. The warranty is good for 24 months or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Along with the warranty, you will receive one included year of Roadside Assistance and one included year of oil changes. This is an additional value of over $2500, and is our way of providing you with the best service we can.

Our Inventory

What can I get for $200.00 a month?

At Easton Motors, we realize that pricing and payments are very important to all our guests. Because we work primarily with drivers with credit issues or non-established credit, we offer many different lending programs to ease the financial burden of owning a car. Unlike traditional car dealerships, we don’t focus on a price point—and often those are misleading and can cost drivers thousands more than anticipated. Our main goal is to help you find a reliable vehicle that fits your needs and your budget so we can help you establish or re-build your credit.

What if I don’t see what I like at the Easton Motors dealership nearest to me?

Just because the car you’re most interested in might not be at the nearest lot, doesn’t mean we can’t get it to you! Once your credit application and approval has been submitted, we’ll help you with vehicle selection, even if that means transporting your desired car(s) to your designated dealership.

Where in Wisconsin are you located?

We serve the entire Central and Western Wisconsin region through our five Easton Motors used car dealerships:

Easton Motors of Adams: 2861 Highway 13, Adams, WI 53910

Easton Motors of Baraboo: 675 W. Pine Street, Baraboo, WI 53913

Easton Motors of Beaver Dam: 1700 N. Spring Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Easton Motors of Portage: 102 Henry Drive, Portage, WI 53901

Easton Motors of West Salem: 1508 Heritage Blvd., West Salem, WI 54669