Apply for the Car Ownership Program
Welcome to the Car Ownership Program Online Application
The CARes Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help low- and moderate-income individuals and families in our service area to become financially stable and self-sufficient. A CARes Project car loan can provide you with safe, affordable, and reliable transportation. Through our Car Ownership Program, customers learn to practice good money management skills, increase their creditworthiness, and receive reliable transportation to get to work and to school.
Our Car Ownership program loans up to $15,000 for the purchase of a used vehicle. All cars are purchased from franchise dealerships and offer every CARes car buyer a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty on the car. All loans are 36-month or 48-month, 8% simple interest loans. Loans can be paid off early without additional fees and paying off the loan early will save you from paying some interest. Monthly car payments are from $240-$380, depending on the length and amount of the loan.
Process of Getting a Car Loan
To obtain a car loan through The CARes Project's Car Ownership Program, you must complete a series of steps including an application with several forms, provide financial information to your financial coach, attend a budgeting class designed specifically for you, receive financial coaching and credit counseling, and provide a down payment of $300.00. Scroll down to Step 1 to begin the application.
Car Ownership Program Requirements
Be 18 years old or older
Have a Valid NC Driver's License
Live in Forsyth, Davie, or Davidson County
Work at least 30 hours per week
Have sufficient income to afford the monthly payment and car insurance
Have a Credit score less than 600
Have a Household income less than 80% of the median family income for the area
Step 1. Application
This application provides our organization all the information we need. It includes your contact information, demographics, income, employment, household information, and references. This application will need to be completed and signed. Once received and accepted you will be a Car Ownership Program Participant.
Step 2. Prepare for Your Financial Coach
Once your application is accepted you will need to complete the following:
This is a document needing to be completed before you meet with our financial coach. This document asks about your income and expenses.
While your financial coach is reviewing your application and preparing to provide your coaching, you will complete the budget training session. This is mandatory!
When you have completed the training session, come back to this website page and complete the Budget Training Questionnaire.
Step 3. Financial Coaching
The final step of the application process consists of you meeting with your financial coach (in person, via zoom, or by phone) to review your application, build a budget, and go over your credit history. At this time you will also complete the Personal Statement.
This form is presented to the Community Loan Committee, who will be approving your application. It is your opportunity to present why you should receive a CARes car loan. This is for you to tell your story - how you will benefit from the service. Do not use your name or the names of family members or anything else that could reveal your identity to the Loan Committee.
The Community Loan Committee
Once your application is completed, you have taken the budget training, and have workable budget, your request for a loan will be presented to our Community Loan Committee. This is a meeting that you will not attend (so make sure your “Personal Statement” is strong!). The Loan Committee will look over all the information and make their decision. Sometimes they require more information before approving a loan.
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