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How to save thousands on your Volkswagen Credit auto loan

You can lower your monthly payments on your Volkswagen Credit auto loan and save $1500 every year / $125 every month through refinancing. You are a great candidate for refinancing if (a) you got your loan at the dealership and/or (b) made all of your payments on time.

Instead of making your monthly payment to Volkswagen Credit why not refinance now and save thousands in minutes.

Table of contents


  1. How to make your Volkswagen Credit payment
  2. Some background on Volkswagen Credit
  3. Refinance your Volkswagen Credit auto loan
  4. Volkswagen Credit loan payoff amount
  5. How soon can you refinance your Volkswagen Credit loan
  6. Will refinancing your Volkswagen Credit loan hurt your credit
  7. Can I skip a car payment with Volkswagen Credit
  8. Does Volkswagen Credit have a grace period
  9. How long does Volkswagen Credit take to repossess my car
  10. What happens if I pay extra on my Volkswagen Credit loan
  11. Savings from refinancing your Volkswagen Credit loan
  12. Volkswagen Credit reviews
  13. Does Volkswagen Credit report to the credit bureaus
  14. Volkswagen Credit car loan refinance rates
  15. Can you refinance your Volkswagen Credit loan with the same lender
  16. Refinance your Volkswagen Credit loan now

How to make your Volkswagen Credit payment


If you currently have a loan with Volkswagen Credit paying online is easy. Simply go to https://www.vwcredit.com and login on the left at My Account. You can choose between:

  • Making a one time payment.
  • Enrolling in Autopay from your checking account.

Please note that many banks and financial institutions offer a discount for enrolling in autopay (to reduce your interest expense and lower your monthly payment). Volkswagen Credit would have highlighted this option to you to get you into a lower interest rate when you got pre-qualified for your auto financing.

If you can't pay online, you've also got the option to:

Pay your bill over the phone: Call 1-800-428-4034

Pay your bill through the mail: Send a check to Volkswagen Credit

Volkswagen Credit
1401 Franklin Blvd
Libertyville IL 60048-4460

Nicholas Hinrichsen - Published: August 14, 2020

Some background on Volkswagen Credit


Before going into more detail, here a little background about Volkswagen Credit: Volkswagen Credit is a Captive Financing Company. That means, its an auto loan company that is owned by a car maker.

On the one hand, captive financing companies offer rates as low as 0% to promote new vehicle sales through leases or promotions. On the other hand, we found that Volkswagen vehicles are near the top of the list of vehicles most likely to meet the criteria for refinancing. Rates for Volkswagen Credit loans can be as high as 29% and if you haven�t looked into refinancing your car loan yet, you should do so now!

Volkswagen Credit targets the segment of American car shoppers with moderate (i.e. near-prime) credit and we observed an average auto loan interest rate of 13% (within a range of +/- 10%), while rates vary a lot by credit score. Our Volkswagen Credit auto loan calculator can pre-qualify you through a simple credit application and help you get a sense for how much you can expect to save from a Volkswagen Credit auto refinance and the best rates.

Refinance your Volkswagen Credit auto loan


To lower your monthly payments on your Volkswagen Credit auto loan, you need to find a lender that can extend your used car loan term or who offers lower auto loan rates before the loan is paid in full. Usually, lenders offer you a lower rate than your current auto loan for one of two reasons:

  1. When you bought your car, the participating dealer marked up your rate. That's common for auto loan originations and to make more money
  2. You improved your credit over time and now qualify for a lower car payment and interest rate.

Both of these observations are the reason for why you can save a lot of money, especially if you use your car for personal use. You improved your credit with the credit bureaus from near-prime credit (i.e. between 600 and 680 on your credit report) to prime credit (i.e. above 680), you're not facing any financial difficulties and therefore, your new lender will be likely one of the following ones:


You successfully got out of the near-prime credit segment (a FICO between 600 - 680 on your credit history) and moved into the prime credit segment (FICO above 680). Commercial banks will now aggressively market to you, often via auto-dialers or direct mail. Commercial banks are in the business of (amongst others) lending money to consumers at a profit and you now match their perfect customer profile.

In the following, we will walk you through the exact steps to pay off your Volkswagen Credit loan. If you want to skip the details and refinance now through a simple loan application, get an offer with a few clicks and with no impact on your credit.

Volkswagen Credit loan payoff amount


First and foremost, we need to pull up your Volkswagen Credit loan payoff statement. The loan payoff statement is not your outstanding balance. Instead, the loan payoff statement summarizes the following data points:

  • your payoff amount (usually your loan amount balance plus a few small fees)
  • the due date until your payoff is valid to avoid late fees (usually 10 days from when you requested it)
  • the per-diem (how much of daily interest your loan accumulates)
  • your account number (the new lender needs that to payoff your loan)
  • the payoff address (the new lender needs to know where to mail the check to)

There is no such thing as prepayment penalty and all the above information can be found on the official payoff statement and just to be clear. You have multiple payment options but first you need to locate the payoff statement from Volkswagen Credit's customer service reps:

  1. Call the Volkswagen Credit customer service phone number at 1-800-428-4034 and ask to be connected to the loan payoff department.
  2. Log into the online banking at My Account (https://www.vwcredit.com, login on the left) and browse to the 'Loan Payoff' tab. You will be able to download a PDF.
  3. Do a three-way phone call with the new lender and a Volkswagen Credit customer service rep at 1-800-428-4034, which allows the new lender to ask Volkswagen Credit all the questions necessary to pay off your existing loan.

Should you plan to payoff your loan and you are currently in the United States, you can overnight a check to the following address:

Volkswagen Credit
1401 Franklin Blvd
Libertyville IL 60048-4460

Once you paid off your auto loan, expect to receive the vehicle title along with a lien release letter in the mail. Car loans are usually secured personal loans and in order to be able to sell your vehicle or refinance it, you need the lien release in hand.

We provided those addresses above because we always struggle to find a service provider's contact information. Just be aware, due to COVID-19, waiting times for customer service reps might be longer than usual. Want us to take care of the refinance for you? We can lower your rate in less than two minutes.

How soon can you refinance your Volkswagen Credit loan


You're eager to refinance your Volkswagen Credit loan? Great, you should absolutely work towards lowering your Volkswagen Credit payments through refinancing.

Dealers make most of their money on finance and insurance products. Therefore, there's a good chance that you are overpaying and can save money through refinancing - already the day you drive off the lot! That said, you will save the biggest amount of money from refinancing after you made 12 to 18 payments. That's when you will notice the effect from improving your credit above and beyond moderate (i.e. near-prime) credit.

That said, we recommend checking regularly: you can get a free refinance offer with no impact on your credit in three simple steps.

Will refinancing your Volkswagen Credit loan hurt your credit


Refinancing will not hurt your credit! If you have the app CreditKarma installed on your phone, take a peek at what factors determine your credit. You will find the following:

  • Number of Hard Inquiries (less is better)
  • Age of Credit history (more is better)
  • Credit Card Utilization (less is better)
  • Total Accounts (more is better)
  • Derogatory Marks (less is better)
  • Payment History (more is better)

None of these factors is impacted negatively if you obtain a refinancing offer for your Volkswagen Credit loan. Lenders don't need to do a hard credit inquiry to make you a firm refinance offer. From a soft credit pull, we can see your whole credit file and estimate your rate.

Should you decide to accept the refinance offer, the new lender will have to perform a hard inquiry in order to add your new loan to your credit file. The hard inquiry, however, only happens after you have been approved.

We argue that the positive impact of refinancing your Volkswagen Credit loan outweigh the negative impact of the hard credit inquiry: after you refinance your Volkswagen Credit loan, you will have a lower rate and lower monthly payments. As a result, the likelihood that you will be able to establish a perfect payment history increases which will drive your score up quickly.

Can I skip a car payment with Volkswagen Credit


You're short on cash and are wondering whether you can skip a car payment with Volkswagen Credit? The answer is yes, you can defer one or more payments. You have to talk to Volkswagen Credit first though. You can't just not pay or you risk collection calls and ultimately a repossession.

Ideally, you give Volkswagen Credit a call at 1-800-428-4034 and describe your situation. Volkswagen Credit's goal is for you to make your payments throughout the whole term of the loan. Finance charges will continue to accrue on the unpaid loan balance, which means you will end up paying more on your loan after all. But for as long as you communicate well with Volkswagen Credit, they will defer one or more payments out of courtesy and to help you.

All that said, you can lower your Volkswagen Credit payments through refinancing if you've made all your latest payments on time. In three simple steps, you can find out how low your payments could be without having to skip a payment or two.

Does Volkswagen Credit have a grace period


The Volkswagen Credit late payment policy provides a grace period of 7 to 15 days. Grace periods vary from lender to lender and due to the coronavirus pandemic, banks have become a lot more lenient with their borrowers.

Late fees vary drastically by loan, the minimum late fee we've encountered was 5% of the monthly payment amount. However, we strongly advice not to take advantage of Volkswagen Credit's grace period unless you have an emergency. You'd be putting your credit at risk, which can have a long-term, negative impact on your personal finances.

Instead, we recommend exploring if refinancing can help you reduce your monthly burden and potentially even provide unexpected cost savings. Provide your phone number and follow our three simple steps to get a firm offer, 100% online and with no hit on your credit.

How long does Volkswagen Credit take to repossess my car


Repossession law varies slightly from state to state and range from 3 to 5 months after you stopped making payments on your Volkswagen Credit loan. Each individual retail and installment contract - the contract you signed when you got your car and Volkswagen Credit loan - states what constitutes a default.

Some states and contracts even trigger a repossession within 45 days (or a month and a half) of being in default. You are in default when you stopped making your payments and for as long as you haven't paid the Volkswagen Credit late fees.

Just catching up with your missed payments making Volkswagen Credit whole doesn't automatically mean you're not in default anymore. You really need to pay Volkswagen Credit everything you owe including fees to be not considered in default any longer.

What happens if I pay extra on my Volkswagen Credit loan


The answer is simple: your loan term will shorten but your monthly payment will stay the same. A number of our customers hope they can reduce their monthly payments through paying extra but no lender will do that.

To lower your monthly payments, you have to refinance your loan. If you haven't considered refinancing your Volkswagen Credit loan yet, you definitely should: not only can you reduce your monthly payments within 2 minutes or less, your total interest expense will go down as well and as a result, you can save $1500 every year / $125 every month.

Savings from refinancing your Volkswagen Credit loan


We performed a study on the top 40 auto loan companies to refinance and found that the average Volkswagen Credit loan rate is around 13% (within a range of +/- 10%). If you made your payments for 6 / 12 / 18 consecutive months, you're guaranteed to be able to save money on your Volkswagen Credit loan.

Your new interest rate should be on the order of 3% or below. That means you will save $1000 every year / $83 every month if your remaining loan balance is around $10,000 and you refinance. Usually, we see higher loan balances when refinancing our customers, e.g. around $15,000. If your loan balance is around $15,000 you will save $1500 every year / $125 every month when you lower your rate by 10%.

For a guaranteed rate in less than 2 minutes, open WithClutch.com, enter your phone number, select your goal (e.g. 'Lower my monthly payment') and click on 'Apply Now'. Our process will not hurt your credit and you'll receive a firm and guaranteed rate with not more than 5 clicks. Should you have any further questions, check out our FAQs.

Volkswagen Credit reviews


If you currently have a loan with Volkswagen Credit, you most likely got the loan at the dealership where you bought your car and you can make your payments by clicking on My Account at https://www.vwcredit.com.

79% of all Americans with auto loans get their auto loan at the dealership. People shop for new cars, they don't shop for new loans. As a result, car dealers have a lot of power and authority when it comes to giving car shoppers loans.

The challenge is this:

  1. the number 1 goal of a car dealer is to sell a car
  2. the number 2 goal of a car dealer is to sell the car at the highest possible margin

Considering the interests of the car dealer and how most car shoppers get their loans, no wonder Americans are overpaying on their interest rates, right?

As mentioned above, Volkswagen Credit is an auto loan company that specializes on the segment of Americans with moderate (i.e. near-prime) credit. We looked at reviews for Volkswagen Credit and found the following:

  • BBB: 1 out of 5 stars and 164 complaints
  • Wallethub: 3.9 out of 5 stars from 18 reviews
  • Glassdoor: 3.1 out of 5 stars from 112 reviews

Ever wondered if Volkswagen Credit treats everyone like you? Sadly, they do. Other loans you might have also qualified for could have been with one of the following auto loan companies:


If you bought your car at a Franchise Dealership, you may have qualified for a loan with one of the Captive Finance companies (i.e. the auto loan companies that are owned by the respective car brand), e.g.:


After you've made your first 6 / 12 / 18 payments, your chance to refinance your loan and lower your monthly payments has come. The challenge with refinancing is that most auto loan companies require you to visit their branch before they can give you any indication of how much money you will be saving. Fortunately, we can help with that.

Does Volkswagen Credit report to the credit bureaus


When you first obtained your auto loan, Volkswagen Credit reported your new loan to the credit bureaus. Your Volkswagen Credit loan shows up as a so called trade-line on your credit report. Through a soft or hard credit inquiry, we can see:

  • When you got your Volkswagen Credit loan
  • What your initial balance was
  • How high your monthly payment is
  • Whether you've made your payments in time and full
  • How high your outstanding balance is
  • How many payments are remaining

If you miss a payment, Volkswagen Credit will very likely report the incident to the credit bureaus. Volkswagen Credit will also report to the credit bureaus when you paid off your loan or refinanced it. In both of those cases, your loan will show up as paid off.

Volkswagen Credit car loan refinance rates


We can help you get the following Volkswagen Credit refinance rates:

Credit New car Used car
760+ 2.69% 3.49%
700-760 3.00% 4.25%
650-700 5.50% 6.50%
600-650 9.75% 10.75%
550-600 15.50% 17.50%
Below 550 22.00% 22.00%

As mentioned above, Volkswagen Credit car loan rates vary a lot by credit score, i.e. lowest rate for excellent credit to highest rate for challenged credit. Yet, the rates are usually the same no matter where you live in the United States - be it Hawaii or Maine, Alaska or Florida. We therefore recommend taking a look at your Volkswagen Credit refinance offer for your exact and personalized refinance terms.

Can you refinance your Volkswagen Credit loan with the same lender


The answer is short and sweat: no, you cannot refinance a Volkswagen Credit loan with the same lender. Volkswagen Credit does one of two things with your loan:

  • Keep it and generate profit over the course of the loan and while you are paying your interest.
  • Sell your loan to an institutional investor or the public through a securitization to realize a lump sum profit immediately.

In both of those cases, the institution holding your loan is expecting your monthly payments. When you refinance, however, you change the expected cash flow to Volkswagen Credit, which impacts Volkswagen Credit's bottom line. Volkswagen Credit would not allow that.

Therefore, Volkswagen Credit won't let you refinance your loan with the same lender (i.e. Volkswagen Credit). Instead, you need to find a new lender offering a lower rate.

Fortunately, we recently studied the best auto loan refinancing companies and wrote a thorough review. In a nutshell, only WithClutch offers a fully digital pre-qualification experience, even for borrowers with minimum monthly income and without charging unreasonable fees. We do our best to give our clients the best loan offers and lowest rates our partner lenders can offer and can help with lease buyouts as well as refinancing.

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