Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, DriveTime is the nation's largest auto dealer focused on helping people with credit issues. Founded in 2002, the company operates over 130 dealerships in 26 states and keeps thousands of vehicles in stock.
DriveTime is a buy-here-pay-here used car dealership, meaning that it offers in-house financing for vehicles purchased at its retail locations. This financing is available through a partnership with Bridgecrest. People with good credit, bad credit, and no credit can all be approved, with interest rates starting at 7.9%.
Read on for pros and cons of buying a car with DriveTime's in-house financing.
DriveTime offers quite a few customer assurances, including a 30-day/1500-mile limited warranty, a 5-day return guarantee, and a free AutoCheck history report. These assurances help to provide customers with a worry-free buying experience and the peace of mind that comes from knowing they will be covered if anything happens to their vehicle early on.
One of the best things about DriveTime is the fact that the company owns its dealerships and offers in-house financing. Not only does this give the company more control as to who it can approve, it also puts more responsibility on the company to provide quality vehicles and services to its customers.
DriveTime specializes in bad credit approvals. The company states that it only takes two minutes to complete its online application process and receive an instant online credit decision. DriveTime also states that the terms of the loan are not solely based on credit.
At DriveTime, the company's sales advisors are not paid on commission. This means that they have no incentive to steer you towards a particular vehicle in order to get a bonus or a higher commission and instead focus on providing a positive customer experience.
Unfortunately, DriveTime has not disclosed interest rates on its corporate website. Although rates typically vary on a case-by-case basis, it would be helpful if the company at least provided a general range to give potential customers some kind of idea about what to expect.
In addition to its lack of disclosure when it comes to interest rates, DriveTime is also not transparent about its loan terms. It is unclear which contract lengths are offered or whether or not the company charges application or prepayment fees.
DriveTime's vehicles and financing are exclusive to the company, which means you can't obtain financing from the company and then go to another dealership or buy a vehicle from an individual. Additionally, you cannot obtain financing from another company and then try to purchase a DriveTime vehicle. Although this does make the company a one-stop shop, it also limits customers' options.