There are a few ways to make a car payment with a credit card, whether you have a loan or a lease. But paying directly with a credit card probably won’t be among them, as auto lenders generally will not accept credit cards. They may or may not even accept direct debit card payments. In order to make car payments with a credit card, drivers must instead jump through a hoop or two and do it indirectly.
Here’s how to pay a car payment with a credit card:
Mobile payment services: One way to pay your car loan or lease with a credit card is to use a mobile payment app such as Venmo or PayPal as a middleman. These applications allow you to transfer money from user to user, and you can fund them with a credit card.
So, for example, you could use your credit card to pay a friend or family member through the app, and they can then make your car payment for you or give you the money to do it yourself. Just make sure you really trust the person, and be careful because payments may count as purchases or cash advances, depending on the service and the credit card issuer. But either way, there are fees involved. Venmo, for example, charges 3% of the transaction amount.
Money transfer services: Companies like MoneyGram and Western Union allow you to directly pay a collection of participating billers, and you can fund the transaction with a credit card. However, this may be treated as a cash advance, which would mean expensive fees and interest charges would apply, in addition to the fees charged by the service. You can learn more about how this works from our explanation of how to transfer money from a credit card to a bank account.
Balance transfer: Several major issuers allow you to transfer an auto loan balance to a credit card: Bank of America, Barclaycard, Capital One, Citi, Discover, PenFed, USAA, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and SunTrust. The average balance transfer credit card offers a 0% intro rate for the first 12-13 months and charges a 3% transfer fee.
Cash advance: Credit card companies often give customers convenience checks, which they can use to pay for things using their credit line when plastic isn’t accepted. But using such a check counts as a cash advance, which comes with an expensive fee and a high APR that kicks in right away. You can also do a credit card cash advance at an ATM using a PIN, if you’d rather get actual cash, but it will be just as expensive (if not more costly, thanks to ATM-owner fees).
The bottom line is that these options are far from ideal and should only be considered if you’re in a real bind, or if you do the math and somehow find an opportunity to save. That could be the case if you’re able to transfer part of an auto loan to a 0% balance transfer credit card, for example.
Depending on your lender, you may be able to make your monthly car payments by credit card. And there are advantages and disadvantages to doing so. One of the main disadvantages is that some banks and credit unions charge higher fees, to cover their processing costs. The main advantage to paying your car loan with a credit card is that you could get cash back or other rewards, depending on the card you have.
You can get your secured credit card deposit refunded when closing your credit card or when the issuer upgrades you to one of their unsecured credit cards. Your deposit will generally be refunded to your bank account, or your credit card company can issue a check for it.
To cancel a credit card transaction, contact either the merchant on the other side of the transaction or the credit card company. Which you should contact first depends on whether or not you think the transaction is fraudulent.
When You Think the Transaction Is Fraudulent:
If you want to cancel a credit card transaction because you think it is fraudulent, the first thing you should do is search online for the name of the biller, as listed on your credit card account. Sometimes, legitimate transactions can lead to false alarms simply because a biller’s corporate name isn’t as recognizable as the brand name a consumer really does intend to pay. If that clears things up in your case, great – crisis averted.… read full answer
However, if you still don’t recognize the details, you should definitely call your credit card’s issuer (the number is listed on the back of your card) to inform them about the unauthorized transaction. Even if the issuer can’t cancel the transaction before it goes through initially, you will not be on the hook for any fraudulent purchases made with your credit card account. All credit cards give users a $0 fraud liability guarantee.
When You Just Want to Cancel the Transaction:
If you know that a credit card transaction is legitimate, but you want to cancel it because you changed your mind or made the purchase by mistake (or any other reason), take your request directly to the merchant the transaction is with. The credit card company won’t be able to do much about a legitimately authorized credit card transaction. They might be able to instruct you on how to cancel future transactions if the card is being used for a subscription or other recurring purchase, but that’s about it.
Your chances of being able to cancel a credit card transaction made online figure to be especially good. Check the merchant's cancellation policy. Some provide a small window in which you can cancel a pending transaction. Just bear in mind that in this situation, an order may show as canceled before the transaction reversal posts to your credit card account.
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