I'm Not Co-Signing Loans for My Children

A friend of mine recently co-signed a loan for a child.   He did it so that his child would get a better interest rate on a car.  I know his intentions were good.  Even so, he probably sensed the disapproval in my voice when I commented.

In my case, I wouldn't co-sign a loan for my children, not even a college loan.   Here's a general article on 10 reasons not to co-sign a loan.

Rather than be a co-signer for my children, I'd lend them the money (provided I agree with the reason for the loan) and have them pay me back.  That way if they default, it won't affect my credit rating.

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This is not financial or parenting advice. Please consult a professional advisor.

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