Credit unions may verify employment before making an auto loan if it is their standard policy or if your credit situation warrants the verification. However, employment verification is not necessarily a requirement for an auto loan.
When applying for a loan, employment verification allows the finance company to determine if they are making a smart financial decision by lending you money.
If your credit score meets a certain threshold, which varies by lender but is normally around a FICO score of 700, you may get an "auto approval" from the lender, meaning that no further documentation for employment verification is necessary. If your score is lower or you have a lot of debt, employment verification may be required.
When required, employment verification is normally done by submitting a current pay stub or W2 to the finance company. If buying from a dealership, you may submit this information to the dealership, who will forward it to the credit union.
Self-employed individuals may be ineligible for credit union financing if employment verification is required. However, established self-employed individuals with tax returns proving their income could have a chance, but it is necessary to submit proof of income.
If a credit union is requiring employment verification and you are unable to furnish it, do not provide forged pay stubs. Instead, look for other lenders with fewer requirements for credit approval. You may pay a higher interest rate, but they will help you build your credit.
Michael Ryan is a freelance writer with professional experiences in the auto industry and academic training in music. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Olivet College. Since college, he has been a featured speaker at music conferences at the University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University. Ryan is a published writer, with work featured on websites including eHow and CarsDirect.com.