Credit Score Requirements
Although each manufacturer sets its own credit requirements, which they typically do not publish, the fine print in 0 percent offers most often states they apply to "highly qualified buyers with excellent credit." The Toyota Motor Company describes excellent credit as a "long, established, positive credit history." According to CarsDirect.com, that translates to a credit rating of 700 to 720 points. Unfortunately, the credit-reporting agency Experian reports that as of 2014, the average credit in the U.S. is 666 points, meaning that only about the top 10 percent of all potential buyers will qualify.