Purchasing a car is a big deal – it is a far crying from going to the supermarket and picking out your favorite fruit or trying a new product. A car is a monetary investment that requires careful planning when it comes to finance. If you don’t map out the costs, the budget will go haywire, and soon you will struggle to make monthly payments on the car.
If you plan ahead you can take the time to save money for a down payment on your car, you can use it to finance your car. The more you have for a down payment, the lower you will be paying in interest over the next few years.
While many put a down payment towards their vehicle, most also must get a car loan to cover the rest of the cost. You can easily apply for financing right at your dealership, but before you do it is a good idea to get an idea of what credit score you have. Also – have an estimated budget for your vehicle. Dealerships, such as Mr Ed., will also provide loans to those who are in special situations such as bad or no credit. If your credit is poor do not assume you can’t get a loan. Its worth it to at least speak with your dealership’s financial department.
What to remember while financing your car
Keep these pointers in mind:
· You should be able to afford the monthly payment. The last thing you want is to put yourself in a stressful situation.
· Compare interest rates by checking APR (annual percentage rate) that includes the charges you will have to pay. Higher deposits mean lower interest rates.
· Evaluate total cost of borrowing, including all charges over the loan. These include fees such as registration and insurance.