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Consumers looking for a great selection and a great price will be very interested in buying a used car. Used cars are great because there are so many different options available, and there are a lot of different dealerships that sell used cars. A lot of these dealerships use the same wording in the advertisements, and it can be hard for the average shopper to determine which dealership is going to be the best for them in terms of service, selection, and other offerings. In a field of so many dealerships how can you determine which one is the best used car dealership? We’re going to share some helpful things to look and ask for in order to help you find the best used car dealership.

Used Car Transparency

The most important aspect of used car buying is consumer confidence. That is why there are detailed history reports available from companies like CarFax. [...]

How to Get the Best Car Loan No Matter How Bad Your Credit Is

Having a bad credit score can make getting a good loan on your next car purchase difficult. Even if your credit happens to be less than ideal you can still get a competitive loan on your next car. Let’s take a look at some steps you can take in order to be sure that you are getting the best possible car loan no matter how good or bad your credit score is.

Know Your Credit Score

The very first step in getting a great car loan is to know and understand your credit score. There are a ton of free online options that will not only show you your credit score, but help you understand why it is as high or as low as it is. Once you gain an understanding of your credit score, try to improve it if [...]

Top Tips for Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is very exciting. Not only are used cars a little more cost friendly than new cars, but there are also a lot more options! However, buying a used car is not as straightforward as buying a new car. For one, every single used car has had its own history, and that history can have a large bearing on how reliable that car will be going forward. So while the process of buying a used car is an exciting one, it is important to really check out any used car before you purchase. Let’s explore some tips for used car buyers to keep in mind!

Know Your History

Before buying any used car, you need to see a complete and accurate history for the car, including any accidents, major  repairs, or damage that may have occurred. If you can’t get a detailed history, you should [...]

7 Tips for Buying Your First Car

Now that you’re ready to buy your first car, there are probably a lot of questions that you don’t have the answers to. That’s why we put together these seven tips to help you with this big step in your life.

Features: Must Have vs. Like to Have

The first decision is to decide what you definitely want in your new car, such as body style (sedan, coupe, SUV), size, economical to operate (gas mileage), safety features, etc. Once that is decided, are there optional features that you might like to have? What about a new car or a late-model pre-owned one? The main advantages to a new model are the fact that it is new – you’re not buying someone else’s preferences or problems – and it comes with a  bumper-to-bumper multi-year/mileage warranty. The down sides, however, are the significantly higher price and that new vehicles depreciate [...]

10 Best Used Cars for First Time Buyers
If you are in the market for your first vehicle, used cars can be a great option. If you shop wisely and find the right used car dealership, you can locate a car for a great price with low miles and a warranty. Buying a used car can be an overwhelming experience, especially because there are so many cars to choose from. The following list of vehicles, compiled from industry expert research and analysis, was put together to help you in your used car search.

2010 Kia Soul
This Kia Soul has a unique styling, but it still maintains the qualities hatchback buyers desire. The cabin is deceivingly roomy, and it has plenty of cargo space. The Soul is an excellent alternative to a small SUV if [...]

10 Tips for Getting a Car Loan with Bad Credit

According to FICO, the average credit score in the US is 700. Anything over 740 is considered a very good score, while a rating below 669 means you may struggle to secure credit from lenders. A bad rating can cause major problems when trying to get an auto loan for a car through a bank. Even if you’re looking for a used vehicle at a low rate, you may be viewed as too much of a risk. There are solutions, though: take a look below to discover our top 10 tips for getting a car loan with bad credit.

1. Familiarize Yourself With Your Credit Report
First things first: know your credit score. Take a look at your credit report and make sure everything’s correct. You are entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies: [...]

How to Get an Auto Loan After Bankruptcy 

No one wants to declare bankruptcy, but sometimes it’s really the only way out. It does help you deal with large amounts of debt and get your life back on track, but it’s not without its downsides. A bankruptcy will stay on your credit report for seven years or more, depending on what type of bankruptcy you filed for. That will greatly affect your ability to get new loans and lines of credit, including an auto loan.  

But if you need a new car and have declared bankruptcy recently, the good news is that it’s not impossible to still get an auto loan. It’s likely going to be more difficult, but with some planning and understanding of how credit works, you can get the car you need. Here are several things you can do to show lenders that you’re recovering financially and can handle the monthly payments. 

Pull Your Credit Report 

The first thing to do is to look at your credit [...]

How to Inspect a Used Car for Sale 

Buying a used car is a fantastic way to save money without sacrificing quality. The best used car dealerships stock an extensive, diverse range of vehicles catering to drivers of all tastes, lifestyles and budgets.  

If you’ve decided to invest in a pre-owned vehicle, you’ve made a smart choice; however, it’s vital to make sure you give prospective purchases just as much consideration as you would a brand new one. While dealerships will take great care to prepare their vehicles for sale and ensure they’re at their best, you should still spend time checking them over with a keen eye.  

Below, are some some professional tips to help you inspect a used car for sale properly before you buy. Speak to your dealer about examining vehicles and they’ll be only too happy to assist you.  

Check The Engine 

As we all know, the engine is an essential component of the car, so it’s vital to get your [...]

Buy Here Pay Here

If you’re looking for a pre-owned vehicle, you may have heard or seen Buy Here Pay Here (often shortened to BHPH) in reference to independent financing at used car dealerships. The short definition is pretty self-explanatory: you make one stop to both find your car and finance it, instead of needing to deal directly with a bank or finance company.

Understanding how a dealership is able to offer this kind of financing can get a little more complicated. At G&E, we want you to know exactly what type of financing is available and how we’ll work together, whether you opt to finance with a traditional financial institution or start a BHPH plan through us.

Traditional Auto Financing vs. BHPH

The majority of auto dealers have a financial lender portfolio they go through when you are looking to purchase a car from them and will crunch numbers such as your credit score [...]

What’s the Maximum Car Loan I Can Get with Bad Credit?

There are many questions surrounding the process of getting approved for an auto loan with bad credit or challenged credit history. Although some lenders may approve a larger loan so you can finance your dream car, this may not actually be a good move for you to improve your credit score in the long run.

Larger loans for borrowers with low credit scores usually also come with baggage: longer loan terms. This means that you’ll be paying a higher interest rate, and it will take you much longer to pay off a vehicle while its value depreciates. So, what is the maximum car loan you can get with bad credit? And is it a good idea to max out your loan options? 

Loan Amounts vs. Credit Scores

To start, make sure you’re working with a financing professional who has experience in finding solutions for [...]

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