The process of finding your new car and getting a great loan can be a whirlwind experience. Once you drive off the lot and the dust settles a bit, it seems like the most daunting part is just beginning: paying off the loan over the next three to five years. Paying your auto loan is useful in many ways; it helps you finance your car over an extended period of time and can increase your credit score as you prove to be a reliable borrower. But what if there is more you can do with the loan to make it work in your favor, and help you save money in the long run?
Base Your Plans Around What Kind of Interest Applies to Your Loan
Is your loan based on simple interest or compound interest? Most auto loans use simple interest, or interest that is only calculated [...]
What You Should Consider When Refinancing Your Car Loan
In 2017, more than six million Americans were at least three months behind on their auto loan payments. As the payout term for auto financing continues to rise, making sure you are making the right choices in loans and lenders is more important than ever. Refinancing your car loan is one way to improve how your loan works for you and your budget.
Refinancing a loan refers to when you apply and receive a loan to cover your former loan, while using the vehicle itself as collateral. With any loan, you submit some kind of security that informs the bank that you will make your payments. Most loan terms dictate that not meeting your payments for 90 days can result in car repossession. Missed payments and repossession should be avoided at all costs, as the repossession stays on your credit report for seven years.
For many, securing financing for a much-needed car can be a real nightmare. A minority of Americans can walk into an auto showroom and pay for a slick, cutting-edge vehicle in full without breaking a sweat. To them, buying a new car may be as simple as picking up a new television or games console – a nice addition to their life rather than fulfilling an essential transportation need.
For the rest of us, though, investing in a car is a much more complicated, stressful matter. We all have our own reasons for buying a vehicle, whether it’s needing to take the kids to and from school, drive yourself to work, go grocery shopping, or, most likely, a combination of all four. In short, always having access to your own car is a vital need and a convenient way to get from A to B as [...]
Buying a used car is an ideal way to save money and avoid the expensive price tags attached to brand-new models. However, you still need to approach the purchasing process with the same level of consideration and caution you would when investing in a factory-fresh vehicle.
The following 10 best used car buying tips will give you all the help you need to get great value for money from your local dealership.
Understand What You Want
First and foremost, think about the most practical aspects of your ideal used car. What do you need from it, and why?
Do you need to fit three kids in the back, or is it just for yourself?
Do you need the vehicle to cope with certain extra strains, such as hauling a trailer or driving in extreme weathers?
Do you expect to make long journeys on a regular basis, or is [...]
The process of buying a new car can be challenging enough, but it only gets more so when you have a bad credit score.
The vast majority of people need a car to get to work, to drive their kids to school and back, and for all those everyday chores. Finding a loan to cover the price of a new vehicle can be extremely difficult with a bad credit score, as many banks and lenders will see you as a risky investment. Visiting a used car dealer, though, can make things much easier. Certain dealerships will be happy to offer financing to customers with lower credit scores, but what questions should you ask before you can make an informed decision?
Is There a Minimum Credit Score I Need?
This is perhaps the most important question – it enables you to know whether or not you can actually qualify for the dealer’s [...]
Has the time come to buy a new car? You can either choose to pay for an expensive brand-new model or go for a more cost-effective used vehicle instead. There’s a very good chance that you may opt for the latter, as new cars have become much too costly for many Americans to afford. However, there are certain common myths surrounding used car dealerships, and it’s time to shed light on the truth.
Myth #1: You Can Get A Better Deal By Going Through A Private Seller.
Let’s say you check the local paper or a for-sale-by-owner website and find a vehicle for sale that seems to be what you’re looking for. It’s not just a fair price, it’s a steal. Most people would be tempted to contact the seller and snap the bargain up. After all, any Joe or Jane looking to make a profit on their vehicle doesn’t have the overhead expenses [...]
There are millions of cars out there, so how are you supposed to find the right one for you? The truth is, it can take a lot of searching and sorting through what is available. There are compact cars and large SUVs, station wagons and hatchbacks, and the list goes on. Thankfully, there are some lists out there that help you find the used car that is right for what you need. Here are ten of the top used cars according to Kelly Blue Book, and why they are considered such good used cars – in no particular order.
2008 Nissan Maxima
When you want a used car that offers more luxury, you may want to look at the 2008 Nissan Maxima. It has far more bells and [...]
If you have a car loan, it can be difficult to always make sure you set the money aside to pay it. This can be more than annoying – it can actually damage your credit if you forget. Plus, there are so many other things you could be doing with that money! If you want to get to where you no longer have that car loan, the best thing to do is pay it off. Here are a few ideas of ways that you can pay the loan off early, allowing you to use those funds for other bills, or even just to have fun with.
Make More Payments
Typically, a car loan is due back in monthly installments. This means you make 12 payments per year. If you were to do a half-payment every two weeks instead, this would give you an extra payment at [...]
Why Your Credit Score Matters When Buying a Used Car
Everyone knows that the credit score is an important part of the process when they are buying a new car. But did you realize that your credit score is just as important when you are buying a used car? Here is more information on why your credit score matters, and what it helps reveal about your financial status.
For starters, even though your credit score is summed up in a single number, there are actually many variables that go into arriving at that number. What’s more, each variable is weighed differently, meaning that a negative history in one aspect might not hurt you as much as a negative history in another aspect.
Briefly, the formula that is used to create your credit score is one that mainly considers five different factors:
Buying a new car today is a major investment. First and foremost, you must consider the actual cost of the vehicle, plus taking the down payment and monthly payments into account. Next, there’s your insurance to think about, followed by any little essentials the car may need along the way, such as security features, in-car gadgets, and more.
The latest cars from leading manufacturers tend to boast high-tech features that claim to enhance your entire driving experience, but increase the overall price up significantly. While some of us may think that only the flashiest, sleekest, most powerful new cars are worth investing in, this isn’t viable for countless Americans today. Sadly, money worries are a very real part of everyday living, making the entire process of buying a new car more of a challenge. That’s one of the main reasons pre-owned cars have become increasingly [...]