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Some Helpful Auto Loan Tips

New Car Financing

Financing a new car purchase requires some research. Before venturing out to the car dealerships uninformed, let's take a look at what you will need to know about the car buying process. First of all, about 70% of all new car purchases are financed. So unless you plan on paying cash for your new car, or you are going to apply for a car loan, chances are you will be financing your purchase. Now that you have settled on a monthly allotment, now you can look at which vehicles fit into your price range. This is really about personal choice, but a good criteria to go buy is to look at what your needs are. Do you have a family? There are plenty of affordable, safe and reliable minivans and station wagons on the market. Single and commute, or do a lot of city driving? The compact segment has a wide range of models to choose from that boast handling and superior gas mileage. Do you use your vehicle for work-related tasks, such as hauling, delivery, etc?

Auto Finance Rates

You'll want to get the lowest possible interest rate, as it will help you pay less in the long run. Many car buyers focus on getting the lowest possible down payment. If a car dealer gives you a low down payment, the money you are saving has to be made back. Car dealers will find ways to lower your down payment, and as a result will find ways to compensate for their generosity. By deferring the down payment "savings," with interest, you'll end up paying more in the long run. Also be aware of factory-to-dealer incentives. The secret is that the manufacturer refunds a certain percentage of the car's price to the dealer. So even if the car dealer sells you a car at the invoice price, he or she will still make money from the deal. Find out about a manufacturer's incentive percentage, as they are public information. You should also look out for rebates. When incentives are offered, this often means the manufacturer wants to either get rid of slow-selling cars or reduce the inventory. Therefore, they may also offer the buyer a cash rebate and a low financing rate, or an option of one of the two.

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