Buying a car is no longer a luxury, but a necessity today. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person. An auto loan is the answer to overcome this monetary hurdle.
Since a loan would require periodical repayments to be made, an assessment of the monthly family expenses would be helpful in deciding how much ought to be allocated toward car repayments. Though a twenty percent spend from the monthly budget is advised by expert opinion, it must be determined on a personal basis, of course.
However, before applying for the car loan, one needs to make sure what one wants and how much it will cost. The search for a suitable make and model should begin keeping in mind the family’s size, lifestyle, and what one can afford. This would include the options of a new or used machine. A balanced approach would be best when selecting a model. The sports coupe may look fabulous, but may not suit your budget, or your needs. The more sober sedan may be the right one for you.
If you decide in favor of a new machine, being aware of the manufacturer’s rebates and concessions on offer would be prudent. Magazines, such as Automotive news, Consumer News, New Car Price Service, etc., are a rich and reliable source of such information, which include dealer costs for various makes and models. You could check for other free deals too, such as extended warranties, free accessories, etc.
It is a good idea to gather as much information as possible before actually buying your car. Researching on the web, talking to various dealers, collecting and studying brochures and other material would be a good way to begin. In addition, you could put together a folder with all the information you’ve garnered, to show the dealer whom you’re buying from, to let him know exactly what you have in mind. This has the added advantage of telling your dealer that you are aware of other options available, along with the prices. You could also keep him guessing about whether you actually will buy from him, or go to a competitor, to get the best deal from your car dealer.
You can get your purchase financed through a bank, credit union or even the dealer, or any other financial institution. The preferable option would be to get a prior approval from a credit union, as their interest rates are generally lower than the bank. Keep in mind that interest rates for new cars are lower than those applicable to used cars, and that the period of repayment for the new ones is also longer. However, the interest rates for a very long repayment schedule of 72 or 84 months will eventually cost much more, which will be advisable to avoid.
Once you’ve taken care of the nitty-gritty involved in choosing the car you always wanted and getting the loan for it, drive home in your dream car, confident that you have got the best deal against your loan.