If you desperately need a new car but you don’t have any money saved up for one, financing can be a viable option that can leave you with a new car virtually right away. However, before you go out and sign your name on the dotted line, there are a few things you should know. You’ll be entering into some kind of contract/agreement when you finance a car, and it’s not something that should be done without proper research. Read on to learn more.
You Can Still Negotiate The Price of The Car
Although you might be a bit apprehensive, negotiating the price of the car is still a good idea. If you’re not confident, taking somebody with you who is confident or who has done this before can help you to get an even better deal.
Finance Second Hand
You can still finance a second hand car, and actually, this is a better idea. Cars depreciate very quickly, so financing a new car will leave you out of pocket virtually right away, and you’ll be paying so much more than you need to.
Know And Understand Your Credit Score
Understanding your credit score is essential before you go off and get Audi finance or any other kind of finance. You should get financing quotes before you go to look at cars if your score is not perfect. If you have a poor credit score, you can still be in a position to get a better deal, providing you understand what’s going on there.
Keep The Term As Short As You Can
Keeping the term of the finance as short as you can will give you lower interest rates but a higher monthly payment. This is ideal. If a dealer is showing you lower and lower quotes trying to get you to finance, the chances are they are lengthening the term of the loan, and overall you’ll be paying much more than you need to for the car. By keeping the term short and paying as much as you can for the car each month, you’ll be paying so much less overall.
Put 20% Down
Dealerships don’t often require buyers with good credit to put a deposit down, and this can be tempting, but it’s also risky. Putting 20% down is ideal when you’re looking to finance. If you suddenly need to sell your new car, you may not be able to if you owe more on the loan than the car is worth. A larger down payment will stop this from happening.
Pay Fees and Extras In Cash
Many dealers will offer to have these fees in your financing agreement; things like sales tax, registration fees, documentation fees, and any extras can all be put into your agreement. This may also be tempting, however, this isn’t a good idea. If you do this, you’ll be increasing the value of your loan but not the value of the car.
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