How does financing a car work if you’ve never done it before? “Financing” is basically another way of saying, “taking out a loan,” and we certainly understand if you’re a little daunted by the prospect. However, for drivers near Saddle River and Englewood, the auto financing process doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.
Land Rover Paramus has put together a short guide, so you can understand how car financing works and move forward with confidence. We’ll take you through each of the basic steps, including:
No matter how you decide to finance your car, you’re going to need to make one or more loan applications as part of the process. You can go to any local bank, dealership, or credit union in order to apply, and in general, it is a good idea to apply with as many different locations as you can. Just remember to make all your applications within a 14-day window.
No matter where you go, the lender is going to look at the full value of the loan, the length of the loan, and the age of the vehicle. If you’re borrowing a lot, try to reduce the full amount by valuing a trade-in.
Most drivers know that their credit score will impact their chances of getting approved for an auto loan. However, it is indeed possible to finance a car with poor credit or even no credit.
Once you’ve gotten responses from your prospective lenders, it’s time to find out what each is offering. Yes, you’re going to want to choose the offer with the lowest interest rate–but that’s not the only thing you should consider! If a loan package has a low rate, but a very long term, you could end up paying more over time.
Remember, the first offer isn’t necessarily the final one. If you’ve gotten multiple lending proposals, you might be able to leverage one offer against the other, and get an even better deal.
Need to see how each option would fit into your monthly budget? Use our simple car payment calculator!
Even if you didn’t negotiate during the last stage, you might have a chance to do so here! It might pay to go directly to the dealership, to see if you can get a lower purchase price by financing in-house! Just remember to do your research ahead of time.
When you sit down to finalize the paperwork, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore your finance and insurance options, along with any protection plans offered by the dealer. While this can be a chance to add more value to your purchase, remember what you’re really here for! Carefully review the details, and get ready to drive home to Fort Lee or Bergen County.
When you drive with us, we’ll be with you every step of the way. So, if you’re still wondering, “How does financing a car work?” who better to help than our financing team?
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