A week after New York resident Juan Thomas bought a 2004 BMW 745i, in December 2012, the bank that financed the purchase—Wells Fargo—contacted him to say that he needed additional auto insurance for the vehicle. This was a bit odd, mainly because the car was already insured. “It didn’t sound right to me,” Thomas said.…
There is a battle happening on dealer showrooms right now. Right now, heavily discounted new cars are facing off against an excessive inventory of pre-owned models. The winner of this fight could be you, if you play your cards right. In order to help move used cars, automakers and banks are offering incredibly cheap…
It’s unfortunate that some people get buried in debt. I frequently get emails from folks underwater on their car loans and most are hoping for some solution that defies the laws of mathematics. Here’s the real answer: there is no real answer.
Automakers have come up with some creative incentives and rebates in order to make the sale price a bit more palatable. One of the more, uh, interesting ones is a rebate offered by a Fiat Chrysler dealer for having a low credit score. I can’t say I’m surprised.
Buying a new car can be exciting. The chance to score a great deal is especially alluring and right now seems to be the perfect time to buy a car. Car sales are down, incentives are up and used car prices are falling. A good chunk of you should probably hold off for awhile, however.
For the most part, car buyers have wised up to the fact that extended warranties are usually a waste of money. This is bad news for the dealers selling the extras, so many of them are changing their vocabulary. Don’t be fooled, though: most finance products are rarely worth the cost.
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Knowing your FICO score—essentially, how your credit stacks up—is a powerful tool for getting the most competitive rate on a loan for a new car (or anything else, really), but the number that a lot of web services show you and the number that the lenders really use may be very different.
Millennials! The youths. Such a silly bunch, with their Instagram Stories about artisanal bacon. According to a recent report, they are so accustomed to monthly subscription costs, is that they look at buying a car the same way. Sounds good in theory, but not the best practice.
For only the second time in a decade, the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates. If you have a major purchase coming up like a home, it’s likely you will be paying more for that loan. How the increase will affect your car loan depends on how the manufacturers react.
Jay Leno knows a lot about cars, way more than I will ever know in my lifetime. He knows the modern cars, the classics, the weird stuff and everything in between—but when it comes to paying for them his advice is a bit limited.
Negotiating the price of a car is relatively easy. However, actually getting a loan for your car can get a bit murky due to the nature of the lending industry and how “credit” is determined, which can lead to some dishonest practices.
It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. With several years of record car sales, low-interest rates, longer loan terms and rising transaction prices, the number of car buyers with that will have to roll over negative equity with their trade has reached record levels. The picture’s not pretty.
We all make mistakes, and sometimes small mistakes lead to bigger ones—especially when it comes to debt. It’s easy to get on a high horse and tell someone what they should or shouldn’t have done; coming up with solutions can be a lot harder, and this debt-saddled car owner needs a fix and not more judgment.
When it comes to car buying, the advice of focusing on total cost instead of monthly payments has been around for a while. But people are creatures of habit and get help but get caught up in the monthly payment mindset. There is, however, a right and a wrong way to do this.
I recently heard what is possibly the worst piece of car buying advice I’ve ever heard: my father-in-law, who is in the market for a car, was told that rather than get a car loan, he should take a home equity loan instead. Here’s why that is a horrible idea.
About once a week I come across an article that claims to give “car buying hacks,” or purports to tell “secrets the dealer doesn’t want you to know.” While some of this advice is helpful, other tips are just blanket statements that maybe won’t result in you getting the best deal.
The average auto loan payment is almost $500 a month and loan delinquency is at an all time high. Many industry analysts are concerned about the long-term financial consequences of car loans people can’t afford. But if you’re struggling to make your payments, don’t blame the bank or the dealer.
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If you are buying a vehicle from a private seller, you might be more likely to get the price you want if you bring cash to close the deal. However, if you are getting a car from a dealership, cash isn’t always king.