Purchasing Your First Vehicle: What You Need To Know

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Shopping for a vehicle is a process. You need to check out what different dealers have to offer. You need to look at different cars. It is also important to research automobile loans so that you get the best interest rate; the credit union or your local bank is often a better choice than working with the dealer. Also, if you don’t go with the dealer, you may be able to bring down the cost of the car you are interested in.

 

FIGURE OUT A BUDGET

First, think about how much money you have to spend. Then, consider what kind of car you are interested in buying and figure out the price of a standard model. You should ideally purchase a vehicle that you can pay off in about three years. Your budget will determine how much extra you have each month to allocate to a car payment. Taking your budget into consideration is a great way to keep yourself from getting in over your head.

LOOK FOR A LOAN FIRST

It is important to figure out which lender to go with prior to looking for a car. You probably won’t get a guaranteed rate; most lenders wait until the papers are signed. However, you can get pre-approved and information on what the current rate is. Start with your bank. If you belong to a credit union, give them a call, too. A guarantor loan can be a good idea for younger people with less credit history and allow them a lower rate – try guarantor.co.uk. No matter where you go though question the lenders about how to get the lowest rate possible. Some banks will give you a break on your payments if you sign up for an automatic payment.

LOOK EVERYWHERE

Obviously, car dealers have a great selection of vehicles. But, you can also find a good automobile through other outlets as well. The classifieds, for example, can yield great results. Before you make a transaction, though, always have your mechanic check out the car to ensure that it is in good working order. The mechanic should be able to tell you if there are serious problems to be aware of.

If the seller will not allow you to have the car evaluated, that should be a huge red flag for you. They may be trying to hide problems that they are aware of. Also, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

GET INFORMATION FOR THE LOAN IN ORDER

After you figure out which car you want and agree upon a price, you have to secure your loan. Get in touch with your bank to finalize the process. They may need the VIN number to proceed. You will also have to give them the title once you get it.

REGISTER THE CAR

After the car is yours, the next step is to secure a new title and license plate for the vehicle. Go to the Division of Motor Vehicles to do this. However, call first, because some branches only deal with licenses, while others will work with titles and tags. If you took out a loan, the title is sent to the lender. You then have to get a form from the bank to take to the DMV. The dealer you purchase the vehicle from may be able to assist you with this process, too. Keep in mind that you can’t go through the registration process until you get insurance on the car. You have to show the DMV that you do have insurance in order to proceed.

ADVICE

 Do not purchase a new car if you can avoid it. It depreciates in value the second you drive it off the lot. It continues to depreciate over time, but you lose the most money on a vehicle in its first few years of life. If you purchase a used car that is about three years old, you won’t lose as much money.

If you have a car to get rid of, try selling it rather than trading it in to the dealership. You make more money because a private citizen is willing to pay you more than a dealer. Also, by cutting out the middle man, you both save money. Dealers want to make as much money as possible, which means paying you less and asking for more from the buyer.

Do not take a previous car balance and roll it on to a new car loan. You will wind up owing more on the vehicle than it is worth. That is problematic if you are trying to sell the car and the purchase price doesn’t cover the loan. It is also an issue if the car is in an accident or is stolen; the amount you get from insurance will not eradicate the loan either.

If possible, buy your car outright. This means you will have to save up money over time. However, it is worth it because you don’t have a monthly payment to worry about. You will also save money in the end because you don’t have to pay interest on a car loan.

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