Purchasing a car is extremely important for most people. They already know the type of cars they are interested in and of course there is always the need for a test drive. For most of us purchasing a new car, we need to have financing options available. Obviously there are several methods for financing your new car, and the most popular is a car loan. When you are trying to obtain a new loan there are many things you should consider.
First, the loan is going to be dependent on the purchase price of the car. This means that you need to be aware of the value of the car and the price before you obtain your loan. Most often individuals going for a new car loan don’t pay enough attention to the deals that are out there and end up getting a fairly bad deal on the loan, despite what may have been a good deal on the car. Below you will find information to help you steer clear of the bad deals with your new loan.
As we mentioned above, a new car loan is dependent, in part, on the purchase price of the vehicle. The other section to this is going to be the duration of the loan. In many cases you can decide on two, three, four or five years for them. This means that the higher the purchase price the more your monthly payments are going to be. For example on a new loan that is for $12,000 and an interest rate of 12% you will be paying about $285 a month for five years. This is not the best deal because of the high interest, but we will get into that a little later. The point is when you shop for a loan, you also have to consider the interest rate and the duration of the loan.
Your credit history is going to be very important. Even if you have an average credit score, you can still get a pretty good loan deal. First on your credit score you need to have enough positive credit history. When you don’t have a lot of credit history, it may not be enough to satisfy the banks. Likewise if you have less than stellar credit scores the loan will be affected and increase your interest rate. The interest rate is dependent on the current rate for car loans and the lender’s perceived risk in giving you a loan. If you pose a risk or are new enough to credit life, the banks will increase the interest rate.
So a large part of getting a new car loan is going to be negotiating the car price to an affordable limit for you, then determining the term, the interest rate, combined with your credit history. To find a great deal, you need to know this information and realize that shopping around is your best option. Talk with your bank, with other lenders, and then speak with the car dealer. You may find shopping around on your own will find you a better financing deal than the car dealership can offer, and many times an online lender can provide the most aggressive programs.