There are many things to consider
when you are discussing the financing of a vehicle. If anything is
vague or confusing to you, you need to give it some time to think it
out. If you are offered a deal that is too good to be true, have it
put in writing and signed by the manager.
Here are some questions that you must
ask. Write them down and make sure that you ask
What interest rate am I really
The APR is the best way to understand
the interest you are paying. This is the actual interest rate you
are paying annually on the unpaid balance of the loan. The rate you
are offered strongly depends on your credit score, the number that
dealers get from your credit report that analyzes the risk of
lending to you.
Are there any other possible charges
that will occur during the term of my loan? Are there any
What is the precise price I am paying
for the vehicle?
What is the total amount that will be
What is the dollar amount of the
finance charges I am paying for the credit?
How much is each payment
How many payments will there
Is this deal contingent on the
approval of the financing from a third party?
Often, dealers will send you off in your car and
then call a few days later and say that you were turned down at the
interest rate they quoted, but another lender will lend to you at a
higher rate. Don't fall for this, make sure that you know who the
lender is and that the deal is done before you leave the lot. If
there is any questions, leave the car and tell the dealer you will
be back when it is all settled.
Is credit insurance
necessary? Your lender may offer or demand credit insurance. You
should find out exactly what this will cost you. If you have an
existing insurance policy that gives this coverage, then make a
thorough comparison. It's not required by the federal law, and if
the lender requires it, check your state's requirements. It's very
rare that the state will require it. But if you must have it, make
sure that it is included in the cost of your credit. You should make
sure that it is not subject to interest