Auto Loan Tips – Car Buying Advice by Credit Score. Should You Buy New or Used or Lease?

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Your credit score and Interest rate go hand in hand so I’ll break down you best options based on the following credit score ranges…

720+

  • You will qualify for the best deals
  • Find a Credit Union for the best rates
  • New cars are good to buy when you can find a 0% interest deal. Just back sure that interest rate doesn’t change after after a number of months
  • In most cases, it’s almost always best to buy a 2 year old car to get out of all the depreciation hits that a car takes in the first 2 years.
  • The deals you see in ads for $199 a month are almost always leases.
  • A lease is structured for you to finance a portion of the car with those lease payments. Automobiles depreciate about 40% in 3 years, so if your lease payments don’t pay for 40% of the car at the end of the lease, you’ll be upside down. We haven’t even talked about settlements for dings or mileage overages, etc. The dealer will usually let you roll those problems into another lease or new car but the only way to get out of a bad situation is to walk away from the bad deal after it’s over and then to start a buying new transaction. A debt coach almost never thinks a lease is a good deal for anyone!

680-720

  • This range can usually get a 2-3% interest rate
  • We suggest that you get a 2 year old used car if you interest rate is going to be above 5% for a new car.T

620-680

  • At this range, especially near 620’s, you’ll start to find banks that won’t handle the loans.
  • We suggest a 2 year old used car at this score.

500-619

  • Your options are limited at this score range
  • Buy here, pay here lots are an option but it will be expensive and it won’t help you build your credit one bit!
  • If you have to have transportation then bite the bullet on an inexpensive car and get ready to pay high interest rates through companies that handle risky loans.  This is a better option than the buy here, pay here lots because you will be building your credit if you pay your payments on time.

Watch Out for the Finance Guy at the End

  • Don’t add anything to your loan/lease while you’re in front of the finance guy. NOTHING… no extended warranties, no upgrades.

Maintenance Can Cost You Dearly

  • Educate yourself through car fact websites and publications to know which cars historically have problems and which require little maintenance. This will save you a ton of time, money, and hassle over the life of your car.

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