Put your self within the driver's seat: four tricks to restrict the debt when shopping for a automobile

Ready for a new (or new) wheelset?

Before you enter a dealership or start disguising, you should prepare your bank account for a hit – the average price for a mid-size car was $ 27,968 in October 2019 Kelley Blue Book,

For people who do not have an extra $ 30,000, it means they are taking out car loan debt – and many of us are doing so too. Loans outstanding on auto loans increased $ 18 billion in the third quarter of 2019 and increased to $ 1.3 trillion, according to the US Department of the Treasury Federal Reserve, By comparison, credit card debt increased $ 13 billion to $ 880 billion over the same period.

Just because you need a vehicle does not mean that you have to dig a huge financial hole out of which you'll climb out for years. We are here with strategies that will help you get behind the wheel with the lowest debt.

4 ways to limit the car loan debt

Are you ready for the open road? Before you rev ​​up your auto-shopping engines, put your finances in the park and look at these four ways to avoid taking more car loan debt than necessary. (And in return, I promise to stop using the puns.)

1. Set a budget

About budgeting a car: You do not just budget for a car (or at least you should not).

They also pay for the tax and property, petrol, oil change, insurance and the inevitable moment when a tire costs me how much.

So do your homework before you get trapped by a trader with the promise of a low monthly payment (concealing the fact that it's a seven-year loan).

Set a budget that will allow you to live comfortably every month for the car's payment and regular maintenance – the average maintenance and repair costs for a small sedan, according to AAA, it's 8.53 cents a mile – and other expenses associated with owning a vehicle.

Before you figure out how much money you need for a loan, think about how you can do it Save money to buy a car, A larger deposit – or gasping for cash – means that you receive less of your hard earned interest on the loan.

2. Know your credit score

Before you drive, you should know where you stand.

I know yours Credit score can help you figure out how much a car loan is going to cost. Your credit score is calculated by a Number of factorsIncluding whether you pay your bills on time – and thus can rely on a loan with a lower interest rate.

If you are a superprime borrower (800s), you can expect to pay thousands of interest less than the deep subprime borrower (300 to 500) over the life of the loan.

What if you are in a less than prime area? Consider Ways to Improve Your Credit Score Before buying, buy a cheaper (possibly used) wheelset or look for a co-signer with good credit.

3. Get a Car Loan Preapproval

Once you know your credit rating and know how much you can afford, it's time to take out a loan. And although the dealership seems to be an appropriate place to finance your vehicle, it is probably also the most expensive (traders often earn more money with the finder's fee on their loan than with the car itself).

Instead, start with online shopping for one Pre-approval of car loans – A financing offer containing the maximum loan amount, the interest rate and the loan terms. When you shop online, you can compare quotes from multiple lenders without a trader forcing you to make a decision on the spot.

Professional tip

Just because you can be approved for a loan, you do not have to take the full amount. Stick to your original budget and pay conveniently monthly.

You can discuss the financing with a pre-approval letter for car loans. Simply present the letter to the merchant and ask him to undercut your lender's offer.

With a pre-approved car loan, you can ultimately save thousands of interest and have the opportunity to search for the best price for the vehicle instead of being tied up to a dealer who offers you financing.

4. Get rid of underwater car loan

All these tips are great when you start a car loan again. What if you still pay for your old car – and you owe more than it's worth (also called negative equity)?

You have a bunch of ways to get out of one Underwater car loan, There are the simple but unwise options, such as rolling over your negative equity, which will likely put you under water right away in your new car loan. Or you can choose the difficult but reasonable options. For example, sticking to your old junk pile until you have your credit back above the waterline.

Breaking the cycle of car loan debt will save you interest and eventually end up with your wheels. If you eliminate these additional debts, you can decide on the driver's seat where you want to spend all the extra money.

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is author and editor of The Penny Hoarder. Read her bio and other work here, then she starts on Twitter @TiffanyWendeln.

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