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When to Refinance Your Car

Jul 31, 2008
For many people, refinancing their car is an easy way to lower their payments. Even if you received a fairly good rate when you purchased your car, it really doesn't hurt to look around and see what else is available. Refinancing a vehicle is especially important for individuals who have gotten stuck with a high interest rate, perhaps due to having a low credit score. If it has been some time since you first purchased your car and if you have a made significant improvements to your credit score, it would be a good idea to attempt to refinance.

Often times when individuals go car shopping, they're so excited about the new car, that they accept interest rates that may be a little high. It is not until after they have been forced to make payments for awhile that they begin to understand the importance of getting their interest rate lowered. For most people, refinancing their car is a really good option. If you have had a stable job since you purchased your car and you have made your payments on time, then it shouldn't be too difficult to secure a refinance loan.

Simply getting a reduction of one's interest rate by a few percentage points can lower one's monthly payments and also decrease the amount of interest that will be paid over the lifetime of the loan. For example, if you purchase a car for $10,000 and have a repayment schedule of five years at an 8.9% rate, your monthly payments are likely to be a little over $200 and the amount of interest that you will pay, will be roughly $2500. If you can get this rate decreased to 6.9%, then your monthly payment is lowered by about $10 to $197 and the interest rate drops. The amount of interest that you pay will be around $1800, which will save you $573 over the life of the loan. This money that you will save can be used for a number of things. You can make a much needed purchase, pay down a credit card bill or simply save it.

The first thing that you need to do when looking to refinance your car is to take a look at the loan that you have already agreed to. You need to determine whether or not you will be charged penalties for prepaying the loan. You also want to know exactly what the loan is so you know whether or not you can get a better deal. After you have done that, it's time to a look for a new loan. There are a number of ways that you can do this. You can go and visit banks or credit unions. You can also check on the Internet and compare lenders. There are many places were you can simply type in information and they will provide you with a list of a lenders that are willing to talk to you about refinancing your loan. This provides a really easy way to compare each lenders offer. You can do this without leaving the comfort of your home and on your own time.
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