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Is Buying a Car With a Credit Card Possible?

Oct 9, 2007
A credit card is an amazing thing. A thin little plastic card can give you so much buying power to get you just about anything you want without having to pay for it right on the spot.

It can even be so powerful as to get you into debt for the rest of your life, or even longer. So you get credit cards and you buy groceries, clothing, gasoline, and whatever. But can you make a purchase on your credit card as expensive as a brand new car?

Yes. Buying a car using your credit card may seem a bit irrational. But in the era of credit cards in which we live, buying a car on your credit card is not only possible, but popular.

People now are raising their limits to buy expensive things like cars with their credit cards more and more. But is it really saving you money, or are you paying more?

Credit Limits

Buying a car with a credit card requires a much higher credit limit than it would if you were just using the card to make random purchases at a clothing or grocery store, depending on the price of the car. Getting high credit limits can be risky. This is because it could possibly hurt your credit score if creditors believe that you may buy something that expensive on a credit card and not be able to pay it back.

The Scales of Interest

One advantage to financing your car on a credit card is lower interest rates. If you shop around and search for a good deal, you could get a credit card that would allow you to pay less for your car in interest than you would if you took out a loan. This, in the long run, will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in interest.

Still, the risk of increased interest rates are greater with credit cards if you make late payments, making it so that you may even spend more on interest. It may depend on the terms of the credit card.

Make sure that you know what your introductory interest rates are, if they will change, and what they will change to if they do. Knowing the terms of your contract before you buy a car with that card will make a huge difference in whether or not you save money by taking this route.

What You Get Out of It

If you buy your car using a rewards card, you could get benefits that you also would not get by just paying for it by taking out a loan. Rewards cards give you benefits based on how much you spend.

Since buying a car is such a huge purchase for a credit card, it would give you many more rewards than it would if you had just used the card to buy groceries. These kind of rewards can be cashed in for things like gasoline, travel, air miles, and cold hard cash. This is another way you can benefit from your purchase.
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