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Need A Better Auto Loan Deal For Your New Car Purchase?

Feb 10, 2008
Ready to get a new car and wonder how to get the best financing for it? While others are simply getting their new cars and buying it with whatever deal the dealer gives them, you know you can get better deals but are not sure how to do it. Here are some tips for you on how to get your new car - and an auto loan deal that is too good to pass by.

There are plenty of places on the Internet where you can find auto financing. For that really sweet deal, though, you need to be preapproved by a lender. This means that you shop around and get several quotes before you accept a deal. Compare the various offers you find and discover which one gives you the best deal in terms of lowest interest rates and time of repayment.

Getting preapproved means that a lender looks at your credit situation and you are then given a credit limit and a blank check for your auto loan. All you need to do next is to find the car you want, and pay for it with the check. Once it is signed, the loan is officially yours. The check, though, once issued, is only good for about 30 to 45 days. If you do not use it, it becomes void after that time.

Being preapproved gives you greater bargaining power with the car dealer. It is literally like walking into the dealership with cash in your hand. They will be glad to see you, and will offer you better deals. You also will be able to get lower prices due to that check. You should not, however, let them know the credit limit you have - or they will try to keep you nearer to the high end of it.

In order to save even more money, though, you need to select a car or two that you want to buy in advance. You do this because you know that a particular make and model fit within the credit limit of the preapproved check. Once you have a car (or two) in mind, you then need to investigate what kind of prices you can find for it on the Internet, and what is the cost of the car. Then, you can either go look for that car at a dealership, or buy it online.

It is a good idea to have a copy of your credit report with you when you see the dealer. Sometimes a dealer will try to tell you that you have bad credit and make you accept a higher interest charge because of it. They may even try to show you a copy of your credit report with a phony credit score on it. By having a real copy with you, you can expose their outright lie. Then, you should walk out because you now know they are not honest.

If you did not get as large of a check as you had hoped, or want more buying power, you can add whatever you want in the way of a down payment to the deal. This could keep your payments about the same. Or, you could use a down payment to reduce the size of the loan, too.

When the contract is being filled out, make sure that you clearly understand what everything on it is for. It would be a good idea to do some research on this in advance so you know what you may need and what you do not need. By dealing this way, you can walk out of that dealer's office with keys in hand - confident that you got a good deal.
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Joe Kenny writes for Rebuild.org, offering auto finance, or for UK residents personal loans with some great interest rates. Visit today: Loans from Rebuild
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