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New and Used Auto Loans

Q: I’m looking at buying a different car. I can’t decide if I want to buy new or used. Am I better with a new auto loan or a used auto loan?

A: It is much easier to get a new auto loan than a used auto loan. A lender looks at the value of the auto purchase because that vehicle is held as collateral. An older auto with less value equals less collateral for the financial institution that gives the loan. When a financial institution loans money for a new auto, they know they have a new and valuable vehicle if the loan goes into default due to non-payment from the borrower.

Additionally, if a loan is given for a used car, the financial institution or dealership may charge higher interest rates than they would for a new auto loan. As a result, the higher rate may make the vehicle cost more in the long run because of costs related to the interest. A new auto, however, depreciates in value once mileage is put onto the vehicle. Usually the largest depreciation happens in the first two years of owning it.
Whether you decide to go with a new or used auto loan, don’t assume the dealer will have the best interest rate. Sometimes, dealership rates are even higher than rates offered by financial institutions or online options.

Become an empowered buyer who knows your financial plans and options before walking through the dealer’s doors. Research and compare interest rates to find the best loan rate. Look online. Call different dealers and financial institutions. By having your financing plans in place before you go to the dealership, you will have more bargaining power to negotiate the best possible interest rate.

 

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